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Secluded Country Farmhouse

Bedrooms 5
Separate WCs1
Space 430 sq. ft.
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Farmhouse in Ely, Cambridgeshire, England-Close to Cambridge, Ely and Norfolk Coast

Located in the heart of the Fenlands, accessed by private road, the farmhouse sits in a 1/3 acre of a fully landscaped garden. Ample parking is available. The house has a large patio area with BBQ. Entrance to the house is through a porch, which leads to the main hall. Off the main hall sits a large living room. On the other side there is a large modern kitchen with dining room. There is also a separate utility room. Completing the ground floor there is a shower room and toilet. On the the first floor, there is a large master bedroom with en-suite bathroom, plus two other double bedrooms and an additional bathroom. From this floor there is a access to balcony. On the 2nd floor there are two bedrooms which cater for 5 people. There is an additional toilet at this level. The property is fully central heated.

David Alderton
Member since: 2010
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
20 June, 2018

About David Alderton

Kirsty & David are a London based couple with a large family of teenagers. We inherited the property from Kirsty's parents and embarked upon a rebuild project which was completed in August 2009. We have tried to recreate the character of the old house and add touches of our own style to create a family home. It's our 2nd home, as we still have our family to raise in London. So, as you use the house you'll find panelling that was restored from the old house, you'll find furniture made by Kirsty's father in many of the rooms and you'll find family artefact's throughout. To help support our dream and to ensure that it is used, we have decided to let Scotland Farmhouse. We hope anyone booking the house will fall in love with the place as we have.

David Alderton purchased this farmhouse in 1970

Why David Alderton chose Downham Market

In its previous state, Scotland Farmhouse was a working smallholding, where Kirsty's parents grew their own fruit & vegetables, bred chickens, rabbits and goats. As the years passed, being self sufficient became more of a challenge and they came back to London to be closer to their family. The farmhouse started to deteriorate and subsidence took its toll forcing us to demolish the farmhouse. However, by reusing all the bricks, slate and some internal artifacts Scotland Farmhouse was rebuilt. The only new modern design feature was the inclusion of a balcony allowing visitors to view the Littleport Riviera, as at night you can see the distant twinkling of the “Lights of Littleport” across the flat fenlands that was once the sea.

What makes this farmhouse unique

Scotland Farmhouse is a large, secluded, fully facilitated country house, which is perfect for a family, group of friends or just a cosy couple. It has easy access to the Norfolk coast, Thetford Forest, The Broads, Cambridge and Ely. London is only an hour away by train. Being in the heart of the Fenland means access to many nature reserves, such as Welney Wetlands. Sandringham (Queen Elizabeth's country house) and Newmarket racecourse are a short drive away. Should you choose to put the car keys away, there garden games and fishing all available at the house.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse in Downham Market in Hilgay

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 430 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 13
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 13 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom (en-suite) - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Ground Floor - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Main Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Top Floor - Toilet
  • En-suite bathroom to master bedroom with bath, shower and WC. Main bathroom with bath, shower and WC. Top floor bathroom with wash basin and WC. Ground floor shower room with basin and WC.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 13
  • Aerobed in Living Room - 2 Large Double Bed
    Blue Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Cot
    Yellow Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed
    Master Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 5 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Single Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Large Double Bed , 2 Single Bed
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 11 (5 Bedrooms) can add extra 2 on Aerobed Notes on bedrooms: Master bedroom with antique French double bed with Sofa and TV Yellow Bedroom with double bed, TV and armchair Blue Bedroom with double bed (and cot), TV and sofa Bedroom 4 with 2 single beds and TV Bedroom 5 with 3 single beds, large leather bean bag and TV
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
Notes on accommodation: Suitable for all ages. Outside: Fully landscaped gardens with flowered borders. Working vegetable and herb garden. Large patio area with table and chairs. BBQ, recliners available. A collection of outside garden games. Fishing available at the bottom of the garden. Utility Room: Butler sink, washing machine and ironing facilities. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen are provided. Property is cleaned throughout prior to arrival. Additional cleaning services can be provided. Other: All bedrooms have TV/DVD. Portable MP3 Speakers available. Upon request we can provide a king size 'aerobed' and bedding. Large collection of family games, videos, DVDs and books.


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average rating of 4.6666665 based on 15 reviews

Lovely relaxing loved playing in the garden with all the toys provided.

