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Excellent 5/5 Score from 10 reviews

Cambridge Cottage nr Duxford, Wimpole,Grantchester

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Excellent 5/5 Score from 10 reviews

1 & 2 Selby Cottages

Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4

Key Info
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car essential
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
  • Private garden

Nicknamed "The Shire" by its owners this 18C Famers cottage has a tiny front door with roses over, imposing inglenook fireplace in the lounge, beamed ceilings, wonky walls and two staircases leading to each of the upstairs bedrooms which are separated by a hatch. There is a modern upstairs bathroom with shower over, a well equipped kitchen dining room with seating for 6, the lounge has a leather 4 seater leather sofa and matching chair and the garden has a patio table with 4 chairs and a BBQ. The main bedroom has a king size bed and plenty of storage and hanging space. The second bedroom can be a single or, converted into a twin. A travel cot can be provided free of charge.

The cottage is perfectly situated in the heart of the pretty village of Fowlmere with country pubs and walks including the Fowlmere RSPB nature reserve on all sides yet within 20 minutes you can reach the centre of Cambridge by car. However, we recommend the Park and ride in Trumpington where you can park for £1 for 18 hours and then either take the bus into Cambridge (10 mins) or, walk 1.3 miles to the Orchard Tea Rooms in Grantchester taking in Jeffery Archers Statues en route. An obligatory cup of tea and cake followed by a stroll along the side of the beautiful meadows next to the River Cam will see you in the centre of Cambridge (2 miles). You can see all the major attractions such as Kings College, go punting, visit the museums, take a walking tour and catch the bus back from the Grand Arcade or, get a cab back and collect your car in the morning!

Eating out in Fowlmere:

A few steps away from the cottage on the High Street you will find 3 delicious places to eat. The Chequers Country House with Head Chef Richard Stearn previously at The Fat Duck in Bray and The Ritz. The Stunning 16C Interior with enormous Inglenook fireplace is steeped in history from Samuel Pepys visit in 1660 to the checked flags over the door as a tribute to English and American pilots in both WW1 and WWII. Further along the High Street you will find the new Sachin's restaurant inside the beautiful Swan Coaching Inn. Our guests tell us they have had some of the best Indian food ever cooked freshly in the charcoal oven, if you prefer to eat in you can also have a takeaway. At the corner of the High Street is the thatched Queens Head Pub which has been beautifully furnished in eclectic style, with smaller rooms at the front and back serving simple British food such as ploughman's and fish and chips this comfortable pub is very popular. A short 1 mile walk into Thriplow takes you to the lovely Green Man community owned pub serving a good range of British Dishes. The Queens Head in Newton is the place to go for soup and the King William IV in Heydon is an excellent choice for Vegetarians and has tables chained to the ceiling!


The twitter of birds can be heard everywhere in Fowlmere and is a delightful way to be woken in the morning. The Fowlmere RSPB Nature Reserve is under a 1m away (across the fields) with natural springs, 3 hides and 3KM of trails absolutely perfect for a picnic or, simply a beautiful walk.

Duxford Imperial War Museum

Duxford Imperial War Museum is only a 5-10 minute drive. Fowlmere itself was instrumental in both WWI and WWII and there is now a small airbase on the farm where the large hangers used to be and the spitfires used to fly from. The Air days and F1 days at Duxford Imperial War Museum are a real treat and from the village you may be privy to quite a few displays. The museum itself is in the top 10 attractions in Cambridge and well worth a visit.

2015 Duxford Air Shows: Duxford VE Day 23-24 May, Flying Legends 11-12 July, Battle of Britain Anniversary 12-13 September

Wimpole Hall

The largest stately home in Cambridgeshire, this majestic georgian mansion is less than 20 minutes drive away and set in beautiful grounds, a lovely example of a stately home and working farm. Lots of events go on here throughout the year so, worth checking their website.

Audley End house

One of the finest stately homes in the country is a must for Downton lovers. However, it is closed for the winter until 15th Feb due to restoration work. Breathtaking when you first see it standing in the grounds and the kitchens are a must.

