1 & 2 Selby Cottages
Self Catering Holiday Cottages
Close to Cambridge and Royston
SPOTLIGHT ON FOWLMERE HOLIDAY COTTAGES
No 1 Selby Cottage (has 2 bedrooms and sleeps 4) and No 2 Selby Cottage (has 3 bedrooms and sleeps 6) are pretty holiday cottages in Fowlmere a small village in between and Cambridge and Royston. Both the cottages were built in the 1600s and have wonky walls, beamed ceilings, Inglenook fireplaces with wood burners and roses over the doors. The 3 bedroom cottage is understood to have been the Village Bake House. These are both unique holiday cottages with plenty of character yet, renovated to a high standard making them cosy and comfortable. Every possible need has been catered for to make these cottages a "home away from home" in a quaint quintessentially English Cambridgeshire village.
The 3 bedroom cottage has a beautiful kingsize four poster bed in the master bedroom and unique beamed walk in wardrobe. The twin bedroom has a built in wardrobe with wall to wall storage . The 3rd bedroom has bunk beds and is ideal for children but, also suitable for adults. There is a modern white bathroom with shower over the bath. Downstairs there is an imposing Inglenook fireplace in the lounge, large flat screen TV, DVD Player and DVD library. The kitchen dining room is extremely well equipped with coffee machine, dishwasher, American fridge freezer, double oven and hob, microwave. plenty of cooking utensils and plenty of extras such as tea and coffee in the cupboards. There is a wooden conservatory that overlooks the garden with comfortable sofas, plenty of books, board games and toys to keep everyone occupied. Outside there is parking for one car and the garden has a patio table and chairs, BBQ, small trampoline and a lockable outbuilding where you can store your bikes.
The 2 bedroom cottage has handmade furniture in the master bedroom and a unique exposed fire breast from the Inglenook. The twin bedroom can be made into a twin or, single bedroom as one of the beds can go beneath the other. The bathroom has a shower over the bath and lots of toiletries provided. Downstairs there is an extremely well equipped kitchen dining room with all the items provided in the 3 bedroom but, a family sized fridge freezer. The lounge has a beautiful Italian leather 4 seater sofa and matching chair, a TV with integrated DVD player, a small desk and the Inglenook fireplace with wood burner. Outside there is a patio table and chairs and parking for 1 car.
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HOW TO FIND SELBY COTTAGES
There is free and excellent WIFI as they are situated close to the exchange
Both the cottages have a wealth of extras from cereal to tea and coffee to ensure you relax during your stay
The gardens have patio table and chairs and a shared BBQ for sunny relaxing days outside
Key Lock Safe
Both the cottages have Key Lock safes so, you can arrive at your own convenience after 4 pm unless by prior agreement
Toys and Board Games
Plenty of toys, books, activities and board games to keep everyone occupied when you're not exploring the area
DVDs & Now TV Box
Both cottages have DVD libraries and a NOW TV box for you to use your Now TV Account
TOURIST ATTRACTIONS - CAMBRIDGE & THE SURROUNDING AREA
Duxford Imperial War Museum
Visit the nearby Top Cambridgeshire Attraction and learn what an important part Fowlmere Airport played during both the World Wars
Wimpole Hall & Working Farm
Visit the largest mansion house in Cambridgeshire where Queen Victoria stayed on a visit to Cambridge and enjoyed a Ball in her honour
Fowlmere RSPB Nature Reserve
A one mile walk across fields takes you to the stunning RSPB nature reserve where you are likely to see Barn Owls, Deer, Kingfisher, Warblers, Canadian Geese and many more species of birds
Audley End House
Considered one of the best examples of Jacobean Architecture in the country. Audley End House was a Palace in all but name when it was bought by King Charles I to use as a base when visiting Newmarket Races. The stunning grounds were designed by Capability Brown.
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We are only 20-30 mins drive from central Cambridge where there is plenty to do and see for a day out. Our Guests favourite activities are punting and visiting Kings College
Shepreth Wildlife Park
This compact Wildlife Park is the perfect stop for a day out with young children our favourite's are the tiger and the wolves. For older children and adults why not check out their Keeper experience days as a special treat.
National Horse Racing Museum
This award winning museum is well worth a visit. Meet the former race champions and give them a pat. Understand the intricacies of horse racing and understand the ways in which the horses are retrained in their second careers. A must for any horse enthusiast.
During the summer months why not visit the Royston Caves full of cave markings thought to be those of the Knights Templar
In the village we have tennis courts, badminton, aerobics, dancing, boot camp all subject to a small charge. Nearby there is golf and foot golf and a small leisure centre with a pool in Melbourn. Fowlmere Village Hall hosts numerous events from outdoor theatre to popular Farmers Markets. The local Chequers Pub hosts monthly Quiz nights, Pie nights and Music Festivals throughout the year
FOWLMERE & THE CAMBRIDGE VILLAGES
Our Guest's often comment on how friendly and welcoming Fowlmere is with people saying a polite "Good Mornng" and stopping to have a quick chat.
There are approximately 1200 people living in Fowlmere. The village is fairly typical of all the South Cambridgeshire villages, with pretty cottages, barns, village greens, village halls, pubs and of course the beautiful Churches. In Fowlmere most of the facilities are hidden away out of sight from the High Street.
Behind the beautiful 12C St Marys Church (in parts) you will find the pretty village green.
Tucked away behind that you will find the ancient Round Moat thought to be the site of a Castle or Manor House in Saxon times. Today it is the perfect spot for den building.
Behind the Queens Head you will find the 150 year old village School a brilliant example of Gothic architecture and still the place where about 100 village children are educated.
Opposite the School is the Butts...where archery was likely to be played in the olden days and upon enclosure it was argued by villagers that the green space was not big enough as a cricket pitch!
