Lower Mill Estate sits in the heart of the Cotswolds within easy reach of all the area’s attractions, including Michelin-starred restaurants, treasure-filled craft and antique fairs, farmers’ markets, country pubs and organic delicatessens.
Famously picturesque, Bourton-on-the-Water is sometimes referred to as the ‘Venice of the Cotswolds’ thanks to the low stone bridges that cross the River Windrush. It is also known for the distinctive architecture of its 17th century buildings, the Dragonfly Maze – a yew maze partly designed by the artist Kit Williams – and its 1930s model replica of the village, which even includes a model of the model village.
The largest settlement in the Cotswolds, Cirencester is a prime example of the traditional market town. With a vibrant history stretching back to Roman times when it was a thriving centre for the wool trade, Cirencester has many stories to tell. Most recently, it played an important role in the Arts and Crafts movement.
About 25 miles north of Lower Mill Estate, on the edge of the Cotswolds, lies Cheltenham, a large spa town that’s been a popular holiday resort since mineral springs were discovered in 1716. Cheltenham plays host to a number of international festivals and events including one of the most famous meetings in the horseracing calendar. The town is also known for its Regency architecture and its fascinating galleries and museums.
To the south west of Lower Mill Estate lies Bath, another spa town famous for its architecture. Bath is in fact a World Heritage Site and major tourist destination thanks to its cultural and historical roots. It offers visitors the opportunity to bathe in naturally heated spring waters, as well as experience world-famous buildings, five theatres, and a number of music, film, literature and food festivals scattered throughout the year.