Large Holiday Cottage near to the Cambridgeshire Border

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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. For details see the slideshow below, FAQs and Things To Do

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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 the 30 testimonials guests have been kind enough to leave us on Trip Advisor, AirBnB,
Google,, via email and in our guest book.
What sort of property is Alder Barn?
Alder Barn is a self-catering barn conversion holiday home, which offers all the facilities and comforts that you would expect to find in any home, including a full-sized fridge-freezer, dishwasher and fully stocked with kitchen implements.
Great – but how many people can stay in this holiday let?
There are three good sized bedrooms, plus a large mezzanine balcony, this means that the barn can comfortably sleep up to nine guests.
So, how would you describe the property?
My favourite part, I’ll try and keep it short! We believe that the barn is a great holiday rental and offers our guests more than many other holiday homes. It’s been sympathetically restored to retain the heart of a historic country building; exposed beams, raw brickwork and oak floors. But with a great modern twist; good central heating, large windows, two well-appointed bath/shower rooms, comfortable beds and modern fixtures and fittings.
So, is it any good for children?
Our children love the place and we set it up using our knowledge as parents; blackout blinds in the bedrooms, a high chair, travel cot, toilet steps in the bathrooms, children’s cutlery and crockery, a few toys, books, DVDs and games. But most importantly in any holiday rental with children (in our view!), a washing machine, tumble dryer and a full-sized fridge freezer.
Can I bring my pet (she’s only a small, well behaved dog…)?
No, unfortunately, we don’t accept pets of any kind, our oak hardwood floors are just not suitable and we also accept bookings from people with allergies, so we have vowed to keep the barn ‘pet free’ – sorry.
So, how does the pricing work?
Our prices vary, it depends on how many people staying, how many nights and the time of year. Why not contact us to get a full quote for your stay.
So how do I find out if you’re free when we want to book?
There are a number of ways that you can do this. We have our own website, along with many reputable booking portals including;, Airbnb, Home Away, Holiday Lettings all of which provide up to date diary information.
Is there decent WIFI and a television?
We do have WIFI, which is available throughout your stay. We also have a large screen TV in the lounge with Netflix and a smaller TV on the mezzanine balcony area.
So, what is there to do around the local area?
Well, have a look at our full ‘Things To Do’ section – but the village of Ashwell itself is lovely, dating back to the middle ages, the centre of the village is a mix of Tudor, Georgian and Victorian buildings. With three great pubs within a couple of minutes walk of the barn, who all serve food, a village bakery, a butcher’s shop and delicatessen, coffee and gift shop, pharmacy and village stores. Surrounded by rolling countryside with mile upon mile of walking routes, we know it won’t disappoint. Add to that the plethora of attractions within easy driving distance (not to mention central London and the historic city of Cambridge both easy train rides away), we know you’ll have a great time.
The Wimpole Estate
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

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

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.

Click here to see the Houghton Mill

Anglesey Abbey, Gardens and Lode Mill

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

Imperial War Museum Duxford
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

Shepreth Wildlife Park
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

Audley End House & Gardens
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
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

King’s College Cambridge
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

Newmarket Racecourse
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

Linton Zoo
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

West Stow Anglo Saxon Village
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
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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Hello Guest are a highly experienced holiday letting management company based in North London. Since we started using them we have only had positive feedback from our guests.

We managed Alder Barn ourselves for 4 years, and whilst we did our very best to provide an excellent service and respond promptly, it became a challenge along with family and other commitments.

Hello Guest are able to offer a very high level of service and response to ensure your booking goes smoothly from first enquiry to check out and deposit return.