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Archery Butts

Barton, near Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
Grade 4 Star rating


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Sleeps 4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms 1
Pets 0
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A traditional beamed cottage, Archery Butts is ideally situated in an attractive village, only 3 miles from the beautiful university city of Cambridge.

With the spacious Leys meadow to the front aspect, Archery Butts combines a relaxing village setting with easy access to all the attractions of central Cambridge, just 3 miles away. Dating from the 18th century, the cottage takes its name from the green where villagers practised archery. This is an historic part of Cambridgeshire, once an aristocratic hunting ground where local villages such as Foxton, Harston and Hauxton were named after creatures associated with the hunt: foxes, hares or hawks. Barton relates to bears or boars - take your pick. The village was mentioned in the Domesday Book and the picturesque St. Peter’s Church has its origins in the 11th century.
This semi-detached cottage has been sensitively restored, decorated and furnished to retain its period charm characterised by beams and original doors, while offering all the modern amenities for an enjoyable and relaxing stay. Its dining room looks out over Leys field, and the kitchen has a large window which overlooks an attractive garden. Upstairs, one of the bedrooms has dual aspect windows (one of which overlooks Leys) and a beautiful view can even be seen from the bed. A wash basin set in the original washstand also adds character to this cottage’s shower room.
Transport links to the city are straightforward. An off-road cycle path from the cottage takes you into central Cambridge in around 20 minutes. Regular bus services operate from outside the cottage or the centre of Barton into the city.
There are many attractive walking options, including a stroll across the fields to the famously beautiful village of Grantchester, celebrated by the poet Rupert Brooke, the location of the TV series of the same name, and the perfect place for a change of pace with tearooms and four pubs. There are also various woodland trails around the nearby National Trust Wimpole Hall Estate, which offers house and garden tours. Additional local attractions include the Imperial War Museum at Duxford, the stylish shopping opportunities at Burwash Manor and Farm in Barton, and the impressive American Military Cemetery, just a mile or so from the village. A little further afield, the cathedral city of Ely is ideal for an excursion. With numerous cycling, boating and bird watching opportunities, you will soon see why this area is so popular with visitors. Local bike hire (arranged via the owners) and car hire at the local garage are available. Shop, pub and restaurant 110 yards.

Some low beams.
Ground Floor:
Living/dining room:
With electric log-effect fire, 32" Freeview TV and DVD player.
Kitchen: With electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge/freezer and dishwasher.
Shower room: With shower cubicle and toilet.
Cupboard: With washing machine.
First Floor:
Bedroom 1
(no door): With double bed, leading to...
Bedroom 2: With double bed and partial low ceiling.

Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Welcome pack. 2 courtyards with patio and garden furniture. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking. Please note: No children under 6 years old. There is a covered well in the garden, 25 yards away.

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  • Dishwasher
  • Garden / Patio
    Garden / Patio
  • Golf nearby
    Golf nearby
  • Pub within 1 mile
    Pub within 1 mile
  • Decorated at Christmas
    Decorated at Christmas
  • WiFi
  • Washing Machine
    Washing Machine
  • Pets – not allowed
    Pets – not allowed
  • Green Scheme
    Green Scheme
  • Parking - On Site
    Parking - On Site

Customer Comments

  • 6

    Confirmed guest, 10/11/2018
    This cottage had damp patches on bedroom and lounge ceilings, lots of dust and cobwebs. Second bedroom not suitable as ceilings far too slooped, stairs were dangerous at the top and sofas uncomfortable. Glass also falling out of bathroom window. Not suitable for 4 adults. On the plus side comfortable beds, hot shower and crisp bed linen also close to cambridge.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the Owner; Sorry that you feel Archery Butts did not meet your expectation. I would like to let you know that we have addressed your concerns: The damp on the ceiling was old stain that came through paintwork, now repainted, no actual damp present as roof not leaking. The window is currently being replaced - repaired temporarily. Sofas are high quality, English hand-built, solid wood frame and feather cushion. Maybe a bit firmer than average DFS type. Cobwebs: This is an old cottage, we do evict all spiders on the morning of the arrival however, some persistent ones come back in. If we missed a corner, apologies, more attention to detail will be made. The cottage is cleaned throughout for every visitor. Fresh laundered linen and towels are always available. In addition, we do offer a full welcome package. Any concerns or comments are invited on arrival and throughout the stay so that we may make improvements during your stay rather than disappoint.

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