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A charming hilltop property in secluded private grounds 10 mins to city centre

Bedrooms 7
Space 3,767 sq. ft.
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights


About the property

7 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, up to 17 people, 4 acres, hot tub, city centre 10 mins

Middlefield farm is set within over 4 acres of private and secluded grounds, on the Gog Magog hills at the southern edge of Cambridge City and was originally part of the Middlefield estate. “Middlefield” the principle house of the estate is a grade 2* listed building designed by Edwin Lutyens and built in 1908. Middlefield farm was separated from the Middlefield estate when the estate was divided in 1993 and still retains many of its original features. For example the original pump house with its 100 feet deep well has been converted into a stunning ensuite bath/wet room.

The accommodation offered is in Keepers Cottage and its co-located annex, both are set within the private, secluded grounds. Keepers Cottage the main house is able to accommodate up to 12 guests, has five bedrooms and 3 bath/wet rooms (1 ensuite). A further 5 guests can be accommodated in the two bedrooms in the annex, one of which has an ensuite bathroom and the other an ensuite shower room.

The main house is a single storey split level rambling property primarily arranged in two wings with the sleeping accommodation primarily in the west wing, the reception areas in the south wing. The kitchen and utility areas are at the hub in the centre. There is a large informal dining area in the kitchen in addition to the main reception rooms and amenities, which are large enough to easily cater for the full 17 guests and have an excellent layout for entertaining all year round;

Winter entertaining-The large sitting room and adjacent dining room are well suited to entertaining, featuring vaulted ceilings, oak flooring, high efficiency contemporary log burners in each room and both rooms are dual aspect. These main reception rooms are also in a different wing to the bedrooms.

Summer entertaining-There is a choice of areas including decking and patio around the pond plus south and west facing sheltered picnic areas in the meadow. Sunsets are amazing due to the elevated position; in the summer there is direct sunlight until the very end of the day. Guests are able to make full use of the grounds which includes garden areas, meadow, orchard and chalk woodland.

Important note: Children are welcome but there is a 1m deep pond on the site which is a safety hazard for young children. If you book this property you assume the risk of ensuring the safety of any children in your party.

Activities within about 10 minutes drive of the property

The Granary Stapleford 0.7mile - The Granary offers a variety of arts related courses and events see

Wandlebury Iron Age Settlement and the Roman Road to Colchester – 1.0 mile Wandlebury Hill Fort, also known as the Wandlebury Ring, is an Iron Age hillfort located on Wandlebury Hill in the Gog Magog Downs, Also features lovely walks through the beechwoods and is a great place to run.

Gog magog Golf Club – 1.1 miles Allows access to day visitors see

Imperial War Museum Duxford - 6.6 miles A superb collection of aircraft from the early 20th century to Concord and beyond. Plus many other exhibits, airshows and other events

Hinxton Water mill – 6.5 miles A water mill that is very well preserved and in working order

Linton Zoo – 7.4 miles a great day out for all the family and only about 12 minutes drive.

Cambridge – 4.0 miles about 10 minutes outside rush hour.

Cambridge is a beautiful place that is world famous and really needs no introduction. Local attractions include the University of Cambridge and a punt trip through the backs of the colleges is not to be missed although it can be just as nice taking a punt upriver and picnic at Grantchester.

Throughout the summer months there are a number of open air concerts and plays in the area including the famous Cambridge Folk Festival. A few of our favourite Cambridge attractions are mentioned below together with some more comprehensive Cambridge websites, well worth a visit.

For that punt trip either self punt or chauffeur powered there are a number of companies The oldest and largest is Scudamores -

The Botanic Gardens / Well worth a visit any time of year and they now have a new restaurant that offers good value for money.

We love the Varsity Hotel Roof Terrace with its views over the rooftops of Cambridge and the river.

The East Anglia region

Cambridge lies at the heart of East Anglia and within easy reach of London (45 minutes by train).

East Anglia is an incredibly varied region and regional attractions include:

Newmarket horse racing and National Stud - 12 miles see: .

The city of Ely and its cathedral set within the black Fen country, which also includes the wildlife reserve at Wicken Fen.

Suffolk - Constable country which includes Lavenham, Long Melford and Southwold.

Plus many more. The owners will be pleased to advise where possible.

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John Culbert
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
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December 4, 2017

About John Culbert

This was our family home since 1994 and we have felt very privileged to have lived in a property that has so much character, in so much space that is usually very peaceful and yet only a few minutes to Cambridge city center.

John Culbert purchased this farmhouse in 1994

Why John Culbert chose Stapleford

It is an unusual property that has evolved through the incorporation of adjacent outbuildings into the main dwelling. This has resulted in a charming eclectic rambling building set in 4 acres of grounds.

There is around 1 acre of woodland, an orchard, meadow and garden area which incorporates a pond and hot tub. Important note: The pond is up to 1m deep at the centre and is a risk for small children.

Despite having a rural feel it is only 10 minutes drive from the centre of Cambridge and is situated on the Gog Magog Hills which form a part of the Chiltern Hills.

Near by there is Wandlebury - originally a bronze age settlement and later also used by the Romans. It is set in a large country park that extends via a beech avenue to the Cambridge to Colchester Roman Road.

The combination of well drained chalk hills and managed park land provides extensive opportunities for largely off road walks and runs ranging from 2 to 8 miles.

For visitors from overseas Cambridge is an excellent base from which to explore the South of England. London is a 45 minute train ride away and there are excellent group discounts available. In the other direction on the same line is Ely and its Cathedral.

What makes this farmhouse unique

Sleeps up to a maximum of 18 people in the main house and annex.

Parking on hard standing for at least 10 cars

Over 4 acres of private grounds

Hot Tub

Combination of garden, meadow and woodland

10 minutes from Cambridge City centre

8 minutes from Duxford the home of the Imperial War Museum (IWM) which has the best collection of aircraft in the country, ranging from Concorde to a B52 and includes aircraft from the early part of the 20th century to the present. Duxford IWM also hosts a number of amazing air displays throughout the year.

The property is around 15 minutes drive from Newmarket - one of the premier horse racing venues in the country and also home to the National Stud. Ladies Day will give Royal Ascot a run for its money and is much more accessible.


Stapleford Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3767 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 18
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Rustic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 17 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , The family bathroom
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , tub , shower , This is the ensuite bathroom to Bedroom 1 in the Annex.
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , Feature en-suite bathroom to bedroom 1
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , shower , En-suite shower room to Bedroom 2 in the annex
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , This is a large wetroom style shower room
  • Feature en-suite bathroom to Bedroom 1. The adjacent original pump house has been converted into a sumptuous en-suite bathroom that features: a) Glass topped 100ft deep well which is lit and the glass cover has an etched whirlpool design. This has been a great hit with the few guests that have experienced it. b) Walk through shower. c) Double ended bath on a raised plinth with a clear glazed skylight above.
  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 18
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Master bedroom with dual aspect views and feature en-suite.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double
    Bedroom 5 - 3 twin/ single
    Bedroom 7 - 1 queen , En-suite shower room
    Bedroom 6 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , En-suite Bathroom
  • Bedroom has space for up to 2 optional put u up beds.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Deck Furniture
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch Furniture
  • Groups
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Singles
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
This property uniquely gives guests a combination of space and privacy, yet it is only 10 minutes from Cambridge City center.


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A charming hilltop property in secluded private grounds 10 mins to city centre
average rating of 3.6666667 based on 3 reviews

Perfect place for a group weekend away

  • 5 of 5

I booked this property for my friend's hen party and we had a brilliant time. The previous negative review is really not a reflection of the experience we had there at all. The place was perfect - very homely, spacious and tastefully decorated. The beds were incredible comfy and we had a lovely meal all together on the Friday evening, which we cooked on the Aga which was great.

There was plenty of cooking utensils, crockery etc and we didn't find any issues with the quality of items in the kitchen.

John was incredibly helpful from booking right through to the weekend itself, checking in and ensuring we were comfortable and happy. He also recommended a taxi firm which we used all weekend and were also very good.

The hot tub was a brilliant addition and a real wow moment as we had kept it as a surprise from the group. The property is also set in wonderful grounds - really beautiful location.

I have no hesitation in recommending this property and sure lots of other people will have a positive experience like us.

  • Submitted: Nov 4, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your very positive comments and for being such pleasant guests. We do hope you stay again sometime. John
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Beautiful location, amazing hot tub!

  • 5 of 5

13 of us stayed at Middlefield Farm for a hen do at the end of September and, in short, we had a wonderful time, but I feel compelled to write a more detailed review in light of the 1 star review on here and concerns it might bring up for potential guests. Leading up to our stay, we saw the 1 star review posted here and naturally we were very worried, but it turns out we were worried for nothing! Overall we had a lovely, relaxing stay.

The pictures of the property and description of the amenities on the website are very accurate so I won't go into great detail. The bedrooms and lounge in particular are really lovely and we were lucky enough to have wonderful weather and enjoy the garden and hot tub too. Some bathrooms and some fixtures and fittings are a little worn, but this is to be expected with a property of this age. Everything worked and so although bits and pieces looked tired (e.g. worn tiles etc), it didn't affect our enjoyment of the property one bit. The aga kept the property very warm which was nice in the evenings. If you are looking for a 5 star hotel quality with everything looking brand new then you might be disappointed, but if you are looking for a picturesque, rural farmhouse setting for a large group, you will likely be very happy (especially if you like playing pool or table tennis!). Everything was clean and tidy and furnishings were all very comfortable.

I could not find any unusable pots and pans, as suggested by the 1 star review, and all locks on bathroom doors worked fine. There were no smells of mould in any of the rooms. When we arrived on a very warm afternoon, all the windows were closed and the aga was blasting out heat, so there was a slight mildew/musty smell, but this was easily fixed by letting some air through the property.

