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Fern Cottage

(Ref. 1095328)

Elsworth, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 3 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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27 Customer Reviews

  • "Communication with owner was much appreciated and above the level we normally experience."

    All the facilities and white goods worked very well. House very clean.

    Reviewed by Carole4.1Feb 2024

  • "A wonderful property which is very well equipped."

    The welcome pack was just fabulous. Thank you for a marvellous stay.

    Reviewed by Melissa5.0Jan 2024

  • "Fern Cottage is a beautiful place to stay."

    Our party of 6 adults had a brilliant Christmas in Elsworth which is a very quiet, picturesque village but within easy access to Cambridge ( park and ride is a godsend). The cottage is comfortable, very warm and cosy and was spotlessly clean.

    Reviewed by Anne5.0Dec 2023

  • "Fern Cottage was perfect for our family get together."

    Jo was very helpful prior to arrival making sure the cottage was set up for our needs & again after our arrival to make sure we had settled in. The place was spotless & the welcome goodies much appreciated. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Angela5.0Nov 2023

  • "The cottage is beautifully furnished and very spacious and comfortable."

    Everything you would need is also provided. Can’t wait to stay again next year.

    Reviewed by Jackie5.0Nov 2023

  • "We thoroughly recommend Fern Cottage."

    Apart from its beautiful, quiet location, it is spotlessly clean, tastefully furnished, and thoughtfully equipped. A real pleasure to stay in! Great pubs and community shop within easy walking distance; supermarkets, etc. close by in Cambourne and St. Ives. Communication with Jo was excellent. We would definitely stay here again - no question!

    Reviewed by Claire5.0Aug 2023

  • "We had a wonderful stay at Fern Cottage exploring the surrounding area of Cambridge, St Ives and London."

    The cottage was home from home and can’t wait to revisit again.

    Reviewed by Emma5.0Jul 2023

  • "Fabulous cottage situated in a peaceful village which is ideally located to explore Cambridgeshire."

    Cottage is well equipped and the owner very helpful. Would definitely recommend to others.

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Jul 2023

  • "We really enjoyed out stay in Fern Cottage."

    Both the cottage and the owner were so welcoming and we enjoyed the comfort and luxury of the cottage. It was so well equipped for every eventuality and we had some lovely little surprises too. We were greeted with a welcome pack which catered for our various needs - and Buddy the dog's also. We would, of course, like to return. Renie, Julie and Buddy.

    Reviewed by Irene5.0Jun 2023

  • "This is a beautiful cottage, very well equipped and exceptionally clean."

    Every detail had been thought of including a fabulous welcome pack. We had a lovely weekend and from the moment we walked through the door we felt at home. Thank you for a great stay Fern Cottage; we hope to return again.

    Reviewed by Louise5.0May 2023

  • "Fantastic property with great attention to detail."

    The welcome pack was perfect for us and the guest book with instructions had everything we needed to know. Thoroughly recommend - thank you

    Reviewed by Robert5.0May 2023

  • "An excellent cottage, very clean and exceedingly well provisioned."

    We have done many cottage based holidays and this one of the best cottages we have had, if not the best. Jo adapted the welcome pack to meet my wife's coeliac needs, which we felt was going the extra mile. Elsworth is a very nice village with two excellent pubs for dining. If you are planning a stay in this area , then this cottage is highly recommended. We certainly will be considering a return visit.

    Reviewed by Alan5.0Apr 2023

  • "A well-kept, beautifully presented and modern property with plenty of DVDs, games and TVs."

    Never had a maintenance diary before, v useful. Friendly and helpful owner, texted regularly and helped with the bins.

    Reviewed by Jeremy5.0Apr 2023

  • "This was a fantastic cottage, in a beautiful unspoilt village."

    There was everything we needed and a fabulous welcome pack It was so comfortable, spacious and warm. It was the best self catering accommodation we have stayed in. Many Thanks

    Reviewed by Denise5.0Mar 2023

  • "We had a fabulous girls weekend away staying in Fern Cottage."

    The cottage is spotless and beautiful inside and out and very well equipped with everything you could need. It was an added bonus to have a wet room downstairs, ideal for anyone with limited mobility. Jo (the owner) left a very lovely welcome pack and kept in touch during our stay. Visited both the local pubs (The Poacher and George and Dragon) - can recommend both for good food and hospitality. It deserves it's 5 star rating - thank you.

