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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 Fowlmere village with 4 excellent pubs in walking distance and plenty more in the equally quintessential neighbouring Cambridgeshire villages giving you 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 along with modern conveniences such as microwave, coffee machine, dishwasher, washer/dryer etc. The Lounge has a large, 4 seat Italian leather sofa and matching chair where you can relax in front of the HD TV with 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 (and fit a cot if required) or, a twin bedroom. The bathroom has a shower over and complimentary bath soaps and shampoos. Both bedrooms have curtains with black out lining.
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 also 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. Visit the Farmer’s Market (2nd Saturday of the month). There is a small airfield where you can hire a private plane! Willow weaving classes are run in the village by a Master Weaver. There is an ancient Landmark dating back to the Saxon times when it when archeologists think it called The Moat which is now a pleasant wooded area.
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, Hatfield House (one of the 10 Treasure houses) and 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. Fowlmere 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 at the Village Hall key hire can be arranged at a charge. There is also 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. About 40 mins away you can take part in Wake and Paddle Boarding at Hannams Wake Hub and even White water rafting on the Olympic run at Lea Valley White Water Centre. Thetford Forest can be reached in under an hour with Go Ape, Segways and cycling. A good day when the sun is shining is 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 1mile 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. A travel cot 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 of the Museum’s are excellent and Royal Botanic Gardens are interesting due to Cambridge having a microclimate (apparently Cambridge 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.
The cottage is not ideal for dogs however, having accepted a few well behaved dogs and been surprised at how tidy the cottage has been kept. Well behaved dogs are now accepted by arrangement. The area is particularly dog friendly with walks at Wimpole Hall, Royston Heath and around Fowlmere. There is an excellent vet and pet shop in neighbouring Melbourn and a list of dog friendly pubs in the area including the Green Man in Thriplow can be provided.
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. Please enquire for further details.
For foreign visitors we suggest car hire from any of the local airports as the least expensive method of getting to Cambridgeshire. Cambridge and Stansted are the closest airports to the cottage about 20 mins drive and Luton and London Heathrow are about an hour outside of the rush hour. From Dover it takes approximately 2 hours to reach the cottage. The nearest train station is Foxton which is about 2 miles away and is one stop into Cambridge. Alternatively Royston is about 10 mins drive and has a fast trains into Kings Cross that take about 35 mins.
The stairs are a bit narrow and steep so, this cottage is not suitable for the less mobile. The driveway has now been extended to have two cars adjacent to each other but, it is a narrow, angular entrance and it could be tricky parking long or, large cars depending on your parking skills! There is free on street parking on the High Street opposite the Church where a number of cars park for services.
I live in the village so, I am around most of the time if you need any help during your stay. I am self employed and work from home during school hours. Prior to having children I worked in IT. I have renovated houses most of my life and travelled extensively. I try to ski every year and venture somewhere new during the summer with the family.
Janice Thomson purchased this cottage in 2011
I lived in Chiswick in West London for most of my 20's & 30's and craved a rural retreat at weekends that was under an hour from London to get away from the hustle and bustle. When I moved I needed to be close to London for work and Cambridge is easily my favourite city in the whole of the UK. I love the architecture, the cattle grazing in the meadows, the river flowing through the centre with the punting and the shops. My children's favourite is definitely the little sweet shop opposite Kings.
The cottage is over 300 years old so, it is unique and has character. It has two staircases leading to upstairs and a small, lockable doorway between the bedrooms! The village itself is steeped in history with tunnels running underneath and an ancient moat and parts of the Church date back to the 11th century. Instrumental during the war there was a large air base in the village where Spitfires were based.
It was a true delight to meet the owner, Janice on our arrival at the cottage. She went above and beyond to give us information about local attractions, shops, restaurants, pubs and travel tips. The cottage was lovely with it's little quirks and the welcome hamper with essentials and a bottle of wine was a real treat. Everything was clean and comfortable with plenty of extras that meant our stay was relaxing. Would heartily recommend this cottage and area for a short break and longer! The Indian takeaway/restaurant in the village (Fowlmere) was excellent and The Plough in nearby Shepreth is well worth a visit.
This was an ideal week's retreat for two keen walking couples who knew each other very well to chill out each evening after tackling a 12-mile section of the Icknield Way Trail. The accommodation was fine, but for the couple in the double-bedded room it meant negotiating two staircases and two downstairs rooms to go to the toilet during the night. But for us, that was no problem.
The landlady, Janice, is very welcoming and a good source of local knowledge for those keen to experience the delights of the immediate surroundings.
An excellent choice for a small family.
The cottage was extremely comfortable, clean and perfect in every way. All you need for a holiday home is there.
Janice and her Husband had thought of everything including a welcome basket so that you could begin your stay completely stress free.
They gave us much needed guidance to all that was interesting in and around the village and we had a "perfect holiday'.
Please note that we had issues with our mobile phone connection (our choice"Three' has no coverage in the area). However the free Wifi in the cottage was perfect.
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
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The property is a non smoking property. Not suitable for less able people due to narrow staircase. Free cot and high chair available free of charge. Entrance to driveway is narrow and angular.