Weekend Getaway: Poets House in Ely

If you're looking for a short break in the english countryside then we thoroughly recommend Poets House in Ely. Poets House is a charming hotel in the heart of historic Ely, perfect for weekend breaks, conferences, weddings and celebrations in Cambridgeshire.

Poets House hotel is home to just 21 bedrooms, many have views of the Cathedral. The hotel's design is contemporary and the hotel is home to a street facing restaurant 'The Dining Room', serving both traditional and modern British dishes. A modern cocktail bar 'The Study' faces the hotel's courtyard. Originally consisting of three Grade-II-listed properties of the early 1900s and the home of a renowned local author, today, Poets House is a stylish luxury hotel ideal for short breaks.

 in Cambridgeshire is ideal for spring and summer walks as the days get longer. Ely has a beautiful waterside ideal for strolls discovering the local countryside. During the warmer months visitors can enjoy a boat trip along the River Great Ouse. Visitors can embark on Ely's Eel Trail! This walk invites walkers to discover the architecture and history of this small city. Ely's marshland and waters once contained many eels which were part of the local staple diet. Visitors can still sample smoked eel at Ely's award-winning Farmers Market. The Eel Trail highlights around 18 local attractions starting at Oliver Cromwell's House and Ely's tourism information centre where the leaftlet can be picked up. Other highlights of the trail include The Bishop's Palace, Ely Porta, Ely Museum, the antiques centre by the Waterside and of course the world famous Ely cathedral. Throughout the summer months Poets House offer a package which includes a boat trip.

Ely Cathedral dominates the skyline and sits just opposite Ely's leading independent hotel, Poets House. The Cathedral has been the set for many major productions and most recently appeared in the Netflix drama The Crown. Ely is no stranger to film stars and over the years these have included Cate Blanchette, Natalie Portman, Kristin Scott Thomas and Eddie Redmayne and many others.

As walkers explore the Eel Trail they will encounter a selection of public artworks that explore the life of the eel in this city. One of the highlights is the 3m high galvanised steel eel sculpture found in Jubilee Gardens.

Poets House is located just 17 miles from Cambridge and 5 minutes by taxi or a pleasant 15 minute walk from Ely train station with direct, regular train services, to London Kings Cross. Poets House is ideal for pleasure and business and is also home to a dedicated events space which can host up to 70 people.

Whether you are a fan of eels of not, Ely's stunning outdoors are the perfect place to soak up the sunshine.

www.poetshouse.uk.com 40-44 St Marys Street, Ely CB7 4EY 01353 887777, B&B priced from £180.00 per room, per night. 

Summer Boat Break (Available July, August and September 2017)Enjoy a three course dinner each, overnight accommodation, a boat trip and breakfast each priced from £260.00 per room per night, based on two guests.