Peacocks Fine B&B

Ely, Cambridgeshire
Bed & Breakfast
+44 (0)7900 666161

Charming suites filled with antiques sit above Rachel and George’s award-winning tearoom. Ely is a pretty little city well worth a visit


2 rooms


Rooms sleep 2

The Experience

Above their popular riverside tearoom in the heart of Ely, George and Rachel have created two suites with all the trimmings: robes, chocolates, your own sitting room and (of course) a huge selection of teas.

Breakfast is served by the Aga – a refreshing change from the usual full English: try granola, fruit, yogurt and maple syrup, savoury crumpets with cream cheese and salmon, Croque Madame, brie and bacon on toasted half-rye bread, or omelettes with a variety of fillings.

Browse the nearby antique centre, visit the cathedral, explore Cambridge and the Fens, stroll out for dinner. Make sure to leave time for a tearoom treat though – soups, lunches, cakes, 70 different kinds of tea – and for chatting to The Peacocks, who are friendly, humorous hosts.

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We think you'll love

  • The fabulous bathroom in The Brewery House suite
  • Having your own sitting room
  • The delicious, unusual breakfasts and the vast choice of teas
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You should know

  • Tearoom is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays
  • Both suites are upstairs


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Pubs/restaurants 3-minute walk. Tearoom closed Monday & Tuesday.


Nightly price
from £135
Singles £110-£135. Extra bed/sofabed available £50-£70 per person per night.
1 Suite for 2
From £135
1 Suite for 2
From £160



From the very warm welcome on arrival with tea and cake to the delicious breakfasts (especially Rachel’s lovely granola “cocktail”) and the very pretty Cottage suite, Peacocks is a lovely place to stay and a superb base to explore Ely, Cambridge and the countryside around. George was an excellent host, recommending places to eat and to visit. The tea rooms are delightful with an enormous choice of teas (some completely unknown to us) and gorgeous food. We can thoroughly recommend a stay here.

Julie and Phil, Manchester

Rachel and George really understand how to make their guests feel special. They have created two stunning, spacious suites where every comfort has been provided: robes, chocolates, huge selection of teas in the room; and a delicious breakfast which is so varied and unusual that making a final choice takes a while. A lot of thought has gone into creating this haven of comfort and decadence - so much so, it will be difficult to leave.

Mandy, Sawday's inspector

Peacock's is lovely place to stay for a visit to Ely and the area. We were delighted with the spacious suite, the peace and quiet of the location, the comfortable bed, and, not least, the friendly hospitality of George and Rachel. Fantastic breakfast, too. We will definitely stay again.

Ruth, Leicester

George and Rachel were the perfect hosts - not too obtrusive, generous, helpful, nothing was too much and the facilities were excellent - lovely breakfast - and they really know their teas!! Peacock's is beautiful in every way - the best of the Sawday's recommendations we've been too and Ely a charming, peaceful city with a stunning cathedral - such easy access from Stansted - and down to Cambridge. We had a lovely trip on the river Ouse. We will certainly return.

Tim, Dublin

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The neighbourhood

The reputation of the tearoom is a big draw as it's such a unique, characterful place. Ely centre and the cathedral are a five-minute walk. A huge antiques centre is next door; Oliver Cromwell's house is nearby and open all year. It’s easy to get here from Cambridge (15-minute train), London or Birmingham. Catch the horse racing at Newmarket (both Newmarket and Cambridge are 15 miles away).

Local points of interest from Rachel Peacock

  • We overlook the slipway where the main street starts to climb up from the river towards the town centre and the magnificent Cathedral. For hundreds of years from when Ely was an island in the fens this spot was one of the main commercial hubs of the town
  • Within a few minutes’ walk you will find a good choice of pubs and restaurants. Next door is East Anglia’s largest antiques centre. Picturesque traffic-free footpaths outside the door lead you out into the fenland countryside or through parks up into town
  • Ely centres on the vast and magnificent medieval Cathedral: the tour around the roof is amazing. Good family shops, restaurants and businesses survive here & book lovers mustn’t miss Toppings in the High Street – one of the best bookshops in the country
  • We are in the driest part of Britain with less rain fall on average than Beirut, Rome, Sydney or New York! Even in winter the climate tends to be mild. One of the downsides is that we rarely get enough frost to be able to skate on the river!
  • Ely is a good base for exploring East Anglia, whether by car or train. Cambridge with its colleges and museums is close by, as is Newmarket - the 'Home of Horseracing'. The lovely villages & beaches of Suffolk & Norfolk are all within reach for a day out.
  • Nature lovers will enjoy Wicken Fen and the Wildfowl reserve at Welney. The National Trust maintains fine properties including Anglesey Abbey, Peckover House and Ickworth. London, barely an hour away by train, seems a world away.


Rachel Peacock

Rachel used to be an antiques dealer and George was a solicitor. They both decided they'd like to branch out into new things so opened a tearoom. As the business grew, they found that they were using more and more of their own house to seat customers and eventually turned their upstairs flat into two B&B suites and moved next door. They like guests to feel at home so provide books and maps, WiFi and TV, and in the morning, "a good breakfast to start the day properly".