|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
We have 2 holiday cottages, No 1 Selby Cottage is a pretty 2 bedroom, renovated 18C listed Farm Workers cottage, with wonky walls, beamed ceilings, roses over the door and inglenook fireplace it is full of quirkiness and character. Situated along a quiet country lane in the heart of pretty Fowlmere village with 4 excellent pubs in walking distance and plenty more in the equally quintessential neighbouring Cambridgeshire villages, giving you have the choice to eat out or, to cook and eat in.
Enjoy a short walk to Fowlmere RSPB Nature Reserve or, to Manor Farm where you have views over Cambridgeshire, Essex and Hertfordshire. The cottage is ideally placed to explore the area and a 20 minute drive takes you to the centre of Cambridge, Royston or, Saffron Walden.
The Owner’s have gone to great lengths to ensure you have a comfortable stay and a home away from home where you can relax.
The Kitchen is particularly well equipped with everything from a food mixer to pestle and mortar on top of off the modern conveniences such as microwave, coffee machine, dishwasher, washer/dryer etc. The Lounge has a large, 4 seater Italian leather sofa and matching chair where you can relax in front of the HD TV with integrated DVD player or, simply read a book in front of the Inglenook fireplace.
Upstairs the main bedroom has a comfortable king size bed and handmade furniture, hair dryers, dressing gowns, slippers and soft fluffy towels. The twin bedroom can be set up as a single bedroom to give more space or, a small twin bedroom. The upstairs bathroom has a shower over and complimentary bath soaps and shampoos.
There is a safe, spare adult bicycles, toy box, free wifi, selection of DVD’s, books and plenty of maps and tourist information. There is a lockable outdoor unit where your bicycles can be stored by arrangement.
Outside there is a small garden and chairs for 4 people. The driveway has been extended (July 2015) so, that cars can park adjacent to each other. However, the entrance to the parking area is angular and a little narrow so, care should be taken moving larger vehicles in and out. You can park free of charge on the street opposite the Church at the end of the lane where plenty of cars do park for Church services.
Things to do in easy reach of the cottage
Walk to Fowlmere RSPB Nature Reserve and discover the Kingfishers and the Barn Owls. Book yourself on a Willow Weaving course (please ask for further information), visit the Farmer's market (2nd Sat every month).
Wimpole Hall, Audley End house, Duxford Imperial War Museum, Wicken Fen, Newmarket Race course, Royston Cave, Maple St (largest dolls house shop in the world). Hedingham Castle, Anglessey Abbey and even Hatfield House (one of the 10 Treasure houses) Woburn Abbey are all accessible in under an hours drive.
Cambridgeshire is cycling country and you will find plenty of cyclists going through the village which is on one of the many cycle routes in the area (don’t forget you can lock your bike in the outbuilding).
Walking there are plenty of maps at the cottage and walks through Thriplow and along the pretty River Shep are our favourites. For serious walkers the Greenwich meridian line walk runs close to the village and the famous Icknield way runs just south of the village.
There are excellent floodlit tennis courts in the village at the Village Hall. Key hire can be arranged at a charge. There is also a free outdoor table tennis table opposite Fowlmere Primary School.
Kingsway Golf is a 5 minute drive away in neighbouring Melbourn where you can play foot golf, pitch & put or knock out a few balls on the driving range. There are plenty of golf courses in the area please ask for further details. There is an outdoor activity centre called Wild Tracks that is 30 minutes away where you can take part in everything from Go Karting to Archery. In under an hour you can take part in Wake and Paddle Boarding at Hannams Wake Hub, White water rafting on the Olympic run at Lea Valley White Water Centre, Go Ape, Segways and cycling in Thetford Forest. If the sun is shining you could hiring a boat from Purvis Marine Hire and taking a trip along the river to St Ives for the day.
For children Shepreth Wildlife Park is only 5 minutes drive away, Wimpole Hall farm & adventure Playground, Audley End Miniature Railway, Milton Maize (summer only), Duxford IWM, Royston Picture Palace (independent cinema), Bury Lane indoor play barn & strawberry picking (in season), Spy Missions, Glazed Creations (pottery), Raptor Foundation, Linton zoo and Cambridge Leisure Park (Bowling Amusements and Multiplex cinema) are all very easy to get to. There is a play area in Fowlmere and one of the best in the area is a 1 mile walk away in Thriplow along a footpath. Milton Country Park is a great place to take children with large lakes where you can feed the ducks and two excellent areas. Some Guests have visited Harry Potter world in Watford (45 mins away). Tickets get booked up really quickly so, it is recommended to book as quickly as possible or, alternatively look again 2 weeks before you intend to arrive as they are sometimes re-released. Babysitters can be arranged with advance notice. Cots and a High chair are available free of charge. There is a toy box with a selection of toys for various age groups.
Our favourites are: Kings College Chapel especially if you are lucky enough to hear their Musician’s practising inside. A punting tour along the backs of the colleges (check Groupon as they sometimes have offers) alternatively take a picnic and try punting yourselves heading out towards Grantchester where it is less busy and you can moor up. All the Museum’s are excellent and Royal Botanic Gardens are interesting due to Cambridge having a microclimate (did you know it is the warmest part of the UK!) A visit to The Eagle Pub where DNA was discovered and soldiers have written all over the ceiling.
On a few occasions we have been asked if we accept dogs. The cottage isn’t really ideal. But, we have accepted a few dogs and been very pleasantly surprised at how tidy the cottage has been kept. As a result we do accept well behaved dogs. We also have a lady who looks after dogs during the day along with her own and we would be happy to give her details should they be required for the occasional day visit where dogs are not allowed. The area is particularly dog friendly with walks at Wimpole Hall, Royston Heath and even in Fowlmere itself. There is an excellent vet and pet shop in neighbouring Melbourn and we would be happy to let you have a list of dog friendly pubs in the area including the Green Man in Thriplow.
The area is particularly popular for Duxford Air Shows and Thriplow Daffodil Weekend during these weekends it is worthwhile booking the restaurants in advance should you wish to eat out.
Tours of Duxford by an Aviation Specialist, Beauticians, welcome packs, grocery packs, gift vouchers, taxis can all be arranged. Do ask for further details. It is often worth checking Shepreth Wildlife Park, Duxford IWM, The Plough Shepreth and Wimpole Hall to see what events they have going on for the dates of your visit.
I worked in IT mainly in London before stopping to have children. Now I am self employed. I work for a Coaching Company specialising in Leadership and Project Management and I also run Marketing for an IT Security Company. I work from home so, I am normally around to help with anything you may need to know.
Janice Thomson purchased this cottage in 2010
I was brought up in central Bristol and then spent my 20's and 30's living in Chiswick in London. I absolutely love city life and the hustle and bustle, restaurants & cosmopolitan culture. But, I often craved a quiet retreat for weekends that was under an hour from London where I could still go out during the day and do something interesting and either rest up or, go to a good local pub on an evening. I was introduced to Fowlmere in my 30's and it ticks all the boxes and more. Three excellent pubs in a village with under 1200 people is unusual. Fowlmere RSPB is totally beautiful, and the ancient moat has a magical vibe. I often feel like I have been transported into another world when I walk there. I love the open feeling of being able to see for miles and I am fascinated by the stunning, beautiful quintessentially English villages that make up South Cambridgeshire that I had never realised existed before I moved here. The people are very English with cricket on the village greens in the summer and Football and Rugby dominating the banter in the pubs. I have travelled extensively and believe the city of Cambridge is one of the prettiest cities in the world in terms of architecture and nature with the river cam flowing through it and cows grazing in the meadows. I will often be found punting on a summer's day along the Cam, musing in one of the museums and having a cosy night in at one of the pubs.
The cottage simply makes me smile especially when the roses are out. You enter from the stable door that opens into the bright and airy kitchen. Unless you are Hobbit sized and the front door becomes a possibility! The inglenook fireplace is wonderfully, cosy and romantic on a winter's evening. The exposed fire breast in the main bedroom adds a special, unusual touch and the small doorway between the bedrooms is a huge hit with children! The wonky walls and beamed ceilings add character to a building that has been standing for over 3 centuries. Horses clip, clop by the front door to their field further along the lane and you are woken up by birdsong in the morning. The pubs and the Indian are a stones throw away along with the pretty walk to the RSPB Nature Reserve. We love the location it is a quiet retreat away from the hustle and bustle yet it is so easy and quick to get into Cambridge and London.
This cottage was very nice indeed. We needed to be near Cambridge but away from the hurly burly of the city. Travelling into Cambridge was easy for us by car but park and ride would also have been possible. We found peace and quiet and a quality sometimes difficult to find in some rentals. We loved the crockery and the superb variety of utensils, huge deep leather sofa, lovely bedding etc. The welcome basket of crusty bread, conserves, milk etc was so useful after a 5 hour drive and a lovely bottle of wine too! Best of all was the attention afforded to us by Janice who met us, explained anything extra we should know and was available on the phone should we have needed her.
We enjoyed our short stay at the cottage
Enhanced by the lovely open fire and ample toiletries. The facilities in terms of kitchen equipment are quite basic and we did struggle with the electric hob. Just a little attention to some electric points and bulbs would benefit visitors.
Perfect property in a beautiful cambridgeshire village. It was very comfortable and well equipped. All in all a first class accommodation. Two pubs nearby with excellent food. Highly recomended for families with children. There is a lot to do and to visit in the surrounding area: Duxford, Audley End House ... and London is also only a short train ride away!
Well appointed, very nice linens, great kitchen and wonderful old (working) fireplace. Getting to and from the bathroom is a bit of a challenge and one will inevitably bump ones head on the low overhead beam but well worth the effort. Wonderful old windows actually work so one can enjoy the lovely country breezes if the weather is good. So well located - close to the 2 fabulous restaurants in town - and in the midst of wonderful opportunities for walks and exploring. Owner/manager is beyond wonderful, generous and helpful. She has vast knowledge of the entire Cambridge area, towns and even programmed our difficult GPS system for us!!! Couldn't have asked for a lovelier, more romantic 4 day holiday!!! Hazel Blankenship
I found the cottage marvellous, so well equipped, lovely setting,
welcome pack amazing, it is a great village, food at chequers was super, and its proximity to Cambridge is also a big attraction
Thank you Janice. What a lovely home, ideally located for our needs. Welcoming, quiet, and fully stocked with all necessary for a gentle landing after long travel. You were particularly gracious and helpful in assisting us with plans and details overseas, including your above-and-beyond rescue of a beloved stuffed animal left behind. Thank you for making our Fowlmere stay lovely. We can not wait to return. Valerie and family
I would like to thank Janice the owner for a fantastic stay at her beautiful cottage. Nothing was too much trouble and the property was well presented and contained everything you need from groceries and things you may have forgotten. All cupboards were well stocked and the welcome pack was a lovely touch. Cottage is beautiful and quaint we wish we could have stayed longer to appreciate it more and explore the local area as we were there attending a wedding locally at south farm. We hope to come back in the future.
The walker family x
The area surrounding the pretty village of Fowlmere is surrounded by quintessential English villages. Cambridge, Grantchester, Saffron Walden and Royston are all easily reached within 20 minutes drive and even London can be reached in under an hour. Offering Museums, Punting, Kings College, Cambridge Botanical Gardens, tearooms, pubs and historic buildings are plentiful. Fowlmere itself has a very pretty RSPB Nature Reserve, an Ancient landmark of woodland known as the Moat is tucked behind the village green. A tiny farm airport that was once large hangers and instrumental during WWI & WWII with both British and American Pilots. The 3 village pubs are all steeped in History particularly The Chequers. Nearby Duxford Imperial War Museum is often considered the top attraction in Cambridge and is reached easily with a 10 minute drive a must for anyone interested in Aviation. Cyclists and walkers are seen daily going through the village. A one mile walk away is Thriplow Village with the Thriplow Daffodil weekend drawing 10,000 people each year. Wimpole Hall,( National Trust) is the largest stately home in the country and Audley End House (English Heritage) is often considered the one of the finest Country homes in England both are approximately 20 mins drive. Golfers will find the both Gog Magog golf courses and Saffron Walden Golf Course within 20 mins drive, and Heydon Grange is at the edge of the village and the Kingsway Golf Center is in neighouring Melbourn with its 40 bay driving range and golf shop. Children are very welcome and Shepreth Wildlife Park is a 5 minute drive away, Bury Lane Play Barn and the award winning Linton Zoo are also great for days out with the children. In the summer months Bury Lane offers stawberry picking, In the Autumn Harston has a lovely orchard for apple picking and Milton Country Park is full of blackberries.
|Refundable damage deposit||$62|
The cottage has small doorways, beamed ceilings and windy steep staircases so, it is not suitable for people who are less able. Stair gates don't fit.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.