Rectory Farm
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Rectory Farm

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Set in 50 acres of grounds, Rectory Farm is 2 miles from Cambridge centre. This country house offers free parking and free Wi-Fi. Set in a grand period building, the elegant bedrooms each have a private modern bathroom and tea/coffee facilities. Rooms also feature a TV, DVD Player, hairdryer, and all have scenic countryside views. Just 5 minutes' drive from Cambridge's scenic College Backs, the Rectory is 2 miles from Castle Hill and Kettle's Yard art gallery. The Grand Arcade shopping centre is a 10-minute drive away.
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lormonty91 wrote a review Aug 2021
Rochester, United Kingdom5 contributions19 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Booked for 2 nights on Expedia for around £70pp which I thought was excellent value so wasn't expecting too much.
We already had plans both days so can't comment on the hotel facilities or breakfast.

The on-site car park was large and we had no problem finding a space despite arriving around 9pm Check in was easy and didn't involve any staff as the room keys are simply left in an envelope near to the main building. Instructions to find the room were also in the envelope.
We found the room to be extremely spacious with a few extra touches that we loved. Chocolates on the pillow, tea / coffee facilities, jug of cold water, a fan, iron and ironing board, list of local restaurants and how to find them. There were a few toiletries included and the shower was really warm and powerful. The room was also cleaned to a decent standard during the day.
We dined at one of their recommended restaurants, "The Plough," one evening for which there is a signposted walk from the hotel (not illuminated at night though!) and we both thoroughly enjoyed the meal.

Overall, I'd thoroughly recommend this hotel for its location (very close to M11 and Cambridge,) cleanliness and the little extra touches.
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Date of stay: August 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: Take a walk to The Plough for dinner!
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pauljvic wrote a review Sept 2020
Maidstone, United Kingdom159 contributions80 helpful votes
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
In 50 acres of beautiful land and what a magnificent house .

It is listed as a farm but more like an ex stud farm than agricultural .

I am in the actual house in a large clean room and it’s very clean .

There are two wonderful pubs close by for meals and breakfast at the Garden centre very near .

We had lunch at the Plough ( across the field ) and dinner at the Three Horseshoes down there Road .

Maddlingley is a delightful rural part of Cambridge with the stunning American Cemetery there .

Lots of car parking and a private drive plus next door to the M11 ( no real noise though as shielded by trees and a big field )

Room rates for the chalets in the grounds were only 60 pounds and in the main house 70 so well worth the money .
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Date of stay: September 2020
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ABCHampshireUK wrote a review Sept 2021
New Forest National Park Hampshire, United Kingdom168 contributions73 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed here for 1 night whilst visiting Cambridge. I think there was a wedding or party taking place when we stayed, they had a large car park and overflow, it was busy but we found a space.

It was kind of an unusual set up compared to other hotels. The venue has a building separate to the farm house where we had a room. At the front of the building were envelopes with keys for the incoming guests, we found ours but spent a bit of time trying to locate our room as it wasn’t super clear, perhaps an arrow on the info paper inside the envelope showing where the room was might be an idea.

The room itself was fine. Really massive bed and my partner said he had the best sleep of our trip there. Kettle and tea/coffee supplies. Only 4 milks which as we love a cuppa we had to ration ourselves. The bathroom was very modern and new looking.

I couldn’t remember whether breakfast was included as we’d been staying at a number of hotels touring around the area. Anyway, there was info in the room detailing breakfast for an extra charge, £4 grab and go or £12 delivered to your room. I think that was the price per person and I don’t think it included any cooked items and I’m not sure if we’d get extra tea/milk for tea if we’d ordered it. It seemed a bit pricey for the 2 of us so as we were leaving that morning we drove to a nearby McDonalds and had breakfast there!

Checkout was just by dropping the key in a basket. It wasn’t clear where that basket was, ‘at the exit’ was mentioned on the paperwork. We saw a cleaner who let us know that the basket was inside the reception area of the annex building.

Overall as a place to rest your head then it does the job. It had a kind of strange vibe, I guess very Covid friendly, in that you didn’t interact or see any other humans/staff.

