3 bedrooms - sleeps 6; great new design based on old 'Bull Pen' farm building.
Sally and Nick Charter
About Sally and Nick Charter
Sally and Nick live on site in the farmhouse at Chapman's Farm. Nick runs the farm and Sally is a part-time primary teacher. We have both always live in Cambridgeshire and know the area very well. We enjoy the outdoors and when we're not working, we like to run or cycle round the local footpaths and bridleways, or go scuba diving round the British coast. The farm is an arable farm but we also, usually have a few cattle in the meadow near the farm to enjoy and to keep the meadow grass mown.
Sally and Nick Charter purchased this Barn in 2016
Why Sally and Nick Charter chose Cambridge
The Bull Pen was a new building project started 4 years ago when we applied for planning permission to convert the Old Bull Pen barn into holiday accommodation. The original building was built by Nick's great granddad 'Alex Charter' to shelter the farm bull. The barn's use has changed over the years from bull pen to piggery to chicken shed, and then when the farm no longer kept livestock, it became a store shed for tractors and tools. Now that the barn has been converted into a home, it is starting its next stage in the history of The Bull Pen. Hopefully Great Granddad, who was part of the new era of steam engine tractors, would approve of the new enterprise ;)
What makes this Barn unique
The Bull Pen is a new building; built to a high quality with modern fixtures&fittings, good insulation and heating, and big windows for light and the view. Designed to keep a feel for its history as a working farm building. Each of the 3 bedrooms leads off from the central main living area . A peaceful spot which provides an opportunity to explore the open countryside from the doorstep. The location is ideal to combine 'time in' the city (parking for the park&ride bus into Cambridge is 10 mins. away) and 'time-out' of the city!
A first class property
Six ladies spent a long weekend at the Bullpen. The accommodation was unbelievable - the quality of the building, furniture and equipment throughout were first class. I thoroughly recommend this property. Sally and Nick were excellent hosts - providing a welcome food basket. Their attention to detail - including providing suggestions for walks and visits, was faultless. Thank you for making our stay so enjoyable.
5*+ accommodation near Cambridge
This is the best cottage/barn conversion we have stayed in.On our arrival we were greeted amiably by Sally the owner.The BullPen is furnished to a very high standard.All the bathroom fixtures and kitchen appliances are of exceptional quality.Sally has thought of everything.There wasn’t a single item that we needed to get as it was all there.The location is excellent.Cambourne is within easy reach for essential shopping.Cambridge is a twenty minute drive.Sally has provided an excellent folder with very useful information and tips for travelling into Cambridge eg use of Park and Ride facility.I highly recommend the Bull Pen to anyone seeking holiday accommodation near Cambridge.You will not be disappointed 🙂�
A perfect place to stay!!
From the first day we arrived Sally and Nick we the perfect hosts. They went out of their way to make sure we had everything we needed and were the nicest people we have ever met. The house was very well equipped and had enough room for everything we needed, Extremely clean comfortable. I would highly recommend this as a place to stay for anyone travelling in in the Cambridge area. I would hope that we can stay there again when we return to England!!
Wonderful and well-equipped holiday cottage with great hosts
We spent a lovely few days at the Bull Pen. It was a great base for exploring Cambridge & the local countryside. The property is extremely comfortable and Sally & Nick the owners have thoughtfully provided everything you will need - including delicious homemade marmalade.
Brilliant. Exceeded expectations across the board!!
A gem of a place. Beautifully furnished to a very high standard. Every detail thought of - up to date local recommendations, walk maps, games. Lovely location, very quiet and great countryside view. Just great. Thank you!!!!!
Stunning property with meticulous attention to detail and luxurious finishing touches
The Bull Pen is an exceptional property set on a working farm with lovely countryside views (including two Highland Coos in the opposite field). The fabulous hosts have put so much thought into the accommodation to ensure the guests' comfort. There has been no expense spared with decor, furnishings, and overall provisions. Everything is incredibly well stocked and welcome supplies of sourdough bread, butter, milk, eggs and apple juice were most appreciated. The beds are incredibly comfortable and there are some really nice modern touches like infrared light sensors and massaging beds that add to the overall luxury of this accommodation. This is a real 5* experience. We were sad that we could not have spent longer here. We cannot wait to return.
A luxury rural escape with countryside views. The Bull Pen is in the village of Bourn, 8 miles west of Cambridge; ideal for a holiday that offers a mix of things to see and do, both in the city and out in the countryside exploring the countryside and visiting local attractions.
The Bull Pen offers comfort throughout the seasons with French doors and ceiling fans for warm summer days and underfloor heating, LED flame effect fire place, 4 tog (for summer) + 10 tog (for winter) duvet and triple glazing for a cosy winter break. There is easy parking, easy access, new and modern furniture, and a lovely view across traditional meadow with mature oak & ash trees.
Bourn has two exceptionally good restaurants, two cafes (for a lovely brunch or lunch) and a local butcher & farm shop (if you fancy cooking or a BBQ at home). There are lovely winding footpaths and bridleways that provide endless possibilities for rambling or off-road cycling, from the shortest walks to the local rural cafe or pub or keep going all day to explore further a field (with several circular routes of varying lengths, maps available). One of our favourites is to strike out to Wimpole Estate (N.T.) to enjoy the grounds (designed by Capability Brown) with a lovely lunch to sustain the return journey. Other local favourites could be a visit to Grantchester Tea Rooms and Meadows with walks along the river Cam, and a visit to Burwash Manor which has small independent shops plus a deli with cafe.
Cambridge can provide several days enjoyment: visiting the Fitzwilliam, Zoology & Sedgewick museums plus taking a city walking or bus tour of the university and collages will make a full day, and a second day could be spent on the river Cam punting (chauffeured if you don't fancy your own chances!) followed by a peaceful afternoon walk around the University Botanical Gardens.
More local attractions for days out include: historical places to visit, Nature reserves, National Trust properties and Family adventure days (all within easy reach by car)...
History: Imperial War Museum at Duxford, Cambridge American Cemetery and visitors centre, Bletchley Park and The Henry Moore Foundation
Nature Reserves: Waresley&Gransden woods (ancient oak-ash woodland), Sandy Lodge (RSPB), Fowlmere, Wicken Fen, Welney Wetland Centre, plus local woodland walks (10 min drive) or river walks from historical market town of St Ives.
National Trust and English Heritage: Wimpole Estate & Home Farm, Houghton Mill, Anglesey Abbey, Audley End and Denny End
Bourn Golf and leisure Club:
- Golf: 18 holes or 9 hole Pitch & Putt
- Spa: health & beauty treatments with a day pass available to health club for swimming pool, sauna & steam room (booking essential).
Family Adventure: Nene Valley Steam Railway, Bedford Oasis Beach Pool and Boating lake, Grafham Water (cycling, sailing/canoeing, walking), Great Ouse River for day's boating. Also, local Zoos include Shepreth, Linton, Hamerton, plus a Raptor Centre and Woburn Safari Park
And further a field, a trip to London by train or a drive to the beautiful Norfolk or Suffolk Coast is possible for the day:
Take a train from local towns of Royston or St Neots and you'll be in King's Cross within approx. 40 mins. From there you can jump on the London Underground to see the sights.
Or, for a more gentle day out, a car trip to the Norfolk Coast to walk along the lovely beach of Heacham (1hr 30 mins) or visit Blakeney National Nature Reserve (1hr. 45mins). The Suffolk coast is our favourite; a visit to Aldeburgh for a bracing walk along the the shingle beach and then a treat of great fish & chips at the end. Southwold has great walks and has an amazing traditional pier or visit Walberswick for the Coast Nature Reserve (as in BBC Spring Watch)