Stay in a Cambridgeshire holiday cottage to explore the typical flat, big-sky countryside around the city of Cambridge, or where the magnificent Ely Cathedral (the cathedral of the Fens) rides high on the skyline like a great stone galleon.
The historic county town, Cambridge, is one of the world's great academic centres of learning and an absolute must for visitors. The University of Cambridge lies alongside the River Cam, where punts for hire (always haggle for a good rate) will give you views of many of the colleges, all exhibiting their ancient origins. Float under St. John's Bridge ( a copy of the Venetian Bridge of Sighs); marvel at the splendour of King's College Chapel, built by Henry VIIth and where, each Christmas, its Service of Nine Lessons and Carols is broadcast across the world.
Sayers House is a pretty detached holiday cottage with Wi-Fi in Wisbech St Mary Cambridgeshire sleeping 5. Sayers has a large garden and wooded area with a footpath leading into an Apple Orchard. A family friendly holiday cottage. There is ample secluded parking plus a garage. Pets welcome.
A large, family-friendly holiday cottage that sleeps 8, ideal for children, Woodlands is a semi-detached Edwardian Farmhouse with Wi-F set in the countryside 1.5 miles from Wisbech, Cambridgeshire. The farmhouse lies off a quiet country lane with a large garden and ample parking. Pets welcome.
Carnoustie is a tastefully furnished Cambridgeshire rural lodge near Wisbech set within the grounds of a resort and offering access to an indoor pool, gym, sauna, steam room and golf-course. It's perfect for a family self-catering holiday in the countryside. Sleeps 6.
Hillarth Farmhouse is a semi-detached Edwardian Farmhouse with Wi-Fi set in quiet countryside near Wisbech, Cambridgeshire. The Farmhouse is situated in a quiet country lane, with a large garden with ample parking. A family friendly holiday cottage that sleeps 8. Pets welcome.
Augusta is a stylish contemporary holiday lodge offering self-catering holidays and short breaks on Set on the Tydd St Giles leisure resort in the Cambridgeshire countryside. Facilities include: Golf course, indoor pool, sauna, gym and lake fishing.
Kingston Barns are four stunning and unique rural cottages situated in Kingston, Cambridgeshire. The pet-friendly cottages boast luxury architectural design and offer beautiful views, extensive gardens and outdoor entertaining areas, an orangery, open fires and en-suite bedrooms.
A Victorian Railway Carriage converted into a small holiday cottage sleeps 2, set in a pretty private garden with ample parking that leads into a three acre Apple Orchard. Ideal for couples, semi-rural location on the edge of the village of Wisbech St Mary. Pets welcome.
Ivywood is a Victorian Railway Carriage converted into a beautiful holiday cottage that sleeps 4. Set on the edge of the village of Wisbech St Mary in it's own private garden with ample parking which leads into a wood and Apple Orchard. Pets welcome.
The Cedar House is a large detached character house, sleeping 20 in 10 bedrooms. Renovated to a high standard to offer country holidays in the peaceful Cambridgeshire village of Castor, this pet friendly holiday home lies within easy reach of Cambridge, Peterborough and Stamford - and the local pub!
Dodge the flying bicycles of the under-graduates during term-time, but then enjoy the peace of the lawns and gardens open to the public in the holidays. Every kind of food is available in its cosmopolitan eating places, and its many bookshops are an inspiration.
For shopoholics there is retail therapy aplenty in Cambridge, from its traditional market place in the city centre to modern shopping arcades such as Red Lion Yard. Traffic is busy in the city, but there is an excellent park and ride scheme operating from large car parks around the city's perimeter. Beyond the main High St brands Cambridge also has plenty of local independent shops tucked away in its back streets, well worth exploring.
Further afield, Cambridgeshire is mainly flat 'big sky' fenland country dotted with lots of quaint villages full of delightful thatched cottages. Many excellent pubs offering excellent real ales and tasty menus are to be found in most villages. The fens are a mecca for bird watchers and fishermen as well as ramblers who appreciate long countryside walks without steep hills. Head for Holme Fen and visitors will find themselves at the lowest point in England, 3m below sea level.
During World War II many bomber airfields were built in the County some of which still operate, while the remains of others long since abandoned can still be seen, but a visit to the Imperial War Museum's hiistoric aviation museum at the wartime airbase of Duxford is highly recommended for a day out.