Large Holiday Cottage very near Cambridgeshire

A lder Barn is a beautiful but spacious holiday cottage located just one mile from the Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire border, located in the lovely village of Ashwell. Ashwell Spring is famously one of the sources of the River Cam which runs through Cambridge.

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Being a barn conversion, Alder Barn has wonderful exposed oak beams, and lots of natural daylight with its double height lounge and roof lights.

There is lots of space with three good sized first floor bedrooms and a balcony room, plus a very large lounge and kitchen on the ground floor.

The accommodation is very flexible and is suitable for groups of friends, as well as families (two families of four can easily stay here).

The property comes with all the facilities that you would expect with a modern holiday home, such as unlimited Wi-Fi broadband, large flat screen TV with a wide range of films and TV shows on Netflix. Plus plenty of toys for children, books, games etc.

Everything will be done for you before you arrive, so no need to buy milk, tea or coffee, bring bedding, towels or toilet rolls – all you need to do is unpack and decide which restaurant to go to in the village!

Ashwell is a simply stunning village to relax and spend some time, nestled in beautiful countryside.  Walking around the village is a wonderful way to admire its Tudor and Georgian buildings, and get close to nature.

Further afield into Cambridgeshire there are lots of things to do, from the Imperial War Museum at Duxford, to Burghley house, the Cambridge Corn Exchange and Pleasurewood Hills.

London is only a stone’s throw away;  you can drive to North London in 45 minutes, or get a direct train from Ashwell and Morden station directly into Kings Cross.

If you are looking for holiday cottages Cambridgeshire and would like to bring your family, or friends for a stay at Alder Barn, please contact Jon or Abi on 01462 757 020.

Top Things to do in Cambridgeshire

The Wimpole Estate

A National Trust property, the Wimpole Estate is a working estate incorporating an impressive mansion and Home Farm. The house itself boasts beautiful Georgian interiors with wonderful rooms including Soane’s breath-taking Yellow Drawing Room. These contrast with the basement corridor which gives a glimpse of life below stairs.

The house is surrounded by colourful gardens and the Pleasure Grounds. The gardens grow fruit and vegetables as well as herbaceous borders.

Home Farm is a working farm home to a number of rare breeds. There is a modern piggery and cattle sheds as well as many other animals.

Facilities on the Estate include a café and shops selling a range of gifts and souvenirs as well as garden ornaments and plants.

The Wimpole Estate is eight miles south-west of Cambridge (A603) and six miles north of Royston (A1198). The entrance is via the A603.

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The City of Cambridge is probably best known for its world renowned University but there are many other things to see and do when you visit. As well as looking around the famous colleges there are several galleries and museums to explore as well as thriving theatre scene.

If outdoor activities are more your thing you could try punting on the river, a walking tour of the city or perhaps a picnic in the park. The city is also very bicycle friendly so why not hire your own transport for the day?

There are guided tours of both the University and city that can be booked online to avoid disappointment on the day.

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Houghton Mill

Houghton Mill is a National Trust run working 18th-century watermill on the Great Ouse River. Saved from demolition by local villagers, this fully restored mill carries on the tradition of over 1,000 years of milling on the site.

As well as the mill there is a tearoom and second hand bookshop to enjoy and for the more adventurous there is a 2.9 km meadow walk.

The mill is set on an island in a beautiful village location and has inspired artists for generations. Perfect for a truly relaxing day out with the family.

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