Large Holiday Cottage near to the Cambridgeshire Border

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The Perfect Holiday Home for Family And Friends
Relax And Enjoy Your Escape During Your Stay
Take In The Views From Our Front Terrace Area
Easy Access To The Upstairs Area From Our Entrance Hallway
A Spacious Kitchen With A Table For 8
A View Of The Kitchen Leading To The Lounge
The Light, Comfortable Kitchen Area
A View Of The Food Preparation Area
A View Of The Large Kitchen Table A Storage Area
A View Of The Landing Hallway Leading Through To The Bedrooms
A View Of The Laundry Room
Large Comfortable Lounge With Exposed Wooden Beams
A View Of The Lounge Leading To The Kitchen
A Light, Airy Lounge With Large Windows
A View Of The Lounge Sofas and Large Wall-Mounted TV
A View From The Fireplace Of The Lounge
Large Open Plan Lounge Area
A Flexible Mezzanine Area Which Can Act As Another Lounge Or Bedroom
The Main Bedroom Has A King-Sized Double Bed
Storage Space In The Master Bedroom
The Mezzanine Balcony Area With A Sofa-bed
The Mezzanine Bathroom With a Bath/Shower and WC
A View Of The Pantry With A Fridge/Freezer And Storage Space
Shower Room With Walk-In Shower
Split-Level Bedroom With A Double And A Single Bed
The Double-Bed On The Upper Level Of The Split-Level Bedroom
The Stairwell Leading To The Ground Floor
The Upstairs Landing Leading Through To The Balcony Area
An Outside View Of Alder Barn

Alder Barn is a beautiful but spacious holiday cottage located just one mile from the Cambridgeshire border, located in the lovely village of Ashwell. Ashwell Spring is famously one of the sources of the River Cam which runs through Cambridge. For details see the slideshow below, FAQs and Things To Do

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. More +

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 the 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.


See below some of review guests have been kind enough to leave us on Trip Advisor, AirBnB, Google,, via email and in our guest book.

Alder Barn – so tell me all about it…
Alder Barn is a great self-catering barn conversion holiday home, right in the middle of the historic village of Ashwell in Hertfordshire. After travelling the UK with small children for many years, we tried to set it up with everything that you can expect to find in most family homes – things that we think will keep everyone happy and make sure that your holiday or stay goes well, including a fully stocked kitchen, all the usual appliances (including a decent sized fridge freezer, washing machine and tumble dryer), WIFI, Netflix and a Nespresso machine. Loads of sofa space, two bath/shower rooms and easy parking right outside. Add to that the great transport links to the airports, Cambridge and London, it’s all pretty good really.
It looks quite big – how many can it sleep?
It is quite big, if you don’t mind sharing rooms and using the sofabed, it can sleep up to nine people in three bedrooms and the mezzanine balcony area. This often sets it apart from other holiday lets in the area, which aren’t quite as big.
So in as few words as possible – describe the place…
Light, airy, warm, comfortable, spacious, fun – is that too many?
Are there any little extras to look forward to?
We don’t want to spoil the surprise, but the beds will be made, and we leave ample towels, hand soap, mini toiletries, some toilet rolls, tea, coffee, sugar, milk sticks, biscuits and some cake, just to get you going…
What about kids and pets?
Well although we don’t like to lump them into the same category, we warmly welcome children and provide a few things to help with your stay, like a travel cot, highchair, toddler toilet steps, some children’s cutlery and crockery. There’s also a few toys and game in the lounge cupboard and good old Netflix and a few DVDs to keep you going on rainy days. Unfortunately, we can’t accept pets though, our solid oak floors are just not good for it and also, we accept bookings from families who have severe allergies, so I’m afraid we don’t allow pets of any kind.
It’s nice, but I bet it’s expensive!
No, actually, we are very competitive compared to other holiday rentals in the area and we feel that you get value for money – let us know what dates you’re interested in and how many people are coming and we can let you have an idea of costs.
So, Ashwell – never heard of it – what’s the village like?
Ashwell is a great little village, surrounded by beautiful rolling countryside, it dates from the middle ages. So has buildings from Tudor, through Georgian and Victorian to modern day. It’s a proper thriving village, the three pubs all do food, there’s a bakery, a butcher, a pharmacy and even a coffee shop. In the courtyard where the barn is situated there’s a hair and beauty salon, an art gallery and a bespoke jewelry store – great for last minute presents – we won’t tell if you don’t…
If I wanted to visit Cambridge or London – how easy is it to get there from Ashwell?
Very easy. You can drive to Cambridge in just over half an hour or regular trains run from the local station (Ashwell & Morden, a 5-minute drive from the barn), which take about 25 minutes. If you want to get into London, then trains run all day from Ashwell & Morden to London Kings Cross, taking only around 40-45 minutes.
The Wimpole Estate, Royston (11 miles)
Wimpole Hall Estate Photo

