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Hobby's Rest: Close to Nature; Far from Ordinary.

Hobby's Rest is a charming mews-style cottage set in 550 acres of glorious Cotswold countryside
3 reviews
Hobby's Rest is a charming mews-style cottage set in 550 acres of glorious Cotswold countryside
Tucked away in a pretty cobbled courtyard on the exclusive Lower Mill Estate
With a picturesque organic orchard on the doorstep
The relaxed open-plan interior perfectly blends original features with contemporary touches
With a cosy log burner - perfect for a romantic night-in
Bespoke king-size bed by Indigo with Tempur mattress and crisp 100% Egyptian cotton linen.
Stylish en-suite to the master bedroom
Spacious, light main bathroom with contemporary fittings and a double walk-in shower
Hobby's Rest enjoys a sleepy corner of this private country estate and nature reserve
The 550 acres, 7 lakes, 3 rivers and miles and miles of country walks are yours to explore at will
Delightful water views at every turn
Enjoy a dip in the outdoor heated swimming pool
...or the miles of private country walks
The friendly hub of Mill Village is a gentle stroll away
Cycle, swim, canoe, paddle-board, play tennis; everything you'll need is readily available to hire
Dine at Balihoo, Lower Mill's exclusive eco-friendly restaurant and enjoy fresh, local produce
Basic provisions are available at the General Store
Nature is at her best at Lower Mill - with clear star-filled skies and spectacular evening walks
You may even catch a glimpse of the otters who make their home here
With a one acre organic orchard right outside your door...
...Hobby's Rest is the perfect place to relax in the afternoon sun
Dine al fresco
...or to enjoy a stunning sunset
Hobby's Rest. Close to nature: far from ordinary
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1 Bedroom , 2 Bathrooms , Sleeps 2
Somerford Keynes, Cirencester, Cotswolds, England
(Please note that Hobby's Rest is presently being renovated. It will be available from June 2018 onwards with extended living space and spectacular panoramic doors spanning the full length of the living area. Read on for details of the cottage and check back in June for updated photos!)

With an off-the-beaten-track appeal, within a pretty cobbled courtyard, this mews-style cottage oozes country charm.

Set in one of the most beautiful nature reserves in the country, Hobby's Rest perfectly combines rustic features and contemporary touches in an enchanting holiday home for two.

There's a relaxed feel to the open-plan living area - and with a reclining leather sofa and a cosy log burner, it's perfect for a romantic night in.
The light-filled bedroom has a pared-back minimalist approach - and with a king-sized oak bed and...
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Languages spoken:English, French
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Neil B
1 review
Reviewed 25 August 2017 for a stay in August 2017

The cottage is immaculate and very well appointed, good attention to detail and very welcoming. This met all our expectations and more for a lovely Cotswolds weekend. Wonderful area with so much to see and explore.

Management response:

Thank you for your review. We're pleased the cottage exceeded your expectations and look forward to welcoming you again soon.


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Birmingham, United Kingdom
Reviewed 7 January 2017 for a stay in December 2016

Management response:

Thank you very much for your review. We're really pleased you enjoyed your New Year's break at Hobby's Rest and had everything you needed to make your stay relaxing and enjoyable. We look forward to welcoming you again soon!


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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 October 2016 for a stay in December 2015

We spent last Christmas at Hobby's. It was warm and neat, very clean but cosy for two. The bed and other furniture was very comfortable (I have a bad back). Everything you need was provided in this well planned, awesome little spot in the Cotswolds. Although it is set in a large secured area in Somerford Keynes you can choose...

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Dear Jaxf37 Thank you so much for sharing your enjoyable experience at Hobby's Rest. We're so pleased that you found the cottage to be "amazing, peaceful and cosy" for your winter break. We look forward to welcoming you both again soon. (We are sure you will love the extended living space - planned for 2017 - with full height/length windows...


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  • Books
  • Cooker
  • Dining Seats (4)
  • Dishwasher
  • Dryer
  • DVD Player
  • En Suite Rooms (1)
  • Fireplace
  • Freezer
  • Full Baths (1)
  • Grill
  • Hairdryer
  • Housekeeping Included
  • Internet Access
  • Iron
  • Kettle
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room Seats (3)
  • Local Guides/Maps
  • Microwave
  • Outdoor Dining Area
  • Patio
  • Private Fishing Lake/River
  • Private Garden
  • Queen Beds:(1)
  • Refrigerator
  • Sauna
  • Secure Parking
  • Shared Garden
  • Shared Outdoor Pool (Heated)
  • Shared Tennis Court
  • Stereo System
  • Toaster
  • Towels Provided
  • TV
  • Washer
  • Water Views
  • Wi-Fi
House rules
    Not kid-friendly
    Pets not allowed
    Smoking not allowed
    Check in: 4:00 PM
    Check out: 10:00 AM
    1 Full bath
    1 Attached (ensuite)
    1 King
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Rates are calculated based on the latest information provided. Please contact the manager/owner to confirm actual rates for your requested dates.

Dates Min stay Weeknight Weekend night Per week
Default 3 nights
R 1 832
R 1 832
R 10 995
20 Jul 2018 -
5 Aug 2018
Early Summer
3 nights
R 1 916
R 11 494
6 Aug 2018 -
24 Sep 2018
High Season - Summer
3 nights
R 1 999
R 11 994
21 Dec 2018 -
27 Dec 2018
High Season - Christmas
3 nights
R 2 166
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Please note: rates may have been converted from the original local currency to South African Rand and are approximate rates that may change due to exchange rate fluctuation. Please contact the manager to confirm actual rates for your requested dates.
  • Damage Deposit: R 1 666 / stay - Deposit
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About the neighbourhood
Nestled in the UK's first and only residential nature reserve, Lower Mill is the ultimate rural retreat. Close to the sleepy village of Somerford Keynes, with it's quintessentially English chocolate-box pub, it's the perfect place for a romantic getaway.

Nearby Cirencester, the elegant gateway to the Cotswolds, is a lively, attractive location, full of smart shops, cafes and restaurant. Tetbury, another near neighbour, is famous for its royal residents. Here you can enjoy some of the best antique shopping in Britain, perhaps topped off with an afternoon cream tea.
Car advised
How to get there
Airport: Heathrow: 128.0 km
Railway: Kemble: 6.0 km
Only 90 minutes by car from London and approximately 60 minutes by rail. The nearest main line station, Kemble, is a ten minute drive away. A taxi from here to Lower Mill Estate costs around £10.

From from the North - Exit M5, Junction 11A towards Cirencester / London.
From the South - Exit M4, Junction 15 towards Swindon / Cirencester.
Activities nearby
Fishing Nearby, There Is A Golf Course Within 30 Mins Drive, There Are Tennis Courts Nearby, Water Park Nearby, Watersports Nearby.
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