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Church Cottage and Water Tower

Kimbolton, Cambridgeshire (Ref. 1016741)

4.7

Excellent

Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 10

  • Bedrooms 5

  • Bathrooms 4

  • Pets Yes

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Features

  • Hot tub
  • Swimming pool
  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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38 Customer Reviews

  • "The cottage was lovely and suited the needs of our party perfectly."

    Our 3 grandchildren(5,6 and 7) had a wonderful time and there is were lots of paths in the garden to run around and a big lawn for games. There were also plenty of places for the 6 adults to relax and escape! We were there over a very hot weekend so it was lovely not to have to go anywhere to find entertainment. We also had 2 dogs with us. They loved the garden and the walks in the area were very good and of varied lengths. Just a few negatives though. I think though that the depth of the ‘swimming pool’ should have been mentioned. There was no shallow end and the depth was 5’ so any children swimming in it needed either arm bands or/and an an adult in with them. (Ie not just supervision from the side) We also had an issue with the sink in the water tower and nearly ended up flooding the gym below. The filter of the hot tub was dirty and there was no spare so we had to try and clean it. Quite difficult as there were no brushes of any sort anywhere so it took ages. I think a few more basics would have been helpful. Ie d/washer tablets, dustpan and brush, more cereal bowls and maybe a few welcoming items such as tea, milk, biscuits, bottle of wine. On the whole though it was fabulous!

    Reviewed by TrishJul 2022

  • "We had a lovely weekend in this beautiful cottage."

    Well appointed, clean and quirky. Plenty of space for us to spread out in. Swimming pool was smaller than expected and the temporary hot tub was temperamental. However this did not spoil the weekend. Not sure it would be ideal for people with mobility issues. Loved the water tower and just as a suggestion, it would be helpful if a tea tray could be added to the room. Would have no hesitation in recommending.

    Reviewed by JaniceJul 2022

  • "Church cottage is an impressive property in a beautiful setting, we spent 4 nights for a family meet up and the house was brilliant for entertaining children and had lots of space for everyone to spread out."

    The absolute high light was the pool which was beautifully warm and such a treat for us. We had challenges with the hot tub and electrics which the owners promptly responded to. There are aspects of the house and grounds which are in need of maintenance, the garden paths and patio are over grown and the slabs are wobbly. The sofas etc have stains and the kitchen is quite poorly stocked for catering for a large amount of people. You will need to take everything as there are no kitchen staples provided. Whilst we enjoyed our stay, we did feel this house had disappointing details which certainly dulled the wow factor we expected and had paid for.

    Reviewed by KateJun 2022

  • "Stayed here for my daughters hen party."

    Plenty of room for our party. The house was clean, however, make sure you take toilet rolls, washing up liquid, washing up cloth and tea towels and oven gloves! For the price we paid I would of thought these essential items were included. Thank god we took them. Brochure of amenities, heating etc tells you that outside noise past 11pm is not allowed. We were well aware of this. So imagine our absolute shock when a neighbour just proceeded to let herself into the property, just after 10.15pm, claiming she had lost a cat! So make sure you keep all doors locked! The gardening over grown and needs tidying. Hot tub side is coming away. Pond has fish in but no pump to keep clean. So we cleaned all the algae out. The indoor pool is tiny. More of a big hot tub without the bubbles. Lovely little village with a beautiful church. Some of the party did visit the local pub, where they were kind enough to give us some ice! Had a great hen party

    Reviewed by SharonJun 2022

  • "Wow, what a place."

    We booked it for a 50th Birthday Celebration (4 nights) and it ticked every box, just fantastic! Miles from anywhere and no need to go anywhere with there being so much to enjoy just sitting with family eating, drinking and enjoying good company in and around a stunning property. The swimming pool was ideal for both young and old as was the Jacuzzi. Plenty of space for everyone with gardens to play in and a gym to exercise if you must, just ideal. The water tower bedroom offered fantastic views across open fields and woods. The BBQ area set well away from the house(thatch) came with a summer house which was a nice touch as it made more of the occasion by having to take everything along through the garden altho, kids loved it. Just can’t fault it! Ah yes I can, the loo seat in the downstairs bathroom/bedroom was wonky and that’s after you manage to find the door to get you there as it is not shown on the plan and much after that, that’s about it! Just brilliant, come again, absolutely! D Smith 04.06.22

    Reviewed by DavidMay 2022

  • "Wonderful property exactly has listed but better we were group of ten for a 50th ..."

