Secluded, cosy and charmingly rustic, the Potting Shed is an idyllic backdrop for a romantic getaway. Set against the beautiful Cambridgeshire countryside, this barn conversion is situated within the stunning grounds of Grade II* Listed Island Hall, on the edge of the River Great Ouse. With its own patio, the property also has easy access to the vast local conservation area, consisting of Port Holme (at 260 acres, the largest water meadow in the UK) and two nature reserves with tranquil views over the ancient water system. This stunning accommodation offers a contemporary open plan living space with a wood burner and patio doors opening onto the patio. The relaxing master bedroom boasts French doors that open onto a shared courtyard. There is modern shower room and a galleried working space ideal for remote working.
The keys will be inside the green post box below the Potting Shed sign, simply open the post box and take the keys!
On departure, simply lock the doors and please leave the keys back inside the green post box below the Potting Shed sign - where you found them.
When you come and go please always lock this gate as well as The Potting Shed door, thank you!
With electric central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels, Wi-Fi and logs for wood burner included, private patio with seating area, a small dog welcome and private parking... Make yourself at home!
Look for the 'Potting Shed' allocated parking sign - please note the location of this might vary during the course of your stay!
To greet you when you arrive you will find a locally baked loaf bread, some local, free range eggs, some delicious ginger & dark chocolate biscuits, tea, coffee and juice in the fridge. The kitchen is also well stocked with basics such as: pasta, rice, oil, sugar & honey.
Please use these details to connect:
You will find that the Smart TV is automatically connected to our Netflix account, so you can view movies and series whenever you like. Just hit the 'Netflix' button on the remote control and select 'Potting Shed' account when prompted by the Netflix main menu.
In the log basket you will find a selection of newspaper, kindling and to get your fire started. Please only burn wood or materials provided and be sure to use the crank tool to open and close the door of the wood burner.
The hanging space wardrobe is cleverly concealed under the staircase leading to the galleried study area. Take a look!
Up on the mezzanine level you will find a simple work space. There is a desk with a chair and electric sockets on hand. There is also an armchair for reading. This space also doubles as an area for the cot if required. Don't forget the skylight has a fitted blackout blind, so close this at night if you don't want the sunlight to disturb you!
Up on the mezzanine level you will see the skylight. There is a built in blackout blind. Don't forget to close this at night if you don't want to wake with the rising sun!
The small fenced patio is your private area. Please keep you furry friend on a lead at all times within all other communal areas. In the living room space you will find a cozy dog bed & food/water bowls - as well as a few treats to make them feel instantly at home. Please note dogs are not allowed on the furniture - including the bed. If you find your dog needs a wash down after a muddy walk, there is an outside tap you are welcome to use - it's in the corner to your right directly as you come in the dark green gate form the courtyard.
N.B: We have a miniature dachshund (Lady Grizzle) - she has free roam of all communal areas. She is very friendly and mostly enjoys tummy tickles and free food - but please do not feed her! She is not vicious with other dogs - or humans!
Simply turn the speaker on and search for 'TRONSMART' on your device's bluetooth. The charging cable is provided should you need it.
Simply leave these to charge up during the day and let them add a bit of twinkle to your evening! Please remember that these are not weather-proof so bring them back inside with you after use. Please do not leave them to charge outside in inclement weather.
To lock the door: pull closed firmly, then raise the handle (also firmly) upwards to engage the lock, you can now turn the key - clockwise to lock.
To unlock the door: raise the handle (again, firmly) upwards to engage the lock, you can now turn the key anticlockwise to unlock.
Kick back and relax with an alfresco meal or simply sit and read in good weather. As this is a private space your dog can be off the lead within this area. Other ears are considered communal.
All can be found here! In the drawer under the kitchen table.
All can be found here! In the drawer under the hostess trolley.
Use dial to select cycle of your choice and press 'start' button. There is a small airer for socks/underwear etc under the kitchen sink and a larger on inside the concealed wardrobe.
This machine was installed in 2021 and is in good working order, however use of the washing machine is at your own risk, we do not accept responsibility for any damage to your items that might be caused.
Most things will fit in this dishwasher - excluding the large dinner plates (unfortunately these will need washing by hand).
To use the dishwasher turn on using 'on' button, then use 'P' button to scroll through the numbered menu of options - list to left. Once you are happy with your choice of cycle, simply close the door to start the programme.
If you request a travel cot, we will automatically provide a changing mat and a few toys for your little person - let us know your baby's age in advance.
The cot is best placed up in the mezzanine work space - you can use the desk as a changing table - don't forget the skylight has a fitted blackout blind!
If these become full during your stay, you can empty them into large wheelie bins in the courtyard where you park.
Winter Time (Nov-March inclusive):
Summer Time (April-October inclusive):
Please note: some Fridays & Saturdays there may be weddings and events within the grounds (live music cut off is 10.00pm & DJ 11.00pm), this should not affect your stay, as a family home we do not find it a problem.
Access to grounds is not given on an exclusive basis, there may be family or garden/building maintenance activities taking place.
N.B: We have a miniature dachshund (Lady Grizzle) - she has free roam of all communal areas. She is very friendly and mostly enjoys tummy tickles and free food - but please do not feed her!
Although you will feel completely tucked away, the bustling historic city of Cambridge is only a 30-minute drive. The cottage itself is within walking distance of various amenities including Huntingdon railway station, allowing you to reach the city of Peterborough in 20 minutes as well as the phenomenal capital city of London in just under an hour.
Please use: 18, Post Street PE29 2BA for your satnav purposes. Please note that you will be parking in the courtyard of Island Hall - this is directly opposite Premiere Convenience Store on Post Street.
We are happy to recommend a Selection of Pubs offering both casual and fine dining as well as wine tasting!
The White Hart is a historic and beautiful 15th Century restaurant and public house retains the character and rustic charm of its heritage, but with the added sophistication and comforts of contemporary living.
The restaurant at The Old Bridge is a beautiful, light and airy space, smart but relaxed. They offer a menu with a clearly British bias, updated monthly and with a strong emphasis on seasonality. Open for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner, we do advise you to book a table.
The lounge, bar and patio garden offer tea and coffee, drinks and snacks all day.
The Brampton Mill is a premium pub, bar, and restaurant with its very own courtyard, centrally located in the heart of the picturesque town of Brampton.
Positioned on the idyllic River Great Ouse, The Brampton Mill offers the perfect location to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life in truly relaxing surroundings.
A dog friendly and popular pub, restaurant and bar on London Road in Godmanchester, near Huntingdon. The Exhibition is family owned & run with a warm, friendly, welcoming atmosphere. We have an open fire and enclosed garden. With locally sourced ingredients and award winning chef we are a great place to eat. We have lunch, dinner & Sunday menus, a popular bar pizza menu, delicious puddings, bar snacks, guest ales, draught beers, spirits and a fabulous wine list.
Just a few minutes' stroll down Post Street offering a wide range of Oriental Cuisine for you to choose from. Great for a takeaway (unfortunately they don't deliver), See their menu in with all the leaflets, or check out their website.
Planet Spice is the favourite choice for Indian food in Godmanchester. Enjoy dining in or order a takeaway.
A few minutes' walk away, on the riverside Causeway - from tongue sizzling traditional dishes like the famously hot Vindaloo to Planet Spices’ Creamy Pathia to King Prawn Pasandas. We’re sure you’ll find something on their menu that will satisfy your tastebuds. See their menu in with all the leaflets, or check out their website
A short 4 mile drive away, The Cock (National Pub of the year twice in the last decade) is a country pub and restaurant well worth a visit. Serving modern British fayre. Expect first rate food and drink in traditional surroundings and al fresco dining in our lovely garden, served by our knowledgeable and friendly team.
The Three Horseshoes is a picturesque, thriving, thatched country pub. It’s nestled in the quaint, romantic village of Madingley, 14 miles from Godmanchester. Voted Cambridgeshire Dining Pub of the Year for 2018, the restaurant serves hearty, comforting dishes, fresh fish, Sunday roasts and plenty of options for vegetarians and vegans.
Enjoy a relaxed dining experience with chef Mark Poynton: mjp@theshepherds 21 miles from Godmanchester.
They offer an ever developing and changing menu, focused around some of the best, seasonal, local produce we can find. Restaurant & Lounge their menu has been created to allow you to enjoy as much or as little as you wish. Fish, plant and meat plates can all be small/large. Create your own tasting menu, enjoy a selection of plates in the middle of the table; the decision is completely up to you! If you have any dietary requirements or allergies please inform a member of their team.
The Tickell Arms is a pub and restaurant in the heart of Whittlesford, a lovely village south of Cambridge, about 25 miles away.
The restaurant serves seasonal modern British food in relaxed surroundings and wonderful roast dinners on Sunday lunchtimes. The conservatory and terrace, overlooking the pond and rose garden, are delightful in summer and real fires make it a warm destination in winter. They have two gardens! Our other garden is a beer garden where you can enjoy some light pub food and an extensive range of drinks from our pub bar.