I see a £50 charge is pending on my credit card, I think this must be the ‘breakage’ deposit that is mentioned. This is unusual and also as you don’t see any staff or interact with anyone on checkin or checkout leaves me feeling a little uncomfortable as to who or how would be verifying any breakages…not that we did break anything.

Overall the stay was fine, and the room was decent, we’d found it very difficult to find anywhere to stay in and around Cambridge with parking at a reasonable price and this fulfilled the criteria
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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TomM wrote a review Oct 2021
1 contribution1 helpful vote
1.0 of 5 bubbles
We had previously, some years ago, attended a Wedding here which was first class BUT.....a recent family event showed that it is no longer the place it was.

The venue itself and the location, remain excellent but the management and senior staff simply fail to respond to any slight criticism, suggestion, or comment taking it as a personal affront and as a result failing completely to even try to help.

As a local it is sad to write this, but I simply cannot recommend this venue.

Plus points

1. The location is excellent
2. The catering for the event, a Wedding, was first rate, though from an external company
3. The onsite music was totally in keeping with the guests attending

Minus points...anything to do with the event management

1. They wete unable / unwilling to respond to the simplest of requests

2. The booking and the booking in systems are not fit for purpose

2. The venue is currently a building site and there was no effort made to provide help to move building material from the front entrance area despite our request (we did it!) They claimed the credit!

3. A confirmed booking for two nights was booked as two separate nights. With a consequent 5 hour break as the second room was prepared...!!

4. There appeared to be no one in overall control. Demonstrated by the person supposedly in charge on the day of an expensive Wedding being unable or unwilling to ask on site cleaning staff to prioritise preparation of the room booked for two nights, hence leaving the guests with 30minutes (3pm until 3.30pm) to get reafy for the ceremony.

So sadly, although I have never criticised a venue before, the above plus lack of

