The perfect hideaway for multi-generational families, nature enthusiasts, bird watchers, photographers, book lovers, and those simply looking to explore the lake and Lower Mill’s 450-acre nature reserve from their doorstep.
Discover why Misty Lodge lives up to its name as the mist rolls in from the lake to embrace the cottage in Winter.
In the warmer months, bask on the sun-drenched deck or paddle board out onto Somerford Lagoon from your own private pontoon. Can you think of a better way to reflect on your day than sitting back in a canoe with a gin & tonic in hand as you marvel at the colour and sounds of lake life on the estate?
Misty Lodge was lovingly refurbished by its current owners to feel modern and clean, while retaining a homely atmosphere. A dog-friendly cottage (maximum of 2 dogs), the lodge is one of just a handful of properties within Mill Village that has exclusive access to the onsite spa facilities.
Learn more about this property in the "Accommodation" section below
Part of the original Mill Village cottage enclave, Misty Lodge greets guests with a beautiful entrance of flourishing gardens to the front complete with plenty of storage for boots and bits after a muddy walk.
Off the living area to the rear of the lodge, double doors open to a wonderful south facing deck with a charcoal BBQ and an alfresco dining table for 8 people. The deck is an attractive feature of the lodge with its own private pontoon for launching onto the lake during the warmer months when Somerford Lagoon becomes an aquatic playground. The lake is closed to guests between October and March to encourage wintering waterfowl and is a peaceful paradise for bird watching.
In addition to the deck at the back, the property also includes the grass lawn to the side where children can play freely. French doors from the dining area also open out onto the lawn which is a beautiful spot to enjoy the morning sun.
Your stay at Misty lodge includes access to the Lower Mill Spa facilities, which is rare for Mill Village properties. Additionally, the lodge is very close to the Mill Village outdoor pool, tennis court, children's playground, mini football pitch, inground trampoline, yoga studio, and the Activities Hub for hiring bikes and watercraft. An slightly further walk will lead you to the Spa and the popular Ballihoo onsite restaurant and shop. There is convenient access to many of the Lower Mill trails and a charming walk along the Thames into the nearby village of Ashton Keynes.
The moment you set foot inside Misty Lodge; you will instantly feel like you've come home. The owner's love of nature, travel and birdlife is evident as unique and quirky artwork decorates the lodge and enhances the feeling of truly being immersed in nature.
Off the entry hall you will find a WC and shower handy for washing off after coming in from the lake or a muddy walk. The washing machine is hidden behind the front door in the entryway, cleverly utilising an unused corner of the kitchen.
The well-designed kitchen is functional and offers everything you need within reach – including a Bosch electric oven and cooktop, dishwasher, integrated fridge freezer and a good size sink.
There is a delightful dual aspect open-plan dining and living area capturing all-day sun and lake views through the French double doors. The dining table can seat up to 8 and the snug lounge area comfortably seats 7 guests.
Spend the chilly evenings warming yourself by the fire while watching the moonlight dance on the lake.
Upstairs you are greeted by an impressive ceiling to floor bookcase packed with an extensive collection of books to suit all ages and genres.
On the first floor there is a King bedroom with a small reading nook and a further double bedroom of which both rooms enjoy spectacular views over Somerford Lagoon.
Across the hall to the front of the lodge is a bunk room that sleeps 3 with a bunk bed and a single bed. This room also features a selection of games and books to entertain the kids.
There is a decent-sized bathroom with wood and natural tile features and a lovely big deep bathtub to soak the day away.
A stairgate is positioned at the bottom of the stairs for the safety of young children, and to keep pet's downstairs to avoid muddy paws upstairs on the carpet and beds.
Property is self-catered. The house is fully equipped with cutlery and crockery
Spa use included but subject to availability (contact Spa directly for opening times). Pool towels can be rented from the Spa, please contact the Spa directly to arrange this. (01285 862640)
On-site restaurant and small market shop with seasonal opening hours. Availability can book up in peak weeks so contact Ballihoo prior to arrival to not miss out. (01285 840181)
Bike and watercraft hire are available at the Activity Hub as well as lessons. Please follow the link for more information: https://lowermillestate.com/activities/
Please be aware that the vegetation surrounding the property is subject to change according to the time of year. This may mean that the views represented in the photos above may vary depending on the season in which you stay with us.
Normal check-in is from 4 pm. Out of peak season, early check-in of 2 pm may be available (at an additional fee). Please contact our office team to enquire.
Check out during off-peak dates is by 10 am on the day of departure. During peak dates (school holidays) check out is at 9 am.
£500 refundable damage deposit is due the week before your arrival. You will be contacted regarding this.
Travel cot and highchair are available for £10, subject to availability. Please advise at the time of booking. Guests to provide their own linen and mattress for the travel cot.
There is an 11 pm noise curfew on the estate.
There are 3 electric vehicle charging points on the estate that operate on a first come first use basis.
All our properties are non-smoking.
Somerford Lagoon Lake is closed from October – March due to nesting birds. The nearest canoe launch point is located near Mill Village as marked on the Estate Map.
The Somerford Nines (Clearwater 1-9). The private outdoor pool closes after the October half term and does not re-open until Easter.
The outdoor Mill Village pool closes after the October half term and does not re-open until Easter.
The Miss Mouse Trail, run by the activity hub closes for the winter months. This is from 1st November to the Easter holidays.
Pet Friendly - Two Pets Allowed
One designated parking space – please use the overflow car park for additional cars.
If you are looking to book multiple properties with us we have some lovely properties that are close to Misty Lodge.
The Mallards - Situated opposite Misty Lodge. | Sleeps up to 6
Keynes Cottage - Situated in Mill Village just a few minutes walk from Misty Lodge. | Sleeps up to 6
Ruby Cottage - Situated in Mill Village just a few minutes walk from Misty Lodge. | Sleeps up to 4
Please contact a member of our team if you have any questions on booking multiple properties.
The following information will help you to locate Misty Lodge upon your arrival at Lower Mill Estate.
Your property Misty Lodge is based in the Mill Village area at Lower Mill.
Mill Village 69
Finding your Property
When you arrive at the main gates of Lower Mill, please follow the road over the bridge around to the left past some visitor parking, when you reach the 4-way crossroads continue straight on. Follow the road, passing through the two wooden gates until you reach both left and right turnings. Take the road to the right and follow the properties along on your right-hand side until you reach number 69 which is Misty Lodge.
Your parking spot is just past the property on the right-hand side. The parking spot is labelled with the number 69.
Please use the below links to see the exact position of Misty Lodge on Google maps and what3words.