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Orchard Pond Bed and Breakfast
Ranked #1 of 2 Whittlesford B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 7 February 2013

We stayed here because it was very close to the imperial war museum but found it to be quite a cozy place. The owners were very accommodating to our schedule and suggested some great places to go and visit. Greg and Janet were very nice...even waking up early to fix us some breakfast before heading back to London. Greg suggested we drive up to Cambridge, which we did, and found it to be a beautiful campus. It inspired us to drive down to Oxford, which is also a great place to be. There are only 2 rooms and since it wasn't peak time we got our choice. The heater was set a bit high but overall it was a great place to stay after a dreary walk I'm the war museum.

Room Tip: Sorry but there was no swimming pool. Both rooms were good but the one upstairs had an ensuite bath...
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  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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janet t, Owner at Orchard Pond Bed and Breakfast, responded to this reviewResponded 2 March 2013

Thank you so much for your comments. We enjoyed having you to stay and glad that you enjoyed visiting Cambridge and the surrounding area. We don't have a swimming pool but can offer guests use of the hot tub. We take on board that the room was a little warm and will ensure that guests are shown how to adjust the heating controls in future. Thank you again, your feedback is much appreciated.

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Reviewed 10 December 2012

Stayed at Orchard Pond last week and was a lovely b&b. It was a lovely welcome that we were given. The rooms were beautiful, really homely and beautifully clean with great facilities (TV, water by bed, selection teas and coffees). The bed was sooo comfortable. The breakfast was fantastic as well - soo much choice. Lovely home and excellent b&b. Would stay there again in a heartbeat.

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled with friends
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janet t, Owner at Orchard Pond Bed and Breakfast, responded to this reviewResponded 13 December 2012

Thank you so much for posting this review. I'm so pleased that you enjoyed your stay and were nice and warm despite the bitter weather. Good to hear too that you appreciated having a choice of what to eat at breakfast and the little extras such as water by the bed, - it's very helpful for us to know that these things make a difference. Thank you again.

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Reviewed 15 November 2012

I am a regular visitor to the area on business. Up to present I have used local hotels - this was my first stay at Orchard Pond.
Janet and Simon are excellent welcoming hosts who are in the process of establishing orchard Pond as an "upmarket" B&B and are making a good job of doing so. The mature house is set amongst large, leafy gardens. My bedroom was comfortable/well appointed, as were the communal areas. Breakfast was excellent, as was the evening meal which I took during my stay at Orchard Pond. Excellent advice was given concerning eating out, and Janet was happy to arrange a booking on my behalf.
Overall, highly recommended!

Room Tip: I stayed in the large bedroom on the upper florr with adjacent private bathroom (with bath) - a good...
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  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled on business
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janet t, Owner at Orchard Pond Bed and Breakfast, responded to this reviewResponded 22 November 2012

Thank you for taking the trouble to post this review. It is relatively early days for us as a business and it's good to hear we are making progress in establishing ourselves as a B & B that provides a warm welcome and comfortable stay. The evening meal is an option for those who don't want to go out and I'm pleased that you were able to take advantage of this and enjoyed the food. Your feedback has been most helpful - thank you again.

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Reviewed 10 November 2012

I tend to stay in hotels for business but recently I've spent a little extra time seeking out good B&Bs. This is my best find yet, a retreat with real character. It's a little way outside Cambridge but easy to get to and from. A really warm welcome from Janet, delicious food and a very comfortable room. The house is big and warm, and there's plenty of room unlike some B&Bs. I will return and I look forward to seeing the garden in daylight!

  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled on business
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janet t, Owner at Orchard Pond Bed and Breakfast, responded to this reviewResponded 22 November 2012

Thank you for your comments. We are hoping to attract more business visitors so it is very encouraging to hear that you had a good experience, and preferred staying in our B & B over a hotel. I'm so glad you found the room and house comfortable, and hope you will return and be able to enjoy the garden. Thank you again.

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Reviewed 4 November 2012

Janet and Simon were excellent hosts. Very friendly with spot on recommendations for eating out.The breakfast was excellent and communal areas and garden were very pleasant.

However on reflection, we feel that the groundfloor bedroom (with bathroom across the entrance hall) is not on a par with the others available at the same the price (ensuite). The single glazed window was cracked, would not shut properly and frames were dirty. The decor was dated, bed was a bit rickety and room smelt musty. The wardrobe even had a former occupant's clothes in! These were certainly not characteristics of a "luxurious B&B". Overall we probably would return but definitely not to this room.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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janet t, Owner at Orchard Pond Bed and Breakfast, responded to this reviewResponded 12 November 2012

Thank you for your comments. I'm glad that you enjoyed the breakfast and communal areas and am sorry that you were not satisfied with your bedroom. We started the business in January and still have much to learn - feedback is very welcome even if it is not always positive. We initially had 2 rooms which had been refurbished for the B & B. The bedroom in question was opened up rather hurriedly some time after we started in response to demand, and it is true that it is not the same standard as the other rooms. I'm sorry that the window sills were not as clean as they should have been - they are cleaned regularly but clearly had been overlooked on this occasion which should not have happened. There were some items left by a former occupant which we had not seen, but we now ensure that the wardrobe is checked after each stay. I'm sorry the guest found the bed rickety. We have had several comments about the bed but only to say how comfortable it is, and we have no immediate pans to replace it.
The bedroom is in need of a refurbishment which is happening over the winter months, after which we are confident it will match the standard of the rest of the accommodation. I hope you will return.

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Reviewed 21 September 2012

This is a lovely B&B, peaceful, relaxed and very comfortable, particularly the beds! The room was clean and nicely furnished and the en-suite bathroom spacious with excellent showers (hand and overhead), mirror and good lighting. Janet looks after you well and serves a beautiful breakfast. I have already booked a return visit.

Stayed: September 2012, travelled solo
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janet t, Owner at Orchard Pond Bed and Breakfast, responded to this reviewResponded 25 September 2012

Thank you very much for this review - it is so helpful for us to have feedback. I am glad you enjoyed your stay and am looking forward to your return.

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Reviewed 19 August 2012

We were made to feel very welcome for our overnight stay on the 18th August. We arrrived on the hottest day of the year to be greeted by Janet with an offer of tea or a cold drink which we were happy to accept. The large period house is set back from the road with a large garden, patio area, and large pond. Our room was comfortable and clean with nice en suite shower room which was a blessing in the hot hot weather. We enjoyed a good nights sleep and were lucky enough to eat an excellent breakfast outside under a large tree which was a bonus. Janet and Simon were polite and attentive and made our short stopover a real pleasure.

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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janet t, Owner at Orchard Pond Bed and Breakfast, responded to this reviewResponded 28 August 2012

Thank you so much for this review. It helps so much to have feedback from our guests and we really appreciate your taking the time to post your comments. We hope you will come back to Orchard Pond.

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Additional Information about Orchard Pond Bed and Breakfast

Address: 28 Royston Road, Whittlesford CB22 4NW, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Cambridgeshire > Whittlesford
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Whittlesford
Price Range: £99 - £103 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Orchard Pond is a luxurious bed & breakfast close to Cambridge, Duxford and Saffron Walden, providing excellent accommodation, warm hospitality and helpful service. We offer two extremely comfortable bedrooms and delicious home cooking to both business and leisure visitors, as well as to travellers using Stansted Airport. Free parking is available on our drive.• Spacious detached house in pretty village• Large secluded gardens with terrace, pond and orchard• Relaxing sitting-room for guests’ own us, ... more   less 
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