Now with a recently awarded Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence, Number Eleven is a 150 year old labourer’s cottage in the quintessential, vibrant Cambridgeshire village of Great Gransden. We have now sympathetically renovated and extended it, bringing it right up to date to provide a luxurious base with which to explore Cambridgeshire and the East of England. Alternatively it makes an ideal base for visiting academics to Cambridge that don’t wish to be right in the middle of things.
A warm welcome from Andy the host awaits you. On arrival, Hotel Chocolat chocs (may contain nuts!) are in the fridge. Tea, coffee, olive oil are provided and for bookings of 2 nights or more, some milk and a loaf of bread (homemade, white & not guaranteed free of nuts) to get you started. There is a range of herbs and spices too.
Ditch the digital and revel in the analogue world of the mix tape! For all 80's audio boffs, there's a Pioneer amp and speakers, and Technics cassette deck for use. Go, on dig out your mix tapes and bring them with you. Your phone doesn't care about you and your iPod doesn't work. (Plug in aux facilities for your phone are available.....) A 43" TV in the lounge also streams the web with access to your Netflix account. Alternatively, just cast your own phone/tablet/laptop to the TV via the WiFi or HDMI. There's a Bluetooth speaker in the bathroom too!
We are situated 20 minutes down the A428 from the Maddingley Road Park and Ride into Cambridge. However, Great Gransden is perfectly positioned to be far enough away from the A428, A1 and A14 that the traffic cannot be heard. The village is not on any through or main route and enjoys relatively quiet roads. However, all main facilities are within a 2-5 minute walk of Number Eleven; we have a well-stocked shop, Post Office, pub with food (Crown & Cushion), church and playground.
Number Eleven has two well-appointed double rooms upstairs; Gransden at the front, Skinidin at the back. Both have double beds with high count sheets and hypo allergenic pillows and duvets. At the other end of each room is a bespoke custom fitted dresser and furniture made and installed by our local master carpenter in the village Richard Dring. Pure DAB radios are provided in both rooms too.
Between the two bedrooms is a state of the art bathroom installed recently, containing wash basin, toilet, bath and a digital shower. Fluffy towels, shampoo, soap and toiletries by Arbonne, Cole & Lewis and Molton Brown are also included.
We cater for babies and children! Provided at no extra cost: travel cot, high chair, Tripp Trapp chair, toys, books..........
Downstairs is a cosy living room with an inglenook fireplace almost the depth of the house and nearly the height of the room! In the cold months, logs and coal are stacked ready to go upon arrival. Further fuel can be purchased at local shops and garages for the remainder of your stay. The whole house is also heated by Fischer Future Heat radiators.
For those more traditional evenings, you will find a stack of family games, and toys and dressing up costumes for the kids (or you!). There is also a stack of books to read by the fire (or wherever you wish!).
There is also a double sofa bed to accommodate numbers 5 and 6 if arranged, ideal for extra family. This is at an extra cost of £20 and must be booked prior to arrival.
The kitchen is custom fitted with a ceramic hob and bright red resin worktops. Fridge/washing machine, iron/board are all included. Drying facilities are available if required. Filtered water on tap. Drink from bespoke hand made crockery from the Isle of Skye made by Edinbane Pottery; ask us about how it came to be.
For those winter stays, in addition to the roaring log fire the kitchen has underfloor heating.
Outside you will find a suntrap patio with table and chairs looking over the small garden.
Environmental responsibility: I choose to use Hotel Chocolat as I agree with their environmental policies and it is made in Huntingdon, just 9 miles away.
I supply Arbonne toiletries for the same policies. Cole and Lewis shampoo is free from parabens and SLES. The products are not disposable travel sized items and are refilled and recycled after use.
The milk I supply comes from Gransden Stores round the corner, saving food miles. The bread is home made or in rare cases is bought from Grandsden Stores. In turn this is baked in Potton just 8 miles away.
There is filtered water on tap in the kitchen.
Almost all the cleaning products and all the detergent and washing up liquid I use and supply are bio-degradable and friendly to humans and other creatures alike. Most bin bags are bio-degradable, directions for recycling, and food waste are clear.
In addition, I pay a monthly addition to my electricity tariff in order to be supplied by 100% Green, sustainable sources courtesy of OVO. I also pay an extra £1 per month to their charitable foundation.
There is parking for one car in front of the cottage. Any further to this will have to park on street on adjoining streets. Fox St is across the road and there are opportunities to park here away from residents' drives.