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Cambridgeshire Holiday Cottages
The following companies provide a good collection of Cambridgeshire holiday cottages and self catering accommodation in the South East region. They've been arranged in ascending order according to the numbers available although these numbers are subject to change, due to availability and site changes.
Cottages 4 You
- Around 20 Cambridgeshire holiday cottages
offered by Cottages 4 You from £300 (p/w). Discounts are available for a small number of self catering properties and virtual tours are included, which provides visitors with the chance of getting a true feel for a cottage.
- 10 Cambridgeshire cottages
that range from holiday apartments to river-front cottages. Some of the properties sleep up to 6 people and can be booked from £200 for a week. There's also a wide range of holiday cottages in East Anglia which numbers over 5000.
- A small collection of Cambridgeshire self catering cottages provided by Holiday Rentals, many of which feature user reviews. The owners can be contacted directly and booking prices range between £200 and £850 for week-long self catering holidays.
National Trust Cottages
- 1 Cambridgeshire cottage property at the time of writing. It's located in Wisbech and is part of a converted coach house. The cottages is well-appointed surrounded by National Trust parkland and within a short distance of the yacht harbour.
Cambridgeshire is one of the four eastern counties and is rich in natural beauty and history. The flat north-east of the county consists of panoramic fenland, used for grazing cattle, and is a major sanctuary for a diverse range of bird-life, while the southern reaches consist of a number of historical towns and villages.
Huntington, birth place of Oliver Cromwell
sits on the River Great Ouse and is linked to the quaint market towns of St. Ives and St. Neots. The University town of Cambridge, founded by the Romans in AD70 is steeped in history and offers the visitor a rich variety of sights and attractions such as the Old Court of Corpus Cristi and the Wren Library of Trinity.
The growing industrial centre of Peterborough
offers a stark contrast but features an impressive Norman Cathedral. Other notable towns worth visiting in Cambridgeshire include Buckden, with it's brick and timber houses and the picturesque Little Gidding.
The eastern counties offer an extensive variety of farmlands and undulating hills that merge seamlessly with the East Anglia Fens
- it is a landscape that inspired the likes of Constable and Gainsborough and is the perfect setting for a short break. For more information about Cambridgeshire visitor attractions, see the guide that follows.
Cambridgeshire visitor attractions
For more details of Cambridgeshire visitor attractions, outdoor activities and historical sites of interest, see the information provided below. We've included entry prices, opening times and a collection of top restaurants and public houses.
The Mepal Outdoor Centre
is situated near Ely and offers a range of land and water-based activities including paintballing, canoeing, climbing and archery - see the website for more information. Go Ape
is also hugely popular for outdoor pursuits and consists of a tree-top obstacle course that features ladders, rope swings and walkways, set high above the forest floor of Thetford.
Bookings can be made online - the minimum age is 10 and under 18's must be accompanied by an adult. There's also a paintballing centre just outside of Pidley that includes fox-holes, bridges, tunnels and bunkers - admission is £10 for half-days and £15 for full days. Animal lovers should see Linton Zoo, which is home to a number of animals including big cats and giant tortoises.
Food and drink
The award-winning Cock Pub and Restaurant
in Hemingford specialises in contemporary food and serves a selection of local ales - it was voted Real Ale Pub of the District in 2003. It features a traditional interior with real wood-burning fires and a spacious garden.
The Pink Geranium
has also received accolades and was named by Prince Charles as his favourite restaurant. Situated in a pair of 16th century cottages, the cuisine utilises British and French influences. Fixed lunches start at around £16.50 and dinners at £20.00 approximately. Notable pubs include the Millston in Barnack and the Cambridge Blue
, which serves 17 cask ales and traditional pub food.
History and Culture
The 13th century Peterborough Cathedral
, which includes an elaborately painted nave ceiling and an 8th century Saxon carving, is open to visitors from Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm. The city of Cambridge is home to a variety of historical and cultural visitor attractions. Some of the most impressive include the Fitzwilliam Museum
, which houses a large number of paintings and the Cambridge Folk Museum, that celebrates the lives of locals since the 18th century.
The Wren Library of Trinity
is also a significant historical attraction. Built in 1695 is one of the first libraries to feature large windows and houses a number of rare books and manuscripts including work by Sir Isaac Newton and A.A. Milne. It is open to the general public from 12pm to 2pm, Monday to Friday.