Price: £460,000

This grade II listed thatched roof cottage is tucked away from main road and wrapped within beautiful gardens. There are three bedrooms and a bathroom upstairs. Downstairs there is a lobby, sitting room, dining room, farmhouse kitchen and bathroom.

Contact: Tucker Gardner on 01223 708269 or go to www.tuckergardner.com

Price: £2.2m

This Edwardian country house set is set in 4.4 acres of land with outbuildings. There is a kitchen, drawing, reception, dining and morning rooms. Not to mention the conservatory, five bedrooms, library, wine store and garage space.

Contact: Knight Frank on 020 7629 8171 to go to www.knightfrank.com

Price: £495,000

This two-bedroom top floor flat is the last remaining in the new Castle Keep apartment block. Overlooking Kings College and Castle Mount, the flat is 5mins walk to the city centre.

The flat comes with an allocated underground car parking space.

Contact: Savills on 01223 347 000 or go to www.savills.co.uk


Commuting: When driving from Cambridge to the centre of London takes about an hour and half, the 45 minute train to Kings Cross appeals to commuters. Trains come every 15mins (fast ones every 30mins).

Education: Education is what Cambridge is famed for – and it isn’t just the university. The state sixth form college Hills Road is famous for getting A-level results on par with Eton. There are also a number of independent schools with strong academic reputations. The Perse School, for example, ranks highly.

Crime: The crime rate is significantly below the national average on all counts.

Bars and restaurants: Aside from famous student bars that offer the finest popular and cheesy music around, Cambridge has plenty to offer on the food and drink front. From the famous Michelin-star Midsummer House restaurant to the quaint the vegatarian Rainbow Cafe, there is no shortage of great cuisine. There are plenty of great pubs too – the Anchor and the Eagle are the bulwark of the local pub scene.

Shopping: Between Lion Yard and the Grafton Centre, the town centre offers all Britain’s high street favourites. The Grafton Centre has a substantial food hall and hosts the popular Footlights café-bar. But if mainstream shopping isn’t for you, then there is a daily market held outside Great St. Mary’s church. The stalls tend to sell fruit and vegetables, second-hand books, and a selection of ball gowns. A number of independent shops can be also be found on Rose Crescent, Green Street and Trinity Street.