    Wonderful property exactly has listed but better we were group of ten for a 50th birthday party exceedingly comfortable beds everything you need for self catering if you are planning to cook very quiet even though there is a church next door with clock chiming on the hour but we all loved that didn't bother us has no noisy traffic or car doors banging lovely en suites and bathroom pool and hot tub brilliant we had wonderful weather nice pub St Johns Arms ten minutes down the road amazing grounds dogs love it maintenance man Simon very helpful and Mark the owner would highly recommend for a get together and chill

    Reviewed by JoyMay 2022

  • "Wonderful short stay in a fabulous house and location."

    Nice local walks and a pub a short walk away. Swimming pool, hot tub and table tennis table were great fun.

    Reviewed by KeithApr 2022

  • "A beautiful property with some modern improvements that left plenty of space for the 8 of us with two dogs."

    Main dining room has some low beams, which the taller of us had some trouble with and the pool lane system is great but pushes you into some sharp steps which is honestly a puzzling design choice for such a small pool. Just a couple of things to be aware of, especially with kids. That said we all enjoyed it and had a brilliant holiday. The home has some great amenities on site and nearby with Cambridge only a short drive away.

    Reviewed by RichardApr 2022

  • "A great venue for a family gathering with great facilities and would definitely stay again."

    Reviewed by JohnApr 2022

  • "Church cottage and water tower is an amazing and wonderful homely cottage."

    Quirky, different ,lots of character and very well and beautifully furnished and the facilities were all perfect Thankyou for allowing so many happy family memories to be made over our weekend for our 50th wedding anniversary with our children and grandchildren A truly wonderful weekend Thankyou Hill bran

    Reviewed by GillMar 2022

  • "Had a wonderful few days with family at this lovely property even the dog had a great time in the large Garden."

    Nice that the links is separate so my daughter and baby could be away from family if the little one woke in the night. We did find the tower bedroom quite warm, luckily we did not have to use it. The pool is small but all enjoyed it and especially the lane exerciser. Would recommend this cottage and hope to return.

    Reviewed by LindaMar 2022

  • "We have had an absolutely fantastic weekend."

    Everyone thought the property was amazing. First class accommodation and facilities, in a really beautiful setting. I feel sure we will return, my son has definitely shared the property details with his in laws and I have other family members who are keen for details. I'm glad you found everything in order, as we left it, and were able to facilitate a quick turn around of guests.

    Reviewed by RhondaFeb 2022

  • "We had a wonderful stay in this charming house."

    Spacious and well equipped with great facilities. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by ClaudiaFeb 2022

  • "Church Cottage and Water Tower really is an unusual property, a mixture of old and contemporary spaces."

    We had a lovely break. The grandchildren loved all the facilities, especially the swimming pool where my grandson learnt to swim. He was delighted!

    Reviewed by MarieFeb 2022

  • "Beautiful cottage and surroundings."

    If your aiming to swim lengths as a group or family in pool you will be disappointed as not enough room, only for one. We also found that although the property is suitable for 10, kitchen utensils are limited. Only one serving spoon etc, so cannot put food out so family can help themselves. I would advise you take photos of any damage you find when you arrive so as not to be blamed if cottage team have missed from previous tenants or they will try to claim from you. Apart from that we had a very nice time

    Reviewed by SueFeb 2022

  • "Thank you, We had a lovely time and the property and setting is beautiful."

    We hope we do get to return. We forgot to put in the book that we couldn't get the light and bubbles to work on the hot tub, but that could have been us. Other than that, everything worked well and was well equipped.

    Reviewed by NatashaFeb 2022

  • "The house was lovely and very comfortable."

    The kitchen was better equipped than many. Overall, we really enjoyed our stay. Only negative was the WiFi - no-one managed to get connected at any point.

    Reviewed by AndrewDec 2021

  • "Absolutely stunning accommodation lots of quirky parts and contemporary parts of the property."

    I hosted a family Christmas get together and catered for 10 very easily in the extremely well equipped kitchen. Would definitely go again. Thank you so much

    Reviewed by SheenaDec 2021

  • "Church Cottage is a very special place and the stunned surprise on my partners face when we arrived was exactly what I was looking to achieve."

    Thank you to you and your team for enabling a special occasion for us.

    Reviewed by GaryDec 2021

  • "The property is stunning, and we were very impressed with it."

    A few minor issues to point out, no oven gloves (maybe we didn’t find them?) Hot tub lights not working (maybe hot tub area needs mains lighting around it as without the lights, we were in darkness. It would have been handy to have the option of a mains external light for getting in and out of it. We could have done with a stair gate at the top of the granite stairs leading to the lounge, possibly the concealed, retractable sort that roll back into themselves so they’re not obvious. But all the above would not stop us booking this property again as it was truly amazing!!!

    Reviewed by AndrewDec 2021

  • "We had three generations amongst our nine guests and with all the facilities at Church Cottage we all had a Wonderfull time."

    Reviewed by ThomasDec 2021

  • "We thought the cottage was absolutely beautiful and definitely will look into staying again in the future!"

    We would have loved if the cottage had been decorated for Christmas but this is our only comment! Otherwise very well equipped and just lovely. Claire Fletcher

    Reviewed by ClaireDec 2021

  • "Really nice quiet cosy cottage, would have liked the Hot Tub ready for when we arrived , there were greasy oven trays left in the cupboard."

    There was barely any washing up liquid, handsoap and loo rolls, where we have stayed before they have been provided. The cottage and garden needs a little TLC but apart from a few niggles we would definitely return..Loved it

    Reviewed by KarenNov 2021

  • "Beautiful house , peaceful setting , some issues need sorting then it would be perfect !"

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    Reviewed by RichardSep 2021

  • "Church cottage is a stunning property with a blend of old and new."

    It provided plenty of space and things to do for a family from 3 to 73! There were a few things broken that we were told about on the day of arrival and once these are rectified it will be a truly amazing property to stay in. We will return thank you.

    Reviewed by ClaireAug 2021

  • "In the position re Covid virus a year ago, we booked the holiday to be completely self-sufficient if it was necessary."

    As it happened, this was not completely necessary & we could go out to local places of interest but the cottage & facilities made it a difficult choice to go elsewhere!! It is such a beautiful cottage with everything you could need for all the family to enjoy themselves - young & old.

    Reviewed by JanisAug 2021

  • "We booked this cottage mainly for the pool as we are a party of 10 family members who love swimmming."

    You cannot advertise an endless pool as a swimming pool as it just isn't and this was a huge disappointment to all of us. Even the photo looks like a pool but when you arrive you can see that it is not a pool that is big enough to swim in and when using the endless pool machine it is only viable for one person to use at a time. Otherwise the cottage had everything we needed - space, comfort and loads of books! The furnishings were top quality as was the crockery, cutlery and glassware so this was a lovely touch. We loved the hot tub and garden areas, although the pathways were too overgrown to walk around properly. The outside lights did not come on as the guide said they would (despite us trying them several times) and the TV did not work in the main lounge unless you watched live TV through iplayer which was a bit of an effort. Other than this, the cottage was great and we had a brilliant holiday.

    Reviewed by JamesJul 2021

  • "Beautiful cottage set in a wonderful garden."

    Everyone from young to old including the dogs had a marvellous time

    Reviewed by AngelaJul 2021

  • "Beautiful property!"

    Both house and gardens were a joy, filled with so many thoughtfully designed features. Lots to occupy children and places to sit quietly too. We all loved it.

    Reviewed by ShirleyJul 2021

  • "Lovely property and we all had a great holiday."

    Owner came out to a small issue we had and resolved it very quickly

    Reviewed by MickJun 2021

  • "Peaceful location, great pool and hot tub, lovely garden."

    Quirky beamed cottage, wonderful extension great entertaining spaces. Not suitable for people with mobility issues as lots of steps.

    Reviewed by LyndaMay 2021

  • "Thank you for a wonderful stay."

    Sure to come back again ! Everybody loved the pool, hot tub, and all the amenities

    Reviewed by LorraineMay 2021

  • "Wow, what a lovely home."

    We had a great time. Children loved the pool. Thank you

    Reviewed by ColinMay 2021

  • "Thank you for a wonderful stay!"

    Reviewed by KurranMay 2021

  • "An amazing place to spend a holiday, each room has it's own character and there's loads of space for many people to make great memories together."