1. Eating facilities in the evening

2. Any kind of an English breakfast

3. A competant Wedding co ordinator, or even a helpful one

Mean that in this case I must warn others of issues I have seen first hand and cannot recommend this beautiful location.
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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Alexandra Y wrote a review Jun 2020
Cambridge, United Kingdom8 contributions4 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
I am writing this as I’m aware people have had to delay their weddings for this year so it is as a warning not to book with rectory farm. We initially booked with rectory farm as they repeatedly said they would make the day however we wanted and would bend over backwards to make it perfect. We had many issues over the next year as things that weren’t mentioned at our initial viewing started to come out. One major issue was that they had a wedding booked on the Friday (which had not been booked when we booked our wedding) which meant we could not decorate the marquee until 11am the day of the wedding. When I asked if we could get in any earlier as it wouldn’t really give us enough time to get everything done and I wouldn’t have been able to do it as the bride because I would be getting ready they responded with a ‘get some good friends to help’ knowing that all of our good friends would also be getting ready for the wedding. There was also the issue that due to the Friday wedding none of our guests could book in to rectory farm on the Friday and so would have had to stay somewhere else the night before and then move over on the day of the wedding as you have to book all of their rooms otherwise you are charged for them. Although inconvenient, not a complete disaster but we were then told that none of our guest could check into their rooms until 3pm which would be during the reception. We asked if they could leave their bags at reception to be put into rooms at 3, we were told no. The bridal suite that we were told would be for us to use the day before and day of were also now out of bounds. During our tasting with CDC (the caterers you have to use) we were told we have to use their bar and all our alcohol we had intended to supply for the meal would be taken away as soon as the dinner was over and only drinks from the bar would be allowed. Rectory farm get commission from the bar. The main issue however came 8 months before our wedding when we were sent a form to send to our band to sign. Our band got back to us saying the noise limit of 90 decibels wouldn’t be feasible for a live band and there wasn’t much point in actually having a band at this level (it’s quieter than the motor way which is next to rectory farm). The form also stated that if the noise level were to go above 90db the music would be switched off for 2 minutes and they would be measuring the decibels using a meter whilst they stood behind the marquee. So we have cancelled our wedding at rectory farm and I warn anyone against booking their wedding here as it will likely be ruined.
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Date of stay: June 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Katie D wrote a review Feb 2020
3 contributions5 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
The outside of the property is very beautiful. The style of our room was less vintage and more dated but this may be due to us being put in the outhouse and not the main building. The extra costs were also unexpected as we were asked to pay extra to park our car and the property required a £50 deposit on top of the room price which wasn’t mentioned previously. However, by far the worst thing about the hotel was the other guests. We had a group of several men above in the rooms directly above ours who were high on drugs and screaming their heads off. We requested to move rooms so that we could have some quiet but were refused despite the fact that over half the hotel was empty. Instead the receptionist went to ask them to be quiet which did not help. They left for a few hours in the late evening but when they returned at 5am they decided to jump up and down on the floorboards for around half an hour. This woke me and my partner up causing us to the hotel in the morning tired and frustrated with our overall experience.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled on business
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ChristinaK wrote a review Dec 2021
43 contributions38 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Upgraded to 'superior' double room and was expecting to stay in one of the beautiful rooms that the hotel advertises on their website.
The room we stayed in was dated, with a total mix match of odd tired looking, grubby furniture and very cramped. The bathroom was functional but so basic.
Our room was advertised as having a tea/ coffee maker and a kettle but there was no coffee maker. It consisted of just a kettle and sachets of cheap instant coffee and tea. At a premium price we could however get a cup of coffee from the vending machine and drink it in a paper cup.
Two single beds put together, instead of a double /king size bed meant sleeping in separate beds. Not what we'd hoped for our precious first time away together since lockdown.
We were instructed check in was at 3pm where our envelopes with our room key would be in a rack outside reception. We arrived just after 3 and had to wait outside in the cold with fellow guests for a very abrupt lady to arrive (late) and to check us in one by one.
Once again Covid_19 has been used as an excuse for poor, substandard service.
All in all extremely dissapointing and I would not recommend!!
I'm still wondering what this superior upgrade actually gave us.
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Date of stay: December 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Tara wrote a review Jul 2021
Bedford, United Kingdom73 contributions22 helpful votes
+1
4.0 of 5 bubbles
I had such a restful weekend stay at this venue, from the moment I drove up the driveway I knew I was in for a treat. The grounds are incredibly peaceful, well laid out and maintained to a high standard. The contact free check in was a brilliant idea, emails had been sent following my booking which gave clear instructions of what to do. We had a lovely little room in what I would call the 'pool house' as the outdoor pool was behind it (not currently open, but I will definitely return when it is), small but cute and it had everything we needed. I had pre ordered breakfast, I would agree with other reviews that it is maybe a little pricey for what it is currently, but it was nice to have the option and I enjoyed having breakfast in bed. It's well worth a stroll around the grounds, they are beautiful, you may also spot some horses. There is a lovely little stroll across the field to the nearby pub The Plough, it is a fantastic pub, incredible service, great food and fab vibe, another brilliant find.
After a restful night's sleep & convenient brekkie, we used the park and ride service, which is literally 5 minutes up the road, it takes you right in to the heart of Cambridge in under 10 minutes for the brilliant price of £3 and after looking at the rates for the local car parks, this was an obvious winner.
All in all this was a lovely little overnight stay, in a great location with lots of local delights to enjoy. I will for sure be returning on my next trip to Cambridge, I'm so happy to have discovered this place & it was also such a bargain, particularly for a Saturday night. Thank you.
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Tom H wrote a review Jul 2023
2 contributions1 helpful vote
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Have been to this hotel three times in three consecutive years, to break up a regular trip. It has been great value until this year. Unfortunately we will not be back after this most recent stay.

Price is twice as high as the same stay last year. Appreciate costs have gone up but over double in a year is surprising. That, as well as toiletries no longer being provided and not even a hand towel, leads this to no longer be a good value place to stay at all. Not to mention there is no reception at all. A phone number is provided that they failed to answer when we called. They did return the call fifteen minutes later but still not a great experience. Cannot overly comment on the friendliness of staff as did not see any. The only interaction we had was on the phone call and I got the impression we were more of a nuisance than a guest, but it is hard to judge on a single one minute phone call.

Coupled with the fact that this hotel is right on the M11 (not especially noticeable unless windows are open), loud music being played from what I can only assume was another hotel room until past 11pm, as well as slamming of the corridor doors being audible throughout the main building, means we really struggled for sleep.

