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Village Retreat

(Ref. 1018684)

Littleport, Cambridgeshire Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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33 Customer Reviews

  • "Property as descibed, very comfortable and well maintained."

    Would recommend .

    Reviewed by Jeffrey5.0Mar 2024

  • "Excellent presentation, cleanliness, location & property owner's instruction booklet inside."

    More lighting needed for technical work in the lounge area. Good lights elsewhere. A message to Sykes: tell customers that you access the property through an arch - could be a problem if you carried bicycles on the car roof (I do for summer holidays).

    Reviewed by Neville4.7Mar 2024

  • "Nice cottage, very quiet but good place for visiting attractions."

    Lovely welcome pack. Could do with better lighting in lounge as hard to see if both of you want to read at night. Also found parking a bit tight and our car isn't very large. However we enjoyed our stay and would book again if in the area.

    Hi Many thanks for your feedback. We are pleased you enjoyed your stay and would be very happy to receive your next booking. We will of course look into your lighting comment. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Joyce4.7Feb 2024

  • "The bungalow was a cosy and comfortable place to stay while visiting family at Christmas."

    Thank you so much for the welcome pack and for adding some Christmas decorations to make it feel festive.

    Thank you for your feedback. We were pleased your stay was festive and pleasant. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Patricia4.7Dec 2023

  • "Marvelous owners and marvelous place to stay."

    Reviewed by David5.0Oct 2023

  • "Perfect village retreat for a short stay to visit Ely and for farther afield."

    Very considerate owners sent information in advance and provided welcoming goodies. Being able to sit outside after touring was a bonus and the property had all that two would need for a short break. We were particularly impressed with the bathroom and excellent showering facilities. Thank you to the owners; we enjoyed our stay.

    So pleased to hear you had an enjoyable stay. Thank you for taking the time to complete the survey. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Aug 2023

  • "The accommodation was lovely, clean and well kitted out."

    A couple of things: - Dryer function on the washing machine didn't work - Overflow on the bath leaks

    Thanks for choosing Village Retreat to spend your break away and for your feedback. The dryer seems to be fine when tested now. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Kristian4.7Aug 2023

  • "It was a lovely bungalow in a nice and quiet spot."

    The bungalow very well equipt amd clean.We much appreciated the welcome pack.

    Thank you for your great feedback and taking the time to post it it really helps prospective guests to choose us Property Owner

    Reviewed by Stuart5.0Jul 2023

  • "Quiet and comfortable accommodation with easy road and rail links."

    All ground floor, well equipped and with a dedicated parking space. Close to the local shop and take away too. We enjoyed it very much.

    Thanks for your feedback Jane. We we pleased to hear you enjoyed your stay with us. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jane5.0May 2023

  • "This was a really cute little home in an ideal location for central Littleport and surrounding areas."

    The home was really well stocked and we truly enjoyed our stay.

    Than you you for your feedback. We are pleased you enjoyed your stay and hope to see you back soon. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Emma5.0May 2023

  • "Property was very clean, well stocked and comfortable."

    Great location, can walk to shops and pubs. Bed was soft, might work for some, but we felt like we would roll off. We felt very welcome and enjoyed the complementary wine, milk and sweets.

    Thank you for choosing to stay with us and your generous feedback. We look forward to welcoming you back Property Owner

    Reviewed by Margaret4.7Apr 2023

  • "Village retreat was a lovely clean, warm well equipped bungalow."

    I personally would have liked a curtain at the front door and a folder of places to visit and local food menus,this is in no way detrimental to the bungalow I'm just not internet savvy . The welcome gifts were amazing ( wine, cake, croissants milk and a tray of teas and coffee etc) had a lovely stay in the bungalow and would recommend, five stars thank you.

    Many thanks for your kind feedback. So many guests write great comments in the guest book at Village Retreat that never see the light of day. Apologies, we removed all the pamphlets during Covid. Time to replace them, thanks for the prompt. Thank you again for choosing to stay with us. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sharron5.0Feb 2023

  • "Wonderful little gem located in a lovely village close to many attractions."

    Very comfy bed and well appointed accommodation. Really appreciated the welcome pack which included a yummy cake. Recommend this property. 10/10.

    Many thanks for your wonderful feedback. We are very pleased you enjoyed your stay. It’s also great to hear the new Emma mattress got a rave review. Thank you again for choosing to stay with us. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Leanne5.0Aug 2022

  • "I'm afraid our stay at this property was marred, due to a particularly uncomfortable bed which gave no support at all."

    We noted from the 'guest book' that others have made similar complaints about the mattress, seemingly, without effect.