    Reviewed by Miranda5.0Mar 2023

  • "Cannot praise fern cottage enough!"

    We stayed here for a long weekend when going to a wedding locally, and it was a fantastic base. Really comfortable, spotlessly clean, and a really well designed space (nice sized rooms, good storage, and a nice open downstairs space, but with privacy if you wanted it). The owners were really welcoming, and even had provided age appropriate toys for the kids (a baby and a toddler), and an allergy appropriate welcome basket. Normally, travelling with 2 small kids is about 10 times more tiring than staying at home, but we actually managed to relax a bit here, which is high praise indeed!

    Reviewed by Joseph5.0Mar 2023

  • "We celebrated my Mum’s 50th at Fern Cottage and had the most amazing time."

    Jo (owner) really went the extra mile to make us all feel so welcome. The house is well equipped for cooking large meals with the overall layout of the property being well thought out and beautifully decorated. We wish we had more time to explore the area as it is set in a beautiful chocolate box village with lots of footpaths and walks for dogs. We would definitely be back to visit! Thank you so much for making our celebrations that bit more special.

    Reviewed by Daniel5.0Mar 2023

  • "This cottage is one of the best I have stayed in, it is comfortable, well presented & feels like home."

    The owner has gone to great lengths to make this a great place as a home away from home & was very helpful during our stay. Happy to recomment both Fern Cottage & Sykes

    Reviewed by Chris5.0Jan 2023

  • "Fern Cottage was the perfect setting for our family Christmas!"

    The house was spacious, comfortable and had all the mod cons our family needed. Jo was communicative and helpful, and the whole process was seamless and easy. Elsworth is an idyllic village, and we had a wonderful time exploring the nearby sights (when not at the local pub!). Would absolutely stay at Fern Cottage again, and highly recommend!

    Reviewed by Nicola5.0Dec 2022

  • "Beautiful house, immaculate throughout."

    Couldn’t fault it at all.

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Oct 2022

  • "Super stay at Fern Cottage."

    We were a group of 4 adults age range 55 to 87 and one black lab. House is very comfortable and easy to settle in to with semi open plan downstairs, ideal. Lovely enclosed outdoor space to rear with good outside lighting. Easy walk to both village pubs with short cut through Church yard to George & Dragon ! Lovely week spent discovering the beautiful Cambridgeshire towns and villages - Ely, St Ives, Cambridge (of course) St Neots, Saffron Walden over the border! Thank you Jo for your hospitality and welcome.

    Reviewed by Tracy5.0Sep 2022

  • "The cottage was spotlessly clean and very comfortable."

    The facilities were excellent and the welcome pack was very useful. The village was delightful and peaceful yet being so close to Cambridge made sightseeing very easy. We would happily stay here again. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Alan5.0Sep 2022

  • "Fantastic cottage, lovely village and people are very friendly."

    The attention to detail was astounding; bowl of water for our dog, snacks for family, information and support in the cottage and owners were always there to help. Lovely cottage and the owners were superb. Xx

    Reviewed by Loraine4.7Aug 2022

  • "Amazing holiday in July 2022."

    Everything catered for. An amazing place for the family to relax and enjoy, thank you.

    Reviewed by Tammasyn5.0Jul 2022

  • "Fern Cottage is top notch and wonderful."

    An ideal, pleasant and comfortable, place to stay whilst exploring Cambridge and the surrounding areas. We would love to stay their again.

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Jul 2022

  • "The cottage was amazing everything we needed and more!"

    Lovely welcome pack, loads of toys for the children, outdoor wet play area, kitchen well equipped and top quality appliances. Jo was very helpful and left lots of cleaning things including plenty of dishwasher tablets! Beds very comfy and with 3 toilets and bathrooms no queue for morning showers. Great location and the village itself very pretty and so quiet with the only shop open in the morning. Probably one of the best cottages we’ve stayed at.

    Reviewed by Michelle5.0Jun 2022

  • "The Property was beyond incredible and exceeded our expectation."

    They had everything we needed available and was very well kept and beautifully done up. We additionally loved that the owner provided all information that may be useful to us in the handbook at the property. Everything was very organized. The neighborhood was also very very friendly. I would 110% recommend the property and would definitely go again when we get the time!

