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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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  • Birch House

    Littleport, nr. Cambridge

    Grade
    5
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: W43716

    In the pretty Cambridgeshire village of Littleport and within walking distance of the local shops and inns, this delightful property is one of a pair set in a quiet cul de sac. It has a fully enclosed garden and offers cosy comfortable accommodation whatever the season. 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. Visit famous 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 is Newmarket, the centre of racing, and Bury St Edmunds with its abbey gardens. Golf and fishing locally. Train station 2 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 500 yds.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin, 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. 38" Freeview TV. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-Fi. Enclosed garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • The Stables

    Wicken

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: 29178

    Converted from former stables using reclaimed mellow bricks, this single-storey, detached holiday home is set in the owner’s grounds and surrounded by open countryside. Situated in a quiet rural location on the edge of Wicken village, the property is close to the oldest nature reserve, Wicken Fen (NT), designated as a wetland Site of Special Scientific Interest, with its extensive walks, boardwalks and cycle trails. Explore the surrounding area, including the city of Ely, Newmarket, and the historic colleges, museums and botanic gardens of Cambridge. Shop 4 miles, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room with tiled floor. Dining room with French doors and tiled floor/kitchen. 3 bedrooms: 2 twin, one leading to 1 double (6ft). Wet room with bidet and toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. Electric cooker. Microwave. Dishwasher. Freezer. Lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Gas barbecue. Parking (3 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Deep pond in grounds, 20 yards.

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  • Wood Fen Lodges - Sedge Lodge

    Little Downham, near Ely

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: UKC564


    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 book themselves in for a spa treatment at the on site spa (at cost), where refreshments are also available.

    Those wishing to explore the area will have chosen well with so much to see and do nearby. The university city of Cambridge offers numerous museums, including the famous Fitzwilliam, lots of walking tours, including university routes, punting, shopping and great places to eat. You should also make time for the open top bus tour, which gives an insight into the history of this fascinating city. And, why not take a trip to Norwich with its impressive Norman castle overlooking a fine city full of attractions and things to do? History buffs will also enjoy a visit to the Hanseatic Old Quarter of Kings Lynn, The Royal Sandringham Estate or the Imperial War Museum, Duxford, which offers up an impressive collection detailing the history of aviation, including several aircraft. In fact, this may well be your only chance now to say that you’ve been on Concorde!

    For a change of pace and some refreshing sea air, you can be in Hunstanton in less than an hour. Here you will find a wide sandy beach that seems to go on forever, a small funfair, a Sealife Centre, Norfolk Lavender and lots of seaside shops and cafes. Closer to home lies the bustling city of Ely with its impressive cathedral, nicknamed ‘The ship of the Fens’ because of the way it rises up on the horizon. Here you will find a fascinating stained glass museum, which offers a rare insight to this beautiful art form.

    Bustling Newmarket is close by and offers a famous racecourse which often hosts musical entertainment evenings. For breathtaking countryside, visit Thetford Forest with its numerous walks and cycle routes, and its Go Ape centre, featuring tree walks, zip wires and Tarzan swings. And, after all your adventures, you can head back to Wood Fen Lodges, unwind, relax (perhaps in the hot tub?) and dream of places yet to see. Just perfect! Shop 1 mile, pub and restaurant 2 miles.
    Property refs UKC563 and UKC564 can be booked together to accommodate up to 10 guests.

    All on the ground floor. Open plan living space.
    Living area:
    With wood burner, 43" Freeview TV, DVD player, beams and laminate floor.
    Dining area: With beams, laminate floor and French doors.
    Kitchen area: With gas cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and laminate floor.
    Bedroom 1: With kingsize bed, Freeview TV and en-suite with shower cubicle, toilet and heated towel rail.
    Bedroom 2: With zip and link twin beds (can be super kingsize on request) and Freeview TV.
    Bedroom 3: With twin beds and Freeview TV.
    Shower room: With shower cubicle, toilet and heated towel rail.

    Electric heaters included. Additional parking by arrangement.

    Both properties: LPG central heating, LPG, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Initial logs for wood burner included. Welcome pack. Enclosed garden with patio and garden furniture. Shared 4-acre natural grounds. Private use of hot tub by arrangement, subject to availability. Bike store. Parking for 2 cars. No smoking. Please note: There is an unfenced lake in the grounds, 150 yards.

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  • Cave Farm Barns - Pheasant

    Nr. Ely

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: E2505

    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.

    Ramp to entrance. Ground floor: Living room/dining area. Kitchen. 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    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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  • Angler’s Haven

    Doddington, nr. March

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: 28743

    Backing on to a large, shared and well-established 100-year-old private fishing lake stocked with a variety of freshwater fish including carp, roach, bream, pike, tench and rudd (can be fished all year round), this terraced property provides good-sized, comfortable holiday accommodation for six. The 1-acre lake, believed to be over 70ft deep, provides ample space for two fishermen. Numerous Fenland fisheries in the area are available on a day ticket. The local pub is a mile’s walk, and the town of March 4 miles. Visit historic Ely, Cambridge or the North Norfolk Coast. Cycle routes and good walks throughout the area. Shop ¾ mile, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen with tiled floor. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 2 double bedrooms. Step down to bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Second floor: 1 twin bedroom.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Washer/dryer. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed gravelled garden with patios, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. On road parking. Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Lake at end of garden.

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  • Barrow Barn

    Wicken, nr. Ely

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    3
    Ref: 29738

    Countryside views

    Set in Wicken, one of Cambridgeshire’s prettiest villages, this delightful detached bungalow, with its lovely garden and undulating countryside views, is the perfect holiday accommodation in which to relax and unwind. A short stroll (¼ mile) takes you to famous Wicken Fen (NT), and cyclists will enjoy the lovely route along the river from Ely to Cambridge (cycle hire available nearby). There are a myriad of attractions in the area, including Anglesey Abbey (NT), the market town of Bury St Edmunds with its abbey gardens, Newmarket, famous for its races and music nights, Cambridge with its universities or visit the lovely riverside pubs at Ely where you can watch the world go by. A short drive will take you to the North Norfolk Coast, including the resort of Hunstanton which is perfect for family fun. Shop 2 miles, pub and restaurant 500 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with patio doors/kitchen with beams and tiled floor. Utility room. 3 bedrooms: 2 double (6ft zip and link, can be twin on request), both with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin (zip and link, can be 6ft double on request) with en-suite shower room and toilet. Separate toilet.

    Oil underfloor central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-Fi. Small enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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