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Wayside Cottage

(Ref. 1087786)

Pavenham near Sharnbrook, Cambridgeshire Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 3 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Hot tub
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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26 Customer Reviews

  • "Welcoming and warm."

    Friendly village and made welcome at the very local pub.

    Reviewed by Beverley3.8Dec 2023

  • "Lovely small cottage perfect for our anniversary get away."

    Close enough to meet up with friends to other villages. Friendly neighbours and lovely dog walks

    Thank you, glad you enjoyed Wayside Cottage and the area! You are right, the dog walks are fantastic and lots of them! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Tara5.0Oct 2023

  • "Lovely cottage David was very friendly and accommodating the only downside is ..."

    Lovely cottage David was very friendly and accommodating the only downside is because it's an older property it could really do with a deep clean

    Reviewed by Keith4.7Aug 2023

  • "Lovely cottage."

    Everything we needed was there. Nice walks close by.

    Reviewed by Jennifer5.0Jun 2023

  • "Fab little cottage."

    Kitchen well stocked, living room cosy, mod cons available too and well thought out , having an Alexa was a nice added touch. Decor was lovely. Everything was so clean. Large bathroom with big shower and bath. Nice hot tub for two. The host was very friendly and answered any questions quickly. I’m fact everyone we met was friendly and it made our trip. I would highly recommend staying at the cottage. We had no idea about the area and what it had to offer and our host gave us some really good advice on what to do.

    Reviewed by Alison5.0May 2023

  • "Cafetiere would be useful as coffee capsules not to our taste."

    Reviewed by Paula4.7May 2023

  • "We stayed from Monday to Friday in the cottage (May 2023) and had absolutely everything we needed to enjoy our visit."

    The host was very friendly and helpful and gave lots of useful information on the local area. We loved the hot tub and exploring the Bunyan/Ouse valley way walks. Beautiful countryside and quaint villages with lots of lovely pubs. Amazing food at the Sun inn. We would definitely stay here again.

    Reviewed by Alison5.0May 2023

  • "A beautiful cottage that worked well for me and my 2 med-large size dogs."

    Very well maintained and very clean. So easy to get out for lovely walks directly from the property. The garden was really secure for the dogs which is always a concern when looking for somewhere to stay with dogs. Thank you :)

    Thank you Sarah!! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Apr 2023

  • "What a wonderful little cottage."

    Absolutely perfect for a quiet weekend away. Couldve spent longer.

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Feb 2023

  • "The cottage is well maintained, clean and has excellent facilities - well supplied with everything you could need."

    At the rear, the yard is very secure for dogs, with a side gate directly on to a footpath. We enjoyed our stay, thank you.

    Thank you! Lovely having you stay! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Adina5.0Jan 2023

  • "Thank you so much for a wonderful stay!"

    The property is just beautiful and has absolutely everything we were looking for, to celebrate my husband's birthday. The village is just so pretty with some gorgeous walks right outside the door! The hot tub & wood burner were just what we needed after a good old stomp & stretch of the legs! We've been fortunate enough over the years to stay in some wonderful places, but sometimes beds can be very hit and miss, but not at Wayside cottage! I don't think either of us have slept so well and in the peace and it just made for a wonderful long weekend! We shall definitely be returning to this scrumptious property and beautiful little village. Thank you so much to our hosts who have thought of and included everything you would need for a relaxing break away to recharge from the every day busyness of life! The sad part other than leaving was only being able to give 5* when it's clearly worth so much more!

    Thank you for a lovely review, makes our hard work so worth it!! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Danielle5.0Dec 2022

  • "Wayside cottage was absolutely delightful."

    5 star accommodation. Comfortable, cosy and quaint. Great dog walks just outside the back gate. Friendly locals and a great pub in Odell. Harrald country park was great for exercising the dogs with wonderful wildlife. I would recommend this cottage to anyone who has not visited Bedfordshire before. We used it as a base to catch up with friends and family. Thank you David for letting us share your cottage.

    Reviewed by Jenny5.0Nov 2022

  • "David was a great host- very accommodating and available if you need anything."

    We loved the cottage and would recommend it for peace and relaxation. It was very well equipped.

    Reviewed by Hazel5.0Sep 2022

  • "What can I say!"