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.

Click here to see The Wimpole Estate

Shepreth Wildlife Park, Royston (12 miles)
Shepreth Wildlife Park Photo

First opened in 1979 as a private animal sanctuary Shepreth Wildlife Park is now home to a huge variety of animals of all shapes and sizes from bugs to tigers and everything in between.

As well as visiting the animals there are a number of experiences available from being a tiger keeper for the day to meeting the lemurs. You can also feed the fish in the lake and even stroke a cockroach.

The park is divided into different sections to make your visit easy to navigate so whether it’s the home of the predators, primates, UK natives, Bunnyland, Invaders or the Nocturnal House (as well as many more) there is something for everyone.

Facilities include a café, gift shop and play barn for younger visitors.

Click here to see the Shepreth Wildlife Park

Imperial War Museum Duxford, Duxford (15 miles)
Imperial War Museum Duxford Photo

The Imperial War Museum in Duxford is a perfectly preserved Second World War airfield, with a history dating back to WW1. As well as the historic buildings there are also contemporary exhibition halls incorporating AirSpace and the American Air Museum.

The museum not only houses iconic aircraft but also a collection of tanks, military vehicles and artillery. There is also a recreation of an Operations Room from 1940 and an annual air show. For younger visitors, there is a playground and Activity Zone as well as plenty of open space for a picnic or a runaround.

Click here to see the Imperial War Museum Duxford

Cambridge (18 miles)
Cambridge University Photo

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.

Click here to see more about Cambridge

King’s College, Cambridge (19 miles)
King’s College Cambridge Photo

King’s College was founded in 1441 by Henry VI and is one of the 31 prestigious colleges of Cambridge University. King’s is particularly well known for its stunning architecture and world famous Chapel and choir.

Guests are welcome to visit the college grounds as well as the Chapel. It is also possible to attend a choral service at the following times: 5.30pm from Monday to Saturday, and at 10.30am and 3.30pm on Sunday. The full Choir sing on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

For those visiting Cambridge by car the park and ride service is strongly recommended as parking within the city is limited and expensive.

Click here to see the King’s College Cambridge

Audley End House & Gardens, Saffron Walden (21 miles)
Audley End House & Gardens Photo

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be in a period drama, then why not visit Audley End House & Gardens?

A wonderful country house and gardens owned and maintained by English Heritage located near Saffron Walden just off the M11.

You get to see here the sumptuous surroundings that the aristocratic residents lived in, and behind the scenes in the kitchen and where all the everyday people worked to make the house ‘tick’.

With also children’s play area, café and shop, there is a great deal to see and do.

For further details please click here

Chilford Hall Vineyard, Linton (24 miles)
Chilford Hall Vineyard Photo

For those looking for something a little bit different the Chilford Hall Vineyard offer tours and tasting sessions between March and November. Booking is recommended as the events are extremely popular.

Chilford Hall is an award-winning vineyard in Cambridgeshire and was originally laid out in 1972 has been a working farm since 1820.

The tours start at the winery and your guide will talk you through the winemaking process from the cultivation of the vine, pruning and harvesting the grapes through to the fermentation, blending and bottling process. There is also the opportunity to see how the vines are grown by following one of the vineyard trails.

The tour concludes with a wine tasting in the bistro and shop where your guide will explain the differences between the wines and help you select a suitable wine for your tastes.

