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The Stables

Wicken, near Ely, Cambridgeshire (Ref. 917548)



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  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
  • Icon/Feature/Ground floor bedroom Ground floor bedroom
  • Icon/Feature/Garden or Patio Garden / Patio
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Cot available
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Highchair available
  • Icon/Feature/Shop Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Icon/Feature/Dishwasher Dishwasher
  • Icon/Feature/WiFi Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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29 Customer Reviews

  • "Not keen on single light duvet owners lovely and helpful would visit again tv ..."

    Not keen on single light duvet owners lovely and helpful would visit again tv listing g on lounge TV stuck on summer time

    Reviewed by JillOct 2021

  • "Wonderful stay."

    The cottage was very comfortable and spacious for our family of 4. The owners were very welcoming and even very kindly got us a few food basics in before we arrived. Great place to stay and would recommend.

    Reviewed by ClaraSep 2021

  • "Well placed for visiting Wicken Fen,, Kingfisher Reserve and Ely Owners were welcoming"

    Reviewed by DavidAug 2021

  • "A great place to stay in a wonderful location."

    The cottage was perfect for our family of 6 with lots of outdoor space to run around in. Ali and Steve were always on hand with advice on places to visit, things to do and chip shop recommendations. Lovely people!

    Reviewed by JohnJul 2021

  • "Fantastic stay, the cottage is so clean, the owners are so friendly and helpful."

    We will be booking again.

    Reviewed by MichelleMay 2021

  • "We really enjoyed staying at the stables , it was situated close to 4/5 lovely city's and Towns."

    The immediate area is in farm land so at night its extremely quiet and pitch black without light pollution, star gazing is a must.. The bungalow was very equipped, infact I took too many things with us as Ali had provided everything we needed. It's a really warm and extremely comfortable bungalow albeit a little dated but certainly not worn! Ali made us feel really welcome she allowed the kids to pick apples off her many trees ,so we made lovely crumbles. She also brought us pumpkins for the kids as it was halloween. We used Tesco for our food delivery with no problem at all. The bungalow was immaculate, I myself as a domestic cleaner notices every bit of dust , but I was amazed at the cleanliness, the BEST we have ever been too. If I had only one suggestion to make it would be to put a washing machine in, even if it was in the adjoining garage, having 3 children it's a real bonus to be able to do a few loads. Ali would of let us use her machine but I would of felt awkward. A lovely relaxing stay. Thank you Ali

    Reviewed by CatherineOct 2020

  • "The Stables was a wonderful place for us to relax and enjoy a family break."

    The cottage was wonderfully spacious and cosy and the photos do not represent how amazing a space it is. Both our girls loved it and had plenty of space to play and there was a wonderful box of little toys as well as a bookshelf filled with great books for both them and us. We loved our cosy evenings there; the sofa is an amazing place to chill out. We are so grateful for such a wonderful week in such a beautiful place.

    Reviewed by RachelOct 2020

  • "Fantastic location."

    Excellent hospitality. Thanks Alicia for looking after us.

    Reviewed by RussellSep 2020


    It’s absolutely gorgeous! Long stoney driveway. The cottage is huge with 3 double bedrooms. The owners live in the house across the way and couldn’t be more helpful. We had amazing weather when we stayed and the views are just out of this world. The owners had left a lot of things in for us - toilet rolls, washing up liquid etc - we had taken things anyway, but thought this was kind. It was DEADLY silent at night time. Just the perfect home.

    Reviewed by LucyAug 2020

  • "The property is very spacious, with large windows on all sides, so you can appreciate the large fenland skies."

    Hosts Alicia and Stephen were very welcoming and provided everything we needed.

    Reviewed by NormanAug 2020

  • "Lovely time at the Stables."

    .. great surroundings and lovely hosts who made us feel very welcome...

    Reviewed by NaomiAug 2020

  • "Excellent location for our needs."

    The owners were very helpful and nothing was too much trouble . We were made to feel very welcome.

    Reviewed by StephenJul 2020

  • "Excellent accommodation, and great value for money."

    Was very pleased with our stay.

