Large Holiday Cottage near to the Cambridgeshire Border
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, Homeaway.co.uk, via email and in our guest book.
Alder Barn was perfect for our group of 7 for the weekend! Comfortable and cosy in the evenings, but big enough that we were never on top of each other and lots of space for hanging out. Lovely sized kitchen. Good parking and nice pubs within walking distance. The butcher and baker were also a hit! The check in process was easy and the hosts were always quick to respond to our questions in the lead up to our stay. We'd highly recommend this as a place to stay. We'd have loved to stay longer and would gladly come back!Tiggy
Really spacious and worked out well for our large family visit to England. Nice personal touches in the home like coffee, tea, and a fully stocked kitchen with kitchenware to use. Good parking and lots of really cute local shops close by. Easy check in, and all information needed provided before check in. We really enjoyed our stay here!Brooke
Enjoyed the stay! We loved the spacious kitchen and living space. Thank you!Giguere and Anderson Families
This was a very spacious place, well converted with lots of nooks to find a little privacy too. It was extremely clean, with many thoughtful touches like baby cutlery, cake and shampoo! We were down for a funeral with a number of family members and it made the experience that much easier knowing we had somewhere so cosy and private to come back to to debrief. Everything works well, communication was excellent, Ashwell itself is just a gorgeous little village too! Highly recommended.Vashti
We had a lovely stay here. The village is quiet and the people are friendly especially those at the village bakers. The barn house is a good location between Cambridge. If you have time, go out and visit Church farm in Adeley to try out their own fresh product or a walk around the farm trailSusanna C & Co
Thanks so much for the wonderful stay! It’s going to be a very memorable stay for our family.For Ellie and Joes WeddingThanks so much for the wonderful stay! It’s going to be a very memorable stay for our family.
This lovely home really worked well for us and our guests. Thanks Abi for the opportunity.Colin Mably / Ann Benbow
As advertised, this truly is 'a beautiful holiday home'. It's generous in size, spotlessly clean, fully equipped and splendidly comfortable. Add to that the location - the beautiful historic Hertfordshire village of Ashwell - and you have the perfect base for an amazing holiday or weekend stay. For anyone attending a wedding at South Farm, you could not find a better place to stay. Abi and her family are a joy to deal with. It is their attention to detail, their professionalism, plus warm and sincere welcome that will make you want to return again.
I cannot recommend this property highly enough! Whatever your reasons for hiring Alder Barn, a good stay will become a memorable one. Thank you - we WILL be back!BnV2912
The village is full of character – we loved the architecture and local shops. We came to a go to a wedding at South Farm + found the barn to be a very relaxing, well equipped, perfect place to meet up before and after the wedding. We also visited Bletchley Park, which was really interesting. What a lovely find it was when we discovered Alder Barn on the internet – lovely accommodation in a beautiful village!Peers + Chmiels
Very clean and spacious accommodation. Had a lovely fire with some kind weatherSimon, Lisa, Des, Mavis Turner
Alder Barn is a home from home, with everything you need for a great holiday. Ashwell is a lovely village, with a welcoming cafe and lots of things to see. The location is good to reach many things, including Harry Potter Studio Tour, Bletchley Park, Shuttleworth Collection and many more. Would highly recommend.Lisa
Alder Barn is so full of character with very spacious accomodation. One night there were 9 of us! The lounge is set out into areas and perfect for the children teenagers and adults to enjoy their own space. The kitchen has a huge table very well equipt and we appreciated the tray of goodies! All bedrooms so comfortable and balcony bedroom had its own door and ensuite. The village of Ashwell had lovely pubs shops play areas and a stream with stepping stones. A lovely stay and we hope to return!Sandra S
My family of 5 stayed here for a week. Part way through we were joined by three additional family members making 8 of us staying for a few nights. The house easily accommodated our group with 4 bedrooms upstairs (including a loft area that has a pull out double bed plus full bathroom). The house is in a small quadrangle of buildings which is a bit unusual but works out just fine. The local businesses that are nearby don't open until 10AM and all close by 6PM. Even when they are open there is no issue as noise is very low or not at all. The home is spacious with a big kitchen to gather in and an enormous living room with vaulted ceilings that is so comfortable! The town of Ashwell is quiet and set in the surrounding fields and countryside of England which allowed us to take wonderful walks out and then back into town. Superb bakery right around the corner for morning pastries and coffee which we visited every day (except Sunday when it is closed). 5 minutes drive gets you to the train station that has twice per hour trains to London and also Cambridge. Or you can drive the 30minutes to Cambridge which we did a few times. The booking, payment and deposit/refund were all handled easily and professionally. I'd highly recommend Alder Barn!!Rickhem
Lovely accommodation, good facilities, great to have Netflix - we could find something we all liked!
Bedrooms lovely and warm and high chair and travel cot just what we needed.
Lovely walks in the local area, would recommend the Arbury Banks walk, a visit to the Bushel and Strike pub for food, and getting a sandwich from the bakery and taking it/eating it in the Rhubarb & Mustard Cafe.The Raggs
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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!
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.
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