    The cottage is absolutely lovely with a home from home feel. David (the owner) was really welcoming, very helpful and provided us with some useful local information. We have never visited this area before and to be honest chose the Bedford area due to it being a bit closer to home for us. The thought of 'Bedford ' area didn't really instill us with confidence as a good area to stay but crikey were we wrong! There are some beautiful, quaint villages with thatched roofs and stonework houses in abundance with some fabulous scenic walks, minimum traffic and very friendly people. Pavenham is a lovely village. We had our dog with us and the cottage was ideal. Literally open the back gate (which leads onto the alleyway and farm land. It's like an extension of the garden. Via this route you can pick up the John Bunyan trail leading to 'West End' (village), Stevington, Carlton, Biddenden and so on. If you like your walking the location is ideal. You actually don't have to get in the car! Different walking routes from the doorstep! Oh, also some nice pubs to have refreshment stops! Harrold and Odell country park, Bromham Mill park are also worth a look (and also great if you have children). AnywayI have waffled on a bit but this is testament to the location being brilliant. We would definitely come again.

    Thank you, that's lovely Property Owner

    Reviewed by Gen5.0Sep 2022

  • "Booking was simple and straightforward."

    Cottage was clean and beautifully cosy. Bed was a dream. The hot tub was clean and thoroughly enjoyed! Overall a lovely stay in a stunning sleepy little village with beautiful surroundings and friendly people! Thankyou David for a warm welcome with everything we needed for our relaxing stay.

    Thank you! Very lovely to host you!! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Petrina5.0Aug 2022

  • "Two words… Just."

    Perfect. We couldn’t recommend it more, the cottage was beautiful in every way, & the host couldn’t be more helpful. The location is stunning & we will definitely be back. Sykes Cottages & the host’s communications were super helpful & informative. Thank you all!

    Thank you!!! So lovely to meet you, your family and super dogs! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Melanie5.0Aug 2022

  • "What a beautiful cottage and the service provided by David was outstanding, nothing was too much trouble."

    Stairgates lent to keep little one contained and allowed us to stay a little later on check out day due to waiting for house sale to complete. The whole place was fabulous and the hot tub was amazing! Highly recommend this cottage :)

    Thank you!! Pleasure having you guys stay!!! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Victoria5.0Jul 2022

  • "10/10: - 1/ Property was chosen as it accepted our cat."

    2/ Property is special. 3/ Well situated for larger towns and cities; so rating is validated as top-draw.

    Lovely!! thank you :) Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jill5.0Jul 2022

  • "A lovely location and cottage."

    David the host was an absolute star. People in village very friendly. Great dog walks and local pubs. We will be back in New Year as a good base to see our friends and family in the south.

    Thank you, looking forward to seeing later in the year!! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sharron5.0Jul 2022

  • "Great little cottage, with wonderful touches, and high end finish and furnishings."

    We took our 2 small dogs with us, and enjoyed local walks and nature trails. Wayside cottage was a great base, with a small 2 person hot tub to enjoy after long walks and days out.

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Jun 2022

  • "A beautiful little cottage, well equipped with everything you need, we had a lovely break."

    It’s a shame the pub just down the road doesn’t serve food anymore, but the walk along the river to the Red Lion at Stevington was great. Thank you for a lovely bank holiday weekend!

    Thank you, lovely to meet you all Property Owner

    Reviewed by Natalie5.0Apr 2022

  • "A very comfortable cottage in a quiet village."

    Ideally met our needs to catch up with family in Bedford. Lots of lovely local walks.

    Reviewed by Dorothy4.7Apr 2022

  • "Beautiful cottage in a lovely village, surrounded by gorgeous countryside."

    The cottage had all that we needed and was very comfortable. We had excellent support from the owner who answered any queries promptly. We would happily return for another stay and would highly recommend to others.

    Thank you Stephen!! Always welcome! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Apr 2022

  • "Fab little cottage: quirky door frames, well provisioned kitchen, comfy beds, and comfortable living room which had a surprising amount of space even when the table was fully extended."

    There were board games provided and the TV with Netflix was an absolute dream for a family of 3 adults to binge some TV during storms Eunice & Franklin. WiFi was excellent. Although located on the main village road, there was little traffic or traffic noise. Be aware though the main village has no street lights (torch provided by owner). Parking was never a problem even if not always directly outside cottage. Owner very responsive and helpful.

    Reviewed by Shelley5.0Feb 2022

  • "We spent 28 days at this property, it was a real pleasure."

    The cottage is very well equipped and extremely cosy. David, who owns the property is very accommodating, nothing is too much trouble. Great walks are literally outside your door. I would definitely recommend this property to anyone that wants an idyllic break.

    Reviewed by Anthony5.0Jan 2022

  • "Lovely cottage."

    Full of character. Although we stayed during a cold snap the cottage was warm and snug without having to light the wood burner. Very well equipped in the kitchen. Bed was large and very comfy. We had a very nice week and would love to come again.

    Thank you so much for your feedback, we do appreciate your lovely review Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ann5.0Dec 2021

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x king-size, 1 x single
  • Bathroom with roll-top bath, walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Living/dining room with woodburning stove
  • Electric heating with oil filled radiators with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, coffee machine, dishwasher, washing machine, Smart TV with Netflix, selection of books and games and Alexa dot, WiFi
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for stove inc. In rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. In rent
  • Roadside parking
  • Bike storage
  • Enclosed courtyard with 2-person hot tub and outdoor furniture
  • Two well-behaved pets welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 3.2 miles, pub 0.1 miles
  • Note: Due to style of property steep stairs and few steps throughout property

The property

This traditional, Grade II listed semi-detached cottage rests in the pretty village of Pavenham, just north of Bedford.

With character touches throughout, Wayside Cottage welcomes families and couples looking for a relaxing break amidst Bedfordshire.

Bring along your canine companions dogs, and although the garden is an enclosed courtyard, the gate leads directly from the back garden onto the John Bunyan way, so you and your four legged friend are straight onto the fields and footpaths at the back of the cottage.

Turn right, and you are x3 back gardens from the back of the Pub, which has a gate from the footpath into their garden!

Enter into the hallway, immediately noticing the engineered oak floor, before hanging up your coats and discovering the lounge, with the alluring woodburning stove calling for a cosy night in.

Move into the sumptuous kitchen, boasting all the equipment for a self-catered break, with quality fixtures and fittings such as the Belfast sink and oak worktops, this is a lovely space to prepare family meals.

Venture upstairs to find the bedrooms, offering a sumptuous king-size and a single, each with neutral tones and cottage style windows, served by a deceptively large bathroom, perfect for enjoying deep soaks in the roll-top bath or even use if the walk in shower.

After a night's sleep, begin your day within the enclosed courtyard, sipping on a fresh coffee as you plan where to visit that day.

The side gate takes you to the John Bunyan trail which has lots of walking and cycling opportunities to enjoy.

Less than 100 yards from the cottage is The Cock, a welcoming pub that serves food, while there is a choice of restaurants and takeaways in Harrold, just three miles away as well as many other local villages with other choices to enjoy.

Only 200 yards away is the Pavenhan golf course and 4 more courses within a 20 minute dive.

Take time to explore on foot, joining many scenic footpath and nature reserves in the vicinity, such as Harrold County Park, known for its wild bird life, or take part in a range of country sports and activities in the area, such as archery, horse-riding and clay pigeon shooting.

Bedfordshire is a truly rural county with many well maintained footpaths which will delight the walker; and the Bunyan Trail provides a very good introduction.

The Trail passes through a number of attractive villages and scenic countryside, taking in many places of historic interest connected with Bunyan. The Bunyan Trail starts in Pavenham, right next to Wayside Cottage!

The village is home to two nature reserves, Stevington Marsh, a Site of Special Scientific Interest, and Pavenham Osier Beds, which is managed by the Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire.

There are many footpaths that lead from Pavenham into the Ouse valley.

Some highlights in this picturesque river valley include, Harrold Country Park, Chellington Church walk, Felmersham Gravel Pits, The Great River Ouse, The John Bunyan Trail, with great places to eat and drink along the way.

The Cock pub is in the village of Pavenham itself, the Red Lion at Stevington, or the Sun at Felmersham, are all a walk away.

For those feeling slightly more adventurous, Twinwoods Adventure is located a short drive away, offering opportunities for skydiving, shooting, racing and surfing.

If you travel further afield, you could spend a day exploring the delights of the city of Cambridge or catch an event at Silverstone, home of British motor racing.

If exploration takes you further afield, then be sure to visit the large towns and cities of Cambridge, Bedford, Kettering, Milton Keynes and Northampton, ensuring your stay at Wayside Cottage is filled with adventure.

Wayside Cottage promises to be a wonderful escape at any time of the year.

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About the location


Bedford 9 miles; Souldrop 2 miles.

Sharnbrook is a village and civil parish located in the Borough of Bedford in Bedfordshire, England. It is located nine miles north of Bedford, and to the north of the River Great Ouse where it meets the brook, that gives the village its name. The village is well catered for by the shops which include a baker, butcher, co-op supermarket, newsagent and grocer. These shops also cater for the smaller neighbouring villages of Souldrop and Felmersham. Sharnbrook has good connections by road to the nearby towns of Bedford, Northampton and Milton Keynes. A regular commuter train service into London Kings Cross and to Luton Airport also runs from Bedford Station.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas