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Fisherman's Lodge

(Ref. 905373)

Duddenhoe End near Arkesden, Essex Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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47 Customer Reviews

  • "A nice quiet space in beautiful surroundings."

    The view over the lake is picturesque and really does bring about a lovely sense of being apart from the rest of the busy world. Lots of wildlife and birds to keep you entertained and plenty of options for a gentle or vigorous walk - as you like it. It is a fairly remote place to stay but for me that added to the charm, you need a car to access anything but with a short drive there is a lot to offer from the local artisan bakery to Audley House to Saffron Walden, to Shepreth Wildlife park - or you can just stay at the lodge and be "gone fishing". The hosts are friendly and were very kind when I could not get the TV channels to reveal themselves. I would be happy to return.

    Reviewed by Christine4.7Mar 2024

  • "We had a wonderful stay."

    The cottage was very comfortable & clean & we had everything we needed for our stay. The welcome pack of eggs, bread & milk, all from local businesses (the eggs from the farm itself) was really appreciate & we bought more eggs & local honey from The Egg Shed on our way home. It was so peaceful to sit out listening to the birds & spotting wildlife. You couldn't help but relax. The farm that the cottage is located was a 10-15 minute drive to Saffron Walden where we have family & this was an easy drive. This is the 3rd time we have been visiting family in the area since October last year & this is by far the best accommodation we have stayed in & we will certainly be staying here again.

    Reviewed by Tracy5.0Mar 2024

  • "Bucolic setting."

    Lovely view of the lake. Ideal for peace and country walks. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Alan5.0Jan 2024

  • "Fisherman’s Lodge was just perfect for us."

    We have family near by so the perfect base for visits. We will be booking again.

    Reviewed by Michele4.4Dec 2023

  • "Very much enjoyed our stay at Fisherman's Lodge, very comfortable accommodation, with a nice outlook over a small lake and a quiet rural location, but despite this it was not difficult to find."

    Also there are some excellent local pubs for eating out, and the cottage is close to places of interest such as IWM Duxford, Audley End House, and Cambridge, which we found was easy to visit via the Trumpington Park and Ride. Highly recommended place to stay.

    Reviewed by Timothy5.0Nov 2023

  • "We loved our week at Fisherman's Lodge-the photos on the website do not do it justice!"

    There is everything you need both indoors & out & everywhere was spotlessly clean! We used the lodge as a base for the many geocaching trails in the area & could walk from the door to some! If you prefer, the lodge & grounds are great to explore & there is fishing on site too so you could just have a chilled week! We would not change anything & will definitely book again in the future!

    Reviewed by Susanne5.0Oct 2023

  • "A wonderful cottage in a peaceful rural location."

    Clean, comfortable and well equipped to an exceptionally high standard with a wonderful view of the lake. I would definitely be happy to stay in the Fisherman's Lodge when next in the Saffron Walden area. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Nigel4.4Sep 2023

  • "Great cottage in a very quiet, rural area."

    Kind owner! Everything you need is there. Comfortable. Some little disadvantages: some beds are short for tall people; in summer there are many flies (because of the farm), and with little children you have to watch out because of the lake and the farm machinery (but that's what we knew in advance).

    Reviewed by Kees4.4Aug 2023

  • "Great location, silent, clean, lots of wild animals arround (good for the kids to watch)"

    Reviewed by Sascha4.7Aug 2023

  • "Beautiful surroundings, peaceful, clean and will be back!"

    Reviewed by Rebecca5.0Jul 2023

  • "The property itself 'Fishermans Lodge' is of a good standard."

    Also inclusive of linen , which is a great help when packing includes your fishing gear. Unfortunately the fish have become stunted, due to overstocking and low water. I measured 18 inches to 2 feet as standard. Therefore I would suggest the lake needs dredging, with the removal of 50% of stock on an annual basis. You will catch plenty at present, but unfortunately the fish are of a poor size, due to overpopulation. It has the potential to be a great water, if managed appropriately. I loved the location and the views are excellent, we were all pleased with the location and surrounding panorama. However as a fishing party, we would not return due to the aforementioned problem.

    Reviewed by Mark4.4Jul 2023

  • "Lovely property."

