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Ely

Perhaps Ely’s most recognised attraction is its cathedral, which is visible for miles around, but there is much more to this historic city for visitors to discover. Situated just 14 miles from Cambridge, Ely is built on the highest part of the Fens and makes an ideal base for touring the area.

Ely Cathedral is known as the ‘Ship of the Fens’ because of its prominence. This magnificent twelfth century cathedral is famous for its Octagon tower and tours give visitors an option to climb this and enjoy the wonderful views of the surrounding countryside. Also housed in the cathedral is the Stained Glass Museum, where more than 125 stained glass panels are displayed. The history of stained glass going back to the thirteenth century is permanently displayed here and temporary exhibitions are also held throughout the year.

The history of the city is told at Ely Museum, which is housed in a former gaol, and all will enjoy a visit to the home of Ely’s most famous resident, Oliver Cromwell. Costumed guides will show you the house where Cromwell and his family lived for ten years. The Tourist Information Centre is also housed in Oliver Cromwell’s House.

An excellent way to explore the city is by following the eel trail. This circular walk tales you from Oliver Cromwell’s House, through the city centre to the waterside area, passing many places of interest. The route also takes in Jubilee Gardens and Cherry Hill Park and is clearly marked by 70 brass way markers.

Ely has a wide choice of shops, cafes and restaurants, as well as markets on Thursdays and Saturdays, so you are sure to find anything you need. Within easy reach of the city are attractions such as Welney Wetlands Centre and Wicken Fen, where you can discover the natural history of the area.

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  • The Den

    Little Downham, nr. Ely

    Grade
    2
    1
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    Ref: 30344


    In the pretty Cambridgeshire village of Little Downham, this delightful single storey holiday property boasts a hot tub and offers cosy comfortable accommodation whatever the season. Adjoining the owner’s home it has use of a private seating area and shared use of the owner’s cottage garden. Close by is the historic city of Ely, with its imposing cathedral, attractive river and good selection of individual shops, pubs, restaurants and tearooms. It is a superb base for exploring the many delights that Cambridgeshire has to offer, with golf and fishing found locally. Visit famous Wicken Fen and the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust at Welney. Within a 30-minute drive lies the city of Cambridge with its art galleries, colleges, botanical gardens and punts on the River Cam. Also close by Newmarket, the centre of racing, Bury St Edmunds with its abbey gardens, and Anglesey Abbey (NT). Shop 50 yards, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room with dining area/kitchen. 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. iPod dock. Gas cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Wi-fi. Shared garden. Patio with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Hot tub. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Small pond, 15 yards.

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  • Netherall Manor Lodge

    Soham, nr. Ely

    Grade
    3
    1
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    1
    Ref: 50311

    A charming converted stables with clock tower, in the grounds of the owner’s house, which is quietly secluded in a lovely setting. It is a favoured area for fishing and birdwatching, and Soham is a small fenland town with excellent facilities within walking distance. An ideal holiday base; Ely is 5 miles away, and Newmarket is within easy reach. Cambridge 20 miles. Bury St Edmunds 15 miles.

    First floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with folding single and wooden floor. Second floor: 1 double (four poster) bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower and toilet.

    NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Microwave. Use of owner’s washing machine. Freezer. Wi-fi.Telephone-incoming calls only. Computer. Use of large gardens (in ’Good Gardens Guide’). Garage. Parking. No children under 12 years (except children under 2 years).

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  • Stable Cottage

    Little Downham, nr. Ely

    Grade
    3
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: 29913


    Nestling in the pretty Cambridgeshire village of Little Downham, this delightful holiday property has been lovingly converted from old stables to offer a good standard of accommodation and lots of space. Situated in the grounds of the owner’s arable farm and accessed by a private drive, it is a superb base for exploring the many delights that Cambridgeshire has to offer. Ely is a must to visit with its lovely river where you can watch the waterborne world go by or visit the famous cathedral, lots of shops and restaurants to enjoy. Golf and fishing can be found locally, visit famous Wicken Fen and the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust at Welney. Anglesey Abbey (NT), Cambridge with its fine shops famous backs and universities, Newmarket the centre of racing, and Bury St Edmunds with its abbey gardens are all a short drive away. Shop, pub and restaurant ¼ mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room with sofa bed/dining area with wooden floor/kitchen with tiled floor. 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Shared lawn with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Pond in grounds, 100 yards.

