Our orchard is enclosed all around by a mixed hedge, so it feels secluded but is also in the heart of our working organic farm.
At night it is very dark, so on a clear night it is perfect for star-gazing around the campfire.
As we are an organic farm, environmental stewardship is very important to us, and we are committed to looking after our home and the wider environment. Please help us by separating your recycling when you stay with us.
We encourage campfires! Each accommodation and pitch has its own outdoor fire pit, and there is also a larger communal fire pit. You can buy firewood on the farm, and you are also welcome to bring your own logs (no treated wood please).
To preserve the beauty of the orchard for everyone, car parking is nearby in an adjacent field. Wheelbarrows are provided to transport your luggage to your pitch.
The Apple Hut is our communal facilities building, and houses a small kitchen area with sink for washing up, a fridge, utensils, crockery and cutlery. Eco washing-up liquid is provided.
Next to the Apple Hut is the Shower Shack, which has a compost toilet, wash basin and shower with hot and cold running water. Eco-friendly hand soap is provided. Please note that only certified biodegradable shampoo and shower gel (e.g. Faith In Nature or Lush) is suitable for use in the shower – this is available in travel-size bottles on-site.
Electricity is not available in our accommodation, but is in the Apple Hut where there are sockets you can use. All our energy is generated by renewable systems. We have a 6kw wind turbine and a 40kw solar PV array on site, and we are also grid-connected via Good Energy. Please note that we do not offer electric hook-ups.
The wider farm
You are welcome to explore the rest of the farm, which is 117 acres. We have some fantastic bird life, including barn owls, lapwings and skylarks. There are always fields left fallow, which you can run around in, play football or frisbee. We also have a young woodland which you can explore.
Should you wish to explore the local area, there is plenty to do. We are just a few miles from Cambridge, with very good cycle paths linking the village to the city. Ely is also very close with a fantastic cathedral. Cottenham and the surrounding villages have several good pubs and restaurants. National Trust properties Wicken Fen, Anglesey Abbey and Wimpole Farm are all within half an hour’s drive.
Upcoming local events 2019
Fen Edge Festival 21-23 June - stalls and music, held in Cottenham (our village) www.fenedgefestival.co.uk
Histon & Impington Feast 29 June - 7 July - stalls, music, circus held in neighbouring villages www.histonfeast.co.uk
Events at Wicken Fen - our closest National Trust nature reserve
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