Old Ferry Boat Inn
Payments made by partners impact the order of prices displayed. Room types may vary.
The listings of booking offers for each property take into account the compensation paid to us by our partners. Prices shown may be for varying room types. Prices displayed are the lowest available, corresponding to the least expensive room type available, as provided from our partners as of the time of the user’s search.

Old Ferry Boat Inn

Holywell, St. Ives Holywell Front, Holywell PE27 4TG England
Traveller (204)
more spiders
Room & Suite (28)
The bar at the Old Ferry Boat Inn
Dining (21)

View prices for your travel dates

No prepayment needed
£67
Prices are provided by our partners, and reflect nightly room rates, including all taxes and fees known to our partners. Please see our partners for more details.

About

3.5
#1 of 1 inn in Holywell
4.6 of 5 bubbles
Location
3.8 of 5 bubbles
Cleanliness
3.9 of 5 bubbles
Service
3.8 of 5 bubbles
Value

See why so many travellers make Old Ferry Boat Inn their inn of choice when visiting Holywell. Providing an ideal mix of value, comfort and convenience, it offers a family-friendly setting with an array of amenities designed for travellers like you.

Rooms at Old Ferry Boat Hotel provide a flat screen TV, and guests can stay connected with free wifi.

You can also enjoy free breakfast while staying at Old Ferry Boat Inn. Need a place to park? Free parking is available at Old Ferry Boat Hotel.

While staying at Old Ferry Boat Inn, you may want to check out The Old Ferry Boat Restaurant (0.0 mi) which is a short walk away.

We’re sure you’ll enjoy your stay at Old Ferry Boat Inn as you experience all of the things Holywell has to offer.

Read more
Suggest edits to improve what we show.Improve this listing
Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Hiking
Fishing
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Wifi
Restaurant
Breakfast buffet
Room features
Iron
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
Hair dryer
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Good to know
HOTEL CLASS
Star ratings are intended to indicate the general level of features, amenities, and services to expect. This property is classified according to Giata.
3.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Charming
693Reviews2Q+A100Room tips

Reviews
We perform checks on reviews.
Tripadvisor’s approach to reviews
Before posting, each Tripadvisor review goes through an automated tracking system, which collects information, answering the following questions: how, what, where and when. If the system detects something that potentially contradicts our community guidelines, the review is not published.
When the system detects a problem, a review may be automatically rejected, sent to the reviewer for validation, or manually reviewed by our team of content specialists, who work 24/7 to maintain the quality of the reviews on our site.
Our team checks each review posted on the site disputed by our community as not meeting our community guidelines.
Learn more about our review moderation.