From Field to fork The Gog Farm Shop & Cafe might now spread across three buildings 31 miles from Godmanchester :- greengrocery and butchery, deli and cheese shop, and wine – but in every single respect they work with one aim: to create a wonderful environment for the best food and drink around, offering it to their faithful customers with pride in its provenance and a real understanding of its potential utter yumminess.
The small farm shop was set up in the late 1970’s by Colin (Fred’s Grandson) and Lesley, and it bumped along for around 25 years selling our eggs, potatoes and meat. Then, in 2004, the next generation took up the reins, with Charles Bradford deciding to swap his City of London suit for a pair of old wellies and his brother Marcus returning to ground level after graduating from university.
The Red Lion is all about quality: quality of food, quality of service, and quality of environment. 34 miles from Godmanchester, they strive for perfection, all while aiming to maintain a relaxed and friendly place to eat and drink. Most of all they love to have a good time, and encourage you to do the same when you visit us. They are dog friendly!
At Grain Culture they bake real bread and viennoiseries. 36 miles from Godmanchester, they only supply their own shop in Ely and likeminded businesses around Cambridgeshire.
The bakery started in November 2018 in Luca’s garage, one small 25l mixer, one bench and a couple of small ovens to supply the fortnightly Farmer’s Market. The following January wholesale deliveries started.
Since then, quite a lot has changed. They moved into a large commercial unit just outside of town and found a permanent home on St. Mary’s Street in Ely.
Their ethos hasn’t changed though, they’re still committed to being and producing the best.
The Bagel Bar & coffee house is run by Silver Oak Coffee is a micro roastery based in north Cambridgeshire - 38 miles from Godmanchester, they are a small team with a huge enthusiasm for coffee.
They roast weekly to ensure all our customers receive the freshest coffee we can provide, they choose to roast small lots of carefully selected coffee beans from around the world.
The Bagel Bar offers a more sophisticated coffee/sandwich alternative, where people can enjoy excellent quality bagels & coffee in a relaxed friendly atmosphere. They pride themselves on their customer service and have built a great reputation.
Also 38 miles from Godmanchester Peacocks Tearoom is an award winning family business set up in our their overlooking the river nearly ten years ago. Starting with just one room and the pretty front garden it grew from there, taking in first the family kitchen, and then the hall. So, it has a beautiful, homely feel!
They offer cream teas, hot dishes, salads and sandwiches all day, and all freshly prepared to order. It’s not ‘fast food’ and sometimes, especially busy days in the summer, there may be a bit of a wait for the food. It could probably be done quicker, and cheaper, but it wouldn’t be as good. Their tea-list is certainly unique – nowhere else in the world are you offered teas from every continent.
Although you will feel completely tucked away, the bustling historic city of Cambridge is only a 30-minute drive. The cottage itself is within walking distance of various amenities including Huntingdon railway station, allowing you to reach the city of Peterborough in 20 minutes as well as the phenomenal capital city of London in just under an hour. The property also has easy access to the vast local conservation area, consisting of Port Holme (at 260 acres, the largest water meadow in the UK) as well as several nature reserves with tranquil views over the ancient water systems. Godmanchester is also close to various National Trust and other heritage properties & museums,Gas well as a golf Club and multiplex cinema.
Situated within the Ouse Valley we are surrounded by the River Great Ouse. The Great Ouse is Britain's 4th longest river at 143 miles with a catchment area of over 5000 sq miles. The huge catchment of the Great Ouse connects notable places like Milton Keynes, Bedford, St Neots, Huntingdon, St Ives and Cambridge while providing a wonderful natural network for wildlife. Despite habitat loss through agricultural intensification and urban development, parts of these waterways are still lined with reedbeds, willow trees, alder carrs and wetland plants, creating natural havens for wildlife, while beneath the water's surface freshwater fish and invertebrates swim through the nourishing waters and underwater vegetation. We are fortune to have access to this river, why not spend a day messing about on it?!
All boats are fully insured and are rented out with paddles and buoyancy aids. Boats can be hired out hourly or for a full day. You should allow 15 minutes prior to departure for fitting of buoyancy aids and a safety briefing. All clients must be able to swim to a basic standard. See website for details.
Whether you want to head out for a couple of hours or for a full day on the river. You will be shown the basics of how to drive and then off you go. It's as simple as that. Remember that in peak season they do get booked up quickly but you can book in advance to avoid disappointment. See website for details.
Boats available for hire by the day, half day, or hour, at affordable rates and inclusive of fuel. No previous experience is necessary as full instruction is provided.
Evening and piloted hire is available by prior arrangement.
Please see website for information.