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Cam Cottage

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44 Main Street
Hardwick
Cambridge
Cambridgeshire
CB23 7QS

Tel: 01954 212895

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Glebe Cottage Self Catering Holiday Cottage

5 miles west of Cambridge city: close enough to drive in 15-20 minuties but out in the English rural countryside!
Verdict:  "A smashing little cottage! We hardly used any petrol, it was so central to everything." says Mr R from Derbyshire, April 2013. Recently refurbished, the soft furnishings of velvet drapes and blinds bring a warm cosy feel. The views from the front windows are of the front lawns, overlooked by a copse of trees with the steeple of the nearby 14th century medieval church of St Mary’s in view. A little bit of paradise and a quiet spot for someone wanting to get away from it all but close enough to the city and transport links. Guests are always made to feel at home with a complimentary welcome pack and guide of the property. 
Garden:  The self-contained holiday cottage is next to the main house which altogether sits in just over two acres of established garden.   It benefits from its own private garden, garden furniture and BBQ, bordered by tall fir trees and an apple orchard at the bottom.  The dry stone wall is made from ancient stone flag stones found in the garden, we think from the remains of the Benedictine Abbey opposite. On the back of one, the chisel marks of the original mason are clear to see. Do ask to have a look!
Wildlife:  Set in a protected ‘Conservation Area’, the garden is visited by many types of birds: woodpeckers, skylarks, pheasants, robins, blue-tits and local pheasants. The bird song has been described as ‘God’s music’ it is so special!  Also, we have a resident owl in the ash tree behind who sometimes like to make his presence known in the middle of the night.  Other nocturnal creature’s flight paths can be spotted at dusk on summer evenings and of course Mr Badger likes to visit in August in search of plumbs.   If you’re lucky, there can be early morning sightings of munch jack deer who come across the brook to shelter in our garden.  Snow tracks as you can imagine are such fun to see in the winter!
Blue Lion Pub: literally a 2 min walk away and a great place to have a drink or eat as a gastro pub, replete  with a log fire in winter and plenty of outside seating in the summer.  There is always a cheery welcome and they have a children’s playground with a sheep’s meadow behind. Check out their Beer Festival: http://www.bluelionhardwick.co.uk/
Historically:   this area of ‘glebe’ land was originally owned by the church.  To prove it, our gardener recently dug up an old rusted iron key that fitted the door exactly of the medieval church next door . St Mary’s is medieval and famous for its fresco of the ‘Seven Deadly Sins’. Cromwell’s men whitewashed them over, but conservationists have recovered the outline.  Ask the vicar for the key to have a proper look – ours is a bit rusty!
Country Walks:  are all close by with the famous ‘Millennium Path’ mapping along the old Pilgrims Ways:  ‘Wimpole Way’ and ‘Port Way’.  Chaucer is chronicled as staying in nearby Grantchester so probably walked these paths too.  Enjoy the vista views across the countryside with wide skies stretching out to the horizon. They are quite breathtaking, whatever the weather.
Places to visit:  National Trust: Wimpole Hall & Anglesey Abbey close distance: 6 miles
WWII Duxford Airfield: just down the M11
Ely Cathedral: just off the A14.

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Opening Times

Opening Times (1 Jan 2017 - 31 Dec 2017)

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