Royston Cave

The 14th Century cave with carvings around the walls believed to have been used by the Knights Templar is only 10 mins away.

Burwash Manor

This is a gem of a find, a huddle of independent shops, tea rooms and small farm under 20 mins away.

Bury Lane

One of the best Farm Shops we have ever encountered just along the A10 towards Royston.


Children love this cottage the windy staircases, low ceilings and the small doorway/large hatch between the bedrooms make it good fun. There is a toy box with a small range of toys and dvds for children. Just behind the church there is a large village green which is good for climbing trees and kicking footballs. There is an ancient landmark called The Moat which is mainly over grown woodland great for making dens next to the Green. The play park next to the school in the centre of the village is a 2 minute walk away and another new play park is about a miles walk towards Thriplow with an extensive range of play equipment. Children love the Bird Reserve and there are sometimes discovery days and other events. In the next village is Shepreth Wildlife Park where you can see the tigers being fed. There is a large indoor play area at Bury Lane Farm a 5 minute drive away and Duxford Imperial War museum is excellent and educational for children with a huge range of planes and science area. There is a sports centre with swimming pool in Melbourn a 5 minute drive away. There are of course a range of things for children to do in Cambridge to suit all ages. Further afield are Woburn Abbey and Safari Park, Linton Zoo, even White Water rafting for older children on the Olympic course in Lea Valley.

Addenbrookes Hospital

The cottage is situated on the right side of Cambridge to reach Addenbrookes easily. The hospital is easily reached along country roads to the A10 near the M11 roundabout. It is extremely rare to have much traffic and therefore, it takes approximately 15 minutes to reach the hospital.

Perfectly situated to enjoy the main attractions in Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire and Essex. Even London can easily be reached within 1 hour by taking the train from Royston or Whittlesford.

The cottage is brand new to the holiday let market (May 2014) and has been refurbished with quality bedding and towels and dressing gowns to make your stay more comfortable. A selection of cereals will be provided and the basics such as tea, coffee and a welcome pack.

For travellers coming up from the South we highly recommend a visit to the Hatfield Galleria with its large range of outlet shopping.


There is a shared driveway which can be used for loading and unloading but, cannot be blocked. There is plenty of on street parking on the High St. Children are very welcome at the cottage but, the staircases can not have stair gates and are windy and narrow and may not be suitable for some children or, less able adults.

Size Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms
Will consider Corporate bookings, House swap
Access Car essential
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: London Heathrow 100 km, Nearest railway: Foxton Train station 4 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, Internet access, DVD player
General Central heating, TV, Safe, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms
Furniture Single beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 5
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Private garden, BBQ
Access Parking

About this location

The Cambridgeshire region

South cambridgeshire is full of quaint english villages, filled with listed buildings, village greens, flowers, wildlife and pretty countryside. Bordering Essex and Hertfordshire Fowlmere is the ideal base to explore the East of England.

Cambridge with Kings Colledge, Punting, Fitzwilliam Museum and all its history, events and architecture is easily reach by train or car within 20 mins.

Wimpole Hall, Shepreth Wildlife Park and Duxford Imperial War Museum are very close and some of the area's most famous attractions.

WIthin about 30 minutes you will reach Saffron Walden, Royston, Ely, Newmarket & Anglesey Abbey.

Thetford Forest, Woburn Abbey and castles such as Hedingham, Hertford and Kimbolton are all under an hours drive.


Fowlmere itself is a small village steeped in history and home to the beautiful RSPB Nature Reserve with its natural springs, hides and trails. The small airport was instrumental in the WWI and WWII and home to a number of US service men. The Chequers pub, Fowlmere is mentioned in Samuel Pepys diary. There is an excellent Indian Restaurant with freshly cooked food barbequed on their clay oven and the beautiful Thatched Queen's Head serves excellent simple pub food and beverages. there is a Beauty Salon and even willow weaving courses!

Surrounding Fowlmere are the villages of Foxton, Thriplow, Shrepreth, Newton, Barrington, Chishall Grange, and Newton all of which are picturesque.

