You’ll need a car (you’re in a moderate-sized village where I wouldn’t want to rely on public transport, and the village is hardly a destination in itself), but there’s plenty of off-road parking space, and Orchard House is easy to find on the main road through the village. East Anglia style, the picturesque side of the house, the garden and carpark, and the outbuildings including the b’n’b block, are all tucked away behind a simple street-facing façade. The host’s cottage, and the garden, are very pretty, and overall everything feels well maintained and fresh.
The price point was about right, at the top end for a b’n’b; but given the relative scarcity of accommodation around Cambridge and the quality offered at Orchard House, it remained good value.
The b’n’b area is a separate block of (I think) four ensuite rooms. It’s a very nicely finished conversion, with good quality joinery and fittings. Our bathroom had an electric instant shower, in a spacious tiled shower stall, within a good sized tiled room. The bedroom had good tea/coffee facilities, replenished each day. The beds were slightly soft, and there were no outside windows in the room (as a conversion of an older building, maybe originally a stable, I guess that was a function of the architecture). There’s free wifi which was variable depending on where you are (the router is in the office across the courtyard); cell reception is weak to non-existent although that’s hardly the proprietor’s fault!
You choose breakfast the night before, and it’s served in your room. Over three nights, the four of us had pretty much every combination possible and all were excellent.
What really made the place special was the service. The proprietors are natural hoteliers. We were made very welcome, and everything was looked after. Without asking, the bits and pieces of laundry I’d hung out to dry in the bathroom while we were out for the day, were dried and returned folded in the evening. Our onward boarding passes for RyanCrapAir were printed out for us. And the hosts were always happy to chat, and offer advice for places to eat (and for a day’s unplanned sightseeing: they suggested Ely, which was a great idea).
Finally, my daughter’s 17-year old musician boyfriend was wowed by the full-on professional recording studio next to the b’n’b block, that is the host’s core business. You’ll be pleased to know that the sound-proofing is also full-on professional!
My teenage daughters and I stayed in seven different places in the U.K. on this trip, and this one got their top vote. “Nuff said.
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