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Wainman House

Wisbech, Cambridgeshire

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Staying in this beautifully restored town house in its row of elegant merchant houses lining North Brink, is an experience which brings a taste of authentic history and luxury that is quite exceptional.

With accommodation ranging over four floors, the house mixes the refinement and elegance of the early nineteenth century with the convenience of a modern six bedroomed house.

The private terraced garden and free access to the magnificent walled garden of Peckover House makes this a splendid setting for a friends’ or family reunion. Pubs and restaurants are within easy walking distance and there are a further 35 acres of National Trust parkland just two minutes away.

Wisbech, as well as its attractive historic quarter, has good road links to rest of the country, including the Norfolk coast, Ely and Cambridge, all of which are within easy reach for contrasting days out.

The cottage's layout

Ground floor
Stone steps from the street to entrance hall, kitchen with Rangemaster, sitting room, dining room leading to a small conservatory and terraced garden.
First floor
Three bedrooms (double with 5' four poster bed, 6' four poster bed, single) two bathrooms with mixer shower over bath.
Other floor
Second floor: Three bedrooms (double with 5' bed, twin which can also be a 6' double on request, large single) bathroom with mixer shower over bath, shower room. Basement: Utility/boot room with lavatory, door to steps to street level, games room (reduced head height), store room for bicycles, etc. door to terraced garden.
Visitor notes

Heating: gas central heating.

Garden: a large, pretty enclosed garden to the rear of the house reached through the conservatory or basement door.

Parking: Allocated parking for three cars in a private inner courtyard a minutes walk from the bottom of the garden. There is limited street parking (subject to availability and time restrictions apply) to the front of the house.

Accessibility: there is restricted head height in the basement and on the steep stairs leading down to it.

Catering: Catering service available for a meal on arrival or celebratory dinners.

Please note: The house is set within a busy town so traffic noise may be heard at times.

Offers: Free entry to Peckover House and Garden and other selected National Trust properties during regular opening times and Peckover Garden at all times. (Listings within the cottage welcome folder).

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  • Pub nearby
  • City location
  • Garden appeal
  • Celebration
  • Cot
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Telephone
  • Television
  • Washing machine
  • Double bed
  • Microwave
  • Radio
  • WiFi
  • DVD
  • Fridge


Things to see and do nearby

East Anglia
A beautiful day at Kings Marsh, at Orford Ness. A former salt-marsh, it is now enclosed by river walls and provides habitat for both waders and wildfowl. © Joe Cornish

The ancient kingdom of East Anglia has preserved much of its unspoilt character, rural landscape, architecture and traditions with attractions ranging from the University city of Cambridge and the Cathedral city of Ely, to glorious, often deserted, sandy beaches, lots of seaside fun, outdoor pursuits and the unspoilt waterways of The Broads. National Trust places in East Anglia are equally varied, ranging from the magnificent Blickling Hall in Norfolk, the impressive rotunda at Ickworth, near Bury St. Edmunds, the elegant Anglesey Abbey, to the dramatic coastline at Dunwich Heath, with its neighbouring RSPB sanctuary and the Anglo-Saxon royal burial site at Sutton Hoo.

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  • North Norfolk coast
  • Brancaster RSPB and wildlife reserves
  • sea-life and pier shows at Hunstanton
  • Bird watching
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Sailing
  • Walking
National Trust places to visit
Peckover House and Garden
Peckover House and Garden Elegant Georgian town house with wonderful walled garden
St George's Guildhall
St George's Guildhall England's largest surviving medieval Guildhall
Ramsey Abbey Gatehouse
Ramsey Abbey Gatehouse Remains of a former Benedictine abbey
Oxburgh Hall
Oxburgh Hall 15th-century moated manor house
Wicken Fen National Nature Reserve
Wicken Fen National Nature Reserve The National Trust's oldest nature reserve, and England's most famous fen
Houghton Mill
Houghton Mill Impressive working 18th-century watermill

Visitor comments

Comments from past visitors

  • Anonymous
    • November 2014
    • ---------------
    Perfect for us!

    We are a large group who meet annually for a retreat, always trying out new places. Wainman house was perfect for us with plenty of space and good parking. The gardens - with access to Peckover House - were fabulous. Thank you. The kitchen was wonderfully stocked with everything we could possibly want. Sofa in lounge area rather uncomfortable as the cushions were quite worn.

  • Tina Hampson
    • October 2014
    • Surrey
    Wonderful house

    The wonderful house, equipment in the kitchen and elsewhere and the access to Peckover House Gardens. The whole street was brilliant. Everything perfect, the only criticism would be that the sitting room was not very 'comfortable' though I understand keeping the furnishings in keeping with the period of the house.

  • Stephen Jagels
    • February 2014
    • Hertfordshire
    Attention to detail

    Wainman House has a very welcoming feel and our party soon felt at home, the attention to detail is excellent including the period furniture. The whole ambience of the house enhanced our family celebrations thank you. Having our own garden gate with access through to Peckover gardens is rather special too and we managed to have tour of the house on the Sunday.

  • Kate Moore
    • August 2013
    • London
    Very special Georgian hideaway

    OUTSTANDING! Wonderful welcome touches and everything you could ever need in the kitchen and we love to cook – what a dining room! The attention to detail matched with excellent functionality means this has been an idyllic holiday. What an outstanding restoration of a magnificent house, it has been the most welcoming place for 9 of us. Wandering through Peckover garden after hours – what a treat! The beach at Holkham was one of the BEST the UK has to offer. This is a very special Georgian hideaway – thank you NT team 10/10!

  • The Cowell Family
    • July 2013
    • Kent
    A superb property restored with vision and skill, well done!

    A very special house, perfect for a weekend for the family and a fantastic conservation job. The attention to detail is stunning and of the highest standards. Wisbech looking great too and a very sunny weekend during the Rose Fair parade. We are very lucky to be among the first to stay here – thanks.

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