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Church Cottage and Water Tower

Kimbolton, Cambridgeshire (Ref. 1016741)



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  • Icon/Feature/Hot Tub Hot tub
  • Icon/Feature/Swimming Pool Swimming pool
  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
  • Icon/Feature/Ground floor bedroom Ground floor bedroom
  • Icon/Feature/Open fire Open fire
  • Icon/Feature/Garden or Patio Garden / Patio
  • Icon/Feature/Washing machine Washing machine
  • Icon/Feature/Dishwasher Dishwasher
  • Icon/Feature/WiFi Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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16 Customer Reviews

  • "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 !"


    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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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.


  • 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

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

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About the location


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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