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Hilary’s Cottage Is A Charming Detached Victorian Cottage.



Updated: 23-Oct-2016
Hilary's Cottage is a charming self-catering cottage.

Hilary’s Cottage is a detached Victorian cottage situated in the village of Swaffham Prior. It is only four miles from Newmarket, the horse racing headquarters of Britain and only nine miles from the historic city of Cambridge.

The kitchen has a fridge/freezer, microwave and a cooker. There is 1 en-suite bathroom and one communal, both have baths with shower attachments. There is a living room with free wifi, a basic Sky Television package and a large leather sofa. To the rear of the cottage there is a small secluded garden with furniture for outdoor seating.

Swaffham Prior is situated 8 miles from Cambridge, 5 miles from Newmarket and 12 miles from Ely. The village is serviced by a number 10 bus to Cambridge that runs every hour. There is a nice pub that serves food – The Red Lion. There are many historic houses in the village and is known locally for having two churches in one church yard.

All linen, towels and utilities are included within the rent. The cottage is available for short and long term lets.

More Details
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Bookable online

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4 Reviews

based on 4 holidaymaker reviews


good value, nice cottage but not clean enough

  • 3 of 5

The cottage is delightful and we were very surprised when we entered. The rooms were bigger especially the kitchen compared to what we saw from the photos. The village is very pleasant and has a nice and friendly pub.

The kitchen is well equiped, with a lot of kitchenware,and in each bedroom and bathrooms there are towels so you will not go short.

However, there is a need for refreshing each room, especially the downstairs bathroom which is very dated, the bath panel is broken and is held by tape, the light above the sink does not work which makes the room very dim. The front bedroom where we slept smells due i assume to the lack of ventilation.

When we vacuumed, you could tell that dogs had been there and the odour was rather unpleasant as the downstairs is all carpeted.

I will also mention that some cups, spoons etc were not cleaned properly and this is the responsability of the previous tenants to ensure that everything is sparkling clean but it also needs to be checked by the owners.

We, however had a good weekend but unfortunately will not go back there and it is a shame.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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short break

  • 5 of 5

well equipped cottage in delightful village of Swaffham Prior, ideally placed for visits to Cambridge and Ely. Very quiet, ample parking, lovely ornaments, nice period house, Every need catered for, clean and tidy, will stay again when next in the area.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 18, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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3 2

Many years of wonderful stays.

  • 5 of 5

My family and I have been staying at Hilary's Cottage for a number of years and always experienced an excellent stay, with it feeling like the home away from home therefore we are shocked at the bad review which is why I have decided to write an opposing one. The trouble with reviews is that all the guests that have stayed over the years who have been pleased and satisfied don't usually bother to write them. You can tell Hilary's Cottage is the owners life times work and are very passionate about this and looking after their guests. What people seem to forget is that they are inspected by the tourist inspector every year and are part of the Visit England Scheme and so it can't be as bad as the review states.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 8, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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8 3

Very let down.

  • 2 of 5

This cottage could beautiful but it was disgusting everywhere needs a good clean. Mould was very bad in the downstairs bathroom, I had to wash the shower curtain. Bedding was very old and stained, the towels were all old some had holes in. Fridge had spilt milk in which had been there so long I could not clean it off. The furniture and carpets need replacing. We stay in rental properties a lot but this was the the worst and would not recommend at all.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 10, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Activity and Interests

Car: recommended

10 miles from the City which is Cambridge. 5 miles from Newmarket. These can meet your entertainment and leisure needs.


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Updated: 23-Oct-2016
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Property Type

  • cottage


  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic


  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove


  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television


  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed ...

Location Type

  • rural
  • town
  • village


  • churches
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • swimming


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath with Shower


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed, 1 Cot


  • Garden


  • Self-catering

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