“Leslie and Terry made everything about this exchange easy and fun. Their flat in the "vicarage" is spacious and comfortable and on a private road. Leslie left detailed directions for all appliances, brochures of places of interest and the phone number of Ed who could help with anything we might need. Soham is a charming town with easy access to nearby cities, All in all, it could not have gone better. Ps. My condo was absolutely immaculate when I came home. Thanks to Terry and Leslie, I think I\'ve made new friends....and we\'ve never even met!”
Terry's reviewsAs a host (2)
“We did a three week exchange in 2014. Our home in Vancouver Canada is very different to this wonderful home. The posting is modest compared to the actual home and location. A very unique home, comfortable, quiet, private, set in a park like setting next to a dramatic Church dating back to the 600's, I could go on and on. The village of Soham has everything you may need Butcher, Baker, Green grocer, Drug store, Post office, Supermarket, the list goes on, all in a genuine village. Three unique Pubs where the locals like all the villagers are very friendly with much advice about the area. Easy access to Oxford Cambridge and the Fen country. One import point is that the home owners are great communicators in terms of making the arrangements which makes things easy and pleasant. We have done a number of exchanges and this one was truly WONDERFUL.”
Where is it?
Soham is a small Fenland town with local shops, pubs and food outlets, including a wonderful Italian, just round the corner. The small but historic city of Ely is just 7 miles to the north, with a magnificent Cathedral and once was the home of Oliver Cromwell; his house is now open to the public. The Great Ouse River flows through the city and traditionally it was the place for eels, thus the name of the city. Ely also has a rail station and great service to Cambridge (20 mins) and London (1 hour) or to the north the cities of Birmingham or Norwich and the wider rail network.
The Fenland area is very flat but famous for its "big skies" which are truly amazing. The land was reclaimed and much of it is below sea level, as a result it is very fertile and great to walk through. For miles around you will see Ely and the towers of the cathedral which is positioned on the only real hill in Fenland and consequently referred to as "The Ship of the Fens", come and see for yourself.
To the south, again 7 miles away is the home of British Horse Racing in the town of Newmarket, again a pleasant shopping area but you may find the bars in the pubs a little low but please remember that jockeys are short! There are two race courses, the National Stud, Racing Museum and miles of gallops that connect the many stables to the town itself.
Some 10 miles further on you enter the City of Cambridge and its seats of learning, not to mention museums, galleries and shopping. A visit to Cambridge can not be made without a Punt along the River Cam, taking in the views of historic colleges. By the way you can punt yourself or go for the 1st class treatment chauffeur service - it’s safer and potentially much drier!
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