For more details have a look at their website

Linton Zoo, Linton (24 miles)
Linton Zoo Photo

Linton Zoo was established as a centre for breeding wildlife in 1972 and today the breeding of rare species is still their main focus. Many of the animals are classified as ‘endangered’ or ‘vulnerable’ so a visit to Linton Zoo offers the opportunity to see animals you may not have the chance to see again from a Snow Leopard to a White Collared Lemur.

For the more adventurous there is a selection of ‘keeper experiences’ suitable from ages five to 18+. Admission prices are reasonable but make sure you choose a sunny day because it is an outdoor experience.

Facilities include a café and gift shop as well as ample parking. The zoo is in Linton, close to the A11 junction at Little Abingdon. This is very close to junction 9 of the M11.

Click here to see the Linton Zoo

Houghton Mill, Houghton (27 miles)

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.

Click here to see the Houghton Mill

Newmarket Racecourse, Newmarket (30 miles)
Newmarket Racecourse Photo

What better way could there be to spend a day than enjoying the Sport of Kings? Newmarket is considered to be the home of British Horseracing and, as well as the racecourse itself, it is the home of the National Horseracing Museum & Stud and Tattersalls; the main auctioneer of racehorses in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

Racing has been recorded at Newmarket since the time of James I but it was the court of Charles II that really put the town on the map. Today there are regular race meetings as well as the annual July festival.

If you are not lucky enough to be in town on race day you can often watch the horses training along 50 miles of turf gallops.

Click here to see the Newmarket Racecourse

Anglesey Abbey, Gardens and Lode Mill, Lode (31 miles)

All that remains of the Augustinian Priory that once stood on the same site is the dining room of Anglesey Abbey. The room is a magnificent vaulted crypt while the rest of the Abbey dates from around 1600 when the priory was converted in a country house. Now a National Trust property the Abbey offers an interesting and enjoyable day out for the whole family.

As well as the Abbey itself there are acres of gardens including a garden of statues, a winter garden and an avenue of trees. If that isn’t enough to keep you busy how about a trip to the Lode Mill; a fully functioning water mill on the estate.

Other facilities include a restaurant, plant centre, gift shop and bookshop. Anglesey Abbey is six miles from Cambridge and Newmarket and is signposted from the A14 (junction 35).

Click here to see the Anglesey Abbey, Gardens and Lode Mill

West Stow Anglo Saxon Village, Bury St. Edmunds (46 miles)
West Stow Anglo Saxon Village Photo

West Stow is a suitable day out for the whole family. With both indoor and outdoor attractions it is also the perfect place to visit in all weathers. The recreation of the Anglo Saxon village was built using ancient Anglo Saxon methods on the same site as the original settlement after archaeological surveys found the dwellings.

Artefacts from digs across West Suffolk have been gathered at West Stow from the first human settlers to the Romans, Vikings and Anglo Saxons. Archaeological explorations continue at West Stow today.

There are opportunities to dress up as an Anglo Saxon as well as meet rare breed pigs and chickens that would have been so important to the original settlers. Events include battle re-enactments and craft demonstrations.

There is a café on site for when you need something a little more modern!

Click here to see West Stow Anglo Saxon Village

Nene Valley Railway, Stibbington, Peterborough (48 miles)
Nene Valley Railway Photo

Based at Peterborough’s Nene Valley Station the railway is both a living heritage railway as well as a popular visitor attraction open all year round. Enjoy a steam engine ride along the Nene Valley taking in stations at Ferry Meadows, Orton Mere, Yarwell Junction, and Wansford.

For younger visitors there is the opportunity to ride a real Thomas the Tank Engine but make sure you check the dates because we wouldn’t want to disappoint the smaller family members. For older visitors why not try the Murder Mystery experience? There are many other special events we recommend you have a look at on their website.

There are many interactive displays exploring life in Luton and the surrounding area over the past 150 years. There are also costume and room displays to explore.

Wansford Station is home to a café and recently refurbished gift shop. There is also a buffet car on trains when staffing permits. Ploughman’s lunches and cream teas are also available if pre-booked.

Click here to see the Nene Valley Railway

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