About this listing
Comfortable double room in friendly No Smoking household. Quiet at night, good for stargazing & wildlife.
Good connections to Cambridge, London & Stansted.
Before you read on please note we are totally No Smoking including the garden & surrounding area.
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 London Liverpool Street line. It's also possible to get to Stansted by train from Shelford.
We're a friendly, slightly bohemian family. 2 shy 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.
Breakfast is fresh coffee, bread, cheese, fruit etc for breakfast. I can provide supper for £12 but please let me know in advance if you want this. Can cater for vegetarians/vegans or those with dietary restrictions e.g. lactose free, gluten free etc.
Help yourself to hot drinks any time.
Share the family bathroom, garden and dining room.
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 new double bed, a wardrobe, a chest of drawers with mirror, a large table and chair, a bookcase.
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.
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! 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.
Garden, parking space, wi-fi internet.
Washing machine on request.
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.
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.
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 have access to free wi-fi internet access (but not the computer).
You're welcome to make yourself hot drinks.
You're welcome to use the garden (& bbq).
Absolutely No Smoking anywhere including the garden. If you smoke, this is not the place for you.
Please respect this is a family home & not a full-time B&B:- let us know at least 3 days in advance what time you will be arriving. Guests are respectfully requested to vacate the premises between 10am & 5pm including weekends.
Please leave the bathroom clean & tidy as you would like to find it.
Please don't run a bath without consulting us first - it will use all the hot water in the tank!
Don't play music, TV, film or radio loudly after 10pm (small house)