Designs

Bringing people, ecology and award-winning architecture together in perfect harmony

From buying a freehold plot to turning the key on your new holiday home, we ensure the process is as frictionless as possible. Choose from one of Lower Mill Estate’s award-winning designs, modify an existing one or instruct your own architect for something one-off.

Whichever you go for, make your own stamp on the details. Recommended builders are on hand to help you build and customise your property, ready to deliver a range of interiors and the best in sustainable materials and finishes.

New Build Designs

Dorset Barn

Designed by architect Willmore Iles, the Barn design has a very spacious and airy feel, with a distinctive slate tile pitched roof, gable end and an almost entire glass frontage. Our most popular design over recent years with the extensive glazing providing an abundance of natural light and beautiful views.

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Corner House

The avant-garde cubic design of the Corner House combines minimalist simplicity with cutting edge contemporary construction to deliver a space that allows your family room to grow. Strategically-placed roof lights flood the house with natural light and the large open-plan living areas offer a sociable space to relax and enjoy the far reaching views across the nature reserve.

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Habitat House

A ground-breaking design by award-winning architects Featherstone Young, with a distinctive wildflower sloping roof. This house blends in beautifully with the natural environment, providing the very best in sustainable luxury.

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Skydeck

Designed by architect Willmore Iles, the Skydeck beautifully blends contemporary architecture, eco-friendly construction and an outstanding sense of connectivity to the great outdoors. The full-length roof terrace with glass frontage is accessed by a hydraulic roof light and offers stunning views over the lakes and the nature reserve beyond.

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Water Garden

This exciting roof terrace design by architect Andy Ramus blurs the lines between indoor and outdoor living providing perfect private pockets of outdoor space to immerse yourself in your natural surroundings. focusing on renewable energy resources and low energy bills, it’s built with structural insulated panels (SIPs) and hand-finished by local tradesman.

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Lighthouse

Designed by architect Jerry Tate, the Light House gains its name from the intelligent rooflights and windows that bring in so much natural light and its wrap-around deck offers stunning views over the lakes and nature reserve beyond. Constructed from structural insulated panels (SIPs), the Lighthouse is the first Habitat First Group design to meet Passivhaus performance standards and can be configured to meet code level 6 of the Code for Sustainable Homes.

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Two-Storey Dorset Barn

Based upon our very popular three-storey Dorset Barn design, this newly designed holiday home comes with all the same key features including the distinctive tiled pitched roof, gable end and an almost entire glass frontage, configured for smaller families with four bedrooms.

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Tree House

Designed by contemporary architects Koto, the Tree House nestles into its surrounding landscape whilst also standing out from the crowd. Large glass panels immerse the principle living space in nature, with clever engineering ensuring minimal heat loss in the cooler months and the modular build nature of the design makes it one of our most eco-friendly, sustainable options.

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Resales

For sale

Farmhouse Barn

Asking Price £725,000

PRIMARY RESIDENCE. Farmhouse Barn is a fully renovated and refurbished thatched barn that is one of the only properties at Lower Mill Estate that can be used as a principal primary residence. This four-bedroom cottage combines an intriguing mix of traditional Cotswold architecture, including the stone floor in the open plan living area and oak beams throughout, with contemporary touches that bring the property to life. Complete with a private garage and garden space with fantastic views.

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Nightingale House

Asking Price £625,000

A stunning south facing property on the edge of the estate. This unique property sits in the much sought after enclave of Nightingale Walk; a quiet and peaceful spot, free from passing traffic. Water channels to the front and the side embed the house in nature, waterside plants and wildlife. This impressive property was designed by the award-winning Architect Andy Ramus and no expense has been spared in creating distinctive light and airy open-plan spaces which are unique to the estate.

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For sale

74 Howells Mere

Asking Price £350,000 – Land Only

Last remaining west-facing freehold plot situated on Howell’s Mere overlooking the glorious Swillbrook Lake. Plot 74 Howell’s Mere can accommodate either a Skydeck or Sun House, please view our ‘House Types’ section for further information on the designs. Build prices sent on request.

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Howells Barn

Asking Price £2,000,000

One of the only properties on the estate that can be used as a primary residence. This historic Cotswold stone barn, believed to date back to the 1830s, has been restored to an exceptionally high standard with the addition of the award-winning hide overlooking the lake, swimming pool, party barn and beautifully landscaped gardens within its 2 acre plot.

