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Lower Mill Estate is a Nature Reserve located in the heart of the Cotswolds. We promote a safe family environment for people to enjoy, coupled with a duty to protect the natural habitat of many species of wildlife for generations to come. In order to maintain a balance between these two factors, there are a number of “Rules” to ensure that the Estate is safe, secure and a peaceful environment for all. Homes on the estate cannot be used a primary residence or be used as base of operation for contractors or a base to commute to and from a place of work. A full set of rules will be located in the Welcome Pack in your property and we ask you to familiarise yourselves with them on arrival, we have summarised some key points for you below. It is the responsibility of the guest to act in accordance with the principles outlined below at all times.

Lower Mill Estate Code of Conduct

1. SPEED LIMIT – For the safety of people and animals, there is a 10mph speed limit. Please drive carefully.

2. ROAD SAFETY – The Estate roads have a shared space policy where pedestrians have the right of way. Please drive carefully.

3. WATER SAFETY – British standard buoyancy aids must be worn when using the lakes for any water-based activities. There are eight lakes and two rivers at the Estate, please ensure that children are supervised at all times.

4. BIN STORES – There are bin stores around the Estate, please do not leave rubbish outside your holiday home. Bin stores include general waste, recycling and separate food and glass bins.

5. QUIET ZONE – Noise can travel easily across the Estate, please keep noise to a minimum after 11pm. No Hen/Stag Parties or similar such parties that will create a disturbance to others on the estate – We promote a family atmosphere at all times

6. PARKING – Each property has an allocated parking space, please park in your allocated space for the property and ensure that your parking permit is displayed in your car. All other cars must be parked in the designated visitors or overflow car parking.

7. WILD ANIMALS – Please do not feed any wild animals, there is plenty of food in the 450-acre nature reserve.

8. DOGS – Dogs must be kept on leads whilst walking around the developed area. Please remove any fouling and dispose of appropriately.

9. PRIVATE HOLIDAY HOMES – Each home is privately owned and we kindly request that you respect the privacy of the residents by refraining from walking on their individual plots. Do not use equipment belonging to other properties.

10. PROPERTY USAGE – Properties at Lower Mill Estate must be used for holiday purposes only. The use of properties to commute to regular daily work, school or act as a base of operation for contractors is prohibited.

A few other points:

Be aware of ‘light pollution’ – Turn lights low in the evening

No Fireworks or lanterns – For the safety of wildlife, fireworks or lanterns are strictly forbidden

Children and pets must not be left unattended – This is of paramount importance around equipment, pools and lakes on the Estate

The Spa – For those houses that have access to the Spa please ensure you have your passes.  Please take care not to allow other people into the Spa.

Please note the safety rules in the pools, saunas and play areas. Please be considerate to others in the changing rooms, which can get crowded.

Homeowner only and Adult only – Please note the times for Homeowner and Adult only for the Spa and Mill Village pools.

You should not exceed maximum overnight occupancy as identified in your contract with the owner/agency

Please do not feed any wild animals

If you plan to fish, please familiarise yourself with the Estate Fishing Rules located on the notice boards and at the Estate office

Canoes, sail boats and wind surfers, please refer to the notice boards for lake closures and information regarding path closures.

Please adhere to PRIVATE PROPERTY signage

Please keep Dogs on a lead at all times around the Estate – please remove any fouling and dispose of appropriately

What if I breach the “Code of Conduct?”

Please be aware that a breach of the rules/code of conduct may result in a fine or the loss of all or part of your rental deposit. Continuous breaches of the rules /code of conduct could result in all members of your party being evicted from the estate.