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Luxury B&B at traditional 250 year old village Inn

Private Room , 1 Bathroom , Sleeps 2
Grantchester, Cambridgeshire, England
The Blue Ball is a traditional village inn celebrating its 250th birthday.
Just a mile from the historic heart of Cambridge, it overlooks Grantchester Meadows, with views over to the college roof tops.
The pub was purchased 2 years ago by its new owners, and has been fully renovated whilst retaining its charm and character. The rooms have been furnished with a contemporary feel, with brand new bathrooms and all modern comforts, whilst downstairs the Inn has open fires and a unique and some what quirky charm.
There is a sun trap beer garden at the rear, and seating at the front to take advantage of the views across the famous meadows.
The pub starred as the pub used in series 3 of Grantchester , the ITV series starring James Norton.
Listing #HL8713956
About the Owner
toby j
Languages spoken:English, French
Response Rate:100%
Response Time:Within a day
Listed Since:April 2017
Interaction with guests
The Blue Ball is a traditional village inn, 250 years old , with a great history and a warm and friendly ambiance . We have been running the pub since we bought a couple of years ago, and have renovated the building whilst keeping its quirky charm, both of us were born and brought up in Cambridge, and can over advice and assistance on local attractions, where to go and where not to go . Down stairs in the pub there is always a friendly welcome , and the opportunity to meet other guests and pub locals.
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Reviewed 4 August 2017

The Blue Ball exceeded all our expectations! Perfect location - and a lovely traditional pub downstairs, comfortable (and brand new) rooms upstairs. Great hospitality from owners and locals alike. I recommend the full English in the morning. Can't beat that breakfast... We will be back!

Date of stay: August 2017
Thank kimewhitworth
Toby J, VR Owner at Luxury B&B at traditional 250 year old village Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 5 August 2017

thank for your wonderful review, it was a pleasure meeting you both and we look forward to your next visit, kind regards Toby

Reviewed 29 July 2017

What a great place - lovely pub, friendly people and the room was beautifully decorated and clean. We were made to feel very welcome, and the location is great - you literally walk across the road and you're straight onto Grantchester meadows. We booked this...More

Date of stay: July 2017
1  Thank CY_Weeks
Toby J, VR Owner at Luxury B&B at traditional 250 year old village Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 29 July 2017

firstly thanks for staying with us, and secondly thanks for taking the time to post such a great review, we hope you come back and stay soon ! kind regards Toby

  • Central Heating
  • Deck
  • Fireplace
  • Housekeeping Included
  • Internet Access
  • King Beds:(1)
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room Seats (1)
  • Patio
  • Private Garden
  • Staffed Property
  • Towels Provided
  • TV
  • Unknown type bathrooms (1)
  • Waterfront
House rules
    Not kid-friendly
    Pets not allowed
    Smoking not allowed
    Check in: 3:00 PM
    Check out: 11:00 AM
No hen or stag groups
    1 Unknown type
    1 King
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  • Damage Deposit: €112 / stay - Deposit
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About the neighbourhood
Grantchester is a world famous village, mentioned both in the Doomsday Book and The Canterbury Tales, as well as by Pink Floyd as they all lived locally.
Rupert Brooke wrote his famous poem whilst living in the village, and today the village still boasts the highest percentage per capita of Nobel Prize winners in the world, perhaps due to its close proximity ( just over a mile away) of Cambridge and its colleges.
More recently its has been the star of Grantchester , the TV series starring James Norton.
Getting around
The best way to enjoy the village and the meadows is on foot, the pub looks out over the famous Grantchester Meadows.
A short bike ride into the city centre, a 20 minute walk or even come out by punt on the river.
Car not needed
How to get there
Airport: London Stanstead: 30.0 km
Railway: Cambridge: 3.0 km
Grantchester is just 1.5 miles from the historic centre of Cambridge. A 10 minute taxi ride from Cambridge Station, a wonderful walk or bike ride over the famous Grantchester Meadows, or just yards from a bus stop with a direct service into Cambridge city centre.
Junction12 of the M11 is half a mile away.
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