    Super clean and comfortable. Great setting with lake view. Private and very quiet. Nice fresh eggs supplied from their farm. It’s a bit tricky to find ( use GPS) but if you’re ok with driving to go everywhere you can enjoy this peaceful retreat. Saffron Walden and Audley End House are nice places to visit and Cambridge sun not too far away also. Very friendly owners. May come again as relatives nearby.

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Mar 2023

  • "Property was beautiful inside and out."

    Kitchen facilities could do with an upgrade. Bathroom definitely needs doing. Owner was lovely, stayed in a lot better.

    Reviewed by Emma3.4Mar 2023

  • "It was an wonderful stay."

    Reviewed by Stefan5.0Aug 2022

  • "Really enjoyed our week, lodge very comfortable, views of the lake was relaxing."

    Lovely getting free range eggs straight from the chickens. Nice walks around the lake and farm. Highly recommend

    Reviewed by Neil5.0Jun 2022

  • "A friendly touch to everything and a great location."

    A real sense of being part of a lovely community while we were staying. Thank you again.

    Reviewed by Timothy5.0May 2022

  • "Fabulous little retreat, perfect for a stay to get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life."

    Beautiful quiet surroundings. Everything catered for in the cottage and welcome pack was much appreciated. Slight issue with hot water but this was resolved after a day or so. Only suggestion, and it does not affect the quality of the stay, would be for two double sofas as the cottage sleeps four, yet only three can sit comfortably.

    Reviewed by Allison4.7Mar 2022

  • ".A very comfortable place to stay in an idyllic quiet rural location but with easy access to interesting towns, villages, and other attractions."

    Reviewed by Saul5.0Feb 2022

  • "Excellent stay - we were at the cottage for a Christmas break and it met all our requirements."

    Reviewed by Bridget5.0Dec 2021

  • "Fisherman’s lodge was a gorgeous, cosy stay in a beautiful part of the world."

    The lodge was perfectly clean with great facilities and a wonderful, comfy bed. We had a superb stay there and the host was so accommodating.

    Reviewed by Lia4.7Dec 2021

  • "Fisherman’s lodge has everything you need for a quiet week away."

    . it is fully equipped and it is in a perfect lakeside setting , There was also a very nice welcome pack .. would definitely like to return and would certainly recommend it.

    Reviewed by Patricia5.0Oct 2021

  • "It was a lovely ‘cottage’ in a lovely situation and we were made to feel very welcome with fresh eggs, milk, bread and apple juice on our arrival."

    My only slightly negative comment would be from the disabled perspective. Details say suitable for accompanied disabled people. As a wheelchair user (who lives alone) it was difficult to manoeuvre around the property and impossible to get a wheelchair into the bedrooms. I took my own blow up bath seat with me, had I not done so I would have been unable to use the bath or shower since there are no handrails anywhere in the bathroom. It’s a lovely place and I wouldn’t want to put anyone off. I’d love to go back, but I felt others should be made aware of the difficulties for the less mobile.

    Reviewed by Caroline4.1Oct 2021

  • "Comfortable accommodation with great views."

    Internet description was accurate. Fishing the lake was good, lake was well maintained. Plenty of wildlife around. Thank you for free eggs. Places of interest were close and easy to get to, etc Duxford, Cambridge, Audley End. Saffron Walden was lovely market town. Would recommend.

    Reviewed by Shirley4.7Sep 2021

  • "We love staying here, it’s calm and relaxed atmosphere, beautiful scenery and friendly hosts."

    We will visit many more times

    Reviewed by Lorraine5.0Aug 2021

  • "Amazing place, it is very isolated but only a short drive to places."

    As it's a working farm there are a lot of flys. Would definitely go back.

    Reviewed by Kathryn4.4Aug 2021

  • "Fisherman’s Lodge is a small and very well put together timber barn in surroundings which are a haven for wildlife."

    We had almost perfect weather for our holiday and just about lived outside during daylight hours….which are long in June. It was fun to watch the fish jump in the lake and the peace and quiet in an evening when the farm work stops for the night was perfect. There’s fresh, free range eggs every day if you wish and the kindest of owners not too far away if problems occur. We had my 90 year old mum with us and she coped really well with all the facilities. We made memories together, thanks to the lodge and it’s surroundings, which we will treasurer forever.

    Reviewed by Hilary4.7Jun 2021

  • "Beautiful location."

    Peace and tranquillity. We couldn’t work the heating and we were a little cold one of the nights. A microwave would useful. The freshly laid eggs were a good bonus. Would definitely go again

    Reviewed by Shirley4.4Apr 2021

  • "We booked this holiday due to the great reviews."

    We wanted a fishing holiday somewhere peaceful and scenic and it didn’t disappoint. Sarah welcomed us when we arrived, very friendly and there for anything we needed. The lodge is lovely- spotlessly clean, comfortable and had everything we needed and more. Slept so well! The lake is beautiful and we fished every day, even when the wind was cold you could find a sheltered spot. Over the week we caught so many fish we lost count and enjoyed every minute. The surrounding area is lovely, beautiful villages with thatched cottages, quiet roads and a lovely pub 2 miles away. Can’t recommend enough and will be booking our next visit soon.

    Reviewed by Sally5.0Apr 2021

  • "Easy booking process and good communication throughout."

    Lovely venue in a tranquil location with abundant wildlife. Very rural in pleasant countryside but with easy access to Saffron Waldon and surrounding villages.

    Reviewed by Mary5.0Apr 2021

  • "Fisherman’s Lodge is a warm, cosy cottage in a delightful, peaceful area but surrounded by picturesque villages and good areas to explore."

    Sarah, our hostess, provided a very warm welcome along with a yummy starter package of eggs, bread, apple juice and milk! Would thoroughly recommend staying at this cottage whether you’re a fisherman/woman or not!

    Reviewed by Angela5.0Oct 2020

  • "We have thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the lodge."

    To have fishing so close at hand was a great bonus. The owners were very helpful and pleasant and the information leaflet on places to eat and visit ,ideal. The whole holiday surpassed our expectations and was much appreciated, especially in this current situation. Even the weather was glorious. We would and probably will , revisit again.

    Reviewed by Lynda4.4Sep 2020

  • "A lovely place to stay, very comfortable and a lovely welcome on arrival, we really enjoyed our stay."

    Reviewed by Lynne3.8Aug 2020

  • "Fishermans Lodge was excellent, we couldnt fault the house or location, it is remote but things are still close at hand when needed."

    Sarah was there if we needed anything and it was nice just sitying out listening to all the wild life around the lake. Would recomend tha park & ride for Cambridge. And a trip to Saffron Walden on market day is a must as the produce is excellent especially on the fish and veg stalls.

    Reviewed by Craig5.0Aug 2020

  • "Not really"

    Reviewed by Gary4.1Jul 2020

  • "Fishmans lodge is exceptional we enjoyed a lovely time,beautiful fishing lake well maintained beautiful grounds."

    Owners are lovely lots of wildlife to see my children loved the chickens and fresh eggs every morning a real treat. Would recommend to families a nice quiet location and the weather was spot on. We could not ask for more. As for Sykes company and a new customer very poor customer service very disappointing in how my enquiry was handled.

    Thank you for taking the time to review Fisherman's Lodge, it was so lovely to hear you enjoyed your stay and the facilities the property provided. I'm Sorry to hear you were not happy with the customer service you received from Sykes Cottages, we really appreciate your time to provide constructive feedback. If there is anything further you would like to discuss, please do not hesitate to contact us. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Emelia5.0Jul 2020

  • "The fisherman’s lodge was great, very comfortable with all you need for a self ..."

    The fisherman’s lodge was great, very comfortable with all you need for a self catering break, The owners are very pleasant, and the farm and grounds are in immaculate condition, The lake is very well stocked, I would definitely go back, and plan to revisit next year, A very high recommendation from me

    Reviewed by Douglas5.0Mar 2020

  • "The Fisherman's Lodge was very clean and comfortable with stunning views of the lake, great for fishing and walking, ideal for a relaxing break."

    We left feeling refreshed and would love to stay again.

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Jan 2020

  • "Great location in a wonderful rural setting , superb views over the lake and countryside with easy access carparking to cottage door."

    Full of wildlife and great scenery. A very clean , warm attractive cottage , with every facility required. Perfect base for exploring this area with a very friendly and helpful host.

    Reviewed by Lesley5.0Nov 2019

  • "A slice of paradise with very friendly, helpful hosts and a beautifully well appointed cottage that has that feminine touch."

    Highly recommended in all respects.

    Reviewed by Geoff5.0May 2019

  • "Next to no criticism re our stay at Fishermans Lodge- Altogether good."

    Ground, trees and lake wonderful to wake up to; highly recommend the place. I cannot give Sykes ANY credit for this property - they mishandled payments made as well as very rude feedback to me from them.

    Reviewed by Pamela3.8May 2019

  • "Great place and really enjoyed the week we stayed - the only issue - if you are intending to cook then the work surfaces are limited."

    A small item but can be important - but don't let this point prevent you from staying at this facility it was worth the visit

    Reviewed by Mark4.7Dec 2018

  • "Very quiet and comfortable."

    Reviewed by Sheila5.0Sep 2018

  • "The lodge was fantastic Really relaxing and the fishing was great Will definitely stay here again"

    Reviewed by Lorraine5.0Sep 2018

  • "Superb location and superb venue."

    Don't expect it to be fly free however because you are in the middle of the countryside and on a farm! The lodge does come with fly screens and it's up to you to decide how to behave. Loved the lake and the views with all the trees. Likely to visit again.

    Reviewed by David5.0Jul 2018

  • "Excellent location for our family wedding, followed by a holiday as we didn't know the area at all."

    Very peaceful - visited every day by lovely dog, who never came inside, just stood outside waiting for his stroke/fuss/tickle every day!

    Reviewed by Janet5.0Jul 2018

  • "An idyllic spot for country lovers but difficult to find."

    A long way from any shop (4 miles) for essential provisions. Excellent pub restaurants in the area. Some items of crockery were very meagre - mugs (only four!). Having said that we would go again.

    Reviewed by Tony4.4Jul 2018

  • "Very nice cottage and good location"

    Reviewed by Mandy4.8Feb 2017

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area.
  • Ground source heat pump heating with underfloor on ground floor
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, washer/dryer, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, DVD, WiFi, selection of books and games
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • EV charging point available
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Patio with furniture and BBQ
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pub 2 miles
  • Note: Fishing available at half price, please contact owner for more information
  • Note: Max 4 people
  • Note: Please note this property does not accept working parties, thank you

The property

Arkesden 2 miles.

This lovely, semi-detached timber-framed barn nestles within the owner's estate grounds, overlooking a 3-acre stream-fed fishing lake, well stocked with mirror, common and crucian carp, as well as rudd and roach, in the hamlet of Duddenhoe End, within close reach of Arkesden and the beautiful city of Cambridge.

With accommodation set mainly over the ground floor, this cottage near Saffron Walden offers comfortable, rural accommodation, a perfect retreat for people who enjoy fishing and walking.

This Saffron Walden cottage has two bedrooms on the ground floor, great for older children or a fourth adult.

The open plan living area offers a well-equipped kitchen, and a dining area and sitting area with stunning views across the lake.

This Saffron Walden cottage provides comfortable accommodation for families and friends wishing to relax and enjoy this rural part of England.

There are a number of excellent places to eat just a short drive away from your Saffron Walden cottage, and it is also perfect for exploring Cambridge, or visiting IWM Duxford or beautiful Audley End house and gardens.

This welcoming Saffron Walden cottage is suitable for those with limited mobility.

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About the location


Saffron Walden 5 miles; Cambridge 15.5 miles.

The picturesque little village of Arkesden sits amidst lovely Essex countryside, in a superb location within easy reach of the towns of Saffron Walden and Bishop’s Stortford, as well as the beautiful city of Cambridge. Home to a lovely church and quaint, thatched roof pub serving excellent food, including takeaway fish and chips each Tuesday evening, Arkesden is a lovely base for a rural getaway. Nearby, the flourishing market town of Saffron Walden boasts a number of medieval buildings, making it a fascinating place for a leisurely stroll. A market has been held within the town since 1141 and is still held on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Within the town’s attractive common area there is the largest turf maze in England. There is also a Victorian hedge maze in the nearby beautiful Bridge End Gardens, which are maintained by local volunteers and really are worth a visit. There is a fantastic museum based in the grounds of the ruined castle keep, housing oddities such as mammoth tusks. Within easy reach is Cambridge, the Imperial War Museum at Duxford and English Heritage’s Audley End house and gardens. You'll find this attractive area of Essex steeped in history, and well worth a visit at any time of the year.

Please note this property does not accept working parties, thank you.
Note: On the 14th March 2020 there will be an event on which will be playing music until 1am. Please take this into consideration when booking.