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Fen Cottage

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Little Downham, near Ely, Cambridgeshire
Grade 4 Star rating
Pets 1
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Once a workers cottage, this riverside property offers guests a perfect base from which to explore this beautiful area.

Accessed by a bridleway, this remote, attractive workers cottage, dating back to 1710, is nestled between the bank of the tidal New Bedford River, open farmland and Oxlode Lakes fishing pits. The river marks the eastern edge of the RSPB Ouse Washes, a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a bird watchers paradise, noted for an array of rare wildfowl and birds, and the spectacular Whooper and Bewick’s swan migration between November and February each year, that sees upto 100,000 birds arrive in the area. There is also an abundance of wildlife to see almost daily from the cottage garden, including muntjac deer, hares, badgers, green parrots, barn owls and marsh harriers. With the ever changing landscape, this property is a great place to stay all year round. Fen Cottage boasts stunning far reaching views of nearby Ely cathedral, and as well as overlooking the RSPB reserve, is only 6 miles from the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust’s, Welney Reserve. Its location on a bridleway offers superb dog walking and cycle routes. The cathedral city of Ely, university city of Cambridge, historic market town of Downham Market, and the market town of Newmarket, with its famous racecourse and connections to horse racing, are all within easy reach. With the Norfolk coast only an hour away too, you will never be stuck for something to do. Day/weekly tickets for fishing at the lakes next to the property are charged at around £6 per rod. The local village of Little Downham, 3 miles away, offers a shop, two pubs one of which is acclaimed for its Thai food, and a fish and chip shop. A great rural retreat. Shop, pub and restaurant 3 miles.

Step to entrance.
Ground Floor:
Living room:
With open fire, 32" Freeview TV, iPod dock, beams and tiled floor.
Dining room: With tiled floor.
Kitchen: Galley style with electric Aga, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, tumble dryer and tiled floor.
Sun room.
With bath, shower attachment, toilet and heated towel rail.
Steep stairs to...
First Floor:
With kingsize bed.
Bedroom area: With double bed and privacy curtain.

Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Initial logs for open fire included, remainder at £5 per basket. Travel cot. Welcome pack. Lawned garden with patio, garden furniture and gas barbecue. Bike store. Ample parking. No smoking.

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  • Barbecue
  • Bike Store
    Bike Store
  • Detached Property
    Detached Property
  • Dishwasher
  • Garden / Patio
    Garden / Patio
  • Open Fire
    Open Fire
  • Pets – no charge
    Pets – no charge
  • Wifi
  • Cot Available
    Cot Available
  • Washing Machine
    Washing Machine
  • Fishing Nearby/On-site
    Fishing Nearby/On-site
  • Heritage Collection
    Heritage Collection
  • Parking - On Site
    Parking - On Site

Customer Comments

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 23/02/2018
    We loved our stay at Fen Cottage from the minute we arrived! It was very well equipped for the 2 of us and our husky dog's favourite spot was by the log fire! The cottage is well-placed for visits to Ely and Cambridge, both beautiful places to walk around. Thank you!

  • 7

    Confirmed guest, 11/01/2018
    A lovely spot in winter for anyone interested in birds. Very clean and comfortable.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 27/10/2017
    Really excellent - loved it.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 06/10/2017
    Prefect for what we needed

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 01/09/2017
    Excellent location with stunning views...cottage cosy and very well equipped, especially kitchen. Lovely welcome pack. Great bbq. Stairs very steep and would not be easy for some people.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 25/08/2017
    Beautiful cottage in a fabulous location. Very well equipped and immaculately presented and clean. Very bumpy road to the cottage and very steep stairs internally but this added to the overall charm.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 30/07/2017
    Perfect for a weekend away from it all in the heart of the countryside. Very cosy and comfortable everything thought of down to last detail. Open fire and wonderful deep bath special favourites. Loved it just wish it was for longer.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 23/06/2017
    Lovely cottage, off the beaten track. An ideal getaway.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 16/06/2017
    A perfect location the owner's we're welcoming and the cottage had ever thing needed for a wonderful holiday. The stairs are steep as stated in the information, and as one who has mobility problems ,I found them do able. The rope bannister was a big help.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 19/05/2017
    An earlier guest wrote that they approached "on a storm-swept road to no-where". I can agree but it must be said that the whole area is very quiet and peaceful. On arrival, the cottage is very pretty and the owner has spared no expense in fitting it out. They were very welcoming and provided some excellent treats. The cottage is very clean and cosy. It is well heated and has a nice fire in the lounge, although temperatures made it unnecessary to use this week. The kitchen is very well equipped and has a superb electric Aga. Unfortunately there is no shower but there is a large claw-foot bathtub and plenty of hot water. Very steep stairs might be a problem for anyone with mobility difficulties. Overall it is a lovely cottage to stay in - a home from home and we thoroughly enjoyed our week there.

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9.3 out of 10 – based on 30 reviews collected by Reevoo
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