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Croft House

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Welney, near Littleport, Cambridgeshire
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps6
Bedrooms5
Bathrooms2
Pets 2
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Description

Located in the pretty village of Wenley, relax and immerse yourself in the countryside that surrounds this hoilday property.

Where ‘Gentlemen Adventurers’ turned marshland into farmland, overseen by Ely’s towering cathedral, The Fens is a landscape both mystical and earthy. Legendary sunrises and sunsets are the bookends of the working day in a region founded on arable farming. Welney is an old Fen town with a world-renowned centre for migratory birds, and Croft House is an attractive Victorian property which has been lovingly restored with authentic original features from its past. Croft House is named after the old Croft River (now a trickle running under the front garden!) along which barges transported Lincolnshire stone to Ely for its construction almost 1000 years ago. It keeps its original fireplaces, floorboards and doors which provide a rustic style. Previously the village shop, its glass frontage has been retained to allow the light to flood in, and you can trace its history on the floors of the main living room: counters, customers’ footsteps, and with a bit of imagination shillings being rung up on an old-fashioned cash register. Croft House is at once spacious and cosy. Two living rooms are joined by an arch forming a double-aspect space, with one part a ‘snug’ gathered round a working open fire, and the other, larger, ideal for more substantial groups. Its conviviality, ideal for family gatherings or getting together with friends, results from its rustic charm and comfort. The owners have respected the original character of the house but delivered a contemporary and comfortable environment where it counts, with hotel-quality beds and mattresses. Some clever decorating tricks have been used to maximise the space available for guests: instead of bulky wardrobes you have chests of drawers and coatstands. Elegant wooden shutters retain the property’s light and airy feel.
With the UK’s lowest rainfall, you will be able to appreciate the outdoors. The Welney Wetland Centre is just over a mile away and with a fair wind you can hear hundreds of swans in the afternoon cooing for their food. You can sometimes feel the beating wings of a half dozen Whooper swans as they fly in formation thirty feet above you. Many miles of walks away from roads along the waterways of the Welney Washes are available just two minutes from the front door. The views are magnificent from the raised dykes and you can see Ely Cathedral from 10 miles away. Local sights and attractions include Ely’s Cathedral, Oliver Cromwell’s House, the Stained Glass Museum, and the Prickwillow Drainage Museum which tells the history of this fascinating area. Dutch drainage engineers replicated what they had achieved in Holland by draining the marshes and creating farmland to thrive alongside the original wetlands of the Fens.
Croft House is about 20 miles north of Cambridge with its beautiful colleges and visitor attractions, and a similar distance from the old Hanseatic port of Kings Lynn. Slightly further afield, within an hour you can be on the wide sandy beaches that stretch from Hunstanton along the whole North Norfolk Coast, taking in the royal Sandringham estate along the way. The village pub and restaurant just across the road is an old-style inn renowned locally for its food (booking recommended). Shop 5 miles, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

Spacious double aspect living room with open fire. Dining room. Farmhouse-style kitchen with breakfast area. Wooden floors throughout. Open-sided stairs to first floor: Two double bedrooms; one with en-suite shower room and toilet. Twin bedroom. Two single bedrooms (for flexible sleeping arrangements). Spacious bathroom with bath, separate double shower cubicle and toilet.

  • Open fire - initial fuel included, thereafter available at cost
  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • 31" Freeview TV
  • DVD
  • Microwave
  • Washer/dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Courtyard with patio and furniture
  • Parking (for 2 cars)
  • Welcome pack
  • Pets free of charge
  • No smoking
  • Holidaymakers only

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Features

  • Detached Property
    Detached Property
  • Dishwasher
    Dishwasher
  • Garden / Patio
    Garden / Patio
  • Pub within 1 mile
    Pub within 1 mile
  • Open Fire
    Open Fire
  • Pets – no charge
    Pets – no charge
  • Rural Location
    Rural Location
  • WiFi
    WiFi
  • Washing Machine
    Washing Machine
  • Heritage Collection
    Heritage Collection
  • Parking - On Site
    Parking - On Site
  • Shower Cubicle
    Shower Cubicle

Customer Comments

  • 9

    20/05/2018
    Confirmed guest, 14/05/2018
    we had a lovely welcome from our host, the house was everything us and our friends needed, perfect for a weekend away with all our needs catered for and a fantastic pub just across the road that also served fabulous food, will definitely visit again


  • 6

    27/09/2017
    Confirmed guest, 22/09/2017
    Met by owner on 1st day who seemed pleasant enough but on 2nd day when we had a problem with the key she did not appear to be too pleased that we had called her and she had to visit the property to help us out. The property itself was ok. Mismatched furniture, chairs in the dining room and kitchen were very low. Garden is not secure so we had to go out with our dogs on leads. Both front and back gardens could do with some plants and some pots to cheer the place up. Very depressing outlook at the back. Needs some curtains or blinds at the back because not only are you overlooked there is a music studio at the back and people are coming and going. Could do with a torch as not everyone has a light on their phone.


  • 10

    05/09/2017
    Confirmed guest, 01/09/2017
    Super cottage, well stocked, spacious, comfortable, rustic and homely, owners (Kat and Simon) very welcoming. Thank you for a lovely break.


  • 10

    02/09/2017
    Confirmed guest, 18/08/2017
    Very pleasant,intelligent and responsive owners. Beautiful house, spacious, comfortable and very easy to relax in. Quirky and with character. Lovely bedrooms and excellent beds. Pub opposite serves excellent food, and is very friendly and seems popular with locals. No shops within five miles, but M&S service station a few minutes drive away. Garden fronts main road but the road is only relatively busy at going to and from work times, otherwise very quiet. Super waterside walks fifty metres away. Very good base for exploring area. Farming and dormitory village, not many pedestrians except dog walkers. Stress free.


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8.7 out of 10 – based on 6 reviews collected by Reevoo
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