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Ducks Harbour

A superb, Scandinavian-style, wooden lodge situated in a gated private marina on the River Lark, on the Norfolk/Cambridgeshire border, one mile from the village of Isleham.

With the Vimeo video .The closest shots of our lodge are 3 minutes into the video .We are the third house up from the corner lodge on the right hand side

Isleham marina from Derek Poupard on Vimeo.

Apologies for the terrible music!The house featured (number 6 is not ours) we are 8 kingfisher




We very much look forward to welcoming you to our superb Scandinavian-style , wooden lodge situated in a gated private marina .We are directly on the River lark and the property benefits from free, all year round fishing from its own mooring. We also offer :a dinghy,a rowing boat ,5 canoes and a paddle board free of charge for our guests to use. Great walks, bird watching and cycling opportunities are offered in the flat fenland areas immediately around us. One of the highlights of our accommodation is being able to sit in the conservatory or on the terrace (with a glass or two of wine if you wish….) watching the ever changing theatre of daily river life.The lodge is cosy with every home comfort having been thought of. Pets are welcome too….

The lodge can accommodate up to 6 guests ,as it has a double bed master bedroom, a twin or king size bed room room and up to 2 single folding (thick mattress) beds in the living room.There is parking for up to 4 cars.

We are only 4.5 miles away from the Royal Worlington and Newmarket golf club. The club’s nine-hole layout is consistently ranked in the top 100 courses in Britain and Ireland, and the "Sacred Nine" is reputed to be the best nine-hole course in the world!

The village of Isleham has fantastic amenities including the Rising sun and Griffin pubs, the Beeches community centre, a Chinese takeaway, and a late opening Coop. The village also boasts one of the region’s premier restaurants -the “Merry monk”. Finally there is a great butchers shop, Thompson’s, which is less than 5 minutes walk from the lodge.

The Space

Living Area:

Open plan living area (4.26M x 4.17M): 3 Seater leather sofa (bed), single sofa, footrest, 3 storage cabinets with DVD’s, blue ray films, games, books.32 inch 3d TV with HD Freeview connected to 5.1 cinema system and Blue-ray player, CD player. Wireless internet, phone (calls chargeable). Patio doors leading on to the conservatory.

Kitchen (2.39Mx 2.21M): with double oven+ hob, microwave, fridge freezer, kettle, toaster, dishwasher

Conservatory (2.36M X 2.34M) : with panoramic views. Butterfly Dining table with seating for 6

5 open-tread steps to entrance.


Bedroom 1 (3.51M X 2.24M): King size bed or twin beds, sink built into cupboard, mirror and drawer unit, built in wardrobe, 2 reading lamps, DVD /TV with Freeview channels, telephone.

Bedroom 2 (3.23m x 2.21m): King size memory foam bed, sink built into cupboard, mirror and drawer unit, built in wardrobe, 2 reading lamps.

Outside Space:

Decking, with mosaic dining table and 4 chairs.

Single canoe, 3 person dinghy, rowing boat, shed, BBQ, washer dryer, life jackets, oars and paddles for canoe, boats.

Guest access:

The whole lodge is yours to enjoy.

Local Area

The City of Ely offers a wonderful blend of the historic and the modern. Take your time to wander and enjoy the sights or do something energetic or just sit and watch the world go by.

Ely’s riverside is a favourite spot for visitors wishing to relax, take a boat trip, browse through shops and galleries, enjoy afternoon tea or simply watch the activity on the river.

About Isleham

The rural village of Isleham lies in the southeast corner of Cambridgeshire, close to the towns of Cambridge, Bury St Edmunds, Newmarket, Ely. With the River Lark running alongside the village, this is a delightful, idyllic area to enjoy as part of a relaxing break.

The village boasts three churches, three good pubs, a Co-op supermarket open from 8am -10pm and a post office, as well as being within 20 minutes' drive of five good golf courses. Free fishing is available all year round on the River Lark, and with the lovely towns of Newmarket and Ely within easy driving distance, this is a great base from which to explore this lovely part of Cambridgeshire.