    Reviewed by KevinJan 2020

  • "The premises was clean accommodating and homely the owner met us on arrival and gave us a bottle of wine which was a nice touch."

    Gave us a guided tour showed us the basics and left us to it thank you Alli. Such a peaceful setting it was warm and cosy and fully kitted out its a 10/10.

    Reviewed by HowardNov 2019

  • "The owner went above and beyond."

    Very pleasant. House could really use a washer in the unit. The only draw back was the lack of WiFi. In my case traveling international, this ended up costing me additional money due to no WiFi. I don't have any complaints regarding the property.

    Reviewed by JamieOct 2019

  • "Lovely, spacious and spotless accommodation."

    Location was great. We’ve already recommended it. We will certainly return. The kitchen was extremely well equipped. What would make it really amazing ( especially for UK winters!) would be a DVD player and washing machine.

    Reviewed by DeepaSep 2019

  • "We had a lovely stay at The Stables - the location is perfect for visits to Ely and Cambridge and Wicken Fen offers a lot of activities for all ages."

    The Stables is very spacious and the owners very helpful - they made sure we had what we needed for our late arrival including cereal for the next day! Thank you.

    Reviewed by RachelJul 2019

  • "Nothing that readily springs to mind."

    Reviewed by MichaelJan 2019

  • "The Stables was very spacious and there was enough room for 6 of us."

    There was a lot of kitchen equipment and crockery and there was enough for us all. Once the heating was on it was warm and stayed warm for the time we were there. The only issue was only 1 bathroom for 6 of us - the property could have benefitted from at least 1 more toilet. The location was great for visiting the fens, Cambridge and Ely and was only a short distance from Wicken Fen nature reserve. It was very quiet and great for watching birds.

    Reviewed by PennyJan 2019

  • "House was spotless and extremely well equipped."

    Lovely warm rooms and comfy beds. Perfect space for a family get together.

    Reviewed by AshleighDec 2018

  • "Great base to stay for Newmarket."

    Lovely and clean but no washing machine?

    Reviewed by JanetNov 2018

  • "The Cottage is very spacious and comfortable with lots of little thoughtful touches, and the owner was friendly and helpful."

    The place is very well equipped for a weekend away and ideal for 5 of us on a University reunion, celebrating special birthdays! Would definitely return. We had a nice meal at the Maids Head Wicken and a trip into Ely which is a pretty town. “The Stables” is quite remote and I’d suggest getting there in the light if possible. An illuminated sign of some kind, on the gate, would be helpful. No WiFi if that’s important to you.

    Reviewed by GillNov 2018

  • "Lovely welcome , lovely peaceful location."

    Just a few miles from Ely , fully equipped spacious bungalow Everthing lovely and spotless, Perfect for a relaxing break. Would not hesitate to Recommend .

    Reviewed by TraceyNov 2018

  • "It was very annoying to book based on the booking details confirming that Wifi was included and then be advised after the booking that there was no Wifi."

    It made parts of our holiday tricky as I had to keep looking for free Wifi so that I could do my work. Also a bit odd not having a washing machine in the house as we had to give our washing to the property owners to do.

    Reviewed by SamanthaSep 2018

  • "The address given is Padney and the address was Padney Drove."

    It can be a little difficult to find in the beginning as the road sign for Padney is very small and partly obscured by long grass.The cottage is easily found once you have been as the owners have cones on the road side at each side of the gate.The cottage is quite isolated but in beautiful surroundings and with large gardens full of fruit and nut trees.There are many interesting places nearby and a Sunday service at Ely cathedral is a great experience.(parking in Ely is FREE).To go into Cambidge try park and ride from Milton it is less stressful than driving in Cambridge ( Bus passes can be used).

    Reviewed by DoreenSep 2018

  • "I found it challenging to get through the 'bureaucracy' at Sykes when we needed the address of the location we had booked and paid the deposit on for UK visa purposes."

    I was told flatly NO, by the first two people and only was able to resolve it as I refused to accept the answer. It took far too many international calls and minutes on wait to resolve this issue. The owner was very personable and made arrangements for fruits, bread, cheese and milk for us which was lovely, especially given the cottage is way out in the countryside. A huge plus on move in day after traveling all day. It would have been nice if the location had an extra bathroom, 1 for 6 was a bit hard. However, the place was immaculate and much larger than I expected and very comfortable. I would definitely stay with the family again at The Stables.

    Reviewed by HJul 2018



    Reviewed by SusanJul 2018

  • "The only concern we had with this cottage was the distance from Cambridge, but it was worth the drive."

    17 miles/25 min as the property is so lovely, comfortable and set in countryside with a view for miles. The owners cater for everything. Toys for the children, extras in the kitchen ie kitchen roll, bin bags etc. Beautifully decorated and very very comfortable and homely. Spotlessly clean. Had a wonderful long weekend over Easter with the family with sight seeing in both Ely and Cambridge and then back to relax in peace and quiet. Fantastic pub just down the road called 5 miles to Nowhere!!! on the banks of the river with delicious food. Local village a 10 min drive away had a takeaway perfect for after a long weekend and everyone wanted to just down tools and socialise without the effort. Although the kitchen was well equipped so we could have cooked. Cottage easily slept 6 adults and space for a cot. Met the owner and invited for easter egg hunt with the grandchildren and owner herself was very approachable and lovely Would highly recommend and would definetly return.

    Reviewed by KerryMar 2018

  • "I thought the standard of the accommodation was very high."

    This fully met expectations and I was pleased with this and the amenities provided. Thoughtful considerations such as a box of children's toys was appreciated. I would make some suggestions for the property. I didn't not see a WiFi connection and it would be helpful to have a router in place in the property. We also arrived quite late at night and it was difficult to locate the turning into the property on a country lane. It might help to have an illuminated or reflective sign- however, I appreciate it may have been my sat nav which "arrived at destination" some 300m short of the property. However these comments are merely minor improvements on an excellent rental property. I noted from the guest book that several families have had multiple stays and, having stayed there now myself, I can fully understand the attraction

    Reviewed by ChristopherDec 2017

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The property

This spacious, ground floor former stable has been converted to a high standard using reclaimed bricks.

Set in the owner's extensive garden and offering a quite escape on the edge of Wicken village with pleasant rural views.

Ideal for walkers, cyclists and nature lovers the property is located just a short distance from one of the oldest nature reserves, Wicken Fen, a wetland Site of Special Scientific Interest.

The area also boasts an official 'dark sky' which is fantastic for star gazing enthusiasts due to the rural location.

The reserve offers extensive walks, boardwalks and cycle trails.

This lovely ground floor cottage lends itself perfectly to friends, families and those with mobility issues.

There is ample off road parking directly outside the front door which opens onto a light, bright entrance room which gives access to the sitting room and kitchen and dining area, both enjoy views of the back garden and beyond.

There is a shared wetroom centrally located in the property and three bedrooms beyond the sitting room.

A twin room and a walk-through twin room leading to the master bedroom.

The location is ideal for exploring the cathedral city of Ely, racing town of Newmarket, and the historic colleges, museums, shops and eateries which the university city of Cambridge has to offer.

This really is an ideal, rural spot for exploring everything this wonderful area has to offer.


  • All ground floor
  • Three bedrooms: 1 x double, 2 x twin
  • Wet room with shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area
  • Sitting room.
  • Oil central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, DVD, WiFi, Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair
  • Ample off road parking
  • Enclosed lawned garden with patio and furniture
  • Sorry no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 15 mins drive, pub 15 mins walk
  • Note: Double bedroom is accessed through twin bedroom
  • Note: Use of owner's washing machine on request.

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About the location


Ely 9 miles; Cambridge 17 miles.

The land is mainly fenland and the river Cam runs through the area, making this a wonderful location for bird and wildlife. Wicken is home to one of Britain's oldest nature reserves, the first to be cared for by the National Trust. Visitors can enjoy wonderful wildlife, walking and cycling on fenland, farmland, marsh, and reed beds. For cyclist the Sustrans Route 11 runs through the village all the way north towards Kings Lynn and south from Harlow.

Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

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  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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