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  • The Barn at Butts Farm

    Wicken, nr. Ely

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: RCCE

    Set in the grounds of the owner’s Grade II listed 17th-century farmhouse, this detached holiday cottage is a conversion of a 19th-century granary. Situated in a quiet village location, the barn overlooks a Japanese garden. Just a short walk from the NT’s oldest nature reserve, Wicken Fen, a wetland SSSI, with its walks, cycle trails and waterways. Wicken is well placed for exploring Ely, 8 miles, Newmarket, 7 miles, and Cambridge, 13 miles. Shop 21/2 miles, pub 100 yards.

    Spacious, beamed living room with open fire in large stone fireplace, vaulted ceiling and oak floor. Dining room with French doors. Fitted kitchen. Double bedroom with 5ft bed, French doors, wooden Japanese hot tub, vaulted ceiling and oak floor. Shower room with toilet. Separate toilet (adjacent to living room). First floor: Twin bedroom.

    • Open fire – initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • TV
    • DVD
    • CD
    • Microwave
    • Use of owner’s washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Deck and patio area with furniture
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Secure cycle store
    • Dogs to be kept on a lead at all times
    • No smoking
    • No children under 12 yrs
    • NB: Pond in garden

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  • Rands Retreat

    Soham, nr. Ely

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: PTTT


    Nestled in a quiet side street in the pretty small town of Soham, Rands Retreat, one of a pair, has a fresh, airy interior and has been carefully decorated and furnished to ensure that you relax from the moment you enter. The owners have a keen interest in interior design and it really does show, making this the perfect choice for discerning guests looking for something extra special for their getaway. Close to both Newmarket and Ely and within easy reach of Cambridge, this is a great area to explore if you can tear yourself away from the peace and quiet of this lovely holiday cottage. Quaint Ely has a magnificent cathedral, which dates back to the 12th century, and regular tours are offered. It is a great place to potter, explore the shops and stop for a bite to eat. Don’t miss out on the Stained Glass Museum, described by locals as ‘the gem in the fens’, and history fans can explore Oliver Cromwell’s House. The Lord Protector of England lived in Ely for 10 years and the house is the only surviving former Cromwell residence other than Hampton Court, and has been recreated to show how his family would have lived in the mid 17th century.
    Newmarket offers horseracing, concerts and many events. Culture vultures should head to Cambridge, with its numerous museums and colleges. Many of the University of Cambridge’s eight museums are free to enter and offer trails and activity packs for children. There are also many independent galleries and exhibitions displaying pieces from local and international artists. Cambridge is home to the prestigious Fitzwilliam Museum, which is the arts and antiquities museum for the University of Cambridge. The Imperial War Museum at Duxford is within easy reach and houses an impressive collection, offering an insight to the history of aviation in both times of peace and war.
    Enjoy a trip to Shepreth Wildlife Park and its collection of animals from all over the world, and for lovers of our feathered friends, Welney Wetlands Centre is just 10 miles away. With great walks, cycle routes and fishing nearby, at the end of a fun packed day exploring, you can return to pretty Rands Retreat. Shop 150 yards, pub 300 yards and restaurant 200 yards.

    Living room with electric woodburner. Kitchen with dining area and tiled floor. First floor: Study with sloping ceiling. Two double bedrooms. Bathroom with bath, separate shower cubicle, toilet and sloping ceiling.

    • Electric woodburner included
    • Gas, electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Freesat TV
    • DVD
    • CD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Patio with furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Cycle store
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking
    • NB: Unfenced pond and swimming pool, 25 yards

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  • Fen Cottage

    Little Downham, near Ely

    Grade
    4
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: UKC732


    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.
    Bathroom:
    With bath, shower attachment, toilet and heated towel rail.
    Steep stairs to...
    First Floor:
    Bedroom:
    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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  • Woodman’s Lodge

    Holme, nr. Peterborough

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: W43952


    Woodman’s Lodge is, as the name suggests, nestled within the trees on a road and provides lovely, open views across the grasslands from the terrace at the back. Adjacent to the owner’s home, this Norwegian, single-storey, detached pine lodge has been thoughtfully furnished to provide all the mod-cons, while retaining the charm of the building. It is perfectly placed for exploring the area with attractions to see in literally every direction. Close by lies Peterborough, with all the facilities and entertainment that you would expect of a city. Awarded the accolade of being a Heritage and Environment City, it boasts a magnificent Norman cathedral that’s well worth taking time to see. Burghley House and Gardens are also within easy reach, as is the pretty market town of Stamford. Tucked away between Stamford and Peterborough, you will also find John Clare House, home of the former poet, which has now been restored and is open to visitors. Young and mature alike will enjoy a visit to Sacrewell Farm and Country Centre, and indeed to Ferry Meadows Country Park which is a great place to cycle, fish or just while away a few hours in peaceful country surroundings. Also, well within reach lies the university city of Cambridge with its museums, colleges and punting trips on the River Cam. Ely is not to be missed either and offers a cathedral, known as The Ship of the Fens; and the stained glass museum. After a busy day of sightseeing, you’ll be able to return to Woodman’s Lodge, relax on the wooden terrace, take in the views of the countryside and unwind, perfect! Shop 2½ miles, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    2 steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living room with French doors/dining area/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin. Wet room with toilet.

    Underfloor central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. 24’’ Freeview TV. DVD. Ceramic hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Terrace with sitting-out area. Balcony. Shared natural grounds. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: Some doors in the property are narrow.

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  • Kingfisher Lodge

    Riverside Island Marina, Isleham

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: AT14

    This detached, Scandinavian-style holiday lodge with riverside garden and jetty, has views over the countryside. There is a store for cycles and fishing tackle, and fishing is also available at the property. Set on the Cambridgeshire/ Suffolk border, 1 mile from Isleham village, on an island, surrounded by the River Lark. Newmarket, racing, stables and museum, 8 miles. Ely cathedral and Thetford Forest, 10 miles, Anglesey Abbey (NT), 12 miles and Duxford War Museum 23 miles.

    Open-tread steps to entrance. Conservatory with living/dining area with patio doors to living room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 bunk. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    First 20 units electric central heating and electricity included, remainder by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. Video. DVD. Stereo/CD. MP3 connection. Electric cooker. Microwave. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Garden and furniture. Barbecue. Fishing on site. Parking. Cycle store. Welcome tray. No smoking. No children under 5 years due to proximity to water. Couples and family bookings only. NB: External steps to conservatory, in the garden there is a low wall then a gradual drop from different levels of the decking to the river.

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  • Stable Cottage

    Thorney, nr. Peterborough

    Grade
    4
    1
    0
    2
    Ref: W43739


    Stable Cottage provides light and airy holiday accommodation for discerning guests seeking a quiet retreat. It is nestled in the heart of the picturesque and historical village of Thorney, which has routes dating back to 500 AD and started life as a Saxon settlement.

    Perfectly placed for those wishing to take a break from driving, Thorney has very good public transport links servicing Peterborough, Norwich and even Great Yarmouth. With a pick up point at Peterborough train station, you can take a trip to London and be in the heart of this exciting city within an hour, while still enjoying the peace and quiet that Stable Cottage offers after a long day’s sightseeing.

    Peterborough is well worth a visit as there is lots to explore, including great places to eat and shop. Medieval Norwich with its imposing Norman castle, offers numerous museums, galleries, theatres, boat trips and historical walking tours. Within easy access, you will find the Hanseatic town of Kings Lynn, with its splendid old quarter, and Cambridge, where you will be inspired by the many beautiful museums and art galleries, along with the stunning architecture and majestic college buildings.

    For those seeking more rural retreats, fishing can be found close by, and a little further afield, but still within easy reach, there is good trout fishing. Rutland Water, an internationally famous nature reserve, is close by, and is not the only place that you can enjoy birdwatching as there are over 150 bird species to be spotted in varying habitats which make up the Cambridgeshire Fens, making this part of the world a birdwatcher’s paradise.

    If a day at the beach takes your fancy, beautiful Heacham is just 40 miles away with good road links. Golf is available in the village, and there are great walking and cycling routes nearby. Shop 200 yards, pub and restaurant 150 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining area with double sofa bed, French doors and wooden floor. Kitchen with tiled floor. 1 double (5ft) bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Shower room with toilet.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. Gas cooker. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Large, enclosed, shared lawned garden. Patio with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared 11/2-acre landscaped grounds. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. No smoking. NB: Pond 70 yards behind locked gate.

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  • Cave Farm Barns - Heron

    Nr. Ely

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: E2507

    In the unique atmosphere of the Fens’ landscape of huge skies, spectacular sunsets and fishing rivers, this cluster of quality barn conversions is the perfect place to relax and unwind. They are comfortably furnished and tastefully decorated to a very good standard. This tranquil spot boasts footpath walks on the owners’ 280-acre arable farm, an undercover courtyard and an indoor heated swimming pool and hot tub. Ely, 6 miles, occupying the largest island in the Fens, has a history dating back to Hereward the Wake and later, Oliver Cromwell. Its superb 11th century cathedral is surrounded by monastic buildings, medieval gateways and narrow streets leading down to the marina and river walks. King’s Lynn and Cambridge are easily accessible. Shops, riverside inns and restaurants at Littleport, 3 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room/dining area/kitchen with French doors. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 1 twin galleried bedroom with sloping ceiling.

    All properties: Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Video and small library. DVD. Microwave. Shared laundry room with two washer/dryers. Dishwasher. Shared undercover courtyard and furniture. Shared covered barbecue area with gas barbecue. Parking. Shared indoor heated swimming pool 7m x 3m, depth 1.2m, open all year 9am - 7pm (private use by arrangement between 7pm - 9pm) with hot tub, changing room, shower cubicle and toilet. No smoking.

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  • River Nene Cottages - Yew Tree Cottage

    Water Newton, near Peterborough

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: UKC316

    Located in the picturesque village of Water Newton, on the banks of the River Nene, are these two beautifully furnished cottages, dating back to 1805, set on the borders of Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire. The owners live adjacent to the properties and are sure to offer the warmest of welcomes. Whether you are looking for a relaxing getaway, or a base to explore the many areas and attractions this location offers, this is an ideal retreat for all. There is so much to do, with fishing from the owners’ shared garden onto the River Nene, rambling through the vast area of local countryside, water sports at nearby Rutland Water and Ferry Meadows. Cycling, horse riding and golf are also available close by. Nene Valley Steam Railway is located 3 miles from the properties, Burghley House is 10 miles, East of England Showground, and the towns of Peterborough, Stamford, Oundle, Fotheringhay and Uppingham are all a short drive away. Sacrewell Farm Park is close by and is fantastic for both children and adults. It has many attractions including its majestic Shire horses and Hamerton Zoo Park. Shop 2½ miles, pub 2 miles and restaurant 1¼ miles.

    1 step to entrance.
    Ground Floor.
    Open plan living space:
    With beams and wooden floor.
    Living area: With open fire, 48" Freeview TV and DVD player.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washing machine.
    First Floor.
    Bedroom 1:
    With double bed and beams.
    Bedroom 2: With double bed and beams.
    Shower room: With shower cubicle, toilet and heated towel rail.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Initial fuel for open fire included, remainder available locally. Welcome pack. Large shared lawned garden with patio and garden furniture. Shared outdoor swimming pool (4m x 12m, depth 1.2m - 2.4m, open May-September). River fishing on-site (licence required). Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking. NB: Unfenced river in grounds.

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  • Barn Owl Cottage

    Wisbech

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: 27815

    This superbly converted detached barn is situated just outside Wisbech with views over open fields on 3 sides. Providing holiday accommodation for 4 people it is ideal for those looking for a relaxing break or an ideal base from which to explore this area. The medieval town of Kings Lynn is just 17 miles away with Downham Market only 16 miles. For those wishing to explore on foot or by bike there are many good walks and cycle routes throughout the area and Tydd St Giles 18 hole Golf Course is only 7 miles away with fishing also nearby. Shop 11/2 miles, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet. Separate toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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