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Shortmead Cottage Family Cottage in Biggleswade, Bedfordshire

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sleeps 4
2 rooms
1 bathroom

Shortmead Cottage Family Cottage description

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Shortmead Cottage is a Victorian farm cottage situated on the Shortmead Estate, behind the owner's 18th century manor house, one mile from Biggleswade in Bedfordshire. This cottage sleeps four people in two bedrooms, consisting of one double and one twin, as well as a bathroom with free-standing double-ended bath and walk-in shower. The cottage also has a kitchen with dining area and a sitting room with study area and multi-fuel stove. Outside there is off road parking for two cars and lawned gardens with patio, furniture and small vegetable plot. Shortmead Cottage is an ideal holiday home for visiting the many nearby attractions, including London, which can be reached in less than 40 minutes by train.

The Bedfordshire market town of Biggleswade is an ideal base for exploring the neighbouring counties of Essex, Suffolk and Hertfordshire. Biggleswade offers shops, restaurants and takeaways, plus just three miles away is the Shuttleworth Collection, which is an aeronautical and automotive museum located at the Old Warden airfield. Just 20 miles away is Woburn Abbey with its famous safari park, and London can be reached in 35 minutes by train.

The Home Counties comprise the counties that surround London and include Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Middlesex. Although mostly built up, they include some fabulous scenery and attractions which are well worth a visit.

Gas central heating with underfloor heating on ground floor and bathroom and multi-fuel stove. Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, DVD, CD, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs. Fuel, power and starter pack for stove inc. in rent. Bed linen and towels inc. in rent. Off road parking for 2 cars. Lawned gardens with patio, furniture and small vegetable plot. Sorry, no pets and no smoking. Shop and pub 1 mile. Note: The cottage stairs are steep. Note: Some noise can be heard from the railway when outside. Note: Shortmead House is sometimes used as a wedding venue.


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  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge
  • Garden
  • Kettle
  • Linen provided
  • Log fire
  • Parking
  • Parking space
  • Towels provided
  • TV
  • Washing machine
  • Wifi

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Mr Day
April 2016
Shortmead Cottage had a friendly and helpful owner in an interesting location. It was a good quality property with interesting features and the kitchen area was particularly good for working and eating. We liked the wood burning stoves and underfloor heating. Overall it was a comfortable cottage with a pleasant feel.
Mr Davies
January 2015
It was a proper cottage in lovely surroundings, very warm cosy. The owners were very welcoming and helpful.
Mr Leach
January 2016
Wonderful location on a beautiful estate with the River Ivel flowing through. The highlight is spending time in the kitchen, looking out over the grounds. The underfloor heating throughout the stone floors downstairs and lashings of hot water to use the free-standing bath or walk-in shower upstairs, plus the log burner, make this an ideal winter retreat as well as a summer escape. Will be returning!
Mr Wilson
October 2014
The fixtures and fittings are better than average for a holiday cottage, the kitchen was excellent and the free range chickens were entertaining.
Mrs Ellis
August 2014
This was perfect for us, we wanted a few days away from the hustle and bustle of life, and this ticked all of the boxes. Shortmead Cottage was lovely and the owner was excellent in being there with information but not over powering. Looking at the birds and small animals in the garden and of course the resident hens was an added bonus.
Mr Hannan
May 2014
Super all round property and hospitality and friendliness from the Owners was outstanding. A great centre for museums and local attractions. A quiet hideaway with restful surroundings and close to shops etc. Would definitely recommend to family and friends.
Susanne K
May 2016
Wonderfully situated. Lovely surroundings. Really nice and helpful owner. Inside is everything you need. And more. Distance to Cambridge and London by car or train easy and short. Peace and quietness when you come home from a daytrip.
July 2014
We stayed in this cottage with our 7 year old son. The cottage is located on the property of Shortmead House and there are a lot of green spaces with lots of animals (chicken, cats, donkey, horse, ...) around. Inside the cottage you will find a modern kitchen, a living room and 2 good-sized bedrooms. WiFi connection as well as a TV with DVD player were also provided and much appreciated. The owners, Marilyn and Ian were very friendly and kind and as such we really enjoyed our stay. Only two minutes away from supermarkets and road connections to London (45 minutes) and Cambridge (30 minutes). We would definitely stay here again. The main house is used also as a venue for weddings, and during our stay, there was such an event. However, we did not get disturbed at all.
October 2015
Nice cottage but lounge furniture very tired and one chair the bottom had fallen out of. Insufficient kitchen utensils and Broken lightening. All of this was told to the owner the first day but nothing happened. No instruction folder which should show how everything worked and listing places of interest, restaurants and local shops so you had to work blind and find out for yourself No welcome package. No welcome starter fuel package which was included in the deal. Met Mr Bond but Mrs Bond didn't make herself known to us which made us feel like the poor relations. Nobody came to see if we were happy/unhappy with the cottage and nobody came to see us on the day of departure. We felt this cottage to the owners was just a hobby and they didn't feel they needed to put much effort into looking after guests. We stay in a cottage every month for the last two years so we do know what we are talking about. Nice bathroom but a bit OTT. Shame if they don't look after this cottage after spending money on it.
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