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Farmhouse | 5 bedrooms | sleeps 10
A fascinating 5 bedroom, 2 bathroom detached hilltop property set in over 4 acres of grounds. This is an eclectic property consisting of the original agricultural cottage married to a collection of converted outbuildings to provide a rambling home ideally situated on the top of the Gog Magog Hills, in open countryside yet only 8 minutes drive from Addenbrookes Hospital.
The layout is excellent for entertaining all year round;
Winter entertaining-The large sitting room and adjacent dining room are well suited to entertaining, featuring vaulted ceilings, oak flooring, high efficiency contemporary log burners and both rooms are dual aspect. These main reception rooms are also in a different wing to the bedrooms.
Summer entertaining-There is a choice of areas including decking and patio around the pond plus south and west facing sheltered picnic areas in the meadow. Sunsets are amazing due to the elevated position, in the summer there is direct sunlight until the very end of the day.
|Size||Sleeps up to 10, 5 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||2 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Stansted 41 km, Nearest railway: Shelford 3 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Pool or snooker table, Table tennis, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms, 1 En suites and 1 Shower rooms, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||King Beds (3), Double beds (2), Single beds (4), Cots (1), Dining seats for 17, Lounge seats for 17|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
The house has two wings with the kitchen/informal dining area is set at the functional and physical centre. In the west wing are most of the bedrooms and majority of the reception rooms are in the South wing, which has proven to be an excellent layout for entertaining with the minimum disruption to people who wish to sleep/relax.
Note: The house is split level and there are three steps down to the main reception rooms in the South Wing.
In true English farmhouse style the cooker is a 2 oven oil fired Aga and off the kitchen is a pantry, utility room fully equipped with Miele appliances and an informal dining area that can seat 10 people.
The main reception rooms have a flexible layout with the lounge extending to approximately 10m and the linked dining room 6m. Both have vaulted ceilings and are dual aspect. There is a pool table and table tennis table available, although if not required the table tennis table is stored in one of the outbuildings. The dining room will accommodate at least 10 people.
Both the lounge and the dining room are equipped with high efficiency log burners which make a great focal point on chilly winter evenings. (logs supplied for use during the stay).
|Further details outdoors|
Both the lounge and dining room open onto the lower decking, adjacent to the pond. The kitchen/informal dining open onto the upper patio within which there is a feature water channel and low level water fall. The upper patio is edged on one side by a wide flower border and the other side of the water feature is a herb garden.
To the South of the property is a 1/4 acre private garden area edged to the east by a line of cherry trees and to the west there is a viewing platform. North of the dwelling is approximately 4 acres of a combination of garden, meadow, chalk land wood and orchard.
Note: The well stocked pond is up to 1m deep and is a hazard to very young children. A cover is provided and should not be removed if there are young children in the party.
If there are very young children in the party the owners must be informed in writing, on the booking form, at the time of booking so that the children's safety near the pond can be ensured.
There will be a returnable security/breakage deposit of £400 required. The property will be available from 4pm on the day of arrival, although upon prior request a check in time of 2pm will be accommodated where practical.
Guests should vacate the property by 10am on the morning of departure.
About this location
The Cambridgeshire region
Cambridge is a world famous historic university city that lies at the heart of East Anglia and within easy reach of London (45 minutes by train).
East Anglia is an incredibly varied region and regional attractions include:
Newmarket horse racing and National Stud - 12 miles see: http://www.newmarketracecourses.co.uk/concerts/2012-concert-dates.
The city of Ely and its cathedral set within the black Fen country, which also includes the wildlife reserve at Wicken Fen.
Suffolk - Constable country which includes Lavenham, Long Melford and Southwold.
Plus many more. The owners will be pleased to advise where possible.
Local attractions include the University of Cambridge and a punt trip through the backs of the colleges is not to be missed although it can be just as nice taking a punt upriver and picnic at Grantchester.
Throughout the summer months there are a number of open air concerts and plays in the area including the famous Cambridge Folk Festival.
Within one mile of the property is the Magog down and the adjacent Wandlebury Roman settlement and Roman road.
Within 3 miles at Duxford is the Imperial Museum with everything from Concord to Spitfires and tanks to a B52 bomber.
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20 Oct 2014
"Great Location, Great Accommodation, Great weekend away"
From the start John was extremely efficient and helpful. We were looking for a house to accommodate our hen party and John was so helpful and made the process so easy and straight forward. He was prom… More
23 Sep 2014
"Lovely cottage in a great location"
We spent the weekend at Keeper's Cottage for my friend's hen weekend, there were 16 of us and we had a brilliant weekend. The cottage was very spacious and accommodated all of us with no pro… More
I am glad that you enjoyed your stay and in particular enjoyed the new bathroom. There is nothing like brushing one's teeth while standing on a piece of glass above a 100ft void, to perk you up for the day ahead.
September can be a lovely time to appreciate the grounds and this you seem to have done to the full. Well Done!
I hope we see you again soon! John
31 Jul 2014
"Ideal location for large groups"
We stayed in this cottage for a weekend hen party, which was ideal for everything we had planned. The communication from then home owner John even before & during the stay was excellent & nothing was … More
Thank you for your very positive review and we are glad that you enjoyed your stay. Thank you also for leaving the property in such good condition and I hope we see you again.
17 Jul 2014
stayed at Keepers Cottage with friends for a week in June. The location is superb with large grounds, but both the patio area and the flower beds need attention. The beds were comfortable and clea… More
I accept that the garden was not as well tended as we would normally expect but the work required to add the new feature en-suite bathroom took longer than expected. You comment was justified and the garden has now been tended. With regard to the patio, that is intended to have a cottage feel and for instance there are chives growing in one or two places.
We have a program of constant improvement of the property and strive to maintain a good standard. I am sorry that on this occasion we disappointed you.
26 Jun 2014
"Fun but tranquil, comfortable and great for entertaining!"
Stayed at keepers cottage for my best friend's hen do. We all loved it!there was space to all be together and have fun, garden is great, especially on a sunny day. Very comfortable rooms and quir… More
Thank you for your lovely review and it is great to hear about people enjoying the property to the full. I hope we see you again.
10 Mar 2014
"Cosy, comfortable, beautiful setting, great location & perfect for fun weekend with friends!"
We had a fantastic weekend here for my friend's hen do. The setting is amazing - the cottage is up on a hill, so the view is wonderful and there's a fantastic viewing platform out from the g… More
Thank you for your excellent review and for being such lovely guests. I hope we see you again soon. John
25 Feb 2014
"Large yet cosy"
A fantastic large yet cosy cottage which housed 10 of us easily. Space for fun, large meals around the table, cosy nights in - log burning fire,and room to 'run around' in the grounds. Loc… More
Thank you for your excellent review which captures the essence of the property so well and I am really pleased that you enjoyed your stay to the full. Hurry back and Best Wishes John.
17 Jan 2014
"Large sprawling property suitable for large/family groups"
The property was in a great location .We hired the accommodation for Christmas which suited our large multigenerational family. John the owner was very amenable and responded quickly to any queries. G… More
I am glad you enjoyed your stay and cooking Christmas Dinner on the Aga. The additional en suite bathroom is progressing well and will be completed in March. Best Wishes John
22 Sep 2013
"Lovely sprawling property with lots of character, ideal for groups"
We spent a long weekend at Keepers Cottage with a group of friends and loved the property to bits. It's beautifully furnished with cosy bedrooms and spacious common areas - the lounge and dining … More
Thank you for your excellent review. We are very fortunate with the location and setting of the property and are determined to keep on improving the property and amenities to make the best of the setting. It would be lovely if you could come back in a few months to review the progress.
6 Sep 2013
"Fab house for family and friend get togethers"
This house is great for family get togethers. It is a higglety pigglety house and this just adds to the charm.Beautiful bedrooms, cosy with lovely views. The dining room is enormous and with the ipod … More
Thank you for such a nice review and for being such lovely guests. I sincerely hope we see you again.
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