“Thank you Malcolm and Rachel for allowing us to exchange with you.We had a relaxing break which was what we wanted. This property is in an idyllic part of England, almost in the middle of no where with the most fantastic views and relaxing atmosphere. We rarely left the property, as there is everything you would need for young and old alike. The swim Jacuzzi is wonderful and a real treat, the chickens and ducks most entertaining, we enjoyed the feeding , letting them out in the morning and putting them to bed and collecting the eggs. I spent ages watching one have a bath. And snowball and Mr Pickles (the cats) very loving. We wanted a relaxing holiday and this exchange delivered. If you wanted to get out and about there is Ely and Cambridge near by. Ely has a wonderful Antique centre. We were very lucky to be shown around by Malcolm and Rachel when we arrived and this just added to the perfect communication throughout. Would recommend an exchange with this property and we would not hesitate to go back. ”
Malcolm's reviewsAs a host (9)
“During summer 2018, I did a non-simultaneous exchange with Malcolm and his family, meaning that Malcolm and his son Harry came to stay at my house while I went to Italy. Both before and during the stay, the communication with Malcolm was really easy. We used WhatsApp during the stay. I have pets and they were very well taken care of. The house was found in same condition as I left it. I can only recommend doing an exchange with Malcolm and his family. Best regards, Lotte”
“We had lovely holiday in Tipps End in July 2019. House and the garden were beautiful! We had such a relaxing holiday and got to see English countryside at it's best. As this was non-simultaneous exchange, we got to meet the family too and that was so nice! Thank you Rachel, Malcolm and the children for making us feel so welcome and making our holiday easy. Dinner waiting when we arrived and great tips for things to do and places to see were so lovely. Special thanks for the kindness with our children. They are already missing the chicken, ducks and cat.”
“Malcolm and Rachel have an idyllic house in a lovely part of the countryside. The house is beautiful, the garden fantastic, particularly if you have a family, and the area is perfect for exploring the countryside, towns and cities in Cambridgeshire. The family could not have been more welcoming to us and left us lots of information on things we could do in the area. They provided us with everything we would need to make our stay as comfortable and enjoyable as possible and kept in contact with us regularly to make sure we had settled in well. The house is in a very quiet area and the nearest town of Ely is 20 minutes away where there are plenty of shops and supermarkets and also good tourist attractions like Ely Cathedral and The Oliver Cromwell house. Cambridge was within easy driving distance and definitely worth visiting. There is a local wildlife centre 5 minutes from the house where we saw many rare species of birds and it also had great activities on for the children. We would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Malcolm and Rachel\'s house to anyone wishing to see this wonderful part of the English country. Our only problem was that we only stayed there a week and there was so much to do that we will have to visit the area again in the future to discover more. Thanks to the whole family for a really enjoyable stay.”
“Nous avons passé de très très bonnes vacances dans cette magnifique maison au calme. L\'échange s\'est parfaitement déroulé et nous avons été accueillis merveilleusement bien. Nous la recommandons sans hésiter. Jean-Paul & Véronique”
“Pour un premier échange, c'était une réussite: un accueil des plus chaleureux, une grande disponibilité avant, pendant et après l'échange, une maison très fonctionnelle et agréable à vivre, des sorties et promenades à profusion. C'est promis, nous reviendrons en Angleterre. Nous vous recommandons vivement cet échange.”
“We swapped our home with the Ewan's in April 2014. Contact was easy. There was lots of information on the home and things to do and see. The home was clean and spacious with a lovely private garden. The cats were friendly and easy to look after as they came and went as they pleased. Ely was a lovely place to visit. Our home was just as we left it. We would highly recommend a swap with this property.”
“We have swapped our house with this kind family during 1,5 week in August 2013. The correspondence before went very well. We have had a very good time while staying in their house. It's comfortable, clean, spacious and family friendly. Our children enjoyed the trampoline in the garden and have played many hours with the nice toys inside. They have also enjoyed the great playparks which were close. The neighborhood is quiet and pretty. Ely itself is a beautiful town. And so is the amazing cathedral! There are many good places and towns to visit in the area around Ely. We highly recommend this house for a nice swap!”
“Dear Malcolm and family, We had a pleasant stay in your beautiful house in Ely. We traveled by airplane to London Stansted and hired a car and came to you house in a bit more than 1 hour drive. A new experience: driving on the left side of the road, but it went very well. Ely is a beautiful town with an old centre, a very beautiful ancient cathedral and lying on the waterfront of the ouse river. We visited Cambridge by train and car, visited the centre, the sedge wick museum and the botanic gardens. Due to the beautiful weather we went to the beach near Hunstanton twice. Thank you very much for letting us stay in your house and for the nice contact. We found our house as we left it. We recommend your house to other house swappers. Kind regards, Anke and family.”
Where is it?
Tipps End, is a small hamlet beside the Welney-Wetlands Nature Reserve - a bird watcher's paradise. Welney has Britain's largest area of seasonally-flooded land and is the setting for one of the most magical events in the UK's nature calendar - mass winter gatherings of many thousands of wild ducks, geese and swans.
We live in East Anglia, the driest part of the UK with also the highest number of hours of sunshine! It is approximately 3 hours drive from Dover.
Ely boasts a 900 year old cathedral, arguably one of the most impressive cathedrals in Britain. Ely is situated on the river Ouse and has a delightful waterfront area. Cambridge is a 20 minute train ride away from Ely (40 minutes by car from our house). London is 1 hour 15 minutes away by train. The Norfolk coast with some lovely sandy beaches is between 60 and 90 minutes away by car.
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