    Many thanks for your lovely review, it is much appreciated. We are glad you enjoyed your stay at Fern Cottage and our beautiful, friendly village. Hope to see you again soon! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Zoya5.0Jun 2022

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  • Three bedrooms: 1 x king-size with en-suite walk-in shower, basin and WC, 1 x king-size, 1 x twin (zip/link, can be super-king-size on request)
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, double basin and WC
  • Ground-floor wet room with shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Utility
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove
  • Lounge/cinema room with 75" Smart TV
  • Air source heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and induction hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher
  • 75" Smart TV, Smart TV, WiFi
  • Fuel, power and wood for woodburning stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot, highchair and stairgate available
  • Off-road parking for four cars
  • Rear enclosed garden with patio, raised gravelled area and furniture
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 0.3 miles
  • Note: Check-in from 4pm and check-out by 11am

The property

Tucked away in the pretty postcard village of Elsworth in Cambridge, is this lovely three-bedroom Potton cottage, Fern Cottage.

Located on the site of the former village Post Office and enjoying easy access to the bustling city of Cambridge, Fern Cottage is a fantastic pet-friendly dwelling for a group or family of six plus their canine companions.

Park-up on the driveway with space for up to four cars, before making your way into your stylish new abode.

Be welcomed into the spacious kitchen/diner, where you can look forward to whipping up flavourful delights in the well-equipped kitchen, ready to tuck-in at the dining table for six over a bottle of celebratory fizz.

On warmer days, why not make dinner an alfresco affair and savour dinner out in the rear, enclosed garden as your pooches run and play?

Just off the kitchen/diner, you will find a handy utility room housing a washing machine and tumble dryer, perfect for keeping your holiday wardrobe fresh!

As the evening cools, retire to the sitting room where you can snuggle up in front of a family favourite on the Smart TV, as your four-legged friends curl up in front of the woodburning stove.

There is also a snug next door where the little ones can watch their favourites, so there will be no arguments over the remote!

Completing the ground floor is a wet room for your convenience.

Climb the stairs up to the first floor, where you will find three well-appointed bedrooms, a king-size with its own en-suite shower room, a second king-size and a twin with two single sized beds, which are served by a sleek bathroom, perfect for a soak after exploring your surroundings.

Wander into the local village, where you will find the two welcoming pubs of The Poacher and George & Dragon, ideal for those evenings when you don’t feel like cooking!

Alternatively, if you don’t feel like venturing out, you can pick up essentials and ingredients at the local village shop.

Make your way into the beautiful market town of St Ives and stroll through the charming streets; named one of the Sunday Times top 10 places to live, the charming town is within easy reach by car, or a lovely long bike ride.

You can also spend a lovely afternoon at the National Trust's Wimpole Estate, home to a grand hall and surrounded by perfectly manicured gardens.

Take the short drive over to Fen Drayton, where wildlife enthusiasts will have found their haven at the RSPB Fen Drayton Lakes which stretches for 25 miles.

Continue onto Little Paxton, where you can enjoy a leisurely stroll through the Paxton Pits Nature Reserve or spend a day enjoying the delights of the Southlake Aqua Park.

Further afield you will find the thriving city of Cambridge, where you can tour the prestigious university and its picturesque University of Cambridge Botanic Gardens, wander The Fitzwilliam Museum, soak up the rich architecture of the Gothic chapel at the King's University College or the 16th-century Great Gate at St John’s, and end the day with your favourite tipple at The Cambridge Gin Laboratory.

Foodies will delight at the excellent selection of Michelin Star restaurants on offer, including Twenty Two, Midsummer House and Navadhanya.

For a memorable escape choose Fern Cottage.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £350.

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About the location


Fen Drayton 5.1 miles; Little Paxton 10.9 miles; Cambridge 13.1 miles.

Elsworth is a lovely picture postcard village resting between Papworth Everard and Boxworth. The village is well-known as being the former home of Reverend W. Awdry, writer of the Thomas the Tank Engine books. Dining options include The Poacher and the George & Dragon, while you can stock up on essentials at the nearby general store. Within easy reach of the town is the bustling city of Cambridge, where you can find the attractions of The Fitzwilliam Museum, the Kings University College with its Gothic chapel, the Cambridge University Botanic Garden and The Cambridge Gin Laboratory.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas