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A large open plan lakeside holiday home with spectacular views

Sandpiper view over Somerford Lagoon with lake access directly behind the house

21 Clearwater, Lower Mill Estate, Cotswolds

Sandpipers is a detached property in a prime position overlooking Somerford Lagoon and sleeping up to ten guests, making it an ideal choice for two families holidaying together or a group gathering. Cool and contemporary, great for three-generation groups and family gatherings. Now with boating access to the lake directly behind the property, and a hot tub!

“Lovely house, beautiful view”

​House main features:

  • Sleeps 10
  • Three double bedrooms with en-suite
  • Twin bedroom
  • Bunk bedroom
  • Family shower room
  • Gas BBQ
  • Hot Tub on the back deck for your use
  • Gigaclear – Ultrafast Fibre Broadband for rural Britain
  • Private Parking
  • Activity Hub – on-site watersports equipment hire, delivered straight to your door!
  • Max 1 dog please

Accommodation includes:

  • Large open plan living/dining/kitchen area on first floor with double height windows to maximise lake view
  • First floor balcony and spiral staircase down to waterfront deck with table and Gas BBQ (warmer months)
  • Fully equipped kitchen with breakfast bar
  • Woodburning stove
  • Designer furniture and accessories sourced by Thorsten van Elten
  • New LCD TV with DVD and integrated ceiling speakers, bluetooth speaker
  • Nespresso coffee machine

Free access pass to the on-site luxury Spa, with slate lined 20 metre indoor and outdoor heated pools, outdoor plunge eco pool, steam room, sauna, fully equipped gym and treatment rooms for a range of massages and spa beauty sessions.

Lower Mill Estate also has two tennis courts, two children’s play areas, a soft play area and 450 acres of private nature reserve with lakeside walks and cycle routes. Wildlife includes over-wintering wildfowl, otters, owls, bats, deer, and the first European Beavers to be introduced in England.

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Sandpipers Reviews

“Dinner at Ballihoo was brilliant”

A lovely few days spent with family celebrating lots of milestones. Used the spa/pools which was good, check timings. Had a walk around the site & nature reserve. Dinner at Ballihoo was brilliant, Sarah was a delight – Sept 23 CW

“a fabulous weekend”

A fabulous week, hot tub definitely a hit, as was the Miss Mouse Trail. A lovely house to stay in with everything we needed – thank you! Jul 23 JB

“hot tub was a great bonus!”

We had a lovely week in a great house. Really well equipped – everything we needed. Hot tub was a great bonus! Enjoyed the spa pool and ‘eco-pool’. Lovely views. Fantastic place to stay! Jul 23 DR

“everything we could need”

Wonderful stay – brilliant sunshine, then 3 inches of snow. Everything we could need, thank you! Dec 22 SW

“i love your milk frother”

We spent a lot of time in the swimming pool and we had lots of bike rides, we canoed on the lake. We had a nice pizza and had nice BBQ’s and i love your milk frother to make delicious hot chocolate, thank you for the house – Oct 2022 LC (age 8)

“this view never gets old”

We had a lovely time at Sandpiper this view never gets old even on our second time in Sandpiper in a row I love my bunk beds the spa is brilliant too we went kayaking and my dad loved paddle-boarding. P.s. thank you for our bread, marmalade, milk and butter – Aug 2022 RH (aged 8)

“We will definitely be back”

A fantastic weekend break celebrating a 50th wedding anniversary. There were 10 of us ages 6-76 and thoroughly enjoyed the comfortable space, views and catching up with each other in a splendid house. We had a great family meal at Ballihoo and 2 x visits to the pool and spa. We will definitely be back. Thank you! – Jun 22 PW

“Idyllic view”

Many thanks for a wonderful base for our holiday. Splendid for ages 2-73. Everything we needed, activities, comfort, peace and an idyllic view. The food basket was enjoyed too – Jun 22 RL

“Perfectly presented & catered for all ages”

Thank you for a fantastic stay. 9 of us in the house to celebrate a 70th birthday. Perfectly presented & catered for all ages. The welcome hamper was a lovely touch. Loved our time swimming, walking & enjoying the views with a BBQ. We’ll definitely be back! – Jun 22 CW

“plenty of great stuff nearby”

Lovely place to stay with plenty of great stuff to do nearby – Jun 22

“at long last!”

