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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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  • Rosewood

    Stretham, nr. Ely

    Grade
    7
    4
    1
    2
    Ref: W43717


    In the pretty Cambridgeshire village of Stretham, within walking distance of the local shops and inn, this delightful detached property, built in 1880, is tucked away in a quiet area. With its fully enclosed garden, it offers comfortable holiday accommodation whatever the season. Guests also have use of the external log cabin which homes an air hockey table and outdoor games. Close by is the very popular 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 from which to explore the many delights that Cambridgeshire has to offer, and golf and fishing can be found locally. Nearby are Wicken Fen and the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust at Welney, Anglesey Abbey (NT) and Audley End. 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, visit Newmarket, the centre of racing, and Bury St Edmunds with its abbey gardens. Shop, pub and restaurant 500 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. Dining room with wooden floor. Kitchen with tiled floor. 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. Narrow stairs to first floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. 38’’ Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-Fi. Small, enclosed garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (3 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • The Old Bakery

    Little Downham, Ely

    Grade
    7
    5
    2
    2
    Ref: RW6

    Once the old village bakery (and more recently a shop), this pretty detached cottage has been totally renovated providing a spacious, bright and airy holiday home. With beams, an exposed brick wall and natural floors, it exudes much character yet provides all modern amenities, and is set in a slightly elevated position overlooking a cottage garden with an abundance of wisteria. Close by is the historic city of Ely with imposing cathedral, attractive river and good selection of individual shops, pubs, restaurants and tearooms. 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 is Newmarket for stud farms and racing. Shop 400 yards, pub 100 yards.

    Large beamed living room with wood-burning stove in brick fireplace. Beamed kitchen/dining room with TV. Utility. Single bedroom. Shower room with toilet. First floor: Four bedrooms; one double, one twin and two single. Bathroom with separate shower cubicle and toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove - fuel included
    • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Cot
    • High chair
    • Two TVs
    • DVD
    • Stereo/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Large enclosed garden, patio, furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Parking (3 cars)
    • Cycle store
    • No smoking

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  • Cave Farm Barns - Kestrel

    Nr. Ely

    Grade
    8
    4
    0
    2
    Ref: E3470

    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.

    All on ground floor: Living room with patio doors. Dining room. Kitchen with breakfast area. 4 bedrooms: 2 double, one (5ft) with en-suite shower room and toilet, 2 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    CDs. Fridge/freezer. 0.5-acre garden. Wheelchair access.

    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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  • Lyndhurst

    Ely

    Grade
    8
    4
    0
    2
    Ref: E5643


    Within walking distance of shops, restaurants, tea rooms and the imposing cathedral in the historical city of Ely, this superb detached traditional house with its large delightful garden, is ideal for a family get together or to relax and unwind, whatever the season. Close by is the attractive river, where you can relax and watch the waterborne world go by, or sample the many riverside pubs. It is ideally placed to explore the many delights that Cambridgeshire has to offer. Golf and fishing can be found locally. Visit the famous Wicken Fen and the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust at Welney, as well as Anglesey Abbey (NT). 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 is Newmarket, the centre of racing and many outdoor venues, and Bury St Edmunds with its abbey gardens. The north Norfolk coast and the Queens Estate at Sandringham is an easy drive. Shop 500 yards, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen with breakfast area and tiled floor. Utility room. Sun room. Separate toilet. First floor: 4 bedrooms: 2 double (one 5ft), one with en-suite shower room and toilet, 2 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. 42’’ Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Large, lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Unfenced pond in garden 10 yards.

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  • The Old Rectory

    Thornhaugh, Peterborough

    Grade
    10
    4
    0
    2
    Ref: RDD3

    This delightful former rectory dates back to the 1720s and adjoins the owner’s home within beautiful landscaped grounds in the pretty hamlet of Thornhaugh. Used during the 1940s by the ladies of the Land Army, The Old Rectory retains many original features including mullion windows and attractive architraves, whilst the imposing landing is adorned with ‘big game’ trophies. The Old Rectory provides a perfect holiday base for exploring all this beautiful area has to offer.
    At its heart lies Rutland Water, which attracts visitors worldwide for bird watching, fishing and water sports. There is an abundance of excellent walks found locally with the Jurassic, Viking and Macmillan Ways to explore. A pleasant way to spend an afternoon is to browse around Barnsdale Gardens, designed by the late Geoff Hamilton.
    The area is full of historic towns such as Stamford, 5 miles, which has been given conservation status. Once an important wool town, it has retained much of its old world charm and prosperity. Several of the buildings are of old Lincolnshire limestone, giving the town a fine appearance. There is much of interest in Stamford, including the Meadows (a pleasant place to picnic), All Saints’ Church and the picturesque Barn Hill behind it, as well as All Saints’ Brewery and Stamford Arts Centre, which has one of England’s earliest provincial theatres. Other towns of interest are Melton Mowbray, Oakham and Uppingham. Peterborough is 11 miles offers many amenities, including its magnificent cathedral. There are also many shops, restaurants and bars as well as theatres, cinema and greyhound stadium.
    Pretty villages with country inns serving real ale and excellent food can be found within a pleasant drive and make the perfect place in which to unwind after a day’s sightseeing. Shop and pub 1 mile.

    Large living room with mullioned windows. Dining hall. Thirteen steps down to lower ground floor: Kitchen with electric range (for cooking), breakfast area and walk-in pantry. Double bedroom. One large step to shower room. Separate toilet. First floor: Two double bedrooms, each with mullion windows; one with additional single bed (for +1), and one with canopied bed. Twin bedroom with additional single bed (for +1) and mullioned windows. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Electricity, bed linen and towels included
    • Full oil central heating included (November-March £50 per week, £35 per short break)
    • TV
    • DVD
    • Electric range included
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Large lawned garden with furniture
    • Shared landscaped grounds
    • Parking (for 4 cars)
    • No smoking
    • NB: Unfenced stream and drop from wall in garden

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  • Shire Barn

    Doddington, near March

    Grade
    10
    5
    0
    2
    Ref: UKC629

    This award-winning, Grade II listed, 17th-century, detached barn conversion is located in the heart of Doddington’s conservation area. Adjacent to the 12th-century church, Shire Barn is steeped in history, yet combines state-of-the-art entertainment facilities within the original fabric of the house. The holiday accommodation is for up to ten guests, with five first floor bedrooms: one family room, two double, one twin and a single bedroom. The open plan downstairs is perfect for medium to large gatherings, featuring a spacious living area, large, double storey glazed windows, 84" screen home cinema system, a large, fully-equipped kitchen and a fully equipped office with Wi-Fi. Travertine stone flooring on the ground level with underfloor heating, controllable zone lighting and a split level snug area are just some of the unique design elements. The barn provides a great base from which to explore this area of Cambridgeshire, and is also close to the Norfolk border and its coastline. Sandringham and Kings Lynn are also within a comfortable driving distance. London is within a 50-minute train journey from nearby Huntingdon or Peterborough train stations. The village of Doddington and neighbouring Wimblington have a range of shops and pubs serving food. March is just 5 miles, Ely 17 miles and Cambridge 29 miles. Shop and pub ¼ mile.

    Step to entrance.
    Ground floor: With Travertine stone floor.
    Living room:
    With 84" Freeview TV and Xbox One.
    Study/reading room.
    Kitchen/dining room: With gas range, microwave, fridge, freezer and dishwasher.
    Utility room: With washing machine.
    Shower room: With shower cubicle and toilet.
    First floor:
    Bedroom 1: With super kingsize bed and en-suite with bath, shower cubicle and toilet (Jack and Jill shared with bedrooms 3 and 4).
    Bedroom 2: With kingsize bed, single bed and en-suite with bath, shower cubicle and toilet (Jack and Jill shared with bedroom 5).
    Bedroom 3: With double bed.
    Bedroom 4: With twin beds and TV.
    Bedroom 5: With single bed.

    Gas central heating (underfloor on ground floor), gas, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Cot, highchair and stairgate available on request. Welcome pack. Large, enclosed, lawned garden with patio and garden furniture. Private parking for 6 cars. No smoking.

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  • Chittering Farm

    Stretham, Ely

    Grade
    12
    6
    2
    4
    Ref: RNN6

    Chittering Farm was rebuilt from an old barn to afford every comfort for an enjoyable and relaxing holiday. An excellent choice for families, the property is very comfortably furnished with a spacious living room and welcoming open fire, making the perfect retreat for winter evenings. The French doors provide access to the beautiful surroundings on warm summer evenings. Providing bright, spacious accommodation, this detached house with unspoilt views over open countryside, is well equipped with excellent facilities and comes with 1 acre of garden, where you can play badminton (net and rackets provided). Accessed by a private road and set in the heart of the owner’s 3000-acre arable farm, a stay here will provide the opportunity to enjoy the rural tranquillity of farm life including farm and river walks, bird watching and cycling. It also offers the convenience of being just a short drive from the historic city of Cambridge (there are also cycle routes to Cambridge from the farm) and cathedral city of Ely.
    The city of Cambridge is 10 miles away, famous for its colleges, museums, botanic gardens and art galleries, where visitors can also try their hand at punting on the river Cam or enjoy a wealth of restaurants, pubs and theatres. Ely is 6 miles in the other direction with its 12th-century cathedral and range of interesting shops and restaurants. National Trust properties can be found at Wicken Fen
    (5 miles), an ideal place to explore fen landscapes and Anglesey Abbey and gardens. A day at the races in Newmarket (14 miles) is a possibility, or pay a visit to the National Horse Racing Museum in the town. An added bonus for steam enthusiasts staying at Chittering Farm is the Stretham Old Engine which is located on the edge of the farm; erected in 1831 this is one of the earliest examples of a land drainage steam engine. There is also the opportunity to experience wakeboarding, with tuition, on the farm reservior (by arrangement with the owners). Shop 2 miles, pub 1 mile.

    Spacious living room with wood-burning stove in feature brick fireplace, oak wooden floor and French doors. Sitting room with TV and wooden floor. Large beamed kitchen/dining room with electric/calor gas range (for cooking) and tiled floor. Utility/separate toilet. Double bedroom (can be twin) with en-suite shower room and toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed and en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Three further double bedrooms, each with 5ft bed and wooden floor. Double bedroom. Bathroom, separate shower cubicle and toilet. Bathroom with toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove – fuel included
    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot on request
    • High chair
    • Two Sky TVs (full package)
    • DVD
    • Range included
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • American-style fridge/freezer
    • Broadband internet
    • 1-acre garden with patio and furniture
    • Gas barbecue
    • Ample parking
    • Cycle store
    • Table tennis and pool table in outbuilding
    • No smoking
    • Ground floor facilities

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