Lifestyle

Fostering moments to treasure

Embrace the joys of the countryside surrounded by modern comforts and beautiful scenery.

Please note that to ensure the safety of all our staff and guests, you will be required to book a slot to use certain facilities. Slots will become available two weeks in advance of your holiday and links will be made available in the relevant sections below.

On-Site

  • Lower Mill Estate's award winning spa in Dorset

    Spa

    Unwind and recharge at Lower Mill Estate’s award-winning spa, with two heated swimming pools, a lily-filtered eco-pool, sauna, steam room and gym equipped with top-of-the-range Technogym equipment. Enjoy a range of therapies in the restful treatment rooms, whether you’re in the mood for a soothing massage or a pampering pedicure, manicure or facial. We use natural skincare products from sustainable sources.

    Spa facilities
    Access to the spa indoor pool, outdoor pool, eco pool, gym and treatments is only available to homeowners and guests staying at Lower Mill Estate with spa access. Please ensure you bring your spa access cards with you to gain entry.

    Click to book Spa indoor pool family time

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    Click to book Spa outdoor pool adults only time

    Click to book Spa outdoor pool family time

    Click to book Spa gym

    Mill Village pool
    Access to the Mill Village pool is available to all homeowners and guests staying at Lower Mill Estate.

    Click to book Mill Village pool

    Somerford Nines pool and gym
    Access to the Somerford Nines pool and gym is only available to homeowners and guests staying at Lower Mill Estate within the Somerford Nines properties.

    Click to book Somerford Nines pool and gym

    For residents only booking links, please email dutymanager@lowermillestate.net.

  • Ballihoo Restaurant

    The Ballihoo restaurant serves delicious, locally sourced food in a modern, welcoming environment.

    Our new al fresco lounge, complete with stretch tent, fire pit and heaters, will be open from 12th April to keep our residents and guests toasty warm.

    Click & Collect

    For those days when you want to stay put and take it easy, Ballihoo is now offering a delicious takeaway menu and a grocery ordering service.

    Click to order collection

    Click to book the Ballihoo Restaurant from 12th April

  • Children on the swings at Lower Mill Estate in the Cotswolds

    Millstone Park

    Set alongside the spa and Ballihoo Restaurant, Millstone Park completes the central hub of the estate. Created with the whole family in mind, there’s something for everyone to enjoy – an action-packed children’s play area, a volley ball court, two tennis courts, a soft play area and a 3G artificial turf multi-use games area (MUGA) that beckons you to call a game of five-a-side football with friends and family.

  • Ballihoo Market

    Adjacent to the Ballihoo Restaurant, the Market stocks all manner of local provisions as well as those basic necessities you just can’t do without. You’ll find logs for the fire and local meats for the BBQ, but zero waste here, part of our efforts to make the estate environmentally responsible. If you just fancy an afternoon in the sun with a paper and fresh coffee, you’ll find that here too, although we can’t promise the sun part.

    W: www.ballihooclub.com

    T: +44 (0)1285 840 181

  • Beavers and otters at Lower Mill Estate in the Cotswolds

    Wildlife

    Around every twist and turn at Lower Mill Estate, lies a new adventure, where youngsters can explore to their heart’s content. Guides will bring the rushes to life on our Into The Wild Walk. Old and young will delight in paddling across the lagoon to spot nocturnal beavers and otters on the Sunset Adventure Safari, rounded off with toasting marshmallows on the fire. Or let the Cotswold Birdwatching Company entertain the aspiring twitchers amongst the flock, with a two-hour guided walk around the estate.

  • Young family on the Miss Mouse Adventure Trail

    Miss Mouse Trail

    Inspired by Lower Mill Estate’s founder, Jeremy Paxton, and brought to life in his memory, the Miss Mouse Adventure Trail encourages children to get to know as many species as possible around the estate. We have developed a cast of characters from his imagined children’s book, “Miss Mouse Builds a House” and incorporated them into the quest. Collect a map from the Miss Mouse meeting hut and head out into the wild to find the hidden treasure. Open April to October.

  • Children's nature themed soft play in Millstone Park

    Softplay

    For little adventurers, our nature themed soft play in Millstone Park offers the perfect indoor space for them to play and make new friends. They can crawl, jump and slide through the various obstacles whilst grown-ups can take a seat as they supervise their little ones.

    *Currently closed*

Surrounding Area

Exploring The Cotswolds

  • Family Attractions

    Just 90 minutes from London, Lower Mill Estate is surrounded by places to while away your leisure time, from the Cotswold Farm Park to the Cotswold Wildlife Park, the Waterpark, the Corinium Museum, Fairytale Farm, archery at the Cotswold Range, the Model Village, Cattle Country and the Cotswold Motoring Museum.

  • The Classics

    Known as the Venice of the Cotswolds, Bourton-on-the-Water has pretty low stone bridges that cross the River Windrush. The market town of Cirencester is within easy reach for a spot of shopping, or head further afield to Cheltenham, 25 miles north of Lower Mill Estate – the large spa town hosts some of the Cotswold’s finest events, including one of the most famous meetings in the horse racing calendar. To the south lies the city of Bath, a World Heritage Site with beautiful Georgian architecture, five theatres, natural hot springs and cultural festivals throughout the year.

  • National Trust Must-Sees

    Discover the manor houses and gardens of Clevedon Court and Snowshill, the Dutch water garden at Westbury Court, the Jacobean country house and garden at Chastleton, the Roman Villa at Chedworth and the deer park at Dyrham Park.

  • Eat & Drink

    Foodies are spoilt for choice in the Cotswolds but our favourite establishments include The Potting Shed in Crudwell, The Village Pub in Barnsley for a cosy pint or meal, the chic Barnsley House, Whatley Manor Hotel & Spa and The Wild Duck at Ewen. Just outside Burford, Upton Smokery is a brilliant speciality deli specialising in smoked meats, smoked fish and biltong.