Traveller rating
  • 249
  • 180
  • 81
  • 92
  • 92
Time of year
Traveller type
Language
Selected filters
  • Filter
  • English
Popular mentions
Sort by:
Detailed Reviews
Ian T wrote a review Sept 2021
Manchester, United Kingdom32 contributions17 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
At first glance this place is idyllic, fabulous location, over looking the river, boats moored just across the grass from the bar, a very quiet location. We arrived around 4 pm and was shown our small double room, (which was the only room available) and at over £100/night was a bit steep. But it was the last week of summer hols and you expect to pay more. However, the mattress was ancient, like it been folded up in storage for a while with a crease across the middle, then it kinda wanted to stay folded? the headboard was all perished the window lock mechanism was broken, so it stayed open, there was a bulb missing in the vanity unit in the bathroom (when reported, they said they would get us a new bulb, before we even finished our sentence, so they was obviously aware) and finally the dust, tops of everything had a nice coating of dust, not to mention the Cobwebs outside on the windows, like it was done up for Halloween. Non of which affected our stay....
The staff were lovely, mostly young people doing their best to please everyone, especially the young man in charge at Breakfast. The food was awesome! Breakfast and Dinner both spot on, for quality and quantity!
i would highly recommend at stay here, we'll be back in winter for a cozy night or two....
Read more
Date of stay: August 2021
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: if you are going out late make sure you arrange to get back in?
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Response from Greene King, General Manager at Old Ferry Boat Inn
Responded 7 Sept 2021
Thank you for taking the time to share this feedback with us, Ian. We're pleased that you loved our location as much as we do and we're glad that you had a positive experience with our team. However, we are very sorry to hear about the disappointing standards of cleanliness and functionality you found in your room. We will certainly look into these issues further and will see what can be done to improve them as we would like to ensure that everything meets your expectations when you visit us next time. Thanks again for bringing your concerns to our attention. We look forward to welcoming you for another great stay in the future!
Read more
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Margaret K wrote a review Feb 2020
San Pedro del Pinatar, Spain81 contributions97 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We booked a Sunday lunch here with a family group earlier this month and we were impressed with the quality of the food. The service was a bit haphazard at times but the food was good and the end result was that we had a great time in comfortable surroundings. The Old Ferry Boat Inn is an olde worlde pub-restaurant, sitting at the edge of the river and has been in existence for many years. It has luckily kept its old world charm and seems to have resisted the current obsession for modernisation that many places have fallen into. It's actually really nice to sit in a fairly dimly-lit room with beams overhead and cracks in the plaster on the wall on a cold winter's day, watching the swollen river outside the window attempt to overflow into the pub's garden. Sunday afternoons seems to be the time that all the local dog owners come in for lunch and pint, with their dogs and gives the establishment a real cosy, family feel. My only negative comment would be that more care be taken by the staff when laying the tables, as almost everyone on our table had dirty cutlery with left-over food still attached and smeary glasses. The young lady who was working behind the bar at the time, really couldn't care less when we pointed this out and asked her to replace the items with clean ones and did not apologise for the fact that they were dirty in the first place. Other staff members were excellent and made up for her attitude though. Lovely food and a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon spent there.
Read more
Date of stay: February 2020
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Response from Greene_K1ng, Manager at Old Ferry Boat Inn
Responded 3 Mar 2020
Hi Margaret K, great to hear you enjoyed your visit to our pub. Please accept my apologies for the cutlery you found dirty on your table. It will be discussed during my next meeting with the team as that is simply way below the standards that we have here. We hope to see you again soon!
Read more
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
christina175 wrote a review Jun 2021
Wirral, United Kingdom358 contributions248 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We were given a very warm welcome on arrival. Our room was newly refurbished and very spacious and light. However it was very bare and bland ... more modern office than vintage inn! It was in desperate need of some stylish touches like pictures, curtains, a second chair, mirror , small table. The bathroom was nice and big too and had a bath. Importantly the bed was very comfortable and once the kitchen fan had been turned off it was nice and quiet. Breakfast was pretty good although very slow arriving. The hotel has a nice terrace and garden overlooking the river and the village is a delight. However I’d give the Sunday roast a miss unless you like wafer thin tasteless meat, leathery Yorkshire puddings (with turkey!?) , poor puddings and all not cheap. Service is good but slightly overpowering by one member of staff . The B&B is probably really good value ... ours was a Virgin Experience gift.
Read more
Date of stay: June 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Response from Greene King, General Manager at Old Ferry Boat Inn
Responded 8 Jun 2021
Thanks for the high rating, it's really appreciated. We look forward to your next visit, take care!
Read more
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Fifi wrote a review Aug 2020
Cambridge, United Kingdom2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Arrived to be greeted by a friendly staff member who ran through the pub safe procedures in place.
Our table had plenty of space with no other diners close to us, even though there were several other diners in.
Most, if not all, staff were wearing PPE, and several members of the steam could be seen cleaning areas, wiping down door handles etc. but not to the point where it was affecting diners.
Our lovely waitress, Lucy O, brought us menu and drinks and took our order when we were ready! FANTASTIC table service. We all had adults meals and the portions were generous and delicious, especially my vegetarian Mushroom and Ale pie!!
This was only our 2nd meal out during the pandemic, and was very different to our 1st restaurant visit - it felt very, very comfortable and safe!
Thank you to everyone, you are doing a grand job!
We will be back!
Read more
Date of stay: August 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Response from Greene King, Owner at Old Ferry Boat Inn
Responded 23 Aug 2020
Hi Fifi_fab74, great to hear you enjoyed your visit to our pub. I know how much your feedback will mean to Lucy so on behalf of her, thank you very very much! We look forward to seeing you again very soon!
Read more
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Sue R wrote a review Oct 2020
