The picturesque Cambridgeshire village known for having the UK's lowest pub

Holme Fen National Nature Reserve
-Credit: (Image: Cambridgeshire Live)

It's no secret that Cambridgeshire provides people with some idyllic towns and villages that are perfect for exploring. However, there is one area in the county that stands out amongst the rest.

Holme, which is only a seven-mile drive from Peterborough, has a claim to fame for containing the lowest point in Great Britain. It is also home to several stunning landmarks that immediately capture the eye.

Although the area isn't the largest, or most well-known, in the county, it still has an interesting story to tell. Take a look below as we dig deeper into why Holme is one of Cambridgeshire's must-visit villages.

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The lowest point in the UK

Holme Fen nature reserve
Holme Fen nature reserve -Credit:Warren Gunn

Holme Fen Nature Reserve is a fascinating piece of Cambridgeshire countryside that managed to survive despite the draining of the Fens centuries ago. At 657 acres, this wild fenland has a lot of different landscapes including woodland and wetland which attract a range of wildlife.

But the biggest fact about Holme Fen is that it is the site of the lowest point in the UK, at nine feet or 2.75 metres below sea level. They were installed by William Wells to measure changes to the landscape as he drained his land at Whittlesey Mere.

Elsewhere, the village is recorded as having a population of around 700 people. It has a primary school, a parish church, a large village green, and a mansion wedding venue known as Holmewood Hall, which was built in 1873 and used during World War II by the US Office of Strategic Services for packing airborne containers to be parachuted into occupied Europe.

Food and drink

The Admiral Wells pub claims to be the lowest in Great Britain
The Admiral Wells pub claims to be the lowest in Great Britain -Credit:Google Maps

The village's local pub, The Admiral Wells, also has a claim to fame, calling itself the lowest pub in the country at nine feet below sea level. William Wells named the venue after his grandfather, Vice Admiral Thomas Wells, who was a Royal Navy officer.

Today, the pub is an independent and family-run business that has undergone significant refurbishment in recent years. The venue's website saying it has "charming bar areas complete with cosy log fires and a light and airy conservatory in the restaurant overlooking the beautiful gardens and play area".

There's also a beer garden, which is the perfect spot at this time of year. The pub serves a range of classic pub dishes, including Sunday roasts, fish and chips and steak & ale pie, providing the ideal retreat for those taking a short drive from the A1 for a break.

House prices

House prices are not particularly cheap in most places in Cambridgeshire and Holme is no exception. According to Land Registry data, properties in the village sold for an average of £455,000 over the last year.

The majority of sales in Holme during the last year were detached properties, selling for an average price of £585,000. Meanwhile semi-detached properties sold for an average of £325,000.

Sold prices in Holme over the last year were also revealed to be 5 per cent down on the previous year and similar to the 2019 peak of £454,500.

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