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27 reviews
The White Barn from the patio garden
The open plan living room
The patio garden
Kitchen
Double bedroom
Ensuite bathroom
Hilton maze in June
Visit the ancient colleges in nearby Cambridge
Nearby Wimpole Hall, National Trust historic house
The river, Ely
Cottages on Hilton Green
The nearby market town of St Ives
Fenland scenery at Hemingford Abbot
Wind powered water mill at Wicken Fen (National Trust)
Hilton House
Hilton Hall, built in the seventeenth century and later owned by the author of Aspects of Love
Hilton Green in June
Angelsey Abbey
Ely Cathedral
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Cottage -
1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 2
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England

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Tom C
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
“A lovely quiet, well equiped comfortable place to relax in and enjoy.”
Reviewed 23 August 2014 for a stay in August 2014

The White barn is a lovely comfortable apartment with every thing you require for a short or extended stay. I stayed for just over two weeks and found it an ideal base to tour the surrounding countryside from. It is also within easy reach of Cambridge and Bedford for the big shopping trips, and a multitude of smaller towns and villages with lots of history, are nearby.
The host Claire is very charming and is more than helpful when required, otherwise you are left in peace.

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Liked best: The homely comfortable feel about the place, as soon as you entered it.
Liked least: a small shelf in the bedroom
Travelling group: Solo Traveller
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
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Management Response
24 Aug 2014
I'm really glad your stay went so well. The Barn is really well situated for touring the area, and there's now the Guided Bus for getting into Cambridge quickly and easily, as well as the very efficient Park and Ride. There are multi story car parks in Cambridge so you can drive in if you want to, but these are really good options for avoiding traffic and parking so that you can have as long as you want looking round the city.
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Frosty_Ga...
Aylesbury
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
13 hotel reviews
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“A good value stay to explore Cambridge”
Reviewed 18 August 2014 for a stay in August 2014
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The owner Claire was very accommodating and prompt with her communication. We were able to stay late on the Sunday, as there was no other booking for that day.

Pros: Spacious, well-equipped kitchen and bathroom, powerful, hot shower and good size bath, very good value for Cambridgeshire, good location, local shop and pub a few doors down, pretty village walk (barn is located on the main road through the village), washer/dryer, iron and ironing board, dishwasher, portable thermostat, private garden, excellent pubs in Elsworth (recommend the George and Dragon for seafood/Sunday lunch)

Cons: Disappointing exterior upon arrival (but soon forgotten once inside), bedroom close to main road-busy in day, but quiet at night, garden quite overgrown (but private), a few cobwebs on high ceiling of the barn. Still good value though, would recommend.

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Management Response
24 Aug 2014
Thanks for such helpful comments which we've acted on straightaway. We've had a good session in the garden to cut back the excess growth and have introduced some more flowers, we have tackled the cobwebs high up in the rafters and have put new planters at the front. We also have repainting of the exterior and interior scheduled for early September, so the Barn will be looking very fresh!
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missphill...
London
2 reviews
“Definitely returning”
Reviewed 7 July 2014 for a stay in July 2014

We stayed at the White Barn for two nights as we were going to a wedding at Cambridge University. The owner Claire was very accommodating before our arrival and this was appreciated as we were staying with our 9 month old.
The barn is a lovely conversion, good open plan living space and the outdoor space was nice. The kitchen facilities were good and well equipped . The bedroom and bathroom were spotless and very comfortable.
We would stay again and hope to see more of Cambridge.