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed at the Old Ferry Boat Inn for 2 nights and had a very enjoyable stay. The room was comfortable and clean. The starters and main meals we had both nights were excellent, tasty and hot, definitely the best meals we have had out in a long while. The staff were welcoming and friendly, nothing was too much trouble. All Covid precautions were taken by staff, tables were well spaced and there was plenty of hand sanitiser around. We felt very safe.
We'd like to say well done and thank you to all the staff for making our stay so enjoyable. It can't be easy doing that job during these times but your smiles, enthusiasm and attentiveness made our stay lovely. Thank you.
Read more
Date of stay: October 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Response from Greene King, Owner at Old Ferry Boat Inn
Responded 14 Oct 2020
Hi Suerm7074qf, thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. Lovely to read your comments about your experience, I'll make sure to pass them on to the rest of the team. We look forward to your next visit, take care!
Read more
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
JimB wrote a review Mar 2020
The Royal Town of Sutton Coldfield, United Kingdom21 contributions10 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The Old Ferry Boat Inn ,Holywell is situated at the end of the road alongside the river Ouse as the name suggests the site of an old river crossing point just a mile or so from St.Ives for a quite restful break this is the place. Basic rooms good heating and plenty of hot water and breakfast for the price unbeatable with a good choice on the menu for lunch and dinner just the steep staircase was the only downside. However, the old beams low ceilings added to the old world atmosphere with open wood fires just the place to sit and read or relax with a drink. Go and be looked after by Toby and his excellent team spoil yourselves.
Read more
Date of stay: March 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: Well off the beaten track ask for large room.
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Response from Greene_K1ng, Manager at Old Ferry Boat Inn
Responded 7 Mar 2020
Lovely to read your comments about your experience, I'll make sure to pass them on to the rest of the team. We can't wait to see you again, have a great day.
Read more
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Claire W wrote a review Jan 2022
Ely, United Kingdom3 contributions2 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
We have visited the Ferry Boat several times and always found the food and service was good. Sadly, this was not the case this Sunday evening, without doubt it was the worst experience ever. We booked a table for five people, two who were celebrating a birthday. The pub wasn't busy, but a table we booked wasn't ready. Once seated, we ordered drinks, starters and main courses. Three of us had to quickly make a second choice due to some items being sold out. 20 minutes after ordering ,two soft drinks arrived and a bottle of wine to share. We were notified that no wine glasses were available as there was a problem with the dishwasher. Our starters arrived, still no wine glasses. We were presented with freshly washed glasses after a wait of 40 minutes, they still had water in the bottom. We asked if they could they drained/dried but was told there was no cloth available behind the bar. We helped ourselves to tumblers from the dishwasher rack on the bar. The food served was generally poor, dried out and lukewarm. Four desserts were requested, we waited for another half an hour. We finally decided to leave/ give up. We were told that two desserts were on their way, and if we left we would still have to pay. Reluctantly we sat down again. One dessert was as described, but the strawberry prosecco choux lacked the fresh strawberries and chocolate sauce. On settling the bill, we asked for a receipt. The one given was not for our table. The whole experience was such a shambles that we will never come back. We're just glad that two other friends couldn't make it. In other settings, the staff would be swift to deal with dissatisfied customers, not so here, they couldn't be more disinterested if they tried. I have never felt it necessary to leave a negative review for any establishment. Management:please don't bother replying, we won't be back.
Read more
Date of stay: January 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Pamela W wrote a review Sept 2022
2 contributions1 helpful vote
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We arrived for our booked room with our springer spaniel very late. Unacceptable (and unexplained) delays at the channel tunnel and a 30 min queue to traverse the Dartford crossing meant we were very late. The kitchen had yo close at 5.30 due to staff illness but we would have been too late even at normal times. Claire, the manager, who had been in post all of 6 days, could not have been more hospitable and helpful. She used her own phone to help us order a takeaway and provided plates and cutlery and insisted on clearing the debris. They ensured our dog had water and was comfortable.
Our room was dark, quiet, clean and spacious. The ensuite definitely needed attention to the decor and plumbing but Claire has this in hand.
It is a Riverside location which is scenic and ideal for dog walking.
We will definitely return, hopefully to enjoy the restaurant next time.
Read more
Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Response from Greene King, General Manager at Old Ferry Boat Inn
Responded 18 Sept 2022
Thank you so much Pam for leaving us a review, it was a pleasure to have you stay with us, and we really do look forward to welcoming you back. Glad you made it safely back to Scotland! Claire GM
Read more
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
1NigelT wrote a review Feb 2020
Waltham Cross, United Kingdom171 contributions63 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
When our wedding anniversary was approaching, we remembered a visit here 20 years ago.And not only the quiet location, but also the tragic story of the love struck girl buried in the bar floor.So we booked a room and a table and were pleased we did.
The room was small but adequate and approached by a short but steep flight of stairs.We had a river view and noted that the management fitted fine mesh on the windows which must be appreciated in the mosquito season.
We went down to the busy bar and chose from the Valentines menu. A starter of small but tasty scallops and bacon for two followed by salmon florentine for my wife and hunters chicken for myself.We finished with sticky treacle pudding and bakewell tart with cream. The bed was soft and we slept well. The next morning we enjoyed a good full english breakfast.
Our thanks to all the staff who did a great job in cooking and serving us. And from me, a thank you to other guests who patiently waited for my slow progress down the stairs.!!
Read more
Date of stay: February 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Response from Greene_K1ng, Manager at Old Ferry Boat Inn
Responded 25 Feb 2020
Lovely to read your comments about your experience, I'll make sure to pass them on to the rest of the team. If you ever need anything else from the team, please feel free to give us a call. Have an awesome day!
Read more
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
DavidVictor01 wrote a review Mar 2022
Cambridge, United Kingdom239 contributions90 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
It was a special occasion, a landmark birthday meal, a family gathering in what was supposed to be an idyllic location at a well regarded eatery that started a day of planned celebrations.