    We value our guest’s feedback as these drive continuous improvement and thank you for being candid. The issue for us is that in over the 170 guests that have stayed at Village retreat, we have only had five comments in total about the mattress three negative and two positives. The bed currently has a 1000 spring Relyon mattress sitting on a sprung Vi-Spring base, both are luxury brands. It is sometimes very challenging to get it right and you will never please everybody (although we do try). However, as this bed is coming up to three years old, we will be replacing the mattress with a new one and welcome you back to review it. We were very pleased to read your written review in the guest book, in which you commend Village Retreat for being ‘very clean and tastefully decorated’, also for your voicemail message in which you say you were very pleased with the accommodation. In retrospect then we feel that your review score was harsh. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ian2.8Jun 2022

  • "Wonderful place to stay, cant fault it at all but would echo a previous comment, it isnt for the elderly or infirm with low furniture and high sided bath to climb into, however, that is down to us, not the property."

    Found the bed so comfy & snuggly and very much appreciated the welcome pack

    Thanks for your feedback. Very pleased you found it a wonderful place to stay. It’s always a balancing act when endeavouring to meet all our guests expectations. Thank you again for choosing to stay at Village Retreat. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lesley4.4May 2022

  • "Execellent accommodation, everything we could need provided."

    Ideal location to access the areas towns and countryside and useful having two co op stores nearby plus a good fish and chip shop.

    Many thanks for your feedback, so pleased the accommodation exceeded your expectations. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Nannette4.7Mar 2022

  • "The cottage had everything we needed for our stay."

    The mattress was way too soft for our liking and the seating was a bit too low for us as we are elderly, however it did not spoil our stay.

    Reviewed by David4.7Mar 2022

  • "The property was very clean, comfortable and well equipped, it was lovely and warm, excellent for our winter stay."

    The directions to the property were excellent, and we had no trouble finding it

    Reviewed by John4.7Feb 2022

  • "A really comfortable stay in a good location for visiting a range of great places of interest."

    We were greeted with a very generous welcome pack. Would highly recommend this property which was very good value for money.

    Reviewed by Philip4.7Nov 2021

  • "The property is a good base to explore Ely, Cambridge and the surrounding area."

    It is very quite and the bed is comfortable. We also appreciated the welcome pack. The bungalow is close to the local high street, which is handy. Unfortunately the immediate area is a bit run down and you are overlooked. But, that was not a problem.

    Reviewed by Karen3.8Oct 2021

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Village Retreat, Littleport."

    We found the property to be exceptionally clean, comfortable, and with everything we wanted for a week's stay in Cambridgeshire. The property is in a quiet setting with car parking, and Littleport proved to be a great base for exploring this lovely area both by car and also by train (with the station just a 15 minute walk away). The welcome gifts were much appreciated, and everything ran like clockwork with great communications and clear instructions from the owner. We wouldn't hesitate to recommend anyone to stay at this lovely property.

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Oct 2021

  • "Village Retreat is a great property - clean, comfortable, well equipped, quiet and close to amenities."

    It’s ideal for exploring the Ely/ Cambridge area. We thoroughly enjoyed our week there and would recommend it.

    Reviewed by Leslie5.0Oct 2021

  • "An excellent well laid out cottage with all the facilities, will probably go back next year."

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Sep 2021

  • "The bed was the only thing that was a problem the mattress was just to soft otherwise the accommodation was lovely."

    Reviewed by Elaine4.1Jul 2021

  • "Village Retreat was home from home."

    Comfortable and had everything you needed for a relaxing time away from working life. Central to many days out as long as you have a car. Would definitely stay there again. There were refreshments left there for me and my daughter when we arrived and the owner emailed me a week before to say hi and give us important info. Lovely n clean too. Great place to stay.

    Reviewed by Elizabeth3.8May 2021

  • "A good base for exploring the area"

    Reviewed by Keith5.0May 2021

  • "The welcome pack, including a lovely cake, was a lovely treat"

    Reviewed by Susan5.0May 2021

  • "The property was well located just 3 mins walk to the High Street."

    We wanted a relaxed few days away and this was perfect. The TV is huge/3D and we cooked for ourselves, binge watched TV and generally relaxed. Everything is clean and comfortable. We visited Ely on one day which is lovely and about 20 mins drive. On our last night we walked round to a local tapas restaurant (Habis) that is very simple but excellent quality and super friendly service - I highly recommend it and we stopped off for a great English breakfast there on leaving day as well. Thanks very much for a simple but great break.

    Reviewed by Mike5.0Oct 2020

  • "Living room seating ."

    ... not very comfortable. Bed very comfortable Had problems with heating, but owner sorted that out by supplying fan heaters. Owner supplied wine cake and lots of goodies ... much appreciated gesture Thank You

    Reviewed by Eve3.4Oct 2020

  • "Second time at the Village Retreat and not disappointed."

    Cake, wine, fruit, croissants all very welcome. Littleport is so convenient for Cambridge, Ely, Downham Market and Kings Lynn and has all the local amenities you could need within walking distance of the Retreat. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Feb 2020

  • "We loved the Village Retreat."

    So comfortable and stylish. Close to Ely and Cambridge with so much to see and do. All amenities on your doorstep. We loved Littleport and will definitely be returning soon.

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Feb 2020

  • "The bungalow was modernly equipped, spotlessly clean and very warm and cosy."

    The wine and cake left by the owner were a lovely gesture and very much appreciated.

    Reviewed by Jeffrey4.7Oct 2019

  • "An ideal base for Ely, Cambridge and the Norfolk coast."

    This accommodation was very clean and well equipped, the only things we found were missing was egg cups and a chopping board but apart from that excellent. You also get cake, wine etc etc on arrival which was very thoughtful. Thank you

    Reviewed by Linda5.0Oct 2019

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  • All-ground-floor
  • One bedroom: 1 x king-size
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Open-plan living room with kitchen, dining area and sitting area.
  • Electric storage heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, toaster, kettle, fridge, freezer, washing machine, TV and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Designated parking for one car
  • Enclosed gravelled area with furniture
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 0.2 miles and pub 0.1 miles Please note: Property not suitable for workers
  • Note: Guests who have made a booking before 02/08/2020 will be allowed to bring their pets, however this property no longer accepts pets for new bookings from this date

The property

Resting in the large village of Littleport, in the Cambridgeshire countryside, is this delightful semi-detached cottage bungalow.

Internally, the cottage has been renovated by the owners to provide a light and welcoming accommodation, set across one floor.

Look forward to spending your evenings curled up with your partner in the open-plan living space, catching up with your favourite shows, or enjoying a film night.

The kitchen has been equipped with everything you could need for a weekend in the countryside, whilst the dining area provides ample space for a romantic meal with a sparkling glass of champagne.

Once the evening draws to a close, retire to the spacious king-size bedroom where you can get some much needed rest for the day's ahead.

The bedroom has a selection of contemporary furniture for storing your personal items, as well as matching bedside tables and lamps for some late-night reading.

Delight in the family bathroom so you can enjoy a warm soak in the tub at the end of a tiring day or a refreshing power shower in the morning.

Take a refreshing drink out to the enclosed garden, where you can let your furry companion run freely in the enclosed space, whilst you enjoy a spot of alfresco dining in the fresh country air.

Littleport sits on the edge of a very flat area known as the Fens and still retains the same charm American servicemen grew to love during the Second World War.

The village has a historic link to Harley Davidson, where there is a monument of an original motorcycle on display.

The village is also known for the ‘Littleport riots which took place in 1816 and from where the phrase ‘being read the riot act‘ originated.

The ‘High Street’ or shopping area is populated by a post office, three pubs, two fish and chips establishments and a tea room as well as the newsagents and convenience stores.

There are numerous places to eat locally including ‘The Swan on the river’ you can eat and watch the riverboats pass by.

This is a wonderful base for exploring the very best Cambridgeshire has to offer, including the bustling city of Ely.

Make sure to visit Ely Cathedral, a Norman Gothic-style cathedral with an on-site museum and a large tower with 288 steps, perfect for history enthusiasts.

Also nearby is the 17th century Oliver Cromwell's House, which has since been restored and shows how the political leader once lived.

Nature lovers will delight in exploring the Wicken Fen National Nature Reserve where you can explore the stunning wetland scenery. Further afield is this wonderful bustling city of Cambridge, holding a whole host of attractions, you'll struggle to fit everything into one trip!

Make sure The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge University Botanic Garden, the Mathematical Bridge, the University Colleges, the Market and punting on the Cam are on your list of attractions to visit. There is a railway station in Littleport with direct services to Cambridge and London to the south and Downham Market and Kings lynn to the north.

Village Retreat is the perfect base for touring the very best sites of Cambridgeshire.

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About the location


Welney 6 miles; Ely 7 miles.

Littleport is the largest village in East Cambridgeshire and is set on the banks of the River Ouse, approximately 6 miles north of Ely and 6 miles south-east of Welney. The historic village of Littleport has a range of amenities including pubs, shops and a leisure centre. The area surrounding Littleport is low lying and is home to the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT) reserve in the Ouse Washes, the winter home of thousands of swans and ducks from northern Europe and the Arctic. Also close by is the RSPB reserve at Ouse Washes which has walks across the wet grasslands, and the historic city of Ely with its museums and Oliver Cromwell's house is just a short drive away. The village of Littleport is a wonderful base for a holiday exploring Cambridgeshire.

Note: Guests who have made a booking before 02/08/2020 will be allowed to bring their pets, however this property no longer accepts pets for new bookings from this date.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas