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High quality accommodation near Cambridge to enjoy countryside & city

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,065 sq. ft.
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

3 bedrooms - sleeps 6; great new design based on old 'Bull Pen' farm building.

Located 8 miles west of Cambridge, in the Cambridgeshire village of Bourn, The Bull Pen is a high quality build designed to keep a feel for its history and location. It is a comfortable and peaceful place with open space indoors and outside for friends and families to enjoy. All the rooms look across traditional pasture with mature oak and ash trees, hedgerow and then arable fields beyond. It is ideal for a holiday combining 'time in' the city and 'time-out' of the city! Traveling into Cambridge is easy; there is a Park&Ride bus station just 10 minutes drive away.

The main kitchen/dinning/living area - Open plan with floor-to-ceiling windows and a vaulted ceiling with steel beams. The new kitchen is well equipped and has a large oven/grill, induction hob, microwave and fridge. There is a comfortable dining area and lounge area for up to 6 adults with Smart TV. For warmer days there are French Doors leading to a patio and garden/picnic area to enjoy the outdoor space (and BBQ). And for cooler winter days, The Bull Pen is cosy with constant thermostatic underfloor heating and large triple glazed windows so you can still enjoy the view of grass, trees and big sky.

Farm flat: There is also a second small kitchen/laundry/general extra 'overflow' room with kitchen table/chairs, washing machine, tumble dryer, vacuum cleaner. This room can be used as an additional bedroom (cot/folding single bed/ double air bed with bedding available - price on request)

Bedroom 1 (first floor) with ensuite: a spiral staircase leads to the master bedroom with a kingsize bed with large velux windows to watch the night sky. There is also a Smart TV and an en-suite bathroom (with shower in bath) N.B this room is similar to a mezzanine, there is no door between the hall and bedroom but it is private.

Bedroom 2 (ground floor) with ensuite wet room- super kingsize double bed/or twin 3ft single beds (adjustable electric & massage), vaulted ceiling with fan and en-suite wet room. French Doors open to a patio area. This room is also suitable to anyone needing easy access as parking is next to the room with no steps and has wide doors through to the main living area.

Bedroom 3 - (ground floor) also a twin or double; two single beds will link/zip together to make a king size double. A compact room but with a very comfortable bed, smart T.V. and access to shower room & toilet through kitchenette.

Special features:

2 ground floor bedrooms with no steps, low thresholds.

Quiet with lovely views and big sky, good walking and cycling routes.

Four lovely places to eat in the village; Country restaurant/bar , quality Indian food

and 2 Cafes for brunch/lunch, and also a butchers with farm shop

Wifi throughout building - ( fibre broadband - download speed 70 Mbps)

Good access – easy parking (4 spaces), no steps and low thresholds (2 low steps onto patio area only)

Families with young children - We are a working arable farm with occasional machinery working in the adjacent farm yard and also some cattle in the meadow. We will welcome all family members, but for safety reasons, The Bull Pen is more ideal for families with older children (7+) or babes in arms. If your family is unfamiliar with farm safety, please call me to discuss your needs and to check suitability for a safe & enjoyable stay.

Travel cot (£25 per stay) , high chair&plastic dining set and stair gate for bottom of spiral staircase available.

More Details

Sally and Nick Charter
Member since: 2016
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This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

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Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
12 August, 2018

About Sally and Nick Charter

Sally and Nick live on site in the farmhouse at Chapman's Farm. Nick runs the farm and Sally is a part-time primary teacher. We have both always live in Cambridgeshire and know the area very well. We enjoy the outdoors and when we're not working, we like to run or cycle round the local footpaths and bridleways, or go scuba diving round the British coast.

The farm is an arable farm but we also, usually have a few cattle in the meadow near the farm to enjoy and to keep the meadow grass mown.

Sally and Nick Charter purchased this barn in 2016

Why Sally and Nick Charter chose Cambridge

The Bull Pen was a new building project started 2 years ago when we applied for planning permission to convert the Old Bull Pen barn into holiday accommodation. The original building was built by Nick's great granddad 'Alex Charter' to shelter the farm bull. The barn's use has changed over the years from bull pen to piggery to chicken shed, and then when the farm no longer kept livestock, it became a store shed for tractors and tools. Now that the barn has been converted into a home, it is starting its next stage in the history of The Bull Pen. Hopefully Great Granddad, who was part of the new era of steam engine tractors, would approve of the new enterprise ;)

What makes this barn unique

The Bull Pen is a new building; built to a high quality with modern fixtures&fittings, good insulation and heating, and big windows for light and the view. Designed to keep a feel for its history as a working farm building. Each of the 3 bedrooms leads off from the central main living area . A peaceful spot which provides an opportunity to explore the open countryside from the doorstep. The location is ideal to combine 'time in' the city (parking for the park&ride bus into Cambridge is 10 mins. away) and 'time-out' of the city!