However what we received was a joke in terms of an occasion to remember. The booking , that was made in person, over the counter and entered into their system, was no longer in existence. The rather petulant service early on was not impressive. The announcement that no food would be served until an hour after our table was booked for was delivered in a matter of fact manner if slightly apologetically. Apparently everyone was having to wait as they were short staffed in the kitchen. We did get our starters an hour later but then there was a wait of another 35 minutes for the mains - one served with a vastly overcooked steak, one with missing vegetables and drinks ordered never arrived. All in all a shoddy, third rate experience that somewhat took the shine off the celebration.
Conversations with other diners found that just about every party was thoroughly fed up with their experiences and discontent was apparent throughout the restaurant. Requests for the manager to show his face were met with the response that he was busy cooking and had not the time to talk to his customers .
I have sympathy for the young customer-facing staff who were under enormous pressure and for the most part tried to defuse and explain away the establishment’s shortfalls.
I give 2 stars rather than 1 as the food itself was on the whole, overcooked steak apart, good value and perfectly acceptable.
Read more
Date of stay: March 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: On our experience I would recommend anywhere other than here
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Response from Greene King, General Manager at Old Ferry Boat Inn
Responded 9 Mar 2022
Davidvictor01, It's upsetting to hear that you did not receive the top-notch service we strive to provide. Regards, Michael and Team OFB.
Read more
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Answer from Bri1966
Frankfurt, Germany194 contributions107 helpful votes
We stayed here for a night and it was quiet, the room was comfortable and a good size and lacked for nothing. The staff were helpful. We would go again, especially at that price!
DEBORAH B asked a question Dec 2014
East Grinstead, United Kingdom3 contributions4 helpful votes
Can anyone tell please which is THE best room at the Inn ?
Answer from Geoff S
Blandford67 contributions34 helpful votes
We booked a Superior Room and were in Room 5. It is not a huge room, but it is very comfortable and nicely furnished. However there is a drawback as between Room 5 and 6 there is the extractor fan from the kitchen, making it noisy during the day.
Sandra A wrote a tip 2 May
18 contributions10 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Ample parking River frontage"
Read full review
Bethany G wrote a tip Mar 2024
Bath, United Kingdom17 contributions5 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Car needed as village isn’t served by public transport"
Read full review
Alan wrote a tip Feb 2024
Bassingbourn, United Kingdom1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Great parking so nothing to worry about there."
Read full review
Daryl P wrote a tip Nov 2023
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Plenty of parking space & dog’s welcome "
Read full review
Peter H wrote a tip Oct 2023
1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Have to try the pie"
Read full review
Not the right property for you?
There are more places to choose from in the Holywell area.
PRICE RANGE
£66 - £76 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
old ferry boat hotel holywell
LOCATION
United KingdomEnglandCambridgeshireHolywell
NUMBER OF ROOMS
7
Prices are provided by our partners, and reflect nightly room rates, including all taxes and fees known to our partners. Please see our partners for more details.
Is This Your Tripadvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

OLD FERRY BOAT INN - Updated 2024 Reviews, Photos & Prices

Frequently Asked Questions about Old Ferry Boat Inn
Which popular attractions are close to Old Ferry Boat Inn?
Nearby attractions include Raptor Foundation (3.3 miles), Houghton Mill (National Trust) (3.9 miles), and Inflatebounce (3.6 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Old Ferry Boat Inn?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Old Ferry Boat Inn?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Is parking available at Old Ferry Boat Inn?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Old Ferry Boat Inn?
Conveniently located restaurants include The White Swan Conington Freehouse, Hartford Mill, and Herbie's American Diner.
Is Old Ferry Boat Inn located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.1 miles away from the centre of Holywell.
Are pets allowed at Old Ferry Boat Inn?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Are there any historical sites close to Old Ferry Boat Inn?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Houghton Mill (National Trust) (3.9 miles), The Manor (3.3 miles), and St Mary's Church with St Benedict (4.6 miles).
Does Old Ferry Boat Inn have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the river view available here.