19 May at long last! A wonderful week here visiting family. So peaceful to watch the swans and listen to the cuckoos! – May 22 LP

“celebrating Golden Wedding:

10 if us (three generations) had a wonderful stay celebrating Roger and Sheila’s golden wedding (delayed due to Covid). Beautiful house in great location – Apr 2022 TS

“we wish we were here for longer!”

We had a wonderful stay here! The house was very comfortable and the views were amazing! We really appreciated the lovely welcome gifts of bread and marmalade etc! It was such a ice touch! We will definitely be back (in fact, we wish we were here for longer!) Thank you for an amazing stay! – Apr 2022 KK

“ideal place for our first holiday as an extended family”

This has been the ideal place for our first holiday as an extended family to celebrate a special birthday (and only a year late). The weather has been kind for walking, cycling, kayaking and swimming. Granny even fitted in a welcome massage at the Spa! Apr 22 FM

“This was a special stay for us”

This was a special stay for us, celebrating multiple birthdays and the arrival of a new grandson. We love the house and the fabulous views. All 4 generations enjoyed the pool and a great Sunday lunch at Ballihoo. We’ll be in touch next year – Apr 2022 JR

“It was like a dream”

We are one big family who came to stay together here! It was like a dream. We loved swimming in both pools and hiring a boat over a couple of days was so much fun. We went for a few bike rides and used the BBQ. We loved the welcome basket and enjoyed the food. The view over the lake was absolutely beautiful. Thank you for an amazing stay xxx – Apr 2022 AN (age 13)

“brilliant house with amazing views”

Another wonderful stay in this beautiful location – brilliant house with amazing views. We love the pool, the walks, the pubs and the Cotswold towns and villages. We will be back! Feb 2022 AK

“The wind on the water was mesmerising!”

We survived Storm Eunice here – the wind on the water was mesmerising! Would love to come back in the summer time to make the most of the outdoor facilities. Thank you! Feb 2022 MC

“excellent well equipped property”

Enjoyed a wonderful 70th birthday weekend with the family in this excellent well equipped property. Thank you – Dec 2021 JH

“lots of fun in the house”

We had a lovely stay! Walks were great! All the pubs were nice! Lots of fun in the house – “D’ aged 9!! – Dec 2021 HP

“Mum was surprised by all the small things”

A great stay for a 30th celebration! Mum was surprised by all the small things (washing up liquid etc), and there was enough room for all 10 guests! A brilliant meal at The Bakers Arms, and a lovely wood burning fire xx Thank you so much x – Nov 2021 CB

“We all enjoyed the comfy house and the games cupboard”

We had a lovely stay celebrating a belated family birthday. We made use of the lakes for SUPing despite the weather and the kids loved the pool. We all enjoyed the comfy house and the games cupboard – Oct 2021 TD

“12th visit to Lower Mill Estate – since 2012”

This is our 12th visit to Lower Mill Estate, we’ve been visiting since our boys were babies, now teenagers. We love all the rentals we have stayed in especially those properties which have full view of the Somerford Lagoon… our favourite lake. The house was lovely and well equipped and we had a restful break as usual. Always lovely to see Fiona and the team at the Spa and enjoy swimming and massages… essential ‘me’ time… The boys have enjoyed kayaking on the lake and visiting The Cotswold Range for archery and air rifle sessions. No doubt we’ll be back again soon. Got to do lots of fun activities and the conditions were great. Also, I appreciate the cheeky BBQ – Oct 2021 SS

“Well equipped house with spectacular view of Somerford Lagoon”

Fabulous week! All went by too quickly. A well equipped house with a spectacular view of Somerford Lagoon. We have been to Lower Mill on many occasions, but this year we enjoyed swimming in Mill Lake for the first time, from the little beach. This was a wonderful cool down in the amazing hot sunny weather – July 2021 WF

“Your house is lovely and this is a very special area/place to stay”

We had a lovely week here. Weather was mixed but gave us plenty of opportunity to paddle board, play tennis, swim and cycle. The views from the dining/sitting area are so beautiful – we can just sit + watch the lake all day. Your house is lovely and this is a very special area/place to stay. Many thanks. Jun 2021 LJ

“Impossible not to relax here”

Thoroughly enjoyed returning to Lower Mill, which we know well, and Sandpiper and the Estate did not disappoint. This property & the Estate were ideal for a 3-generation family gathering in spite of some remaining Covid restrictions. Impossible not to relax here, except during England’s semi-final of the Euros! Jul 2021 DB

“Wonderful views and onsite facilities are excellent”

Anniversary family break. Fully stocked with essentials, great space, wonderful views and onsite facilities excellent – thank you so much! Jul 2021 SR

“The view of the lake is amazing!”

