Immerse yourself in the Cotswolds
A family holiday on the Lower Mill Estate offers the perfect opportunity to explore the Cotswolds. The Cotswolds is an area in south central England which is considered to be an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It ranges from the meadows of the Upper Thames to the rolling Cotswold Hills and covers an area approximately 90 miles long. It is particularly known for its rural landscape containing stone built cottages, historical towns and stately homes and gardens. The area is defined by the local Cotswold stone that has a world renowned golden hue that gives the cottages that real ‘chocolate box’ feel. There are many beautiful villages to explore within easy reach of Daisy Chain and make an excellent addition to your Cotswold family holiday.
Time to explore
Cotswold Farm Park
Cotswold Farm Park is a family-friendly attraction located in the heart of the Cotswolds. The park offers visitors the chance to experience traditional farming practices and meet a variety of rare and endangered livestock breeds. Visitors can also enjoy tractor rides, animal feeding and interactive displays, making it a perfect day out for all ages.
Cotswold Wildlife Park
Cotswold Wildlife Park is a 160-acre wildlife park located in the picturesque Cotswolds region of England. The park is home to a diverse range of animals from around the world, including big cats, primates, giraffes, and rhinos. Visitors can explore the park’s gardens, lakes, and picnic areas while observing the animals in their natural habitats, making it a perfect destination for families and animal lovers.
Birdland Park and Gardens is a world-renowned aviary located in the picturesque village of Bourton-on-the-Water, England. The park is home to over 500 birds from around the world, including parrots, penguins, flamingos, and more. Visitors can take a stroll through the park’s beautiful gardens, meet the birds up-close, and even enjoy a bird of prey display, making it a perfect destination for bird lovers and nature enthusiasts.
Westonbirt Arboretum is one of the most beautiful and diverse tree collections in the world, located just 30 minutes drive from Daisy Chain. This stunning arboretum boasts over 18,000 trees and shrubs from around the world, including a world-renowned collection of rare and endangered species.
Source of the River Thames
The source of the river Thames is a must-see destination for families looking for a unique and educational experience. The river, which is the longest in England, starts as a small stream in a field in the Cotswold hills, which is marked by a stone marker. Visitors can take a walk around the area, have a picnic and even dip their toes in the water, making it a perfect destination for families looking for an outdoor adventure.
Batsford Arboretum is is a beautiful botanical garden with over 50 acres of gardens and woodland to explore. It is home to over 3,000 different trees and shrubs from around the world. The arboretum features a wide range of landscapes, including a Japanese Garden, a Rock Garden, and a Winter Garden. Guests can also enjoy a stroll along the River Dikler, which runs through the property, or take a guided tour to learn more about the different plant species on display.
Quaint Cotswolds Villages
Bourton-on-the-Water is regularly voted one of the prettiest villages in Britain. The village is sometimes referred to as the ‘Little Venice’ of the Cotswolds, with a series of elegant low bridges over the River Windrush. The village is a very popular tourist destination and there are cafes and shops to explore.
Burford is an atmospheric medieval Cotswold town, traditionally known as the ‘Gateway to the Cotswolds’ The High Street slopes down to the River Windrush. There are fascinating ancient side streets to explore, beautiful architecture to admire and exclusive shops and galleries as well as plenty of pubs, restaurants and tea rooms.
William Morris described Bibury as, “The most beautiful village in England.” It is certainly a charming picturesque village. The River Coln flows through Bibury and lies between the main street in the village and a watermeadow known as Rack Isle. The river, being close to the Trout farm in the village is full of trout, and the river is home to black swans.
Blenheim Palace is a magnificent 18th-century palace located in the picturesque village of Woodstock, England. The palace is home to a variety of family-friendly activities such as guided tours, an adventure playground, and a maze, making it the perfect destination for families looking to explore the historic homes of England. Visitors can also enjoy the palace’s beautiful gardens and parkland: a perfect destination for families looking to spend a fun-filled day out in the countryside.
Cirencester is known as the capital of the Cotswolds and was the second largest town in Britain during Roman times. It is well known for its beautiful architecture, Roman heritage, and picturesque streets, making it the perfect destination for families looking to explore the Cotswolds. Take a stroll around the town centre, visiting the local shops, cafes and restaurants and enjoy the charming atmosphere of this ancient town.
Museum and Amphitheatre
The multi award winning Corinium Museum offers inspiring glimpses into the Roman past combined with lots of interactive hands on activities to bring history to life for all the family. There are opportunities to experience life as a Roman, admire stunning mosaics up close and peek through the window of a Roman town house. The gold award winning Corinium Museum Romans App includes a museum tour, a town tour (which locates you by GPS and tells you where you would have been in Corinium) as well as a learning zone. It makes a great accompaniment to a visit to Cirencester.
The Baker’s Arms
The closest pub is the Baker’s Arms and is often visited by visitors to Daisy Chain. It is a 20 minute walk from the Lower Mill Estate in the village of Somerford Keynes. It is family friendly with a playground in the garden for children. It serves a range of light lunchtime meals and has a more substantial evening menu. all ages.
The Potting Shed
The Potting Shed in Crudwell is a lovely pub, overlooking Cotswold stone cottages in a quintessentially English setting. It comes well recommended and has won a range of pub of the year awards. The menu changes frequently, making the most of locally sourced seasonal produce.
The Wheatsheaf Inn
The Wheatsheaf Inn is a friendly, cosy family-run Cotswold pub tucked away in the pretty village of Oaksey. The pub offers a warm and welcoming atmosphere and serves delicious, homemade food made from locally sourced ingredients.
The White Hart
The White Hart in Ashton Keynes is a quaint and cozy pub located in the picturesque village of Ashton Keynes, England. The pub is renowned for its traditional atmosphere and serves a wide range of local ales and ciders in addition to a variety of homemade pub food.
The Eliot Arms
The Eliot Arms in South Cerney has recently been refurbished and is gaining a lot of good reviews with excellent service and delicious food.
The Bell at Sapperton
The Bell at Sapperton is a beautifully restored 17th-century inn located in the charming village of Sapperton. The food on their menu is freshly prepared, using local and regional produce whenever the seasons allow. They pride themselves on using some of the best ingredients the Cotswolds region has to offer.
Thinking of visiting?
Check your diary and let’s fix a date. It’s time you had a Cotswold Family Holiday on the Lower Mill Estate.