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The Chestnuts

(Ref. 1025271)

Peterborough, Cambridgeshire Show on map

4.7

Sykes rating

  • 15 Guests

  • 6 Bedrooms

  • 4 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes

Features

  • Hot tub
  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Dishwasher
  • Games Room
  • Broadband / WiFi

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34 Customer Reviews

  • "The property was very clean in the bedrooms and bathrooms and was lovely and appealing when we first arrived."

    The kitchen cupboards are ALL full of appliances or plates etc which leaves no room for food apart from one skinny cupboard, all of our food was left out on benches. I think the cleaners should check the cupboards to see if last tenants have put away clean dishes, we used the pans for the hob but they we still DIRTY off previous tenants which is not ideal. There was Mushrooms growing down in the cinema room- which smoked when touched!! Sooo dangerous with dogs and children in the property, also floor had no carpet so when the underlay moved the carpet grippers were on show, again dangerous with the children. Tv in the sitting room, we couldn’t get it to work, if we did get it to work we all couldn’t sit on the sofa’s and watch it cause of the positioning of the TV. Games in the sitting room not well stocked, same as games in the rest of the property, no hockey puck for hockey, not enough counters for connect 4, garage had bags of outdoor games, football one empty, tennis one empty etc, trampoline needs to be more safe, the cover is coming off which one child got their foot stuck in the springs around it, again dangerous! Showers were not working at all, hardly no pressure to shower which means very little water coming out, some showers weren’t even getting hot or working at all, this has previously been mentioned in the visitors book but still not sorted ? The courtyard wasn’t usable, must be a blocked pipe from the sink and/or washing machine which has left black sludge over spill - very slippery and foul smell. We made the most of our weekend and it was well needed to spend time with family from down south, we took toys/games with us to keep us entertained and enjoyed the pool table and hot tub most, we took a variety of indoor and outdoor activities, not ideal for packing lightly, but it is needed at this property if you have kids with you as the facilities I don’t think are kept update as much as needed. Property very clean on first glance, again think the cleaners should check BBQ etc we checked and it wasn’t cleaned for god knows how long as well as the tongs left for use of the BBQ. Very large and spacious and for all the and the family, I would recommend staying here but to take your own activities, pool table trampoline and slide wasn’t enough to keep our kids entertained for 3 full days. Loved the bathrobes for hot tub and I say very clean on first glance, very large property and the slide is a bonus - even the adults enjoyed it. Thanks for the over nights stay, well needed to spend time with family.

    Reviewed by Samantha3.1Apr 2024

  • "Amazing weekend at this beautiful house!"

    There were 14 of us celebrating a birthday and lots of fun was had. Very clean and the beds were extremely comfortable. Only negative was the showers weren’t very good at all, very weak and hard to control the temperature! House a little dated and tired but very pleasant all the same. The basement had a damp issue before we arrived but the management called us and told us, it was a shame as there was tarpaulin down and we wasn’t really able to use it and no compensation for this was offered. However we still made the most of the slide! Overall a lovely stay at The Chestnuts!

    Reviewed by Lacey4.4Jan 2024

  • "We had an amazing time at The Chestnuts this Christmas."

    The house was warm and welcoming, dressed for Christmas. The children aged between 2 -13 had plenty to occupy themselves, the slide and trampoline were a great hit! The hot tub was fantastic! There was so much room, the beds were comfortable and the house was well equipped- we really couldn’t ask for more!

    Reviewed by Annette5.0Dec 2023

  • "We had an amazing weekend celebrating my husband’s 30th birthday."

    We arrived to a beautiful hamper filled with lovely goodies. The house was clean and had everything we could have possibly wanted. The photos online do not do the house justice! It’s beautiful.

    Reviewed by Amy5.0Dec 2023

  • "The house was beautiful and had so much to keep everyone occupied."

    The house manager spoilt us with gifts for our main guest who she knew was very poorly terminally and couldn’t do enough to make sure our stay was perfect. Perfect weekend in a perfect house! Would love to go back!

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Jul 2023

  • "House was great for our group of friends and the dining area was fantastic for a dinner party."

    House is large and the bedrooms have plenty of room with comfy beds. Overall a great stay and the only thing we’d have said at the time was we could have used more cleaning products, toilet rolls etc as we had to buy more. Since our stay we had a claim for £500 to replace the hot tub lid which was quite obviously broken when we arrived. I explained this but the claim was continued against us. Since then we’ve sent the photo and video evidence of the lid on our arrival which we luckily had. Overall great house for a large group but any damage you notice on arrival ensure you send to Sykes.

    Reviewed by Billie4.1May 2023

  • "A wonderful house for a family gathering."

    We had fun with the slide, games table, hot tub and trampoline. Super dining room with very large dining table and comfortable lounge. Spacious bedrooms , very comfortable beds and lovely bed linen, towels and robes. A stair gate was requested but there wasn’t one. Only one of the two dishwashers worked and the hot water system failed. However Miranda the house keeper was very helpful and arranged for a plumber to attend and he sorted the hot water for us. The plumber noted that the airing cupboard had an immersion heater with dangerous exposed wiring connections and he disconnected it. We had a very enjoyable weekend.

    Reviewed by Jane4.4May 2023

  • "We had an awesome long weekend."

    There were 15 of us with ages ranging from 5-70 and everyone had a really great time. There was loads for us all to do.

    Reviewed by Norah5.0May 2023

  • "10/10 would recommend staying here."

    The house is absolutely beautiful. Everything is lovely and clean. Fluffy towels and dressing gowns provided (and smelt amazing). Host was very accommodating and went the extra mile to get the house ready for us early. All the beds were really comfortable. Garden, hot tub and trampoline, all great. We would definitely stay here again. Thanks so much!

    Reviewed by Lydia5.0Apr 2023

  • "The house is incredible."

    Huge amount of space with a massive round dining table and wonderful rooms. My only gripes were that the water pressure was awful and the fire alarm wouldn’t stop beeping for the duration of our stay. The property manager did offer for someone to take a look at it to fix it however. Great place to stay as a big group.

    Reviewed by Jamie4.7Apr 2023

  • "Great house for large group, lounge and dining room really spacious."

    However the shower pressure was really poor especially in one of the en-suites also the front door locking system was difficult to manage. Despite this we had a great time and would recommend for large groups

    Reviewed by Susan3.4Mar 2023

  • "We had an amazing stay, so many lovely facilities and little extras, kids loved the slide and the trampoline, games room was great."

    Enough space for our group of 7 adults, 7 kids and 2 dogs!

    Reviewed by Claire4.7Mar 2023

  • "We absolutely loved our stay and would recommend to anyone but there were two things that could have been improved on a little."

    The temperature was a slight issue as although the thermostat was at a set temperature, the downstairs toilet was absolutely roasting but other rooms were cold so we couldn't get 1 temperature all through the house. The other was the oven. I'm aware that it's difficult using other appliances when you stay at a property however even after reading the instructions in the manual, we couldn't get it to work. It was only because one of us had that oven at home that we could cook anything. I think it would be really good to have slightly more in depth instructions or have someone explain it to you upon check in? The above did not dictate our stay though and we had a fabulous time at a fantastic house.

    I am glad you enjoyed your stay. Thank you for letting us know about the heating. We just installed a new thermostat system which clearly needs adjusting! I will get on and write some clearer oven instructions too. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Robyn4.7Jan 2023

  • "BEAUTIFUL HOUSE, WE SPENT A WONDERFUL WEEK"

    Reviewed by Fulvia5.0Jan 2023

  • "Beautiful property and great weekend"

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Oct 2022

  • "The Chestnuts was a wonderful house for all the family, adults and teenagers loved it."

    Good sized rooms for us all to have space, very comfy beds. Having two dishwashers helped enormously! Kitchen very well equipped, we had such a superb time. A stunning house with so much to see and do in the area.

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Jul 2022

  • "We had the absolute best time at The Chestnuts!"

    The rooms were very comfortable (towels and ROBES provided

    Reviewed by Nurkamalia5.0May 2022

  • "The property is beautiful all the extras really make it a winner."

    There is a slide, outside trampoline, bbq, hot tub, gym enough to keep anyone entertained. The rooms are all really big with multiple en-suites throughout the property. Dressing gowns in each room is a winner. The dinning Room has a huge table to fit everyone for an afternoon tea or dinner which makes it special. A few other points when we arrived there was old laundry left in one of the rooms. Some of the bathroom and sinks didn’t look like they had been cleaned with dust all in them still. Wasn’t the end of the world we weren’t that bothered but just something that can be considered. We were very happy on the whole. Our only negative was that the location of the house is situated on a road in between two houses. We found this a problem as soon as we arrived the neighbours were out in the street questioning what we were going to be doing at the house which we found strange and a bit intimidating. We then received a noise complaint at 9:30pm. It feels like the neighbours are not happy with the house being there and will complain with any noise even when a silent disco is happening.

    Reviewed by Jade4.4Apr 2022

  • "We had a wonderful stay over the Easter weekend."

