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Cambridgeshire offers a uniquely English experience; a rich history, stunning heritage and tranquil rural landscapes. Many of Cambridgeshire's attractions are closely linked with some of the key events in English history, so a holiday in the region allows you to engage your mind as well as relax your body to make a truly memorable break.

Access to Trinity College in Cambridge may be limited but it is open to the general public from time to time. Founded by Henry VIII, and boasting the apple tree that shared the concept of gravity with Isaac Newton, the college is one of Cambridge's real treasures. Even if you don't gain access the exterior architecture is more than enough reason to pay a visit.

Equally stunning displays of historical buildings can be found at King's College Chapel. Renowned for its incredible acoustics and Gothic architecture, it's a veritable feast for the eyes and has a most interesting past; make sure you read up before visiting!

The Imperial War Museum in Duxford is one of the most popular attractions for those with a passion for more recent history, offering a unique account of the First and Second World Wars, where you can explore the large airfield and wander amongst some of the world's most iconic aircraft.

The city of Ely is steeped in history and is principally known for its magnificent cathedral and also the place where Oliver Cromwell resided for ten years; his house can still be viewed today.

While history plays a large part in the regions attractions the landscape itself stands out for its wealth of natural charms. If you fancy a truly relaxing day out then a punt down the River Cam is one of the best ways to get a feel for the place.

Due to a naturally low-lying geography a holiday in Cambridgeshire is well suited to those who want to get out and about without taxing themselves too much. Of note is Holme Fen, believed to be the lowest land point in Great Britain and a protected National Nature Reserve, which makes the region a great draw for nature lovers.

Take a look at our selection of holiday cottages in Cambridgeshire to find your perfect retreat.

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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
12
Bedrooms
6
Pets
2
Chittering Farm Ref: RNN6

Chittering Farm was rebuilt from an old barn to afford every comfort for an enjoyable and relaxing holiday. An excellent choice for families, the property is very comfortably furnished with a spacious living room and welcoming open fire, making the perfect retreat for winter evenings. The French doors provide access to the beautiful surroundings on warm summer evenings. Providing bright, spacious accommodation, this detached house with unspoilt views over open countryside, is well equipped with excellent facilities and comes with 1 acre of garden, where you can play badminton (net and rackets provided). Accessed by a private road and set in the heart of the owner’s 3000-acre arable farm, a stay here will provide the opportunity to enjoy the rural tranquillity of farm life including farm and river walks, bird watching and cycling. It also offers the convenience of being just a short drive from the historic city of Cambridge (there are also cycle routes to Cambridge from the farm) and cathedral city of Ely.
The city of Cambridge is 10 miles away, famous for its colleges, museums, botanic gardens and art galleries, where visitors can also try their hand at punting on the river Cam or enjoy a wealth of restaurants, pubs and theatres. Ely is 6 miles in the other direction with its 12th-century cathedral and range of interesting shops and restaurants. National Trust properties can be found at Wicken Fen
(5 miles), an ideal place to explore fen landscapes and Anglesey Abbey and gardens. A day at the races in Newmarket (14 miles) is a possibility, or pay a visit to the National Horse Racing Museum in the town. An added bonus for steam enthusiasts staying at Chittering Farm is the Stretham Old Engine which is located on the edge of the farm; erected in 1831 this is one of the earliest examples of a land drainage steam engine. There is also the opportunity to experience wakeboarding, with tuition, on the farm reservior (by arrangement with the owners). Shop 2 miles, pub 1 mile.

Spacious living room with feature brick fireplace, oak wooden floor and French doors. Sitting room with TV and wooden floor. Large beamed kitchen/dining room with electric/calor gas range (for cooking) and tiled floor. Utility/separate toilet. Double bedroom (can be twin) with en-suite shower room and toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed and en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Three further double bedrooms, each with 5ft bed and wooden floor. Double bedroom. Bathroom with separate shower cubicle and toilet. Bathroom with toilet.

  • Open fire – fuel included
  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot on request
  • High chair
  • Two Sky TVs
  • DVD
  • Range included
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • American-style fridge/freezer
  • Broadband internet
  • 1-acre garden with patio and furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Parking (for 4+ cars)
  • Cycle store
  • Table tennis in outbuilding
  • No smoking
  • Ground floor facilities

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£882-£2613
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Old Porch House 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. DVD with large library. Video. Stereo. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Fridge/freezer. Desktop computer with internet access. Wi-fi. Garden with patio and furniture. Shared use of 3-acre grounds. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£237-£847
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Barrow Barn 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. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Small enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking.

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£281-£983
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Little Fosse Ref: 29324

This semi-detached, grade II listed, thatched holiday cottage is steeped in character, with beams throughout and a fully enclosed rear garden. Little Fosse is located in the quiet village of Horningsea, a perfect base for exploring Cambridge and the surrounding area. Only 4 miles from the historic city of Cambridge, with its famous colleges, museums and punting, and 14 miles from Ely, with its cathedral which was completed in 1189. Other attractions include Anglesey Abbey and Gardens (NT), Newmarket for a day at the races and Duxford Imperial War Museum. Shops 2 miles, pub 100 yards and restaurant 300 yards.

Ground floor: Living room with beams and wooden floor. Dining room with beams and brick floor. Kitchen with tiled floor. Separate toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet.

Electric woodburner in living room included. Air source heat pump central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Freezer. Enclosed paved garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: 2 steps in garden.

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£215-£699
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1

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
  • Friday to Friday
  • No children under 12 yrs
  • NB: Pond in garden

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£419-£819
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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
3
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0

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 floor: 1 double (four poster) bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower and toilet.

NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Microwave. Use of owner’s washing machine. Freezer.Telephone-incoming calls only. Computer. Use of large gardens (in ’Good Gardens Guide’). Garage. Parking. No children under 12 years (except children under 2 years). Friday to Friday.

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£196-£591
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0

Located on the Riverside Marina at Isleham is a development of detached, Swedish style, holiday lodges on a 53-acre site. The Lily Pad and Poppy Lodge have both been furnished to a very good standard and have a gravelled garden looking out over the River Lark. Guests can enjoy a peaceful location surrounded by water, explore the marina set in woodland and the circular walk which takes you around the island. Guests with a fishing licence can take advantage of the fishing available and rowing boats are available to hire (£10 per day) also including trips on a narrow boat. These holiday lodges make the ideal base for exploring both Suffolk and Cambridgeshire. Visit the pretty village of Isleham, which offers several shops, pubs and restaurants and is close to Newmarket (6 miles) for racing, Ely (8 miles) with its cathedral, Thetford Forest (10 miles) and Cambridge (20 miles) with its famous colleges, museums and punting on the river Cam. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

5 open-tread steps to entrance. Ground floor: Living/dining room with wooden floor and patio doors. Kitchen with tiled floor. Conservatory. 1 double (6ft) bedroom. Shower room with toilet. Narrow stairs to first floor: 1 twin bedroom with en-suite toilet. Separate toilet.

Both properties: Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Gravelled garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (3 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking. No children under 10 years, except babies in arms. Couples and family bookings only. NB: Drop to unfenced river in garden.

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£0-£0
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Kingfisher Lodge 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 (free fishing in marina). 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. Electric cooker. Microwave. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Garden and furniture. Barbecue. 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.

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£321-£556
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
0

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. F/freezer. 0.5-acre garden. Wheelchair access.

All properties: Oil CH, elec, bed linen and towels inc. Cot. H/chair. Video and small library. DVD. M/wave. Shared laundry room with two washer/dryers. D/washer. Shared undercover courtyard and furniture. Shared covered BBQ area with gas BBQ. 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. Friday to Friday.

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£449-£1059
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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
1
The Den Ref: 30344


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 for exploring the many delights that Cambridgeshire has to offer, with golf and fishing found locally. Visit famous Wicken Fen and the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust at Welney. 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 Newmarket, the centre of racing, Bury St Edmunds with its abbey gardens, and Anglesey Abbey (NT). Shop 50 yards, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

All on ground floor: Living room with dining area/kitchen. 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. iPod dock. Gas cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Wi-fi. Shared garden. Patio with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Hot tub. Welcome pack. Pet free of charge. No smoking. NB: Small pond, 15 yards.

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£180-£526
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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
1
Market Street Mews Ref: 29389

This terraced mews house is conveniently located in the centre of the well-served Fenland town of Soham, all the town’s amenities are within walking distance. Comfortably furnished with an enclosed courtyard garden to make your stay even more enjoyable. An ideal holiday base; within easy reach is Newmarket for the races, Cambridge with its famous colleges and museums, and the cathedral towns of Bury St Edmunds and Ely. Also nearby is the National Trust’s oldest nature reserve at Wicken Fen. An excellent location to explore Suffolk and Cambridgeshire. Shop, pub and restaurant 20 yards.

Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with patio doors and laminate floor. Separate toilet. First floor: 1 twin bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Satellite TV. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Public car park 50 yards (free). Welcome pack. Pet free of charge. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£199-£610
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
1
Pets
1
Boat House Ref: W42587

Ideal touring base

This well furnished, detached mews holiday apartment with its own fully enclosed walled garden is set in a quiet location in the village of Cambourne, which has a good range of shops, tennis courts, a fishing lake and golf nearby. Boat House makes an ideal base to explore the towns, villages and countryside of Cambridgeshire. 6 miles away is the historic university town of Cambridge with its colleges, art galleries and punting on the River Cam. Visit nearby Huntingdon for a day at the races, the Imperial War Museum at Duxford is 11 miles, or the nearby NT properties including Wimpole Hall and Anglesea Abbey. Shops, pub and restaurant 500 yards.

All on first floor: Living room with double sofa bed and wooden floor. Kitchen with tiled floor. 1 double bedroom with additional single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Gas central heating, gas, electricity and bed linen included. Towel hire. DVD. CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Enclosed, lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Enclosed communal garden. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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£233-£1040
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