Wildflowers bloom with brilliance at Lower Mill Estate from late spring to autumn. They don’t just bring us great joy, but are also a lifeline for our bees, butterflies, pollinating bugs and birds.

Swill Meadow on the wider estate is a wonderful example of a native wildflower meadow that we have been managing carefully for the last 15 years to help conserve our native wildflowers and all the invertebrates and other wildlife that rely on them. Orchids, Lady’s bedstraw, Knapweed and Yellow rattle are in abundance. Clouds of blue damselflies take flight as you walk through this picturesque meadow; butterflies flutter from wildflower to wildflower and the crickets and grasshoppers seem to play you a symphony. By cutting the meadow at the right time of year we ensure our wildflowers are preserved, something that is essential, as the UK has lost over 97% of its wildflower meadows since World War II.

In other areas of the Estate, we have tried to address the catastrophic decline of the UK’s insect populations, by creating wildflower areas where we can. In places where we know there is likely to be good seed stock of wildflowers in the soil, we have relaxed our mowing regimes to allow these wildflowers to emerge and spread. By cutting these areas once or twice a year and removing the clippings we help create a less nutrient-rich soil which is great for wildflowers.  In other areas of the Estate we have started from scratch and lifted and removed the turf and sown the areas with native wildflower seeds.

All of these approaches have resulted in vast increases in wildflowers and a great richness of biodiversity across the Estate. Insects play a vital role in all our lives and by boosting the wildflowers they need and by building with nature, we are giving them a helping hand.

“If we and the rest of the back-boned animals were to disappear overnight, the rest of the world would get on pretty well. But if the invertebrates were to disappear, the world’s ecosystems would collapse.” Sir David Attenborough.

Please get in touch with our sales team to arrange a digital tour of the Estate and our designs

Here at Lower Mill Estate, following Government advice and in order to protect you, our staff and residents, we’re not currently accepting visitors to our beautiful Estate, but that doesn’t mean you have to miss out; our sales team are able to offer a full digital tour of the Estate with videos, images and an audio or video chat.

With the volatility of the stock market and the current economic uncertainty, we’re reminded that property is a safe, dependable long-term investment.

Even more so, a home on one of our country Estates is an investment in family-time and making memories, which seems more important than ever right now.

One thing we’re sure of is that once this period of uncertainty is over, owning a holiday home in the UK is a very smart decision.

Please call +44 (0)1285 869 489 EXT 1 or email live@lowermillestate.com

Habitat Escapes have just launched an 1830’s Barn conversion set within 2 acres of private land.

Nestled within a private corner of Lower Mill Estate, Howells Barn sleeps up to 14 guests across six bedrooms and comes with a private pool*, private cinema, games room, indoor climbing wall, football pitch, pool table, basketball and breath-taking lakeside hide.

This Cotswolds style barn provides direct access to a 70-acre lake and ample room to enjoy with friends and family.
If you can bear to tear yourself away from your private retreat, you will find a further four swimming pools, watersports, cycle tracks, restaurant and soft play just beyond the gates set within hundreds of acres.

This unique holiday home is likely to get booked up very quickly.

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*Seasonal opening hours

Lower Mill Estate’s famous Pumpkin Flotilla was yet another success with over 400 people in attendance this year.

The lake and event area were brought to life with some brilliant carvings, and as part of Habitat Zero, the Lower Mill Estate compost heap welcomed a huge pile of pumpkins ready to break down and be used across the site.

We are pleased to share that our residents and guests raised a whopping £600 for our chosen charity, Dreamflight.

Dreamflight is a UK charity that changes young lives through taking children with a serious illness or disability, without their parents, on the holiday of a lifetime to Orlando, Florida.

We cannot wait to welcome you all back next year to an bigger and even better bigger event!

Birchwood is on The Sunday Times list of “Houses of the Week”

“The properties are set in 155 gloriously wild acres near the north Devon coast, with a forested area of fire pits, wood-fired hot tubs and a large children’s treehouse with natural rope swings. The first 17 plots are being launched this week, and both house types are carbon-neutral and almost plastic-free.”

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Interesting read about the buoyant holiday market and advantages of owning a Furnished Holiday Let

The number of people booking self-catering holidays in England jumped from 6.22 million to 7.23 million between 2015 and 2017, according to Visit England.

The recent fall in the value of the pound amid Brexit uncertainty is also expected to boost the appeal of the ‘staycation’.

Read the Full Article HERE

On Easter Sunday, the children at Lower Mill Estate were treated to a very special surprise when Miss Mouse came to life

Setting off on the Miss Mouse trail with map in hand, around 90 children searched for wooden daffodil heads to exchange for chocolate treats and wooden rabbits to exchange for Hatchimals.

Whilst hunting, Miss Mouse popped out to say hello, leaving both children and adults delighted.

After a productive morning, our families took to the water to cool off, making use of our brand new paddleboards and canoes.

Dr Phoebe and her industrious grounds team have been working hard to attract these fantastic birds to the Estate

Ospreys are awe-inspiring birds of prey. They are a migratory species, with British ospreys spending the breeding season (March-September) in the UK, then migrating to Africa for the winter.  It is during the spring and autumn as they travel to and from Africa that some of these birds pass over the Cotswold Water Park and there are often sightings over Lower Mill Estate.

The main requirement for these birds is a good supply of medium-sized fish which can be caught from the surface of the water. But if we want them to stop and breed we also need to offer them suitable nesting sites. Ospreys generally build nests at the top of prominent trees so we have created two artificial nesting sites at Lower Mill  – one on Freeth Mere that was repaired in 2017 and one on Swillbrook Lakes.

The platform on Swillbrook Lakes had fallen into disrepair over the last 15 years with no one brave enough to head up the tree to maintain it. That is until last week when our fantastic grounds team scaled the very tall tree holding the platform, built a new nest and repaired the nest site. A good head for heights was definitely needed and we are really grateful for their help and enthusiasm, doing this in their own time so they didn’t lose precious time looking after the rest of the Estate.

Attracting ospreys is never easy but with ospreys returning to breed annually at Rutland Water and with chicks being raised and released at Poole Harbour in Dorset, we are hopeful that one day the osprey we see on migration may choose to stay and breed at Lower Mill Estate. Nesting platforms are also being put up at our sister site, Silverlake, Dorset.

Let’s keep everything crossed that one day soon we will see these incredible birds of prey on our sites and the efforts of our grounds team will be rewarded.

Fabulous’ Senior Entertainment Writer Laura Bond, husband Nick and their children Rosa and Eddie visited Lower Mill last year

“There’s a lodging to suit every family size and budget, and they’re all scattered around Lower Mill Estate, a private reserve covering hundreds of acres.

Get back to nature, but with all the luxe comforts you could possibly need.”

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