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Spinney Lake 11

Asking Price £630,000

Freehold lakeside plot on Spinney Lake with stunning views and direct access to one of the Estate’s largest waterbodies. The plot has planning permission for our Habitat House design, boat store and ample on-plot parking, making it the perfect opportunity for a new build holiday home for the family.

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Minety Lake 34

Asking Price £350,000

Last remaining south-east facing freehold plot situated on Minety Lake with a beautiful outlook and direct lake access. Plot 34 Minety Lake is situated in an almost entirely finished village and can accommodate a Water Garden design as a permitted unit type for planning. Alternative design options are available subject to planning. Please view our ‘House Types’ section for further information on the Water Garden features and specifications.

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Foxtrot House

An ideal rural retreat year round, this characterful semi-detached cottage sits within Mill Village on the banks of the River Thames. It has 4/5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (1 en-suite), an open-plan living area with inglenook fireplace and log burning stove as well as access to an outdoor heated pool, tennis court, steam room and children’s play area.

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Riverview

A charming, three-bedroomed detached cottage presented to an extremely high standard. Situated in a delightful Water Garden within Mill Village with stunning views out across Mill Lake.

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Cerney House

A beautiful, traditional country cottage located within the idyllic Mill Village Water Garden. This four-bedroom cottage with open plan living is situated on the banks of the River Thames with outstanding views across Mill Lake to the nature reserve beyond.

The cottage is one of only a few within Mill Village benefiting from a 999-year lease and full access to Lower Mill Estate’s award winning spa.

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Sparrow Hawk

A beautiful two-bedroom, two-bathroom (both en-suite) property situated on the southern edge of Howells Mere Lake. Sparrow Hawk combines innovative, avant-garde architecture with traditional Cotswold charm. With traditional stone cladding, direct water access, attractive décor, double height vaulted ceiling and full glass frontage overlooking the lake, the property is available fully furnished.

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Pennyroyal

Clad in Cotswold stone, this Glass House ticks all the boxes with its combination of traditional construction and innovative, eco-friendly architecture. It has three bedrooms and two bathrooms, including a beautiful extended mezzanine level master bedroom with fantastic views over Howells Mere Lake.

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Reed Warbler

This spacious two-bedroom Penthouse Apartment has its own private roof garden and enjoys stunning uninterrupted, west-facing views over Swillbrook Lake and the nature reserve beyond. Interiors are by our professional design team, with all furnishings and contents included.

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Wishbone Cottage

This well presented and charming four-bedroom, three-bathroom cottage situated on the banks of Howells Mere Lake combines traditional open plan living with well thought out family accommodation, taking full advantage of the views, whilst also benefiting from direct access onto the stunning lake via a beautiful stone decking area.

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Bittern Reeds

This contemporary three-bedroom home is located on a prime south-facing plot with far reaching views across Howells Mere Lake. It not only benefits from spacious deck overhanging the water but also a first floor balcony on which to enjoy evening sundowners and al fresco dining. Offered for sale with a full size boat store and furniture included within the asking price.

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Middlebank

This beautiful three-bedroom, three-bathroom Glass House has a double height vaulted ceiling and full glass atrium. It sits on the northern edge of Clearwater Lake with gorgeous south-facing views that make the most of the evening sun and direct water access from the ground floor decking which benefits from bright sunshine all day long.

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Burnt Orchid

Situated in a commanding position on the south-facing banks of Howells Mere Lake, this substantial family home has four bedrooms, four bathrooms, a ground-floor deck, first-floor balcony and a large second-floor terrace, perfect for entertaining.

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Woodlark

A spacious, well presented property on the banks of Howells Mere Lake in an enviable west-facing position. This unique, contemporary five-bedroom family home benefits from lakeside deck and balconies on all three floors. The living area on the second floor takes full advantage of the beautiful water views.

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Squirrels Leap

A stunning and peaceful detached lakeside property with unobstructed views over Somerford Lagoon. The accommodation is light and spacious throughout, arranged over two floors. The property has its own boat store and direct lagoon access with boat launch and a large timber deck that is ideal for entertaining.

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Keel House

Enjoying an idyllic position on the banks of Somerford Lagoon, with far reaching uninterrupted views across the lake, Keel House provides a rare opportunity to purchase a substantial, well-presented, five-bedroom family home in this sought after location with the additional benefit of a boat store.

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