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Observatory House: huge, gorgeous Georgian home

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Observatory House: huge, gorgeous Georgian home

Entire house
16+ guests9 bedrooms21 beds3 bathrooms
16+ guests
9 bedrooms
21 beds
3 bathrooms
This is one of a few places in the area that has this feature.
Anne is a Superhost
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Great check-in experience
95% of recent guests gave the check-in process a 5-star rating.

Period Georgian home which can accommodate 20+ guests (max so far, 32!): roaring fires, kitchen range, large living rooms, third-acre garden, lawn tennis, croquet, swimming pool, piano, cinema room. Easy walk to a huge variety of restaurants, pubs, park, shops; five minute walk to town centre, beautiful embankment and river walks beyond; five mins walk to bus station; ten to railway station with easy access to London. 45 min drive to Cambridge, 20 to Milton Keynes shopping centre.


Indoor fireplace
Hot water
Entire place
You’ll have the space to yourself and will only share it with those you’re traveling with.

Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1
1 double bed,2 single beds
Bedroom 2
1 double bed,1 single bed
Bedroom 3
1 double bed,5 single beds
Bedroom 4
2 single beds
Bedroom 5
1 double bed
Bedroom 6
1 king bed,2 single beds
Bedroom 7
1 king bed,1 single bed
Bedroom 8
1 sofa bed
Bedroom 9
1 sofa bed



76 reviews
Stephanie User Profile
September 2019
Thank you so much for this weekend. The birthday girl came away very happy! Hosts really supported our needs. We arrived early and was welcomed by Anne and her family with tea and biscuits. Anne offered tips and advice. We were also given some prosecco to start our…
Sinthu User Profile
September 2019
This house is full of character and is beautiful. The conservatory has a roof of grape vines , the dining room is huge and accommodated 22 of us perfectly. The kitchen is big and lots of space if you are preparing food. The family stay at the house as already indicated and they…
Jenny User Profile
August 2019
I wanted to book the Observatory for a large family gathering at the last moment under very sensitive circumstances. Anne was most accommodating and immediately called me to go through the details to ensure we as an entire family would be comfortable. She was most gracious in…
Anne User Profile
Response from Anne:
We are so sorry you couldn't come, Jenny, and quite understand why. We wish you and your family all the best, and would love to host you another time if this works for you. Anne x
August 2019
Emily User Profile
July 2019
Such a great location for a hen do, great pool too! Lovely meal cooked for us, very friendly and hospitable. Fantastic house, it’s like a rabbit warren and keeps going on forever! We also love animals so having the dog and cats was great too. Very central location so convenient!
Anne User Profile
Response from Anne:
Thank you for being such great guests: it was a really pleasure to have you. Very best wishes for an equally lovely wedding.
July 2019
Louise User Profile
July 2019
Our stay at Anne´s place was amazing. It felt like going back in time, living in an incredible museum! The house is decorated and styled with intricate details and incredible furniture from chandeliers hanging from the ceilings, loads of antiques and books, period music…
Anne User Profile
Response from Anne:
What a lovely review – from lovely people! Thank you Louise. Particularly appreciated as the weather wasn't quite as stunning as it sometimes can be. I'm so glad you managed your al fresco lunch.
July 2019
Robert Barry User Profile
Robert Barry
July 2019
Though our plans for a longer stay fell through at this time, our team was very impressed with this property and were extremely pleased with the flexibility and helpfulness of our host, Anne.
Chantelle User Profile
July 2019
I have just come back from a weekend at this house, for my sister’s hen do – which I took months organising and worrying about to make it the perfect weekend for her. Thankfully, due to the group of wonderful friends/ family, they made this weekend, a weekend to remember!…
Anne User Profile
Response from Anne:
The motive behind Chantelle’s review os chillingly clear: she sent me a breathtakingly long list of complaints, almost two weeks before her review went public, demanding “a considerable sum” of money; later specified as over £2,300. This so blatantly contravenes Airbnb’s rules…
July 2019

Hosted by Anne

Bedford, United KingdomJoined in March 2014
Anne User Profile
243 Reviews
Anne is a SuperhostSuperhosts are experienced, highly rated hosts who are committed to providing great stays for guests.
I am a novelist, writer and broadcaster. My husband Shaun is an Anglican clergyman and we have five children. Having been brought up in a head master's house and brought up our family in a working Vicarage, I am very used to sharing our home and love to see it used and full of…
Interaction with guests
This is our home: please note that we live here! We started by listing it just when we were going to be away – in late July and early August, when we often go to the seaside; for school holidays; Christmas, New Year, Easter and so on. However, it has proved so popular (and it can…
Languages: Français
Response rate: 86%
Response time: within a few hours
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About this place
When you stay in an Airbnb, you’re staying at someone’s place.
This is Anne’s place.
Gerda and Shaun help host.

The neighborhood

Things to keep in mind

Check-in: After 4PM
Checkout: 10AM
After 4PM

House Rules

  • No smoking
  • Pets are allowed
  • Parties and events are allowed