We had a fantastic stay at Sandpipers. It was so easy to go paddle boarding and kayaking every day. The view of the lake is amazing! The house is s well stocked with everything we needed! We went to the Cotswold Wildlife Park, Bowood House & Gardens and Bourton on the Water – all very good for children and great days out. Thank you for a great stay! Jun 2021 SH


We had an amazing time at Cotswolds. We had an unbelievable time! Apr 2021 V-K family

“In these strange times this week has been a balm”

This was our first stay at Sandpipers but definitely not our last (a) because we have had a great time and (b) because we are coming back here in June with the family. An exceptionally beautiful place – bikes hired from the Hub + meal/provisions from Balihoo. Trips out to Cirencester, Northleach (+The Slaughters) + Lechlade – all good. In these strange times this week has been a balm – Apr 2021 KL

“Thank you for the yummy cake and biscuits”

We had a wonderful short stay. My sister and I enjoyed playing the games. We also went bird watching around the lakes. Our favourite time was the view from the house. Thank you for the yummy cake and biscuits. See you soon – Oct 2020 RS

“Lovely house, beautiful view”

“Girls Fun” Annual Trip!  We had a wonderful few days despite the weather, rain, rain, and more rain. Lovely house, beautiful view. Had a go at kayaking. Enjoyed our meal at The Potting Shed. The Bakers Arms’ food was also very good and Tetbury a delight.. fun! –  Oct 2020 NB

“Our big family group loved it, it really is a special place”

This was our third visit, we really love the peace of the place and also the activity; you can have a morning coffee on the balcony watching the sun rise over the beautiful lake, and then all head off for paddle boarding, swimming, canoeing, tennis etc Our big family group loved it, it really is a special place –  August 2020 NH

“Beautiful views, relaxing rural feel”

A fabulous family holiday: canoe, paddle board, wild swimming, running. Our third visit, and planning another. 2nd part of the group: First time to the Cotswolds and had a wonderful time! Beautiful views, relaxing rural feel, and delightful company –  July 2020 NK

“The cottage was spotless and we felt extremely safe while shielding”

Our family adored staying in Sandpipers. We had the freedom to cycle, kayak, swim, play tennis, all in the most beautiful and tranquil surroundings. The cottage was spotless and we felt extremely safe while shielding. We plan to return as often as we can! –  July 2020 EH

“We will miss the view and having fun on the lake”

We had a fabulous time here. Lovey accommodation. We will miss the view and having fun on the lake. Thanks for everything – RW

“First family get together past lockdown! Wonderful weekend”

First family get together past lockdown! Wonderful weekend enjoyed by all of us, especially as the outdoor pool opened on our first day – what a bonus. We will be back – HN

“Back again and another fantastic break”

Back again and another fantastic break. The houses have amazing views over the lake and are kept to a very high standard. The welcome Lemon Drizzle cake was an added bonus! Lower Mill has lots of on-site facilities including a heated indoor and outdoor swimming pool, sauna, steam room, spa, gym, tennis courts and a restaurant. This is a great place for a weekend of mid-week break that caters for all ages. We hired bikes that were delivered from a local company and spent time cycling (also great for walkers) around the lakes and local footpaths. The Zoo is about a 30 minute drive and a good day out. Cirencester is also worth a visit. If you want a great UK based family break I would recommend you visit Cotswold Lake Houses. We will be back again next year! – RC

“views across Somerford Lagoon are it’s crowning glory”

Our second stay on the Lower Mill Estate at Kate’s wonderful house, Sandpipers. Lower Mill is the perfect base from which to explore the South Cotswolds. The site itself is excellent, really well maintained with a great little pool and spa. There are great walks on your doorstep around Somerford Lagoon, Flagham Fen and Howells Mere. Cirencester is fifteen minutes away and plenty of the Cotswolds’ attractions are within easy reach by car. We visited in February and the site was quiet, not sure how busy the estate would be in the summer months. Sandpipers is a fantastic house – the open plan living space on the first floor with amazing views across Somerford Lagoon are it’s crowning glory – Highly recommend – AK

“Excellent facilities in a delightful setting”

An excellent week for the family – 6 adults + 5 children. Excellent facilities in a delightful setting: it suited everyone perfectly – IT