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday barn in Cambridge in South Cambridgeshire District

Property Type:
  • barn
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1065 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:30
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Wetroom
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Shower room access through 2nd kitchen/laundry room
  • 3rd bathroom: shower Next to laundry/utility area, ideal for returning muddy walkers and cyclist.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Superking double/ or twins, with ensuite wet room
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed , Kingsize double with a TV + shower room/toilet
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , King size, 1st floor, ensuite bathroom, full HD TV
  • Bedroom 1- (first floor) with ensuite. A spiral staircase leads to the bedroom with a kingsize bed and en-suite bathroom, sloping ceiling, dressing area, velux windows for night sky views and across farmland in the morning (please note: because of the open plan spiral staircase there is no door between hallway and bedroom but the area is private). Bedroom 2- (ground floor) with en-suite: The beds can be either a super kingsize double bed or 3ft. twin beds. (They have electric adjustable functions to raise and lower head/feet and a massage function). View looking out through French doors which open out onto a patio area and look across meadow. Vaulted ceiling with fan. Also suitable for guests with low mobility: close parking, wide doors to outside area, wet room and to living area. Bedroom 3 - (ground floor) a Twin or double; two single beds will link/zip together to make a king size double. A compact room but with a very comfortable bed, T.V. and access to 3rd shower room & toilet
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • wheelchair accessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
Bourn Golf Club 18 & 9 hole pitch & putt, Spa and Healthy & Beauty facilities , restaurant (book ahead)


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High quality accommodation near Cambridge to enjoy countryside & city
average rating of 4.985507 based on 69 reviews
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Countryside perfection

  • 5 of 5

Tastefully decorated, very clean, and charming views. The owners were on hand to help in any way and extremely welcoming - we felt very relaxed indeed.

  • Review Submitted: 05-Aug-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
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Outstanding, modern and a beautiful holiday home !

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the Bull Pen as a family of 4 with a toddler and a teen for a week in July 2018, we have family close by so it was an ideal location for us.

Our first impression was WOW and then we were greeted by Sally who is super friendly, just lovely and helpful :)

The layout was brilliant for us, high ceiling fans were a god send during this heat, those beautiful velux windows gave you a lot of light and also the feeling of openness. The kitchen had more utensils/ plates and items to cook with than my own, this is excellent we have stayed in many holiday lets, and we always run short of knives and forks/plates etc. Not this time, we had more than enough, also tea towels, dishwasher tablets etc, all those little things that are so often forgotten but not here and for that we really appreciate the effort Sally has gone to.

Beds are very comfy, high chair, stair gate and bed available for the little one, bathrooms were also great, one had a huge raindrop shower !!

Also must add everything was clean, so immaculate and I really appreciate this!!

Amenities also great, barn with table tennis/ pool table, stuff to play outside with (badminton I think) lovely comfy sofa to sit on outside and outside furniture for eating on, plus a lovely fire pit. Inside; lots of games, a Netflix acct set up on the TV and a book shelf full of books :)

The thought put into making guests feel welcome is outstanding and we loved it, our friends and family who came over to visit were more than impressed too.

We will be back for sure next time we come to the UK to visit family. We would like to thank Sally and Nick for welcoming us so warmly and making our week in the UK enjoyable !


Family Klijn

  • Review Submitted: 05-Aug-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
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Fabulous property in a beautiful location

  • 5 of 5

More than met expectations. Everything in the property was done to a very high standard. Very welcoming hosts - Sally and Nick made us feel very welcome and at home. The welcome pack was a nice touch. The pool table and table tennis table in the barn was great fun. Location is perfect for Cambridge and the surrounding area. Lovely sitting outside with the BBQ watching the cows with their calves whilst gliders fly overhead. Thoroughly recommend this property.

  • Review Submitted: 18-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
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Impressive Quality, very comfortable and stylish

  • 5 of 5

This barn conversion is a comfortable and stylish property with lovely relaxing pastoral views and it was incredibly well equipped beyond our expectations. The attention to detail in the property design and features indicates a lot of effort and thought went into this holiday let. The owners were very friendly and welcoming. Every member of our family from young to old enjoyed staying at this property and when we are next in the area, this would be our preferred destination. It is a mere 25 minutes drive to central Cambridge and pleasant country walks are nearby. We recommend it without hesitation.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Excellent place to stay for attending a family wedding in Cambridge

  • 5 of 5

Our weekend stay at this property with extended family (3 generations) was superb in every way! Sally was very helpful and understanding when we needed to change our booking due to family bereavement. Nothing was too much trouble, even being at the door to greet us at 11pm after our difficult journey. The beds were very comfortable and absolutely every need was provided for. The welcome pack made a lovely start to the first day - especially Nick's Mother's homemade marmalade! It made a great venue for all our preparations to attend a family wedding in Cambridge. Everything was tastefully homely, spotlessly clean and the the three bathrooms and endless hot water allowed everyone to get ready simultaneously. The fantastic weather enabled us to make full use of the lovely outside eating facilities which were more than adequate for the six of us and some extra family visitors - including the bbq which Sally and Nick wheeled out for us at a moment's notice. We had a fabulous weekend and would not hesitate to visit again, thank you!

