Family cottage in countryside.

House - Private room · Whittlesford Rd, Little Shelford, England CB22 5, United Kingdom

Comfortable double room in friendly household. Quiet at night, good for stargazing & wildlife.
Good connections to Cambridge, London & Stansted.

The Space

We have a room with a comfortable double bed available mid-March - November inclusive. This is not a smart or pristine house but it is comfortable, clean & interesting! We're located just outside leafy Little Shelford, a very pretty village 5 miles south of central Cambridge. Cambridge - where you can find 800 year old colleges, the Cam river & interesting pubs in every direction. We're a 20 minute cycle ride from Addenbrookes Hospital and a 10 minute cycle ride from Shelford station which is on the Liverpool Street line. It's also possible to get to Stansted by train from Shelford.

Room available from 21st March - 30th November at present. Long-term bookings welcome.

We're a friendly, slightly bohemian family. 2 cats. We usually cycle for transport (not sport) and can tell you about bike shops, bike repairs, bike hire and many cycle routes! Multi-cultural circle of friends.

The cottage is in a very quiet location in the countryside, off the main road, so is very peaceful at night. Also, no light pollution so you can see the stars very well on clear nights.

We offer home cooked food in generous portions. £35 per night for Bed & Breakfast only with excellent coffee, toast, cereal, marmalade, cheese, fruit etc for breakfast. 2 course supper with a glass of wine available for £15 extra per person, £12 without wine. Can cater for vegetarians/vegans or those with dietary restrictions e.g. lactose free, gluten free etc. Help yourself to hot drinks any time.
Limited laundry service available.
Share the family bathroom, garden and living room. Centrally heated with an open fire in the sitting room when it's cold.

Plenty of off-road parking and safe, under cover storage space for bikes. Great bird life including garden birds such as wrens and robins as well as both kinds of woodpeckers, a pair of buzzards, mistle thrushes etc. You can also hear wild geese flying over at certain times of year!

The upstairs room has a double bed, a wardrobe, a chest of drawers with mirror, a large table and chair, a bookcase. Share the family bathroom.

We have a good local knowledge of Cambridge & the surrounding area. We will be glad to give you ideas for sightseeing and where to find information about events in town.

We also have space for a small tent if anyone wants to camp bringing their own tent but use our bathroom amenities - contact us to find out more details.

Se habla Espanol and conversational French.

We have NO public transport within half a mile so a bike or car is a necessity unless you like walking and have plenty of time! Bikes can be hired by the day, week or month from Station Cycles just outside Cambridge Station. You can take bikes on the train on this line.
In Little Shelford, there is a limited bus service between Cambridge & Saffron Walden. In Shelford itself, there are other more regular bus services & also a train station which is on the London Liverpool St line - it's about an hour into London and 5 minutes into Cambridge. We are 2 miles from Shelford station and 3 miles from Whittlesford station, a half hour drive from Stansted Airport, 3 miles from M11 (Junction 10) and Duxford Imperial War Museum. Please note taxis in this area are very expensive e.g. from Cambridge or Shelford train station to the house will cost you approx £20.
When convenient & by prior arrangement only, on guests' arrival and when leaving I'm prepared to pick people up from, or give lifts, to either Shelford or Whittlesford Station for £5 per journey.

Guest Access

Sitting room with smart TV (inc. Netflix, TED, etc). Garden, parking space, wi-fi internet, washing machine.

Interaction with Guests

At mealtimes (but not always breakfast).

I'm happy to cook an evening meal for guests but this is an additional charge on top of the cost of the room & would appreciate at least a day's notice.

The Neighborhood

We have the best of both worlds. We live in the countryside but are a half hour cycle ride from the centre of Cambridge and a 40 minute drive/train ride from Stansted Airport.

Getting around

The nearest public transport is a mile away so you need your own transport (plenty of space for free off-road parking) & somewhere dry to store your bike at night.

Other Things to Note

You're welcome to use the sitting room and watch TV. You will have access to free wi-fi internet access (but not computer).
You're welcome to make yourself hot drinks.
You're welcome to use the garden (& bbq).

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 1
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Weekly Price: $364 /week
Monthly Price: $1472 /month
Cleaning Fee: $52
Check In: 10:00 AM
Check Out: 5:00 PM
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Cancellation: Strict
Pet Owner: Cat(s)

Overall Guest Satisfaction

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  • The reservation was canceled the day before arrival. This is an automated posting.

    September 2012
  • I stayed with Sally for four weeks in August 2012 and I highly recommend her family countryside cottage. The breakfast was great and the room was comfortable. I worked in the library in Cambridge and enjoyed cycling the short distance to Shelford at the end of my workday. In the evenings I enjoyed the fine dinners Sally prepared (optional) and excellent conversations. This was my first trip to the UK and staying with Sally helped to make it a success.

    September 2012
  • Sally is a delightful person who just happens to live in a delightful house and location. Perfect!!

    August 2012
  • Sally was more than accommodating. The bed was very comfortable. The breakfast was excellent with coffee being served with hot milk. I was rather nervous staying alone but Sally and the lovely country setting made me feel very comfortable.

    June 2012
  • Wonderful situation, comfy bed, lovely food, good company and stimulating conversation. Homes stays don't get any better than this.

    May 2012
  • A most welcoming and comfortable B&B. I enjoyed everything about my brief visit, which started with Sally cycling to the station in the rain to help me find the way. Highly recommended. Tip for visitors: say yes to the poached egg at breakfast.

    May 2012
  • Always a pot of tea on the table, endless talks during dinner in the evening; Sally is a wonderful host!

    The house has one room to rent, or alternatively a tent in the garden. As I stayed in the tent, I can say that it is waterproof and big enough for one or two.
    Bathroom and kitchen in the house are clean.
    Breakfast is DIY with whatever you find in the kitchen. There is plenty of everything.
    Dinner time, if you join - and I would recommend to do so -, is flexible; usually not before 19:00.
    The house is off the street, so it's always very quiet. Parking space available.
    Wifi internet works fine, (website hidden): .5Mbps.

    Cambridge is at 8km, a nice biketrip away! Duxford museum at 7km. Basic shops and railway station are in Great Shelford, at 2km.

    August 2011
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University of Wales, College of Cardiff
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I'm in my mid-50s with two adult children, one has just moved to London. I like:- getting around by bike, gardening, cooking, reading, Current Affairs, music, writing, film, theatre etc. In 2010 I started my own online business and continue to teach English as a Foreign Language part-time.
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