    There was something to do for everyone. We were 3 generations all of whom had plenty to do. The owners had obviously put a lot of thought into what entertainment guests would enjoy. However, it was disappointing that the pool & hockey table were broken. There was also a smashed window in the conservatory, low down which we had not been warned about. Perhaps this should have also been taped up. The dining room table was very special. We were all able to sit round comfortably and enjoy our meals. Beds very comfortable. Showers, had better. Perhaps the roses need a clean? We would certainly go again and recommend to others. Thank you - lots of happy memories created. P.S. It would be useful to have a list of what might be needed. e.g. Extra bin bags, dishwasher tablets. etc.

    Reviewed by Patricia5.0Apr 2022

  • "We had such an amazing time over the weekend in this cottage, it was perfect for our group of 14 super clean on arrival, the rooms were super cosy and the hot tub was amazing."

    The amount of facilities in this house is amazing and the added bonus of the slide just topped it off. We would 100% recommend to anyone staying here of all different ages or occasions it was an amazing time.

    Reviewed by Victoria5.0Mar 2022

  • "Our stay at the chestnuts was brilliant from start to finish."

    The house is amazing, the beds were so comfortable.. The only one downside was the pressure in the showers were not very good but that does not effect my rating. The games room was used alot along with the slide down to the basement! I would definitely book this again. Peterborough Town centre is nice, we took a trip into the shopping centre and there was plenty there with plenty of places to eat. It was about a 10 minute drive away

    Reviewed by Lana5.0Mar 2022

  • "Such a beautiful house."

    Full of character and beautifully furnished and equipped. It was my husbands 70th birthday celebration with our daughters and their families and so was important to have something for everyone and you certainly delivered. The grandchildren loved the slide (what a brilliant idea) and the adults made use of the hot tub and table tennis. Then evenings in the cinema room or playing board games in the lounge. Shame the pool and hockey table was broken as we had planned a family tournament. But it didn’t distract from having a lovely family holiday.

    Reviewed by Patricia4.7Mar 2022

  • "We stayed here for a week for a family get together."

    The house had a lovely atmosphere with great quirky features. All the bedrooms were beautifully decorated and large with very comfy beds. Even though there was twelve of us staying ranging in age from 9 weeks to 65 it never felt crowded and you could always find a quiet nook to relax if you wanted. We had great fun and the hot tub and games table were used everyday. The fixtures were a little tired but given the age of the house this is to be expected. Although the water was extremely hot the water pressure to the showers is very poor. We stayed here with three children age 5,6 and 10 and they loved the slide to the basement. They never complained of being bored once during the stay! The weather was a little inclement most days but it gave us an excuse to stay in and enjoy the house and light the log fire in the kitchen and have lots of chats and giggles round the table. We did explore the area and visited a number of places. The highlight for the children (and my daughters) was a trip to Harry Potter world which was about an hours drive away. We had the benefit of cars during our stay so did not use public transport so cannot comment on this. The house is in a residential area close to a main road. The garden is not overly big and is overlooked but there is a hot tub and large trampoline for the children. The gym in the garage was used daily by members of the family although I am ashamed to say not by me! Should we wish to stay in the area in the future I would definitely consider staying here again. Thank you to Miranda for answering my queries before we arrived and for the lovely welcome pack on arrival. We did not meet the owners or a representative during our stay but could call them in the event if an emergency. The key collection was very easy.

    Reviewed by Kay4.4Feb 2022

  • "Really enjoyed our stay."

    No real issues.

    Reviewed by Martin4.7Feb 2022

  • "A beautiful property."

    We had everything we could possibly need. Comfy beds and the dressing gowns were a lovely touch. Loved the slide. Would definitely recommend

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Jan 2022

  • "Such an exceptional stay at The Chestnuts."

    The house was beautiful and umbelievably well stocked! The rooms were luxurious and comfortable and the hot tub and slide were a wonderful touch. Thank you, can't wait to stay again next year!

    Reviewed by Robyn5.0Dec 2021

  • "Excellent, definitely has the wow factor, we all loved it and the house feels very comfortable, loved the cinema room , the young ones thought the slide was brilliant, and the hot tub was so relaxing, would love to go again."

    Reviewed by Phyl5.0Nov 2021

  • "Great house, very comfortable and warm, quality furnishings and decor, the hidden slide was fun."