The garden was lovely and well maintained. The hot tub also looked and smelled clean - it was great fun. At one point we accidentally turned it off, but called John and he came straight away to help us get it back on. Whenever we had a small issue we called John who solved it as soon as possible, which was great - good customer service! He also helped us work out how to use the aga and made some food suggestions.

It is a little tricky to find so definitely ask John for specific directions! He can also recommend a good value taxi service to go into Cambridge. I would love to return, if I ever need to get that many people into one place again!

  • Submitted: Oct 10, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your very positive review and I confirm that we will continue to maintain and improve the property, including some refurbishment this autumn.
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Very poorly maintained property

  • 1 of 5

Upon arrival you are greeted with a number of signs written in a way that leads you to believe the property does not exist (the signs have been erected by neighbours). They have felt the need to have the signs due to trespassing on their property. V unpleasant start to your holiday! Listed are some of the faults with the property......

Mice in the kitchen. Both fridges in main house were unclean.No bolt for the toilet door (a lollipop stick is in place instead). This facility is unacceptable needs a complete refurb, its horrible could not use.

All kitchen pans are in a poor condition and need replacing Various doors with no locks or handles and no way of closing them.Mud on the mattress protector.Bedrooms had window screwed shut (which meant it was too hot to sleep in comfortably). Triple room is dark, damp and full of cob webs.Double bed collapsed whilst sitting on it as support strut was not screwed in to the frame.Draws filled with owners personal belongings.Holes in walls covered by pictures or mirrors

Glass in a window pane bedroom was held in place with two nails

Loose paving slabs by the fish pond (dangerous).Loose wooden flooring panel on the top STEP in the hall (dangerous).Leather furniture in lounge area very grubby, cushions dirty.Bathroom smelled of sewage, was mouldy, had tiles coming loose, generally very unpleasant and needs a refurbishment.Shower floods the bathroom to the en-suite (note: electric radiator positioned close to the shower which I find unbelievable given the way the shower floods the bathroom - Dangerous).Toilet seat in the master broken.Toilet had not been cleaned properly. Stains on walls, general damp smell in en-suite.French door handle (exterior) was hanging off.The patio area/garden was overgrown and uncared for and did not resemble the lovely picture shown online.The garden furniture needs replacing. Our party felt the Jacuzzi was not clean (we took photos showing a film/scum on top of the water. The property owner did write after we complained and said the Jacuzzi is regularly refilled)

We met one of the neighbours who thanked us for being considerate during our stay. She told us of a number of instances where users of the property were trespassing on their property, it was clear why the condition of the property is so poor given the property is rented to hen/stag parties. Keepers Cottage is completely unloved and lacking all the charm of other farmhouses we have stayed at........

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Mr and Mrs xxxxxxx With regard to the complaint it came as a surprise for the following reasons: a) I understand that you arrived mid-afternoon and I returned Mrs xxxxxxx message as soon as I could which I believe was around 7pm. During that call we discussed the sign and the property and Mrs xxxxxx said that all was well. I offered to come up at 9am the next morning but she felt that was too early as you were on holiday and there was no urgency as all was OK. b) I did then visit the property around mid-day on the Tuesday but there was no one on site. c) I then visited the following day and spoke to a man and woman who were walking from the annex to the main house. I asked whether everything was OK and they said it was fine. There was a young boy with them who appeared to be 6-8 years old who said that there was a broken slat on one of the beds. I offered to fix it there and then but the man said that it was not a problem and had been sorted. Both he and the woman with him said all was fine. I was therefore not willing to consider a rebate as requested. Although some of what the guest has stated is true e.g. There are two windows already to scheduled to be replaced in October 2016 much of what is stated is either untrue or grossly exaggerated. The property is very popular and we have an active maintenance program e.g. £7000 scheduled for maintenance and improvements within the next 3 months. Our aim is to continue to improve the quality and amenity of the property. PS: As we are on a bore hole and only pay for the electricity to pump the water. We therefore change the water in the hot tub every week to 10 days and the water drinking quality is checked every two years. We do this to minimise the chemicals needed to maintain the water in good condition and the knock on effect these chemicals can have on sensitive skins.
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Stansted Airport London
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
The Rose or the 3 Horse Shoes
Nearest Golf
1.5 Miles
5 hole pitch and putt in grounds, Magog Golf Club
Nearest Train
1.3 Miles
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
The Rose
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $666.22

The minimum let is normally 3 nights for a weekend booking or 2 nights for midweek. However during peak periods e.g. Christmas a longer minimum let may apply - typically 5 nights.
For rentals of less than 1 week we operate a sliding scale of charges. For stays longer than 2 weeks we will be happy to offer a discount.

30% of the total rental amount is required with the booking. The balance is required no later than 6 weeks prior to occupation.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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