At Manor Farm you will find a small private airport and small Museum (open only by appointment) The RAF was based here in 1918 through until after the second world war. Most notably The 19th Squadron flying their Supermarine Spitfires and the USAAF 339th Squadron flying their P 51 Mustangs during the second world war.
Down the hill is Fowlmere RSPB Nature Reserve to which the village owes its names. In the Doomsday book the village was called Fuglesmaere which mean famous lake where their was plenty of hunting until the lakes were drained. Today there are clear natural springs and plenty of wildlife.
For those of you wanting to be pampered there is a Hairdresser and Beauty salon in the village but, do book ahead as they both get very busy.
To the south of the village is the large Village Hall. Here they hold regular activities from the popular Ceroc evenings every week to the Farmers Market held on the second Saturday of most months everyone is welcome.
There is a small holding in the village where you can learn about angora goats. You see where they live, take them for a walk, learn about how to care for them before going for tea and cake in a local Farmhouse where you can learn about how their fleece can be transformed into hats gloves etc, and have a try on a spinner.
Finally we have an amazing award winning craftsman in the village called Roger Fowle who runs 1 day basketry courses at his studio in the village, booking essential.
Thriplow is a 1 mile walk along a footpath where their is a community owned shop and and small pub (booking essential). The play area opposite the cricket pitch is one of the best in the area.
Shepreth has the wonderful thatched tea shop with adjacent Dowcras Manor Gardens owned by Sarah Raven's Mother and well worth a walk around prior to eating a delicious, freshly baked cake.
Melbourn is a larger village with a host of facilities. Our favourites are Leeches Butchers and Kingsway Golf where you can also play Foot Golf.
Along the A10 from Melbourn you will find Bury Lane a large Farm Shop with separate play barn and gift shop. The perfect place for strawberry picking.
Meldreth you will find one of the oldest and best Orchard Farm shops in the country. We challenge you to find your favourite apple juice anywhere else!
Barton is home to a wonderful small group of independent shops , cafe and Beauty salon collectively called Burwash Manor. The local country walks from 1 mile to 3 miles are beautiful.
Grantchester is home to the famous TV series and home to Cambridge Gin Distillery. There are 4 pubs our favourite is the Red Lion. Alternatively, on a sunny afternoon take a seat in a deck chair and have an afternoon scone with strawberry jam and watch the world go by at the famous Orchard Tea rooms. There is a lovely river side walk along Byron Pools nearby.
This is a cute market town is only 20 minutes away in neighbouring Essex. The best days to visit are Tuesdays and Saturdays as those are market days. We love the turf maze which is found at the back of the Common near the main car park. One of only 8 remaining turf mazes in the country and the largest in the world.
Little and Great Shelford
Turn just by the Queens Head in Newton and you end up in Little Shelford with Winner's chip shop and chinese takeaway...take it from us one of the best in the area. Continue along to Great Shelford and park up at the Memorial Hall for a picnic by the river on a sunny day. There are lots of small shops in Shelford mostly the chains such as Tesco, Boots, Coop but, there are the odd independents including an excellent deli and cafe opposite the Memorial Hall.
Barrington has a stunning long village geen thought to be the longest in the country. On of our favourite Walks is a loop from Teacake in Shepreth going over the bridge and behind Shepreth Wildlife Park to Barrington. Pop into the shop for a drink for your way back it's just on your left hand side or, continue to the Royal Oak Pub.
Pubs and Restaurants
There is a fantastic 5* pub just around the corner from the cottage. Built in the 1500's Samuel Pepys mentions the Chequers in his diary. It's an olde worlde pub with hidden Priest Holes.
Inside the Swan Pub under 200m away you will find a fantastic Indian Restaurant with extensive freshly cooked menu. Eat in Take away or, get a delivery.
The Green Man Thriplowhttp://www.thegreenmanthriplow.co.uk/
Along a 1 mile footpath is this small community pub. We recommend the tapas for a light lunch.
The Plough Shepreth
This award winning, large family owned pub is one of my favourites. There is fresh and diverse menu. Their fish and chips on a Friday are the best I have tasted locally. If you like gin or, cider you must give this place a visit. Plenty of events from music to art upstairs in their event room and excellent children's facilities. Quirky record theme. Do check out my 2.5 hour walk from the cottage this is a great place to stop for lunch and make a day of it.
The Green Man Sheprethhttp://www.thegreenmanshepreth.co.uk/
This inexpensive pub is great for children with a large play area. But, we also recommend it for a reasonable walk after a visit to the RSPB Nature Reserve. Takes about 45 mins to walk back along the stream.
The Royal Oak Barrington
This pub was built in the 16th Century. Barrington has the largest village green in the country and it is spectacular. In the summer you can sit outside and watch a cricket match or, view the classic cars
La Pergola Harlton
This is a big favourite with us and our Guests. This Italian owned restaurant has an ambience of being in the mediterranean. Where ever possible the produces is grown in their garden. The pizzas are just the best and oooh the calamari.
The King William Heydon
This funky pub has tables hanging from chains.The extensive menu is exceptional especially if you have vegetarians in your group.
The Red Cow Chrishall
This cute pub thatched pub has well priced food and a popular pub garden. We love the nearby walk along the Ickneild Path so, do ask and we will point you in the right direction.
The Queens Head Newton
This isn't your modernised pub in any way it is like stepping back in time. It is the place to go for an excellent pint and the various colours of famous brown soup is a must or, a why not try a Ploughmans with ham off the bone. If visiting on a Wednesday night they have pop up vans from 6pm.
5* GUEST REVIEWS
“Thank you for such a fantastic 10 week stay and being so helpful. The children loved it. Our daughter learnt to walk in the kitchen and the Indian Restaurant is fantastic” - March 2018
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