    A few additions would benefit future guests, ie another kettle, more mugs, better water pressure, outside lights above hot tub, board games and playing cards, a working tv in lounge. Beautiful house and gardens, stunning dining table

    Reviewed by Elaine4.4Nov 2021

  • "A lovely week's stay with a house full of family in a beautiful historical house, highly recommend"

    Reviewed by Lindsay5.0Oct 2021

  • "The house is absolutely fantastic."

    We loved everything about it. The beds are the comfiest I’ve ever slept in and there were sweet touches like leaving a bathrobe for each guest on the bed. Highly recommend!

    Reviewed by Xenna5.0Sep 2021

  • "The Chestnuts is an absolutely beautiful property, incredibly well equipped by very thoughtful owners."

    The welcome basket was a lovely touch. All fixtures, fittings and equipment were of the highest quality, not your usual IKEA crockery. We especially loved the hot tub, slide and games table. Bedrooms and bathrooms were all beautiful. The only thing missing was a fan as we went on a hot weekend and the bedrooms were extremely stuffy at night (we bought some from B&M in the centre in the end). We weren’t fans of Peterborough itself (though the Chalkboard cafe is lovely) but would definitely return to the Chestnuts if we were looking for another house-based break. Thank you to Clare and family for letting us stay in their beautiful home!

    Reviewed by Laura5.0Jun 2021

  • "A spacious home with lots of beautiful features."

    A real home from home with every kitchen item you can wish for. Two fridges and a freezer made it great to store food and cool drinks. I felt the owners were very generous with leaving kindling and wood for the woodburner, other places I have been I have had to buy these. The gym, games table and hot tub were a great addition. The hot tub was always ready for use. Secure garden meant we didn't have to worry about the dogs getting out. Great quality furnishings, comfy beds and pillows, quality towels and robes, plenty of storage. We walked into Peterborough and visited a couple of beauty spots within 25mins drive but mostly we enjoyed this lovely home and soaked up the history of the Arts and Crafts period. This was a winter break with our family but would love to return at any time of the year.

    Reviewed by Sara5.0Dec 2020

  • "We had a fantastic family holiday at The Chestnuts."

    The house had fantastic character and lots of facilities to keep our mixed family group entertained all week with trampoline, gym, pool/air hockey/table tennis, hot tub and a cinema room. The owners thoughtfully provided the basics we needed for arrival to make a cuppa after a long journey and much more. They have put lots of thought and care into providing everything needed for a comfortable & relaxing holiday and were on hand with quick responses to any queries we had during our stay. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Janet5.0Aug 2020

  • "It’s was lovely to be the first visitors to this property and what an amazing property it was."

    Great for a large family celebration like we had. The selling point for us was the downstairs disabled room and bathroom. Everything was very clean and tidy, and the owners contacted us and couldn’t do enough, answering any questions we had immediately. Thank you Clare and Bryan an amazing house, happy to go back again one day too,

    Reviewed by Siobhan5.0Aug 2020

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Summary

  • Six bedrooms: 1 x super-king-size (zip/link, can be made into twins on request) with sofa bed and en-suite walk-in shower, basin and WC, 1 x super-king-size (zip/link, can be made into twins on request) with en-suite walk-in shower, separate slipper bath, basin and WC, 2 x super-king-size (zip/link, can be made into twins on request), 1 x ground-floor double bedroom with en-suite walk-in shower, basin and WC, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with walk-in shower, separate freestanding bath, double basin and WC
  • Cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Kitchen with woodburning stove
  • Dining room with gas fire
  • Sitting room with gas fire and slide to basement
  • Lower-ground-floor basement with cinema room
  • Conservatory with air hockey, pool and table tennis "
  • Gas central heating with 2 x gas fire and woodburning stove
  • Range cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, fridge, 2 x dishwasher, TV, projector, selection of indoor and outdoor games, multi-games table and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair available
  • Off-road parking for one car, as well as unrestricted roadside parking
  • Rear enclosed courtyard with table and chairs and fire pit (can be used as a barbecue if you use charcoal), side garden with ample seating areas with outdoor kitchen area, lawn area with sunken trampoline, and decked area with sheltered hot tub
  • Two pets welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking allowed
  • Shop 0.5 miles, pub 0.3 miles

The property

Enjoying a wonderful position in a leafy suburb of the historic city of Peterborough is this striking period property, The Chestnuts.

The property was built in 1911 in a Tudor-style, but today has been transformed into an outstanding holiday accommodation, whilst retaining a wealth of characterful features.

The property, which is within walking distance of the city center and train station, boasts six elegantly designed bedrooms and is filled with multiple exciting features, which are certain to entice families of all ages to discover this bustling city and its surroundings.

Before you enter the property through the period front door, be sure to take a moment to read the plaque commemorating the architect who built this superb property.