Perhaps we were unlucky or maybe expected too much but really unfortunate how much worse this year was compared to the previous two. They’ve extended heavily and it is clear money has taken priority over the customer for all changes in the last year.

At this price range the Premier Inn or Travelodge were cheaper for our exact stay. They are in a similar location, have food on site as well as 24/7 reception.

This hotel used to be such good value, it is such a shame. I’d recommend reading recent reviews due to the significant changes seen in the last year or so before making any decisions on booking.
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Date of stay: July 2023
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Heather O wrote a review Oct 2021
United Kingdom3 contributions1 helpful vote
3.0 of 5 bubbles
We are frequent visitors to Cambridge and decided to give The Rectory a visit. We were warned that there would be no face to face so were prepared. We arrived at 14.55 and the collection point for keys was empty. I found someone who was very abrupt, told me I was early (check in 3pm!!) I said I would wait in my car as only 5 minutes. She got the key and pointed down the passage! The building is lovely, the bedroom spacious but linen, pillows and night frill a bit haphazard. Time for a cup of tea just enough sugar and milk for one cup each. I went to look for someone for extras but there was no one around and another guest kindly offered me his supply. I purchased extra from the shops after that. One half empty roll of toilet paper for two days (again used my own tissues) and rooms only cleaned after 3.30, a bit awkward when you are there!! Fortunately we are savvy and discovered that a fob is needed for entering the building. As regards to the breakfast advertised online, there is no indication that there is a charge until you find the leaflet in the room - £12 for it in the room( not sure if that is per person or per room) and a grab bag for slightly less. All in all very disappointing and we will not return. sadly our friends needed feed back as well!!!
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Date of stay: October 2021
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Trip534523 asked a question Jul 2022
Holetown, Barbados2 contributions12 helpful votes
Is there an iron and ironing board in the rooms
Trip534523 asked a question Jul 2022
Holetown, Barbados2 contributions12 helpful votes
Is there an iron and ironing board in the room
AndyKT18 asked a question Jan 2017
Epsom, United Kingdom30 contributions22 helpful votes
A question for hotel staff - Does the "children can't be accommodated" rule apply to 1 month old baby?
Answer from idaho92
Bodicote, United Kingdom348 contributions109 helpful votes
I went as a couple, just ring hotel, they are friendly and will give you a straight answer no hassle
AndyKT18 asked a question Jan 2017
Epsom, United Kingdom30 contributions22 helpful votes
A question for hotel staff - Does the "children can't be accommodated" rule apply to 1 month old baby?
Answer from Monika R
1 contribution
I would say yes- but ask the staff
Travelbug8344 wrote a tip Apr 2024
Manchester, United Kingdom161 contributions127 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"Best tip is to stay elsewhere!"
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Bernard M wrote a tip Apr 2024
1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Be extremely careful when entering or leaving through the main gates, i.e. turn right off the main road, or turning right onto the main road"
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sunny a wrote a tip Apr 2024
1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"A very good place to stay when you are visiting Cambridge. Beautiful views from all rooms. Noiseless. "
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Karen H wrote a tip Mar 2024
Lincoln, United Kingdom9 contributions6 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"You have to be willing to drive into Cambridge or use the park and ride down the road. Take snacks and extra milk, tea and coffee. "
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Alan Long wrote a tip Mar 2024
Leigh-on Sea, United Kingdom10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Service is minimal, hence 3 stars. Plan your day to enjoy Cambridge as booking in isn't till 1500 hours. "
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PRICE RANGE
£59 - £97 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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United KingdomEnglandCambridgeshireCambridge
NUMBER OF ROOMS
48
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Frequently Asked Questions about Rectory Farm
Which popular attractions are close to Rectory Farm?
Nearby attractions include LockHouse Escape Games (2.3 miles), The Piano Bar at De Luca (2.4 miles), and Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial (0.9 miles).
Is parking available at Rectory Farm?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Rectory Farm?
Conveniently located restaurants include Namaste Village Cambridge, Taj Tandoori, and Africfood.
Are there any historical sites close to Rectory Farm?
Many travellers enjoy visiting University of Cambridge (1.7 miles), St. John's College (2.6 miles), and Kettle's Yard (1.7 miles).
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