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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, Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire
A view of Blakeney Point landscape, showing the estuary south of the point © 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

  • Ingham
    • November 2015
    • ....
    Made enjoyable...

    Wainman House is beautiful and very elegantly furnished. It is perfect for a large family get-together, with the dining room and drawing room both able to cater easily for everyone, and plenty of games and activities for all ages to enjoy. We went into the garden of neighbouring Peckover House on Sunday morning and enjoyed it in peace and quiet, and made friends with the cat! We also enjoyed free admission to Oxburgh Hall. Suggestion: It's a tiny one - there were four gravy boats but no butter dish! Also, please provide cottage inventory at time of booking - I had to email and ask about kitchen utensils etc. as we were planning to cook celebration meals. Inventory was very helpful when it was sent.

  • Williams
    • October 2015
    • ...
    Made enjoyable...

    This was the first National Trust property I had stayed in and everything about it was wonderful. The property itself was magnificent and the welcome pack was an unexpected bonus. I found it hard to believe that we were just left to our own devices in such an amazing place! The booking process was easy and efficient. The ability to explore the adjoining National Trust property out of hours was another lovely touch. I can't wait to go on my next National Trust break. Suggestion: Short breaks starting on a different day would be useful - maybe a midweek one rather than a weekend I loved leafing through the National Trust property brochure while staying at Wainman House and while I know that it is available online I wondered if the brochure is available in hard copy?

  • Anonymous
    • October 2015
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    Made enjoyable....

    Loved the experience from start to finish. Would do it all again in a heartbeat. A kitchen stool might be a useful addition.

  • Aloysius
    • August 2015
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    Made enjoyable....

    The access to the beautiful gardens next door

  • Fotheringham
    • July 2015
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    Made enjoyable...

    Wonderful property ideal for family get-together. We loved the garden space with large table, BBQ, access to the gardens and croquet lawn next door at Peckover House. We had a big family dinner in the dining room which was elegant for a special birthday. There was enough space for everyone to relax and chill. We enjoyed Wimbledon on the tv, and two of our party were made very welcome at the Wisbech tennis club, which was much appreciated. As it reached 33 degrees during our stay, we were glad of large windows, all of which opened. Fresh flowers on arrival was a nice touch, as was setting the table for a formal meal. We did have occasional difficulty in getting blinds to roll up again -- on a couple of mornings, the ladder in the laundry area was very useful with this!

  • Katherine Godfrey
    • May 2015
    • London
    Made special by:

    We were married in a licensed premises on the opposite side of the river and had our celebration dinner at Wainman House. It was very special to have access to Peckover House gardens. Everyone we dealt with from the National Trust and the caterers were very helpful and supportive in helping us to organise an amazing day/weekend. We were lucky enough to meet Emma, the House Manager, before we arrived and she was very helpful. Cooks Caterers were also extremely helpful. The house and gardens were perfect for our small wedding celebrations.

  • Susan Enticott
    • April 2015
    • West Sussex
    Made special by:

    I was particularly grateful that we were able to access the grounds of Peckover house out of hours. This is above and beyond what you at the NT need to have done but added a really interesting extra component to our stay. It felt as if you really wanted us to have the best time and to share the delights of the garden with us. Thank you, whoever made the decision. Emma the housekeeper very friendly and helpful

  • Peter Cox
    • April 2015
    • Essex
    Well presented property

    The property was extremely well presented, with seemingly every eventuality planned for - the provision of toilet rolls and handwash was an unexpected surprise, which was much appreciated. We were really impressed and would definitely book a National Trust property again in future as a result. We also booked a National Trust-recommended caterer, Tony Martin of Cooks Catering. Again, we were really impressed with the very high quality of food and service provided. Tony was easy to deal with, flexible and helpful throughout. I would definitely recommend him to any future guest to 14 North Brink.

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