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7 Oct 2014


"A dream of a cottage in an excellent location"

The cottage was cute and full of character and catered for our every need.Plenty of interesting places to visit nearby,wish we could have stayed longer!Owners very friendly and accommodating.Would vis… More

16 Sep 2014



This is a lovely cottage in a very nice village. The cottage was very comfortableWith everything you could need. It was very quirky and obviously old. The welcomeWas superb and the welcome pack was th… More

28 Aug 2014


"Little lovely cottage"

Sehr schönes kleines Cottage in der Nähe von Cambridge! Da Fowlmere doch recht ausserhalb ist, sollte man auf jeden fall ein Auto mieten, wenn man Tagesausflüge plant! Sonst war alles zu unserer Zu… More

Thank you so much for your review. We are pleased you all slept well in between going to your friend's wedding in Madingley village with your young children. We hope we can welcome you in the future for a longer stay.

25 Aug 2014


"Cabaña cerca de Cambridge"

Excelent cottage in a very calm and friendly town. But the best of the cottege is the owner: Janice. Es una cabaña muy bien acondicionada. Pequeñita pero bastante bien equipada. Y sobretodo muy muy … More

We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay and the cottage. You had a long journey over from Spain and we wanted to make sure you were comfortable on arrival with a welcome pack. Very pleased you enjoyed the local pubs and Cambridge, London and the local area. We hope we see you again on return visits to England. Also, thank you for your lovely message in our Visitors book. Janice.

26 Jul 2014


"Lovely, quaint cottage"

Just spent a lovely 3 days at fowlmere , the cottage is beautiful, old and full of character , however this would not be suitable for anyone with limited mobility, due to windy staircases and access t… More

Really pleased you enjoyed our beautiful cottage and the village. Also pleased to hear the BBQ was enjoyed and our fantastic Indian restaurant/takeaway Sachins never fails to please. Totally agree the cottage is not suitable for the less able. Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review.

21 Jul 2014


"An excellent base for sightseeing"

I agree entirely with the previous reviewers so I don't intend to repeat what they have said, except that the starter pack was exceptional. The other reviewers wanted a getaway, we wanted a tour… More

We are so pleased you enjoyed the cottage and it made the ideal base for you to explore the many attractions of East Anglia and in particular that you enjoyed your birthday treat to the Duxford Legends Air Show.

19 Jul 2014


"Cottage charmant et atypique dans la campagne de Cambridge"

Nous venons de passer 2 jours dans ce cottage anglais des environs de Cambridge.La propriétaire est extrêmement sympathique et l'accueil est vraiment attentif aux visiteurs de passage. À votre… More

Thank your feedback we are glad you enjoyed the charm of the cottage, the village location and the welcome pack. Today we have bought a portable air cooler to help keep the bedrooms cool in the event of further heat waves. We also plan to put an Arbour in front of the picket fence to help with privacy.

15 Jul 2014


"This was just right for us"

This cottage was very nice indeed. We needed to be near Cambridge but away from the hurly burly of the city. Travelling into Cambridge was easy for us by car but park and ride would also have been pos… More

Really pleased you were able to relax in the cottage after your long journey and that you enjoyed the peaceful village surroundings when you didn't need to be in Cambridge for your meetings.

20 Jun 2014


"Charming cottage, perfect for getting away from it all!"

Three of us stayed here for a writer's retreat in June and it was the perfect location! The cottage is full of character, with low ceilings, exposed beams, and a little hatch you can use to climb… More

We particularly enjoyed reading your beautiful poem about the cottage in the Guest book and look forward to your return visit this winter. We are sure you will find the cottage equally conducive in the winter with the fire flickering away in the Inglenook.

22 May 2014


"Comfortable and quiet"

I stayed in "Cambridgeshire Cottage" for a long weekend to finish a creative project I had been working on. The cottage was just lovely - comfortable, quiet, cozy, and nestled in a lovely vi… More

We are really pleased you enjoyed your stay in the cottage as our first guests. We look forward to listening to your album and particularly the tracks you recorded in the cottage.

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