Historic Vicarage built in 1830 in grand style by Pembroke College Cambridge

Historic Vicarage built in 1830 in grand style by Pembroke College Cambridge

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2 Bedrooms
Sleeps 4
2 Bathrooms
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Our home

St Andrew's House is a splendid building with very high ceilings and windows to match. Our apartment was originally the public area of the vicarage and featured a Study, Special Dining Room for functions and a Ballroom, now these spaces have been formed into a very pleasant and spacious series of rooms, retaining many historic features and if you are lucky a very friendly ghost called the Perfumed Lady, alas we have never met or even seen her but we know about her and will happily let you know more.

Our part of the house is new, when compared with the rest which dates back to 1730 and one section to the Tudor period. We are south facing and overlook a large lawn with mature trees, where better to sip a Gin & Tonic at the end of a long day? The house is accessed via a private road and is very quiet but within a few minutes walk of the town of Soham, with its shops and pubs with some fine ale on tap.

We share a magnificent entrance and comfortable hall which is a wonderfully cool place in the height of summer, to judge the scale of the building a 32 step staircase leads to our neighbours who are quiet, friendly and very helpful.

Our lounge is very comfortable and has a wood burning stove within an original Arts & Crafts fireplace. We don't have curtains but great internal shutters, again a traditional feature of the house. The kitchen is also large and has all that you will need to cater in style. We have two bedrooms the master with its own bathroom and a slightly smaller room with adjoining shower room.

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Who we are

  1. We are Lesley and Terry in our early 60s. We operate our own business selling a card dealing machine for the game of Duplicate Bridge, this takes us three times a year to different cities in the USA, not to mention trips within Europe. We no longer relish the thought of staying in hotels again thus our decisions to embrace the delights of house swapping.

    We love to travel and have another house in southern France in Le Lot and would consider swapping this house, with its lovely views across the Cahors vineyards - let us know if this appeals.

    When at home we love the quiet but convenience of our most unusual home and long to let you experience its delights.

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Soham is a small Fenland town with local shops, pubs and food outlets, including a wonderful Italian, just round the corner. The small but historic city of Ely is just 7 miles to the north, with a magnificent Cathedral and once was the home of Oliver Cromwell; his house is now open to the public. The Great Ouse River flows through the city and traditionally it was the place for eels, thus the name of the city. Ely also has a rail station and great service to Cambridge (20 mins) and London (1 hour) or to the north the cities of Birmingham or Norwich and the wider rail network.

The Fenland area is very flat but famous for its "big skies" which are truly amazing. The land was reclaimed and much of it is below sea level, as a result it is very fertile and great to walk through. For miles around you will see Ely and the towers of the cathedral which is positioned on the only real hill in Fenland and consequently referred to as "The Ship of the Fens", come and see for yourself.

To the south, again 7 miles away is the home of British Horse Racing in the town of Newmarket, again a pleasant shopping area but you may find the bars in the pubs a little low but please remember that jockeys are short! There are two race courses, the National Stud, Racing Museum and miles of gallops that connect the many stables to the town itself.

Some 10 miles further on you enter the City of Cambridge and its seats of learning, not to mention museums, galleries and shopping. A visit to Cambridge can not be made without a Punt along the River Cam, taking in the views of historic colleges. By the way you can punt yourself or go for the 1st class treatment chauffeur service - it’s safer and potentially much drier!

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