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 Hotel Chocolat chocs 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, books, dressing up costumes and loads of toys.
Dogs are welcome at no extra cost. To improve your best friend’s experience you will find the Pooch Poof 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.
- 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 similar ethos. The products are not disposable travel sized items and are refilled.
- 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. This is baked 8 miles away in Potton by Lindsay’s Bakery.
- 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.
- All bin bags are bio-degradable. Directions for recycling, and food waste are clear.
- In addition, my electricity is 100% Green, provided by Bulb. There is no gas or oil to the property and the logs and fire lighters are kiln dried and replanted.