    Reviewed by SuziApr 2021

  • "It was a lovely clean comfortable stay in such a a wonderful property"

    Reviewed by LaurenDec 2020

  • "This is lovely homely place to stay with friends or family even during the covid restrictions we throughly enjoyed our stay there."

    So comfy cosy and very well equipped.

    Reviewed by AmandaOct 2020

  • "Beautiful accommodation in a magical location."

    Perfect retreat to relax and unwind at any time of the year. There were only two of us and we enjoyed the local walks (some of which start from the property/village) and pubs. We slept in the Patio Room which had a very comfortable bed but couldn't resist a night in the Water Tower. For anyone sensitive to noise (we weren't) there is a slight hum in the Water Tower from the swimming pool (we assumed) and the church bells which we loved. The fastlane machine in the swimming pool was a bonus as was the handwritten note and handpicked apples from the garden awaiting our arrival. We have already recommended to friends.

    Reviewed by JulieSep 2020

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Summary

  • Main house: Four of five bedrooms: 1 x ground floor king-size bedroom with ensuite, WC, basin and walk-in shower, 1 x super king-size bedroom and 1 x king-size bedroom sharing a bathroom with shower cubicle, bath, WC and basin, 1 x double-bedroom with ensuite walk-in shower, WC and basin
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Utility in cellar
  • Sitting room with wood burning stove and TV
  • Lounge with Smart TV
  • Drawing room with TV and woodburning stove
  • Water Tower: Over the first and second floor: 1 x second-floor king-size bedroom, first-floor bathroom with freestanding slipper bath, separate walk-in shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Main house: central heating with woodburning stove
  • Double oven range cooker with electric hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, tumble dryer, 2 x TV, WiFi, and a selection of books and games
  • Fuel, power and wood for woodburning stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for four to five cars
  • Large enclosed lawn and patio garden with furniture, gazebo, summerhouse, gas fired barbecue, fire pit, pond, in door heated swimming pool with fast lane machine and hot tub
  • Table tennis and a selection of indoor games
  • Two well behaved pets welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop within 3.5 miles, pub within 0.4 miles
  • Note: There are steps within the property on all levels and a steep, winding staircase to the first floor, please take care
  • Note: Low beams in bathroom, mind your head
  • Note: Pond in garden, children to be supervised at all times
  • Water Tower, central heating
  • Fridge/freezer in gym
  • Off-road parking included with cottage
  • Separate lawned area and access to main house's facilities with large enclosed lawn and patio garden with furniture, summerhouse, barbecue, fire pit, pond, in door heated swimming pool with fast lane machine and hot tub
  • Gym room with underfloor heating
  • No smoking
  • Note: The Water Tower is accessed via a set of stairs and therefore may unfortunately not be suitable for those with limited mobility
  • Please be mindful of noise as the property is in a close neighbourhood
  • This property has a 4pm check in time

The property

Kimbolton 6.2 miles.

Starting from humble beginnings as a two-bedroom vicarage house next to the village church, built in the early 17th Century, Church Cottage and Water Tower has been lovingly added to over the years, now presenting a unique and magical holiday home with the addition of the Water Tower built by US forces stationed in Melchbourne in 1941, to house you and your loved ones on a break to Bedfordshire.

Resting in the very peaceful village of Melchbourne, it offers a secluded spot for a family holiday or a reunion of friends, providing classical interior, mixed with modern beauty, with the contemporary extension to the cottage being designed by Sterling Prize shortlisted architects Theis + Khan and has won the Bedfordshire planning department award for Best extension to a listed building.

After parking up in the spacious driveway walk along the colonnade pathway to enter the house via the modern glass lobby which serves as a boot room.

Wind your way into the heart of the cottage, past eighteenth-century panelled walls and wooden beams into the elegant drawing room where a woodburning stove can roar in the background as you relax into one of the chairs, surrounded by ancient wood-panelled walls.

In the evenings gather within the dining area, where a long table sits before the huge double range cooker which rests in the imposing fireplace; sip wine while the evening meal cooks and catch glimpses of final preparations being made in the kitchen space through the charming hatch look-through, where a wealth of appliances awaits to assist you.

On warm summer evenings serve up a feast outside using the gas-fired barbecue on the upper terrace and enjoy far-reaching views of the Grade I listed church and countryside settings, sitting in the inviting gazebo.

From the glass lobby make your way down slate stone steps into the gorgeous contemporary space, boasting floor-to-ceiling glass walls allowing you to feel outside when inside!

From the comfort of your arm chair you can watch the wall-mounted Smart TV or listen to the fountain in the fish-pond and enjoy the vista of nature all around you.

There are plenty of family board games available to enjoy good times together, or take a dip in the indoor swimming pool which has a Fastlane endless wave machine, as used by the Brownlee brothers when training.

There are also exercise machines and a yoga mat available in the underfloor heated Tower gym, or perhaps a game of table tennis (in the garage) or a gentle soak in the hot tub are more your style!

When you are ready to rest your head there is a room to suit everyone; the spectacular Tower king-size bedroom is on the second floor of the Water Tower, which was built by American forces during World War II, look out on the tree canopies on all sides.

In the main cottage there is a bathroom with shower and slipper bath and toilet on the first floor of this secret escape, while in the main cottage, a super-king size bedroom looks out over the church and a king-size bedroom has views of the rose garden, each have dramatic high, beamed ceilings and full ceiling to floor curtains, as well as benefiting from sharing a beamed bathroom with shower cubicle and separate bath.

A double en-suite bedroom is accessed by its own staircase off the lobby area, while the fifth bedroom is on the ground floor, accessed by secret bookcase door off the sitting room, offering a king-size bed, shower en-suite and views of the patio, pond and church.

When you must tear yourself away from this superb retreat for supplies, travel to the nearby village of Kimbolton or for a wider selection visit Rushden Lakes where all your favourite supermarkets can be found including high street favourites like Marks & Spencers, House of Fraser, Boots and White Stuff along with eateries like Wagamama's, or for an evening entertainment take in a film at the Cineworld.

Delve into an H.E Bates novel to get a feel for the area, or head out and uncover the nearby history first-hand, with Cambridge just a scenic drive to the East, here you can visit The Cromwell Museum in Huntingdon on your way, while Bletchley Park can be found to the West, step back in time to the code breakers of WWII with the original Enigma Machine in place with Olney, home of the famous pancake race and composer of "Amazing Grace", also en-route.

There are plenty of stunning villages and small towns to visit all over, with Kimbolton, Odell & Harrold Country Park, Wadenhoe and Oundle, Carlton, Old Warden & Aircraft Museum all within easy reach too.

Spend time outdoors in the Bedfordshire countryside on foot with many luscious nature reserves and country parks scattered in the vicinity, such as Little Paxton Pits Nature Reserve known for its bird life, or the Nene Wetlands Nature Reserve, all offering beautiful scenery and landscapes, or take part in the country sports and activities the area has to offer, like clay-pigeon shooting, archery and horse-riding.

Within a 20 minute driving radius, there are a number of traditional high-end country pubs, such as The Plough at Bolnhurst, The Pheasant at Keyston, The Royal Oak, Carlton alongside a lovely Italian called Vesuvio in Sharnbrook, as well as The Compasses in Upper Dean, The White Horse in Tilbrook, The Mermaid at Ellington, The Bell in Odell and The Falcon at Bletsoe.

There are plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities all around you, with walking around the Three Shires Way, a lovely undiscovered route passing through villages in Northamptonshire, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire, it runs within a mile of the cottage whilst numerous shorter trails can be accessed from the back garden too!

Enjoy sailing, canoeing and biking at Grafham Water, a 280 acre nature reserve and reservoir, with golfing at Pavenham Park too.

Within easy reach of the larger towns and cities of Bedford, Cambridge, Kettering, Northampton and Milton Keynes, Church Cottage and Water Tower offers a group of ten a fantastic and unforgettable retreat in Bedfordshire.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £500.

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About the location

KIMBOLTON

Huntington 12 miles; Bedford 19 miles.

The small Cambridgeshire village of Kimbolton is situated close to Huntington and Bedford. Kimbolton is mentioned in the Domesday Book and in the centre of the village is Kimbolton Castle, which is used for weddings. The village is also home to two pubs, shops and a church. Within reach are walks, cycle routes, horse riding opportunities, golf courses and visits to shopping centres, plus close by is the market town of Huntingdon with further amenities and over the border in Bedfordshire is the town of Bedford, with the restored Castle Mound and River Ouse, amongst shops, pubs and restaurants. Whilst staying in the area, a visit to Cambridge is a must with its world-famous cathedral and there’s something for everyone in this historic city. An ideal base for visiting the area.

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