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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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  • Water Newton, near Peterborough, Cambridgeshire
    Water Newton, near Peterborough, Cambridgeshire×

    Coach Cottage

    Water Newton, near Peterborough, Cambridgeshire

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    Ref: UKC1172
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    - Wifi - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio
    Enjoy the shared, outdoor swimming pool at Coach Cottage and relax in its amazing surroundings.
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    Located in the picturesque village of Water Newton, on the banks of the River Nene, are these two beautifully furnished cottages, Barley Cottage (ref UKC315) and Yew Tree Cottage (ref UKC316), and the first floor apartment, Coach Cottage (ref UKC1172), 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...

    River Nene Cottages - Barley Cottage
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  • Little Downham, near Ely, Cambridgeshire
    Little Downham, near Ely, Cambridgeshire×

    The Den

    Little Downham, near Ely, Cambridgeshire

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    Ref: 30344
    Key Features:
    - Hot Tub - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities
    Set in a pretty village and boasting your very own hot tub, this cottage lies close to the cities of Ely and Cambridge.
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    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...

  • Soham, near Ely, Cambridgeshire
    Soham, near Ely, Cambridgeshire×

    Netherall Manor Lodge

    Soham, near Ely, Cambridgeshire

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    Ref: 50311
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio
    A charming cottage with clock tower and four poster bed, quietly located just 5 miles from Ely and Cambridge 20 miles.
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    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...

  • Little Downham, near Ely, Cambridgeshire
    Little Downham, near Ely, Cambridgeshire×

    Stable Cottage

    Little Downham, near Ely, Cambridgeshire

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    Ref: 29913
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    Situated on an arable farm in Little Downham, this charming barn conversion offers an ideal holiday base for exploring Cambridgeshire.
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    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...

  • Near Ely,
    Near Ely, ×
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    Ref: E2506
    Key Features:
    - Hot Tub - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities
    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
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    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...

    Cave Farm Barns - Heron
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    Cave Farm Barns - Kestrel
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    Cave Farm Barns - Pheasant
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  • Soham, near Ely, Cambridgeshire
    Soham, near Ely, Cambridgeshire×

    Rands Retreat

    Soham, near Ely, Cambridgeshire

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    Ref: PTTT
    Key Features:
    - Luxury Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile
    Shopping, outdoor activities, museums, galleries and so much more can be enjoyed from this beautiful holiday cottage.
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    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...

  • Holme, near Peterborough, Cambridgeshire
    Holme, near Peterborough, Cambridgeshire×

    Woodman’s Lodge

    Holme, near Peterborough, Cambridgeshire

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    Ref: W43952
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Detached Property - Rural Location
    Once a woodman’s cottage, this Norwegian-style lodge is a peaceful hideaway in a rural setting.
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    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,...

  • Wicken, near Ely, Cambridgeshire
    Wicken, near Ely, Cambridgeshire×

    The Barn at Butts Farm

    Wicken, near Ely, Cambridgeshire

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    Ref: RCCE
    Key Features:
    - Luxury Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Open Fire
    A beautifully converted granary overlooking a Japanese garden, just a short walk from the National Trust’s oldest nature reserve.
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    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...

  • Little Downham, near Ely, Cambridgeshire
    Little Downham, near Ely, Cambridgeshire×

    Wood Fen Lodges - Reed Lodge

    Little Downham, near Ely, Cambridgeshire

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    Ref: UKC563
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    Discover Cambridgeshire from this superb holiday lodge. Cambridge itself is worth a visit, as is the cathedral city of Ely.
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    Nestled in beautiful, open Cambridgeshire countryside, Wood Fen Lodges have been thoughtfully converted and decorated to provide all the home comforts that discerning guests need for a relaxing getaway. In a quiet location with exposed beams, cosy wood burner and private use of a hot tub (by arrangement), there really is nothing more you could need for a perfect break. Some guests may choose not to venture far, instead deciding to relax in their private garden, or perhaps...

    Wood Fen Lodges - Sedge Lodge
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  • Water Newton, near Peterborough, Cambridgeshire
    Water Newton, near Peterborough, Cambridgeshire×

    River Nene Cottages - Barley Cottage

    Water Newton, near Peterborough, Cambridgeshire

    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: UKC315
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Open Fire
    Enjoy the shared, outdoor swimming pool at Barley Cottage and relax in its amazing surroundings.
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    Located in the picturesque village of Water Newton, on the banks of the River Nene, are these two beautifully furnished cottages, Barley Cottage (ref UKC315) and Yew Tree Cottage (ref UKC316), and the first floor apartment, Coach Cottage (ref UKC1172), 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...

    River Nene Cottages - Yew Tree Cottage
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    Coach Cottage
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  • Wisbech, Cambridgeshire
    Wisbech, Cambridgeshire×

    Barn Owl Cottage

    Wisbech, Cambridgeshire

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    Ref: 27815
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    Just 17 miiles from Kings Lynn with views over open fields, this detached barn is ideal for a relaxing break or exploring.
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    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...

  • Riverside Island Marina, Isleham, Cambridgeshire
    Riverside Island Marina, Isleham, Cambridgeshire×

    Kingfisher Lodge

    Riverside Island Marina, Isleham, Cambridgeshire

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    Ref: AT14
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    Relax in this island setting surrounded by the River Lark - enjoy the riverside conservatory or try your hand at fishing.
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    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....

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