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The Ultimate Escape. A cosy countryside retreat in the heart of Cambridgeshire.

People6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking

Overview

About the property

2 bed cottage, bathroom, lounge, kitchen, garden, village location

Number Eleven is a 150 year old labourer’s cottage in the quintessential, vibrant Cambridgeshire village of Great Gransden. We have now sympathetically renovated and extended it, bringing it right up to date to provide a luxurious base with which to explore Cambridgeshire and the East of England. Alternatively it makes an ideal base for visiting academics to Cambridge that don’t wish to be right in the middle of things.

A warm welcome from Andy the host awaits you. On arrival, Hotel Chocolat chocs (may contain nuts!) are in the fridge. Tea, coffee, olive oil are provided and for bookings of 2 nights or more, some milk and a loaf of bread (homemade, white & not guaranteed free of nuts) to get you started. There is a range of herbs and spices too. A 43" TV in the lounge also streams the web with access to your Netflix account. Alternatively, just cast your own phone/tablet/laptop to the TV via the WiFi or HDMI. The soundbar speaker is Bluetooth enabled for you to play your music through. There's one in the bathroom too! Speaking of which, pamper yourself with Arbonne and Molton Brown toiletries provided.

Have a look at the design collections through the decades in the cottage. Relax.......

We are situated 20 minutes down the A428 from the Maddingley Road Park and Ride into Cambridge. However, Great Gransden is perfectly positioned to be far enough away from the A428, A1 and A14 that the traffic cannot be heard. The village is not on any through or main route and enjoys relatively quiet roads. However, all main facilities are within a 2-5 minute walk of Number Eleven; we have a well-stocked shop, Post Office, pub with food (Crown & Cushion), church and playground.

Number Eleven has two well-appointed double rooms upstairs; Gransden at the front, Skinidin at the back. Both have double beds with high count sheets and hypo allergenic pillows and duvets. At the other end of each room is a bespoke custom fitted dresser and furniture made and installed by our local master carpenter in the village Richard Dring. Pure DAB radios are provided in both rooms too.

Between the two bedrooms is a state of the art bathroom installed recently, containing wash basin, toilet, bath and a digital shower. Fluffy towels, robes, soap and some toiletries by Arbonne are also included.

We cater for babies and children! Provided at no extra cost: travel cot, high chair, Tripp Trapp chair, toys, books..........

Downstairs is a cosy living room with an inglenook fireplace almost the depth of the house and nearly the height of the room! In the cold months, logs and coal are stacked ready to go upon arrival. Further fuel can be purchased at local shops and garages for the remainder of your stay.

For those more traditional evenings, you will find a stack of family games, and toys and dressing up costumes for the kids (or you!). There is also a stack of books to read by the fire (or wherever you wish!).

There is also a double sofa bed to accommodate numbers 5 and 6 if arranged, ideal for extra family. This is at no extra cost but must be booked prior to arrival.

The kitchen is custom fitted with a ceramic hob and bright red resin worktops. Fridge/washing machine, iron/board are all included. Drying facilities are available if required. Filtered water on tap. Drink from bespoke hand made crockery from the Isle of Skye made by Edinbane Pottery; ask us about how it came to be.

For those winter stays, in addition to the roaring log fire the kitchen has underfloor heating and all other rooms have controllable heating.

Outside you will find a suntrap patio with table and chairs looking over the small garden.

Environmental responsibility: I choose to use Hotel Chocolat as I agree with their environmental policies and it is made in Huntingdon, just 9 miles away. I supply Arbonne toiletries for the same policies. The products are not disposable travel sized items and are recycled after use. The milk I supply comes from Gransden Stores round the corner, saving food miles. The bread is home made or in rare cases is bought from Grandsden Stores. In turn this is baked in Potton just 8 miles away. Almost all the cleaning products and all the detergent and washing up liquid I use and supply are bio-degradable and friendly to humans and other creatures alike. Most bin bags are bio-degradable, directions for recycling, and food waste are clear. In addition, I pay a monthly addition to my electricity tariff in order to be supplied by 100% Green, sustainable sources courtesy of OVO. I also pay an extra £1 per month to their charitable foundation.

There is parking for one car in front of the cottage, and whilst another can be parked on the road temporarily, there is no pavement and we request that the safety of pedestrians is considered.

More Details

Owner
Andy
Member since: 2016
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
19 January, 2018

About Andy

My name is Andy Greaves. I ran a B&B and Self Catering business on the Isle of Skye 10 years ago before moving to Cambridgeshire to bring up a family and be nearer friends and family.

Been around a bit! I grew up in Bolton, Lancashire, went to design college in Sunderland and music college in Leeds, worked as a teacher in Kent, Surrey, Skye, Peterborough, Sandy and now at the village primary school in Great Gransden! It really is a great place to live.

Andy purchased this cottage in 2015

Why Andy chose Sandy

Number Eleven is different. Weekly lets are available as you would expect. However, minimum booking is one night; unusual for self catering. Hopefully I have the balance between luxury (toiletries, food, furnishings, design) and value just right. The cottage has character and history, as does Great Gransden dating back to Anglo Saxon times. Come and find out for yourself.

