Lakeside Spa Cottage in Cirencester, Gloucestershire
From: €485 nightly 4
Lakeside Spa Cottage Self-Catering
Hidden away on the private Lower Mill Estate nature reserve, this cottage was built for the hosts in 2003 after they visited the site and fell completely in love with the stunning surroundings and excellent onsite facilities. As you sit on the home's balcony or the secluded south-facing terrace underneath and gaze out at the willow trees and water lilies on the pond, you're sure to see why. The home's interior is just as peaceful, with a log burner in the living room, a spa corner tub in one of the bathrooms and lots of natural light from the tall windows. However, the relaxation doesn't stop at home, as there is also an onsite spa only a short walk away where you can get treatments, swim in one of the three pools or sit in the sauna and steam room. It's just one of the multitude of extras that guests can enjoy with a stay here, which include use of the 3G multi-use games area, on-site walking trails, fishing, kayaking, watersports, yoga, pilates and other classes, to hiring a private chef and pints at the local pub - and the onsite restaurant is only a short walk away. Alternatively, you're more than welcome to book a game of tennis, wander the hundreds of acres and spot wildlife, or rent a bike for a leisurely countryside ride. If you're lucky, you might see some of the beavers that were reintroduced to the site as a UK first.
Home truths: *The private chef costs £29.95 per person for a two-course Italian meal to £119.95 each for an eleven-course tasting menu
*Access to the award-winning onsite spa is included in the cost
*A travel cot, stairgate and high chair are available, although guests need to bring their own linen
*There's car parking and EV charging available a short walk from the cottage
*The maximum occupancy is eight adults and two infants sleeping in cots
*The home is split across two storeys
*Firewood and starter logs are provided in winter, barbecue charcoal starter pack in summer, and further supplies can be bought from the onsite shop
*Coffee capsules are provided
*For weekend breaks, Friday arrival is preferred (Saturday can also be accommodated)
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