Once inside, you are welcomed into the entrance hall, with plenty of space to hang your coats and leave behind muddy shoes before stepping into the grand dining room.

The formal dining table is framed by exposed beams and gently warmed by the gas fire, creating a social space for all of your loved ones to gather to enjoy a home-cooked dish or pop open a bottle of fizz to toast to a superb holiday.

Next is the country-style kitchen, containing everything you could possibly need to cater for yourselves for the duration of your stay, as well as a woodburning stove, adding to the sense of character.

The elegance of the property is continued into the sitting room, where a large bay window floods in natural light into the space, creating a tranquil environment for you to curl up on the plush sofas with a good book in hand; flick on the gas fire for extra warmth during a winter’s evening.

For family film nights, be sure to grab your popcorn and make your way down to the basement, on the stairs or whizz down the slide, where a cinema room awaits, perfect for relaxing evenings or whiling away a couple of hours during a rainy day.

Completing the living rooms is a beautiful conservatory, where the adults can sink into the sofas, whilst the younger guests of the group challenge each other to a game of pool, air hockey or table tennis.

The ground floor is completed by a double bedroom, which has a contemporary en-suite shower room, boasting a walk-in shower, basin and WC, ideal for those with limited mobility, whilst upstairs are a further five bedrooms.

Climb the staircase to be greeted by a Tudor-style landing with an impressive glass roof with leaded windows painted with the Tudor rose.

The master bedroom comes with a super-king-size bed with bay windows, which overlook the suburb garden and its own elegant en-suite bathroom with a walk-in bath, separate slipper bath, basin and WC.

The remaining bedrooms comprise of a super-king-size bedroom with a sofa bed and en-suite, two super-king-size bedrooms and a twin bedroom, each enjoying the same touch of opulence as the other rooms and designed to ensure a flexible sleeping arrangement.

Concluding the interior is the gleaming family bathroom, boasting a walk-in shower with a glass roof and a separate freestanding bath.

Summer evenings can be spent either huddled around the fire pit, which can double as a barbecue, within the rear courtyard, or light up the pizza oven and enjoy a spot of alfresco dining within the large side garden.

Adults can savour a moment of relaxation within the hot tub, whilst the younger guests of the group can enjoy fun-filled hours on the trampoline or playing one of the many outdoor games on offer.

Within the garden, you will also find a well-equipped gym and a small play area, so children can play whilst you make the most of the quality fitness machines.

If you can tear yourself away from this outstanding property venture into the city centre, surrounded by a stone built village, where you will be spoilt for choice by the selection of shops, a large range of high end gastropubs and eateries that await you, including floating restaurants down by the river for those special occasions.

Immerse yourself in the city's past by visiting the 13th-century Cathedral, with its Gothic façade before visiting the other highlights, which includes the Peterborough Museum, Burghley House, John Clare Cottage and Sacrewell Farm.

The surrounding countryside offers a plethora of walks and if you are feeling active, visit the Ferry Meadows in Nene Park, where you will find opportunities for sailing, kayaking and windsurfing classes.

Bring your friends and family to this superb dwelling, certain to have you returning year after year.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £850.

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About the location

PETERBOROUGH

Stamford 14 miles; Kettering 32.4 miles; Cambridge 41.3 miles.

Peterborough is a bustling cathedral city in Cambridgeshire, which has rapidly grown in the heart of rural east England throughout the years and borders Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire and Rutland. The city is well-known for its 13th-century Cathedral, with its Gothic façade, as well as its seamless blend of heritage attractions to countryside walks and nature reserves, catering to all tastes. Look forward to exploring the 900-year-old Norman cathedral, before stepping back in time and visiting the Peterborough Museum and the city highlights of Burghley House, John Clare Cottage and Sacrewell Farm, as well as the historic watermill in the Country Centre. After immersing yourself into city’s history and culture, explore the vast array of shops before refuelling at one of the many eateries, bars and pubs. Whether you are seeking a fine-dining restaurant, an afternoon tea or late night entertainment Peterborough has it all. For a unique experience, why not try one of the floating restaurants down by the river or sample the tastiest street food at the City Market. On the outskirts of the city are a further selection of things to do, including the grand stately home of Burghley House near Stamford, the baronial Elton Hall and Gardens in Cambridgeshire and Ferry Meadows in Nene Park, where you will find opportunities for sailing, kayaking and windsurfing classes. The city of Peterborough promises to be a wonderful city break, like no other.

Note: There is a Good Housekeeping Bond of £850 for this property.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas