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Ely, Cambridgeshire

Wicken Rose Cottage

Looking towards the semi-detached Wicken Rose Cottage, on the right, and its neighbouring cottage, Cambridgeshire
Wicken Rose Cottage, on the right with the pink door, and its neighbouring cottage, Cambridgeshire | © National Trust/Mike Henton
The sitting room at Wicken Rose Cottage, Cambridgeshire
Wicken Fen Nature Reserve near Wicken Rose Cottage, Cambridgeshire

Wicken Rose Cottage

Set off along trails through wildlife-filled wetlands from the only holiday cottage on the Wicken Fen Nature Reserve.

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The sitting room at Wicken Rose Cottage, Cambridgeshire
Wicken Fen Nature Reserve near Wicken Rose Cottage, Cambridgeshire
Looking towards the semi-detached Wicken Rose Cottage, on the right, and its neighbouring cottage, Cambridgeshire
The exterior of Wicken Rose Cottage, Cambridgeshire
The sitting room at Wicken Rose Cottage, Cambridgeshire
The back porch and breakfast bar at Wicken Rose Cottage, Cambridgeshire
The kitchen at Wicken Rose Cottage, Cambridgeshire
The kitchen at Wicken Rose Cottage, Cambridgeshire
The back porch and breakfast bar at Wicken Rose Cottage, Cambridgeshire
The shower room at Wicken Rose Cottage, Cambridgeshire
The double bedroom at Wicken Rose Cottage, Cambridgeshire
The double bedroom at Wicken Rose Cottage, Cambridgeshire
The garden at Wicken Rose Cottage, Cambridgeshire
The exterior and area surrounding Wicken Rose Cottage, Cambridgeshire
Wicken Fen Nature Reserve near Wicken Rose Cottage, Cambridgeshire
Wicken Fen Nature Reserve near Wicken Rose Cottage, Cambridgeshire
A signpost for one of the trails  at Wicken Fen, near Wicken Rose Cottage, Cambridgeshire
Wicken Fen Nature Reserve near Wicken Rose Cottage, Cambridgeshire
Wicken Fen Nature Reserve near Wicken Rose Cottage, Cambridgeshire
Wicken Fen Nature Reserve near Wicken Rose Cottage, Cambridgeshire

© National Trust / Mike Henton

Set off along trails through wildlife-filled wetlands from the only holiday cottage on the Wicken Fen Nature Reserve.

At a glance

Guests
2
Bedrooms
1
Number of dogs welcome
2
Reference
010067
Acorn rating

About Wicken Rose Cottage

Wicken Rose Cottage is uniquely placed next to the National Trust’s oldest nature reserve and England’s most famous fen. With an abundance of wildlife and walks from the doorstep, this semi-detached cottage offers a snug spot for two.

The front door opens into a cosy little living room. This leads to a light kitchen and then to the back porch, which has a breakfast bar and garden views. The enclosed back garden has a seating area and planting inspired by the fen, with hazel fencing and a bog garden.

Stairs from the kitchen lead to the upstairs landing where you’ll find the shower room and the small, restful bedroom. The king size bed has a view of a grass paddock, where you may see wildlife. The Wicken Fen chickens live just along the lane, so you might also hear the cockerel in the morning.

The lane that passes the cottage leads to the visitor centre before becoming walking trails. Wicken Fen is one of Europe’s most important wetlands and is home to thousands of plant and animal species. The raised boardwalk gives easy access to the landscape of flowering meadows, sedge and reedbeds. Spot the herds of free-roaming konik ponies and highland cattle, here helping to engineer new habitats.

The National Cycle Network (Route 11) 'Lodes Way' travels through the reserve, covering over 25 miles of quiet lanes and scenic tracks from Ely Cathedral to Cambridge, with plenty of options for short taster rides and longer adventures. You can hire bikes at Wicken Fen, storing them in the rack in the garden. You could also take a guided boat trip through the fens.

You can walk to Wicken village in five minutes. Soham and Ely are a little further away. During your stay, you’ll have free entry during opening hours to National Trust places including Anglesey Abbey (walking or cycling trail via Route 11), Wimpole Estate, Peckover House and Garden, and Ickworth which are all less than an hour by car.

Features and facilities

  • Wi-Fi, available
  • Garden, available
  • EV charging, not available
  • Fridge, available
  • Freezer, not available
  • Microwave, available
  • Open fire / wood burner, not available
  • Television, available
  • DVD, available
  • Washing machine, available
  • Dishwasher, not available
  • Tumble dryer, not available
  • BBQ, not available
  • Cot & high chair, not available

Location

Accessibility

Parking next to cottage. Enclosed garden. Find more information in the Accessibility Guide. Accessibility questions? Email holiday.enquiries@nationaltrust.org.uk or call us on 0344 800 2070.

Read our accessibility guide 

Layout

Ground floor layout

Sitting room, kitchen and rear porch with seating.

First floor layout

Bedroom with king size bed and shower room.

More information

Garden: There is an enclosed garden to the rear of the cottage with outdoor seating for two and a bike rack.

Heating: The cottage is heated by electric panel heaters and there is an electric fire in the sitting room.

Parking: There is space for one car next to the cottage.

Wifi: We are pleased to provide free WiFi at this cottage, which is supported by BT. Please note that intermittent connection problems can sometimes occur so it should not be relied upon.

Offers: Guests will benefit from a late Sunday checkout of 4pm at this cottage.

Please note: There is foot traffic on the road in front of the cottage throughout the day and into the evening as people access Wicken Fen Reserve. There may be some noise from livestock, including cockerels crowing at dawn.

The local National Trust team operate a small pizza van on site from Thursday to Sunday, plus Bank Holiday Mondays, at lunchtimes and again in the evenings until 8pm. Find more information on the Wicken Fen National Nature Reserve page, in the opening times section. Guests at Wicken Rose Cottage can get one complimentary pizza per person during their stay.

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Things to see and do at the Wicken Fen National Nature Reserve

Visitors on a boat trip at Wicken Fen National Nature Reserve, Cambridgeshire
Place
Place

Wicken Fen National Nature Reserve 

The National Trust's oldest nature reserve, and England's most famous fen

Ely, Cambridgeshire

Fully open today
Male reed bunting singing from a perch at Wicken Fen National Nature Reserve, Cambridgeshire
Article
Article

Wildlife at Wicken Fen 

Wicken Fen was the first nature reserve to be managed by the National Trust. Today it’s one of Europe's most important wetlands and home to over 9,000 species.

Visitors cycling at Wicken Fen National Nature Reserve, Cambridgeshire
Activity
Activity

Outdoor activities at Wicken Fen 

Explore the fens on two wheels or on foot. Enjoy an easy family ride to see Konik ponies or discover the wildlife in the wider reserve.

Migrant Hawker Dragonfly at Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire
Trail
Trail

Wicken Fen boardwalk trail 

Cambridgeshire

A short walk around Wicken's ancient Sedge Fen, a unique remnant of undrained fenland.

Activities
Walking
DistanceMiles: 0.7 (km: 1.12)
Kingfisher at Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire
Trail
Trail

Wicken Fen Adventurers' Trail 

Cambridgeshire

A 3-mile walk, exploring new areas of wetland habitat, reed beds and the mere.

Activities
Walking
DistanceMiles: 2.75 (km: 4.4)
Visitors crossing Norman's Bridge at Wicken Fen National Nature Reserve, Cambridgeshire
Trail
Trail

Four Lodes Trail at Wicken Fen 

Cambridgeshire

Explore part of Wicken Fen following the four Lodes on a trail is a great walk for catching a glimpse of grazing herds including Konik ponies and Highland cattle. Stop off at one of the hides to look for bittern, waterfowl and marsh harriers. It's the perfect walk for all the family to enjoy this season.

Activities
Walking
DistanceMiles: 4.0 (km: 6.4)