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There aren’t many cities in England that can show off historically quite as much as Cambridge. Home to not only the prestigious university but also King’s College Chapel, the River Cam, Kettle’s Yard and more Nobel prize winners than any other UK city, Cambridge is a wonder for anyone with an interest in culture, architecture or nature. Luckily, it’s also home to plenty of stunning places to stay. We’ve rounded up our favorites below.
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You’ll spy Edwardian charm in every room of this incredible period house, with five bedrooms and space for 10 guests. A large rental that promises to bring all of your quaint English Airbnb dreams to life, this beautiful home finds the perfect midpoint between being far enough out to offer plenty of space but also being close enough to the center for spontaneous days of exploring. High-ceilinged sitting rooms, an airy conservatory and a pretty walled garden just add to this house’s never-ending charm, along with its original furniture and modern facilities. A checkerboard floor, fireplaces in each bedroom and arched doorways make this Airbnb feel like something out of a fairytale.
Oversized skylights and airy, modern design are just some of the stunning interior features you can admire when checking into this roomy, two bedroom apartment in southern Cambridge. Surrounded by nature in every direction, this rural Airbnb is spacious enough for four people looking to spend a few days exploring the delights of one of England’s most charming cities. You’ll find everything you need at this spot: a fully stocked kitchen looks out to the gardens and an outdoor terrace is the perfect place for chilling with an evening drink. A Nespresso coffee maker and outdoor BBQ means you’re sorted for dining from morning through night.
Head to the waters to explore Cambridge from a new perspective: its miles of surrounding canals. What this stylish narrowboat lacks in space it more than makes up for with its black and white tiled bathroom and serene river views. Small but mighty, this boat has one double bed and two single beds across two bedrooms as well as Wi-Fi, a washing machine and a microwave. The best part? While some narrowboats here might be firmly fixed to their docking point, this one comes with its own driving instructions, which means you’re free to set your own itinerary with only the swans for company.
A home away from home in the stunning Cambridge countryside, this pristine Airbnb has three bedrooms with seemingly endless space. Light and open plan, everything about this house screams “countryside retreat,” yet it’s deceivingly close to the center for all of your upcoming plans. One of the best features about this house is its incredible feature bath — perfect for relaxing soaks after a long day of vacationing. Vintage magazines and a curated art collection ensures you never run out of talking points here, no matter which room you’re relaxing in. And a terrace and BBQ, garden and pond (complete with sunbeds) means there’s no excuse not to make use of the British sunshine.
Is there any name more quintessentially English sounding than Burbidge Mews? This modern townhouse sits across three floors in the heart of Cambridge, only a five-minute walk from all of the action. Suitable for three guests across three bedrooms with deluxe king-size beds and private en-suites, there’s endless amenities dotted throughout including super-fast Wi-Fi and a fully stocked kitchen. Swish, monochrome design is the interior style of choice at this suave Airbnb, where you’ll find yourself taking almost as many photos of the décor as you will outside of the townhouse.
This two-bedroom apartment at Turing Locke was completely renovated at the start of 2021, which means all of its stylish coordinated furniture and king-size beds are virtually brand new. Decked out head to toe in muted jade and millennial pink-friendly shades, it’s an Airbnb that looks just as fashionable in real life as it does on your Instagram feed. It’s also a great holiday spot for all kinds of travelers: a fully equipped kitchen complete with dining table, dishwasher and designer cooking gear brings to life all of those fancy family dinners, while super-fast Wi-Fi, blackout curtains and AC (a rarity in the UK) cater to all your needs. Kinsey Apothecary toiletries and a welcome kit add an extra touch of luxe to this spot.
Four soothingly colored double bedrooms with cool, neutral shades offer space for eight guests at this quaint-yet-modernized Cambridge cottage. A place that’s homey enough that you’ll want to unpack — no matter how short your trip — but bright white enough for everything to look like it’s fresh off the pages of a magazine, it’s a home away from home with all the amenities you could need. Cambridge chic comes into its own here, with furniture handmade by local artists and interesting flooring across all three floors. A private patio and garden has wonderful views of nature and room-darkening shades mean you’ll never struggle to fall asleep.
You might not automatically think of Cambridge when it comes to a chalet in the countryside, but this sweet, four-bedroom number south of the city is prepared to change just that. A huge space with room for 12 guests, it’s suitable for a larger group who appreciate the British countryside and the chance to spend some time together. This is an Airbnb that doesn’t hold back with its amenities: here you’ll find a hot tub, a patio with a BBQ, outside seating and a large garden as well as extra sports and movie channels on the TV. Set in a peaceful, quiet area, it’s a wonderful location for all types of vacations.
This two-bedroom flat sits in the middle of Cambridge, which means you’re never more than a few minutes away from everything this city has to offer. Great for anyone who appreciates modern décor with a burst of color, this Airbnb is filled with vibrant touches in every room, coming together to form a comfortable and welcoming stay. It’s decked out with all the essentials for a weekend in the city, as well as a large dining table for group dinners. One double bed and two cozy single beds promise an excellent night’s sleep.
A vibrant yellow sofa, bright blue walls and a postbox red set of drawers means you won’t know where to look first at this six-bedroom home next to the River Cam. A brilliant location for anyone who enjoys a good stroll through nature, there’s room for nine guests at this Airbnb with all the facilities necessary for a wonderful stay. A range of double beds, single beds and a bunk bed offer space for adults and children alike, while a living room with plenty of sofas sets the scene for game night or simply chilling out with a glass of wine. One of the sofas can be converted into a sofa bed for two more guests, if needed.
Fully equipped for up to seven guests, this three-bedroom Airbnb is in the cosmopolitan Romsey area, a 30-minute drive from central Cambridge. Far away enough for a true escape from the hustle and bustle, you’ll find everything you need inside this Airbnb for a wonderful stay in the city. A huge kitchen acts as the focal point of this house; a room that’s just calling out to be cooked in, glass of wine in hand and delicious smells wafting from the oven. But evenings here deserve to be spent in the living room, home to comfortable sofas and also a grand piano. A living room-based sofa bed offers more space if you’re arriving with a larger group.