  • 4 of 5

The family really enjoyed staying at this spacious house.It had everything we needed for 10 people .The welcome pack of wine ,chocs ,tea ,coffee etc.was a nice touch.We were lucky with the weather ,so spent a lot of time in the large garden and the children could make as much noise as they liked as there are no near neighbours.We spent a couple of evenings walking along the lane ' bunny spotting '.Some of the dining chairs were a bit wobbly as were the garden chairs but it didn't bother us too much.Would love to stay here again.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Old-world charm with all mod cons

  • 5 of 5

Everything in place as described. The only (slight) difficulty was getting to grips with the hot water - but the Nest controller is easy to use.

  • Review Submitted: 30-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely house in a fabulous location

  • 5 of 5

Everything you need here - plenty of room for a big family gathering .

10 of us spent a great weekend here - could of stayed longer!!

  • Review Submitted: 16-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Such a gorgeous place - quite remote, but so pretty - the photos don't do it justice! And lots of space, a lovely garden and we were blessed with boiling hot sunshine this weekend- I would definitely return - we might plan another family do there as everyone loved it so much!

  • Review Submitted: 18-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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A nice house in need of some TLC.

  • 3 of 5

The house is located in a beautiful spot and perfect if you wish for peace and quiet. We were a party of 7 children and 3 adults so it slept us all very well. There was plenty of space for everyone but it was helped with the fact that we had superb weather.

The house is cluttered, lots of old furniture and bedrooms with stuff in draws so although it had plenty of bed space it was cluttered too.

I would recommend the house, although I think it needs a proper clean, when we arrived it smelt and needed all doors opened to rid of the musty smell. On closer inspection it felt like it needed to be throughly cleaned, stains on the bed covers when we stripped the bedding at the end of the day, cobwebs under beds, kitchen units with food marks on them and a freezer full of food, which was a nightmare as we have ordered food that needed to be in the freezer.

  • Review Submitted: 16-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: A disappointing review which we feel is a reaction to the fact that we had to charge the customer for additional cleaning after the house was left in such a poor state. The description of a cluttered house has never been commented on by any of our previous guests and the furniture is purposely eclectic to give the house a warm, homely feeling as can be seen in our photographs.
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Lovely property in a gorgeous spot

  • 5 of 5

A group of us stayed at Scotland Farmhouse for a lovely relaxing weekend. What a gorgeous property and a beautiful location! The house has everything you need, and there is plenty of space. David was very helpful and answered any questions we had very quickly. Would definitely like to visit again! Thank you :)

  • Review Submitted: 18-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
54 Miles
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Nearest Train
4 Miles
Littleport Station
Nearest Motorway
3.9 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
3.9 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
34 Miles
Car: recommended


30 miles away from a collection of Norfolk beaches, ranging from Hunstanton (classic English resort) to Wells next the Sea (beach huts and dunes).


Closest station Littleport is 4 miles away on the main line between London Kings Cross and Kings Lynn. Local cab service is available to the house. Closest international airport is London Stansted, which is 50 miles away. Easy access from London via M11.


Littleport -closest village situated on the Great Ouse river. Has a collection of village shops, pubs, restaurants and a convenience store open 7am-10pm 7 days/week.

Ely - large cathedral city (10 miles away) with daily market and a plethora of charity shops, gift shops and tea rooms. Ely is home to one of the oldest cathedrals in the country and Oliver Cromwell’s house.

Cambridge; Home to one of the leading universities in the world (25 miles away). A city bursting with history and academia

Further Details:

Shops - Littleport: collection of small shops; convenience store open 8am-10pm, 7 days a week, general DIY store and chemist.

Ely: Large supermarkets, high street shops, farmers market, charity shops, tea shops and excellent antiques warehouse.

Cambridge: everything you would expect with 2 shopping centres.

Restaurants: Littleport - last count 5 Indians, 4 fish and chips, a pizza place and at least 1 Chinese The Swan is a popular pub/restaurant on the river. The Fen House (just by Littleport Station) – Top rated cuisine, suitable for couples. Ely – Many restaurants and tea shops. The Cutter, riverside pub. The Old Fire Engine House; Opposite Cromwell's house, trad English food, nice for lunches and evening.

Petrou Brothers fish and chips – In the market square. Been around for at least 30 years.

Pubs - Littleport - The Swan – bottom of Main Street, next to the river. Ely – The Cutter - by the river and definitely the most famous pub. Does food all day.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Damage Deposit £150

1. Arrival time is after 3pm and departure time is 10am (we can be flexible depending on other bookings).
2. In the summer period only our preferred change over day is Saturday.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.