Number Eleven has two well-appointed double rooms upstairs; Gransden at the front, Silverdale 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. DAB radios are provided in both rooms too.
Between the two bedrooms is a state of the art recently installed bathroom, containing wash basin, toilet, bath and a digital shower. Shampoo, body wash and moisturisers by Arbonne, Cole & Lewis and Molton Brown are also included as are cotton wool pads and cotton buds (paper, not plastic). In fact the only things you really need are PJs and a toothbrush!
Downstairs is a cosy living room with an inglenook fireplace almost the depth of the house and nearly the height of the room! A fire is stacked ready to go upon arrival, and logs/coal can then be purchased separately for the remainder of your stay. A 43” TV hangs on the wall with a Roku Streaming Stick installed. This means an array of entertainment channels and apps can be accessed via the fibreoptic broadband connection. Feature films can be streamed via the Roku too. Please note extra charges may be incurred depending on the channel, but Netflix is there for you to login to. Remember to log out! Alternatively, just cast your own phone/tablet/laptop via the WiFi. However, we thoroughly recommend that you 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 and there’s a Bluetooth speaker in the bathroom!)
There are stereo jack cables to plug your players into the radios, USB/Apple cables in each bedroom and a triple charger in the kitchen.
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 or single guests if arranged, ideal for extra family. There is a £20 charge to cover laundry costs and this 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. Bespoke hand made crockery is from the Isle of Skye made by Edinbane Pottery; ask us about how it came to be. Milk, coffee beans and other treats are all in the fridge on arrival, as is a loaf of freshly baked bread.
Outside you will find a suntrap patio with table and chairs looking over the small well stocked mature garden.
There is parking for one car on the drive in front of the cottage. If your car does not fit on the driveway, or your party has arrived in more than one; please ask Andy for the code to the gate of the Reading Rooms car park. Please use this to park in rather than this or adjoining streets
Heating is by Fischer Future Heat. These are state of the art storage radiators that work continuously through the day and night, using a ceramic and aluminium core to store and radiate heat
We cater for babies and children! Provided at no extra cost; travel Cot (with changing platform), high chair, baby bath, books, dressing up costumes and loads of toys.
Dogs are welcome at no extra cost, please inform me at time of booking. To improve your best friend’s experience you will find the Pooch Pouffe in the lounge. Stacked with throws, blankets, towels and bowls, you can reduce the bulk of what you can fit in the car. If you don’t entirely trust them not to jump on the fancy sofa (who picked that one?) then put a throw over it. There’s also an outside tap out the back and old (but clean) towels for their paws.
No 11 is strictly non smoking inside and out.
Your environment, our ethos:
• Your treats will be local or certified Fairtrade, or organic. Some are Co-op bought nearby in Gamlingay and occasionally Booja Booja, (when I can afford it!), made in Norfolk.
• Your coffee beans are roasted and sold locally by Coffee World in Cambridge
• The milk is sold by Bal at Gransden Stores around the corner.
• The bread is homemade or in rare cases bought from Gransden Stores. In turn this is baked in Biggleswade just 9 miles away.
• Soap is by St Neots Natural Soap Company, 6 miles away.
• There are fresh herbs available in the garden.
• The logs for the fire are responsibly sourced within the village, and the ‘coal’ is made from 50% Welsh coal and 50% plant materials, reducing C02 emissions
• Toiletries are not disposable travel sized items and are refilled after use.
• Almost all the cleaning products, detergent and washing up liquid I use and supply are bio-degradable.
• All bin bags are bio-degradable; directions for recycling (all packaging is recycled & reformed in Huntingdonshire) and food waste are clear.
• Electricity is provided by Bulb and is from 100% renewable sources.
• When the sun’s out, the sauna is solar powered!