It's #nationalmeadowday today. We think the Lower Mill Estate is a pretty good place to spend it. So many beautiful swathes of wild flowers at the moment as you walk around the estate and into the wider Nature Reserve. I took this photo of a Pyramid Orchid with a 5 Spot Burnet Moth a few days ago.
One of the lovely things about Daisy Chain is the abundance of birds to be seen. Herons, Egrets, Grebes, Terns, Swallows and Kingfishers to name just a few. But have you ever wondered what the Lower Mill Estate looks like to them? Some recent guests shared these great pictures taken from a drone.
Swooping over Somerford Lagoon, Clearwater Lake is straight ahead. To the left is Howells Mere with Swillbrook Lakes beyond. To the right beyond the green, the tennis court and the Mill Village pool is Spinney Lake, edged on the near side by the new houses with their green eco roofs.
Zooming down towards Daisy Chain you can see some people sitting on the grass enjoying the sunshine and pick out the barbecue on the lower deck – perhaps they’ll be wheeling that out in a minute to cook up some burgers and kebabs by the lakeside! That belt of reeds doesn’t just look great in the sunrise photos that guests take from their bedrooms, it’s also home to many birds – and sometimes a murmuration of starlings lands there during the winter. Just over to the left in the corner of the lake is the handy place for slipping the canoe into the water.
Here she is, as seen by the birds, slipping quietly across the calm waters of the lagoon. Where are they off to? Round the island before breakfast? Paddling to the reed beds to see how many different species of birds they can count? Heading across to the narrow strip of land where they can portage across and canoe on Flagham Fen to see if they can spot the beavers in the water just a few metres away from them? Or just enjoying the simple pleasure of being afloat, the freedom, the ripple of the water, being captain of your own boat, the satisfaction of learning to make the canoe go where you want with the ‘J stroke’ (turning the paddle at the end of the stroke to act as a rudder so you don’t have to keep switching the paddle from side to side). It’s just great being out on the water … I wonder if they can smell those burgers cooking yet?
The menu board in Ballihoo Restaurant on the Lower Mill Estate – a really easy place to grab a meal between activities. It is just between the Spa and the playground and tennis courts so it's easy to sit at a table while the children play at the playground.
We've just received this review from guests who stayed last week – thank you for sending the photo too! Thank you for another great week at Daisy Chain, so well equipped for our family of 10 ranging from a baby of 9 months, boy of 5, girls of 7 and 8 as well as six adults. We went swimming every day in the lovely Spa, really enjoyed Miss Mouse’s Trail which kept the kids entertained on a 5K walk (wear wellingtons if it has been raining). The dipping pool is a particular highlight. We were disappointed not to get round to using the canoe. All the kids went home much more confident in biking and swimming, all having had a very happy holiday. We still have some midweek availability over the next few months and one week available in July. Check out our calendar athttp://cotswoldfamilyholidays.com/enquire-and-book/ Drop us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested!