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John Clare Cottage

12 Woodgate | Helpston, Peterborough PE6 7ED, England
+44 1733 253330
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Very welcoming

Went here for coffee this morning on our way to Stamford. Was impressed by the service and the... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Mary T
Peterborough, United Kingdom
Second visit - simply excellent

We took some friends from Wales to visit this cottage as they are very interested in John Clare... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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“his life” (5 reviews)
“great cafe” (4 reviews)
“great poet” (3 reviews)
12 Woodgate | Helpston, Peterborough PE6 7ED, England
+44 1733 253330
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went here for coffee this morning on our way to Stamford. Was impressed by the service and the dedication of the volunteers. Knew nothing about him but was drawn to him and his work.

Thank Mary T
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We took some friends from Wales to visit this cottage as they are very interested in John Clare. We were immediately welcomed by the staff, who are all volunteers, giving up their own time, and who do an excellent job. We all thought that the...More

Thank LeicsHelen
Reviewed May 15, 2017

My wife is a John Clare fan. We live over 100 miles away from Helpston but thought we would visit today. The Cottage website said it was open but on arrival we were met with a closed sign. Very very poor.

8  Thank GDL2014
Reviewed April 30, 2017

Don't be misled, Clare and his large family lived in just a quarter of this impressive cottage in what was basically a one up / one down. No bathrooms or toilets then of course. The statue of Clare in the courtyard is life-sized, but remember...More

Thank Arborfield1
Reviewed March 26, 2017

If you are interested in the poet John Clare then this is a must. Beautiful garden. Food in the cafe made on the premises. Lots of information. Follow it up with a visit to St Botolphs church afterwards.

Thank lindacJ7385PE
Reviewed February 11, 2017

Lovely building, great cafe, excellent guide and exhibition detailing John Clare's life, wonderful garden, great dovecote. I love visiting again and again

Thank Ceejayemm
Reviewed December 19, 2016

For a small but tasty selection of cakes and scones or home made soup in an interesting setting then you need to try here. Very helpful staff and a rather good soup! I believe opening hours are infrequent so check before you go!

Thank John P
Reviewed November 12, 2016 via mobile

I stepped through the doors at 250pm to several faces of dread. Just to told they had shut up when I said could I at least look around for 10 mins or so they refused when I explained that I had travelled far they unapologetically...More

9  Thank Dan N
Reviewed September 7, 2016 via mobile

I've passed this place dozens of times but never visited. I decided to call in and was suitably impressed, the volunteers are very helpful and enthusiastic. There's an excellent audio tour that allows you to set your own pace and the gardens are beautiful. I...More

Thank Banger1979
Reviewed August 10, 2016

The cottage is a step in the past with excellent information but the car parking is not good. Not good for disabled or young children and prices a bit over the top. Helpston is a lovely village with a good pub and interesting church

2  Thank Su W
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September 7, 2016|
Response from bec1623 | Reviewed this property |
Usually open Friday's and Saturdays but I would phone first to check as it is run by volunteers. I went on a group booking but I would assume there is a senior concession.