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Management Response
10 Jul 2014
Thanks so much for your lovely review, and glad the wedding went so well!
Claire
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lana1803
Ipswich, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
34 reviews
12 hotel reviews
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“Perfect romantic getaway!”
Reviewed 19 November 2013 for a stay in November 2013

We stayed in this quaint little accommodation in November 2013. It was our 1 year wedding anniversary and we decided to go to Cambridge for a weekend, simply because it was only a one hour drive away and we didn't want to waste most of our weekend travelling. We cane across the 'White Barn' on holidaylettings.co.uk and got in touch with the owner Claire. She was extremely helpful and answered any questions we had so we decided to book. The barn is situated right next to their home but is completely detached. It looks very small from the outside but once you go inside it's all you could ever need in a compact space. It's not cramped at all and we were amazed with the facilities provided. There is a very cosy kitchen/dining/living area. A seperate bedroom with an en-suite bathroom with bath and shower. It was like being home from home, there's even a washer/dryer in the bathroom. They have provided a hair dryer, essential toiletries and we even found a vacuum cleaner. We stayed for 3 nights and couldn't have been happier. We went to the local Chinese restaurant on the same road,it was a little more expensive than what we usually pay but thoroughly enjoyable. We went into the town centre for a bit of shopping on the Saturday and went punting on the river on Sunday,followed by afternoon tea at the museum (which was lovely and included in the punting package). There is so much to see and do in and around Cambridge but our intention was just to relax so we cooked and stayed indoors one evening which was lovely. The barn is very warm (not at first)as it's not a large space it warms up very quickly.
Highly recommend this property for a relaxing break or an activity packed sight seeing break.
I would suggest travelling by car if you want to go out and see the local area, as it is a fair way into Cambridge. There is a pub walking distance away and a convenience store just along the road.
Whatever your intention we would definitely recommend the White Barn.

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Management Response
25 Nov 2013
I'm so glad you had such a lovely stay. Thanks for a great review.
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Deborah E
London, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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“Great warm holiday home”
Reviewed 18 October 2013 for a stay in October 2013

We had wonderful weekend break at the White Barn. Such a beautiful, bright and warmly decorated flat with lots of natural light. I loved the fact that the barn is completely self-contained which made it very tranquil and private - even the lovely patio space is completely separate from the Walsh's garden. Claire (the helpful, but non intrusive owner) showed a lot of attention to detail and the flat was immaculate and well stocked. We came by car and enjoyed the remote village location as a contrast to our hectic London lives. However, I didn't see much in the way of local shops/restaurants, so if you don't have your own transport, that could potentially pose a problem. All in all we thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would definitely come back.

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Liked best: The attention to detail and peaceful environment
Liked least: Location by the main road of the village (but very quiet)
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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Management Response
25 Oct 2013
We're really glad you enjoyed your stay. There is a post office-shop in the village and small pub, but your right that a car is essential for reaching the excellent restaurants and pubs in surrounding villages.
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lesley l
Huddersfield, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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“simply excellent - but vehicle is essential”
Reviewed 8 October 2013 for a stay in October 2013

Absolutely superb, welcoming yet not intrusive owner Claire on hand if needed, everything provided for a short or longer stay, have already rebooked for 2 more breaks next year and would recommend without any reservation at all.

Good food at The Poacher in Elsworth (approx 3 miles away)

Vehicle is essential for this let, only found one shop and a pub that doesn't appear to do evening food in Hilton village itself.

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Liked best: everything
Liked least: nothing
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Older travelers
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  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
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Management Response
9 Oct 2013
Thanks for a great review. Look forward to seeing you again next year.
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stuart c
Bury, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
31 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“A great place to stay”
Reviewed 28 October 2012 for a stay in October 2012

If there are only two of you and you have a car, then this is an excellent place to stay. The place is immaculate and very warm. We had a three day break in October when the East winds were blowing. Everything seems to be brand new and there is everything that you need for a short break or week's stay. There are local supermarkets and a village shop and pub.The are many places to visit in the surrounding area.

The only reasons I gave it a 4 star is that even though you can get to Cambridge and back by bus during the day it is more difficult at night. It is possible but you need to go to St Ives via a taxi. We did it easily on one day so we wouldn't want to do that more than once. Also there is no WiFI which we didn't mind but some people may.

We would stay here again and have recommended it to our friends already.

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Liked best: the place itself is immaculate
Liked least: Lack of bus services and wifi
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Older travelers
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Management Response
2 Feb 2013
Thanks very much, I'm glad you had such an enjoyable stay. The good news is that we have put in an extra router, and WI-FI is now UP AND RUNNING!
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