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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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  • 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.

  • Cave Farm Barns - Swan

    Nr. Ely

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: E2506

    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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Old Porch House

    Ely, Haddenham

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: 19389

    This Grade II listed self-contained wing of a magnificent Elizabethan Long House, built in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I and believed to have been visited regularly by Oliver Cromwell. This impressive accommodation still retains its olde-worlde charm, including dairy and inglenook fireplace with bread oven. The house stands in wonderful grounds of three acres in the heart of the Cambridgeshire countryside close to the medieval city of Ely and university centre of Cambridge. Shops and pubs 3/4 mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. Steep, narrow, winding stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin. Bathroom with bath, walk-in shower cubicle and toilet.

    French gas stove in living room included. Oil central heating, electricity, gas, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. 32’’ freeview TV. 24’’ Smart TV/DVD. DVD with large library. Video. Stereo. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Garden with patio and furniture. Shared use of 3-acre grounds. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

  • 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. Enclosed garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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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