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

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 5 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking


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, shampoo, soap and toiletries by Arbonne, Cole & Lewis and Molton Brown 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 an extra cost of £20 and 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.

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. Cole and Lewis shampoo is free from parabens and SLES. The products are not disposable travel sized items and are refilled and 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.

There is filtered water on tap in the kitchen.

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. Any further to this will have to park on street on adjoining streets. Fox St is across the road and there are opportunities to park here away from residents' drives.

More Details

Member since: 2016
Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
19 June, 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 two nights; 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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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Sandy in Huntingdonshire District

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:30
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Family Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Digital Shower, illuminated mirror, heated towel rail
  • Digital Shower, illuminated mirror, heated towel rail, Bluetooth speaker, courtesy toiletries
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Cot
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Cot
    Lounge - 1 Sofa bed/Futon , There is a £20 charge for use of the sofabed.
  • Bedside lights, Pure DAB alarm clock, mirror, storage, hangers.
  • Books
  • Games
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • churches
  • playground
  • restaurants
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • tennis


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The Ultimate Escape. A cosy countryside retreat in the heart of Cambridgeshire.
average rating of 4.7083335 based on 39 reviews

Perfect little cottage

  • 5 of 5

The visit was so we could do a flight at Duxford. We brought mum & Dad, and spent a few nights in the cottage. Shame the pub was closed! Andy provided freshly Baked bread and chocolates which went down nicely with the ingredient we managed to buy at the local shop to make a lasagna, and we used some great spices from Andy spice rack, we drank wine on the Sunny Patio, is was lovely. But beware of a few Mosquitoes, top tip (have spray, handy) The facilities was perfect, Beds were very comfortable. And for breakfast we also had nice croissants baked especially for us by the village shop. in all couldn’t of asked for better. Mum , Dad my Husband and I has a great time.

Thank you Andy.

  • Review Submitted: 17-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the kind comments, Carol. Sorry the flight didn't happen; come back and stay when it does!
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Beautiful quaint cottage in idyllic countryside

  • 5 of 5

My friends stayed here for my wedding. We arrived and there was freshly made bread in the kitchen. Andy washed and replaced the towels during our stay and would carry out requests that we asked. He maintained the garden, let us play with his dogs and the property was of a very high standard. In addition, on my wedding day, he left a card of congratulations. I couldn’t have been happier for my friends to stay here.

  • Review Submitted: 10-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Amy; very kind comments. Glad your wedding went smoothly. See you again sometime. Andy
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Cornwall via Kent and Surrey!

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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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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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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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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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
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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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.