What makes this cottage unique

Suntrap back garden. Beams. Fireplace. Apple tree out front. Pub at the end of the road. Shop across the road. Gransden is a quintessential English village on the border of Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire. Cambridge is 15-20 minutes away, London 1 hour by train. Thatch and trees abound. No through route. Pub, shop and Post Office (cash withdrawl facilities), school, church, good community spirit. Excellent dog/human walking in the countryside and great access to National Trust/English Heritage properties such as Wimpole and Audley End, and also Duxford Imperial War Museum all nearby.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Lovely cottage, had everything we needed for our visit. Beautiful little village, wish we were here longer. Thank you.
Jul 2017
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Sandy in South Cambridgeshire District

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 10:30
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Family Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Digital Shower, illuminated mirror, heated towel rail
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Cot
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Cot
    Lounge - 1 Double Bed , This is the lounge downstairs. Bedding included.
  • Bedside lights, Pure DAB alarm clock, mirror, storage, hangers.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Games
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
Outside:
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility
Attractions:
  • churches
  • playground
  • restaurants
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • tennis

Reviews

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The Ultimate Escape. A cosy countryside retreat in the heart of Cambridgeshire.
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 36 reviews
Cornwall via Kent and Surrey!
4

Great place to stay.

  • 4 of 5

Great place to stay, Andy very helpful from start to finish and the house is comfortably furnished ( I now want a Chez Longue). Have already recommended No 11 to friends. Handy shop literally across the road. I brought my elderly Mother here for a quiet holiday as we have both had a very unsettled time, and needed a complete privacy and peace with plenty of places to visit and return home to rest up in the evening. Thanks Andy

  • Review Submitted: 17-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for such kind words Julia. Glad I could provide the solitude for your holiday and your mum's birthday. Thanks for leaving the cottage so tidy too. See you again soon. Andy
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5

Gorgeous cottage with all modern cons, but retaining its period charm

  • 5 of 5

Spent a lovely weekend attending a family wedding, and booked Number 11 as a base. Great attention to detail throughout, updated sympathetically, with modern bathroom and kitchen, and traditional lounge.

Owner Andy was helpful and friendly, the bread on the side was very welcome and delicious.

Area round is quiet and rural, and as pretty as you'd expect from a former best kept village winner. Convenience store a few hundred yards away an unexpected bonus.

We'd love to stay there again, and will do so if we get the chance.

  • Review Submitted: 02-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your kind comments guys. Look forward to seeing you again soon. Andy
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5

Unique, homely and comfortable

  • 5 of 5

Lovely unique accommodation, perfect for our stay. Really nice touch to arrive to the smell of freshly baking bread.

  • Review Submitted: 14-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Laura. It was a pleasure to host you all. Andy
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4

Lovely and convenient

  • 4 of 5

Lovely cottage in a convenient location for exploring the area.

  • Review Submitted: 02-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Jim. A great pleasure to host you both. Thank you for looking after Number Eleven so well. See you again. Andy
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5

Beautiful cottage in lovely location with a fantastic owner.

  • 5 of 5

Charming cottage with all the extras needed when staying with a toddler. Andy was very accommodating and welcoming.

  • Review Submitted: 31-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the kind comments! Glad you all enjoyed the cottage and thank you for leaving it such a good condition. See you again sometime, Andy
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4

Lovely cottage....very cosy

  • 4 of 5

Cottage was beautiful..had everything we needed. Andy is great and very welcoming....would definately stay again.

  • Review Submitted: 21-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Hayley. Happy to host you and your family. Maybe see you again sometime! Andy
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Location

Nearest Airport
40 Kilometres
Luton Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.45 Kilometres
Crown & Cushion
Nearest Ferry
140 Kilometres
Harwich Port
Nearest Golf
9 Kilometres
Bourn Golf Club
Nearest Train
11 Kilometres
St Neots
Nearest Motorway
21 Kilometres
M11
Nearest Restaurant
4 Kilometres
The Eltisley
Car: recommended

Wimpole Hall Farm 20min drive

Audley End House 40 min drive

Duxford IWM 40 min drive

Cambridge 20 min drive

Gliding Club 5 min drive

Crown & Cushion, real ale. 5 min walk

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Sandy, Cambridgeshire

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
GBP
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Winter 2
3 Jan 2018 - 25 Jan 2018
1 night minimum stay
£90
for 1 night
From
£90
£580
 
 
Winter 3
26 Jan 2018 - 23 Mar 2018
1 night minimum stay
£100
for 1 night
From
£100
£650
 
 
Easter
24 Mar 2018 - 7 Apr 2018
7 night minimum stay
£670
for 7 nights
£670
 
 
Spring
8 Apr 2018 - 30 Apr 2018
1 night minimum stay
£90
for 1 night
From
£90
£550
 
 
Summer
1 May 2018 - 30 Sep 2018
1 night minimum stay
£120
for 1 night
From
£120
£750
 
 
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
£90
for 1 night
From
£90
 

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £10

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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