  • Review Submitted: 07-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
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Beautiful high quality accommodation in a quiet location near Cambridge

  • 5 of 5

Enjoyed a lovely long weekend at the Bull Pen to celebrate a Birthday. Could not have wished for better......everything was just wonderful (even the weather!) A lot of effort and thought has gone into this property to make it a very comfortable place to stay. The area is peaceful and we all enjoyed the lovely views. Only one problem it all ended too quickly!

Hope to see you again soon.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
London Stansted
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
The Willow Tree
Nearest Golf
1.5 Miles
Bourn Golf Club
Nearest Train
11 Miles
St Neots
Nearest Motorway
7 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Lalbagh Indian restaurant or The Willow Tree
Nearest Beach
65 Miles
Car: necessary

A luxury rural escape with countryside views. The Bull Pen is in the village of Bourn, 8 miles west of Cambridge; ideal for a holiday that offers a mix of things to see and do, both in the city and out in the countryside exploring the countryside and visiting local attractions.

The Bull Pen offers comfort throughout the seasons with French doors and ceiling fans for warm summer days and underfloor heating, LED flame effect fire place, 4 + 10 tog duvet and triple glazing for a cosy winter break. There is easy parking, easy access, new and modern furniture, and a lovely view across traditional meadow with mature oak & ash trees.

Bourn has two exceptionally good restaurants, two cafes (for a lovely brunch or lunch) and a local butcher & farm shop (if you fancy cooking or a BBQ at home). There are lovely winding footpaths and bridleways that provide endless possibilities for rambling or off-road cycling, from the shortest walks to the local rural cafe or pub or keep going all day to explore further a field (with several circular routes of varying lengths, maps available). One of our favourites is to strike out to Wimpole Estate (N.T.) to enjoy the grounds (designed by Capability Brown) with a lovely lunch to sustain the return journey. Other local favourites could be a visit to Grantchester Tea Rooms and Meadows with walks along the river Cam, and a visit to Burwash Manor which has small independent shops plus a deli with cafe.

Cambridge can provide several days enjoyment: visiting the Fitzwilliam, Zoology & Sedgewick museums plus taking a city walking or bus tour of the university and collages will make a full day, and a second day could be spent on the river Cam punting (chauffeured if you don't fancy your own chances!) followed by a peaceful afternoon walk around the University Botanical Gardens.

More local attractions for days out include: historical places to visit, Nature reserves, National Trust properties and Family adventure days (all within easy reach by car)...

History: Imperial War Museum at Duxford, Cambridge American Cemetery and visitors centre, Bletchley Park and The Henry Moore Foundation

Nature Reserves: Waresley&Gransden woods (ancient oak-ash woodland), Sandy Lodge (RSPB), Fowlmere, Wicken Fen, Welney Wetland Centre, plus local woodland walks (10 min drive) or river walks from historical market town of St Ives.

National Trust and English Heritage: Wimpole Estate & Home Farm, Houghton Mill, Anglesey Abbey, Audley End and Denny End

Family Adventure: Nene Valley Steam Railway, Bedford Oasis Beach Pool and Boating lake, Grafham Water (cycling, sailing/canoeing, walking), Great Ouse River for day's boating. Also, local Zoos include Shepreth, Linton, Hamerton, plus a Raptor Centre and Woburn Safari Park

Adventure for young adults can include: Golf (18 holes or Pitch & Putt, Paint Balling, Riding stables & pony hire, and further a field at Milton Keynes (45 min drive) there is a Ski Dome and a 4D cinema, or Cycling & GO Ape near Thetford.

And further a field, a trip to London by train or a drive to the beautiful Norfolk or Suffolk Coast is possible for the day:

Take a train from local towns of Royston or St Neots and you'll be in King's Cross within approx. 40 mins. From there you can jump on the London Underground to see the sights.

Or, for a more gentle day out, a car trip to the Norfolk Coast to walk along the lovely beach of Heacham (1hr 30 mins) or visit Blakeney National Nature Reserve (1hr. 45mins). The Suffolk coast is our favourite; a visit to Aldeburgh for a bracing walk along the the shingle beach and then a treat of great fish & chips at the end. Southwold has great walks and has an amazing traditional pier or visit Walberswick for the Coast Nature Reserve (as in BBC Spring Watch)


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday barn in Cambridge, East of England

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
High season
20 Aug 2018 - 4 Sep 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Autumn Break
7 Sep 2018 - 26 Oct 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Low season
30 Oct 2018 - 23 Dec 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 3 guests; add £15 per night, per additional guest
New Year
31 Dec 2018 - 1 Jan 2019
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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