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Cottage / 2 bedrooms / sleeps 4 Home 1782627

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2 Bed - 18C Cottage 20 mins-Cambridge - Royston Cottage

2bedrooms
4sleeps
2nights min stay

Cottage / 2 bedrooms / 1 bathroom / sleeps 4

Key Info

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

Families

  • Great for children of all ages
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
  • Cot available
  • High chair available

Description from owner

Description

A pretty 2 bedroom character cottage near Cambridge with roses over the door. Close to Duxford Imperial War Museum perfect for Aviation Enthusiasts. Shepreth Wildlife Park is close by for Children, its worth looking at their Experience days. Wimpole Hall and Farm, Audley End House are fantastic examples of Stately homes and can be reached within 20 minutes drive. Royston Cave is open during the summer and the carvings are thought to be created by The Knights Templar. The centre of Cambridge with Cambridge University, Cambridge Botanical Gardens and Cambridge Museums and of course Punting make this cottage a perfect base for exploring regardless of your interest.

Located in Fowlmere a pretty Cambridgeshire village with RSPB Nature Reserve the cottage is well placed for Bird Watchers, Nature Lovers, Walkers and Cyclists. With a number of pretty walks and cycle rides through Fowlmere, Thriplow, Newton, Foxton, Shepreth, Melbourn, Barrington and many more.

The cottage is self

A pretty 2 bedroom character cottage near Cambridge with roses over the door. Close to Duxford Imperial War Museum perfect for Aviation Enthusiasts. Shepreth Wildlife Park is close by for Children, its worth looking at their Experience days. Wimpole Hall and Farm, Audley End House are fantastic examples of Stately homes and can be reached within 20 minutes drive. Royston Cave is open during the summer and the carvings are thought to be created by The Knights Templar. The centre of Cambridge with Cambridge University, Cambridge Botanical Gardens and Cambridge Museums and of course Punting make this cottage a perfect base for exploring regardless of your interest.

Located in Fowlmere a pretty Cambridgeshire village with RSPB Nature Reserve the cottage is well placed for Bird Watchers, Nature Lovers, Walkers and Cyclists. With a number of pretty walks and cycle rides through Fowlmere, Thriplow, Newton, Foxton, Shepreth, Melbourn, Barrington and many more.

The cottage is self catering fully equipped and has free WIFI making it perfect for business travel in Cambridge and the surrounding areas. Perfect for a longer stay and short term accommodation in Cambridge or, Royston if you are moving house.

Selby Cottages are 18C listed cottages no 1 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 very small doorway. 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, exposed Chimney breast from the downstairs Inglenook 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.

Eating out in Fowlmere:

There are 4 pubs in easy walking distance the family and dog friendly Chequers is just around the corner. Built in the 16th Century the pub has plenty of history and character including tunnels under the building and a Priest's hole! Sachins (Indian) Restaurant is inside the beautiful Swan Inn the excellent food is all cooked freshly on the Charcoal Grill. You can eat in the restaurant or, order a takeaway or delivery (its a 2 min walk so, best to pop in and have a drink at the bar) The beautiful thatched Queens Head has been exquisitively renovated a perfect place for a relaxing drink. All in Fowlmere and few minutes stroll each getting 5 star reviews. There is also The Green Man in Thriplow which is a mile away along a flat country path. The Chef will sometimes bring you home after a meal if you ask at the time of booking..we're a friendly bunch around here! The other nearby villages also have great places to eat or, drink we particularly recommend The Queens Head in Newton for a very traditional English pub that has been in the Good Pub Guide forever! The Tickle Arms in Whittlesford has a lovely outdoor pond area and the Plough in Shepreth (5 mins drive) has an extensive menu from mezze to pizza and often holds musical events from folk music to jazz.

FOWLMERE RSPB

The Fowlmere RSPB Nature Reserve is under a 1m away along a footpath 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.

2016 Duxford Air Show is in May this year and to celebrate the newly opened American Hanger the show will be about how the British and US Servicemen collaborated during the war. There are fold up chairs, picnic rugs etc. at the cottage.

Wimpole Hall (20 mins) This year Wimpole Hall has some spectacular events from Opera in the gardens by the Horrible Histories Author to Shire Horse drawn carriages what a way to get around the grounds of the largest Stately home in Hertfordshire. Owned by the National Trust Wimpole Hall and working farm is a bit like visiting Downton Abbey. The working farm is great for children and there are also family friendly cycle paths.

Audley End house (20 mins) is owned by English Heritage the view as you drive up towards the house is simply breathtaking with the lake in front of this beautiful example of Jacobean architecture. Audley End House is really special when they hold special events. Certainly worth checking their website in advance of your visit. If you like golf, Saffron Walden Golf Course is based in the grounds of the house.

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 with walks under 20 mins away in Barton.

Bury Lane

One of the best Farm Shops we have ever encountered just along the A10 towards Royston. Bury Lane is on the site of an ancient orchard. Today they sell fruit and vegetables a lot of which has been grown on site. There is an excellent Butchers, Fishmongers, Deli, Gift shop, Cafe and large Play Barn with wifi if the children need occupying on a rainy day. In the summer Bury Lane this is a good place to go strawberry picking

Walking and Cycling

There are some wonderful walks nearby. Including the Greenwich Meantime and the famous Ickneild walk. The area is perfect for cyclists and the Tour de France was close by in 2014. Fowlmere village is on a number of cycle routes and you will often see groups of cyclists around the area.

Further afield

The lovely thing about Cambridgeshire is the lack of traffic outside of the centre and ease of getting around to explore by car. There is an awful lot to do within an hours drive of the cottage and we will be happy to put together some tailored itineries to suit the length of your stay and your interests.

Children

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 village 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 we particularly enjoy the Botanic Gardens and the Museums. Further afield are Spy Missions, Woburn Abbey and Safari Park, Linton Zoo, even White Water rafting for older children on the Olympic course in Lea Valley. If you are looking to book Harry Potter World (45 mins) do please book early as the tickets go quickly.

Addenbrookes Hospital

The cottage is really close to Addenbrookes Hospital which can be 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 Station.

The cottage was 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.

NOTES:

For information about our adjacent 3 bedroom cottage please get in touch.

The driveway has 2 adjacent spaces for each cottage and an awkward narrow entrance and we ask that you do not block the neighbours in or, out. There is plenty of on street parking on the High St should that be required. Children are very welcome at the cottage and usually love it. 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.

Location description from owner

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.

Cambridge

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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Bed & bathroom

  • bedroom 1: king bed
  • 1 family bathroom

Amenities

  • Wi-Fi available
  • Private garden
  • BBQ
  • Internet access
  • Central heating
  • Fireplace
  • Safe
  • Cooker
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Clothes dryer
  • Iron
  • High chair available
  • TV
  • DVD player
  • Hair dryer
  • Linen provided
  • Towels provided

Will consider

  • Corporate bookings
  • House swap

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Access

  • Parking
  • Not suitable for wheelchair users

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About the owner

Janice T
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Calendar updated:
25 May 2016
Based in:
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Languages spoken: English

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