Local Produce

Fresh, Local and Affordable Meat & Eggs

  • Thompson's Farm Butchers - a few minutes walk from the Lodge
  • Fenrose Farm, 1 Fen Bank, Isleham, CB7 5SL. Also at the priory garage on Saturday mornings

Thompson's Farm Shop (at Fenrose Farm) is a very short walk from your Lodge (couple minutes). Thompson's Farm run a 5-Star hygiene rated butchers shop on the farm. They only sell their own produce: Pork, Bacon, Ham, Free Range Chicken and Eggs & 21 day hung Hereford Beef. They also make their own sausages and chipolatas, which are a wonderful addition to their eggs and bacon for breakfast.

Fruit & Veg - Isleham & Surrounding Area

Isleham Village has two large allotments. From Spring to late Autumn/Early Winter you'll see road-side stalls selling all manner of veg and fruit (when in season).

Location of Local Veg Stalls; Seasonal

Location 1. There are two stalls located opposite the allotments at the end of Waterside as you head from the village to the Marina.

Location 2. There is often a stall in the Marina just outside the clubhouse which you can find if you turn left as you enter the Marina and follow the road to the car-park. The Clubhouse is a large brown wooden out-building where residents socialise throughout the year.

Great Free-House Pubs & Restaurants

The Griffin (Free house)

The Griffin is a warm pub boasting a wide choice of ales, larges, stouts and ciders on tap as well as the wines and spirits. The griffin also serves hot drinks (cappuccino, latte, tea etc).

Good Pub Food is served daily from 12pm - 2pm and 6pm - 9pm with a traditional roast served on Sundays.

The Griffin has a beer garden with a children's play area and well-behaved dogs are welcome at the pub. There is ample parking in the rear of the pub. The Griffin has a darts board and pool table and all major sporting events are shown on the large flat-screen television.

The Griffin hosts bands every Saturday and a popular jam session on Thursdays. Please see the information board in the Lodge for current bands at the Griffin.

The Rising Sun

The Rising Sun free house is an active pub that boasts an extensive drinks menu and serves good hearty pub food.

The Rising Sun in Isleham is an active sports pub with all the Sky Sports channels and three different televisions ensuring there is no cross-over when major sporting events are on.

Not only is the Rising Sun a great place to watch sport, you can also play darts on their competition level board or enjoy a game of pool in the front bar. The Rising Sun has a jukebox with a good mix of old and new.

The Rising Sun hosts bands on a regular basis. Please see the information board in the Lodge for current bands at the Rising Sun.

The Merry Monk (Restaurant)

The Merry Monk is a genuine treat for the area. Great food, comfortable and welcoming atmosphere with a menu to make your mouth water.

Adrian, the owner and head chef, serves the highest quality British cuisine with a twist.

The menu changes all the time, making the most of Fresh, local & importantly; seasonal produce. There is always something new and exciting to try at the Merry Monk. So no matter how many times you visit you'll always be surprised.

Pricewise, the Merry Monk offers top-end cuisine at realistic prices. They do offer an early-bird menu and often have special taster-menu offers on.



Contact us for the latest rates for your preferred dates. 

Rental Notes:

  • No smoking, parties, or events
  • Check-in is anytime after 3PM and check out by 10AM
  • Self check-in with lockbox
  • Security Deposit - if you damage the home, you may be charged up to £100




If you've stayed at Ducks Harbour we'd appreciate it if you could take a few moments to leave your comments by clicking the Add Guestbook Entry button below.

Thank you in advance and we hope to welcome you back again soon.

We had an awesome time staying here!


Clean quiet and cozy place, surrounded by waterfowl. Take plenty of bread


Lovely peaceful stay.Great hosts. Would highly recommend


Me and my partner just spent one night at this wonderful place but will definitely be back and for longer, brilliant location. The lodge is such great value with lots of space but a lovely cosy feel. Would highly recommend and we cannot wait to return in the summer!


Idyllic, cosy place with everything we needed for our stay! Enjoyed drinking hot chocolate overlooking the water and really comfy bed! Marc was really good communicating to make our stay better and visited The Merry Monk which was recommended on the welcome instructions which had great food! Would highly recommend! Thank you


Lovely comfortable lodge in an idyllic setting. We visited in December and it was very warm and cosy, with everything you could need for a relaxing stay.


Lovely overnight stay. Hosts were so great and communication was so easy and fast in response. The place is clean and fully equipped for a nice stay. Board games and great choices of dvds! Nice time off space and peaceful by the water.


A comfy and relaxing stay.


Ducks Lodge is a comfortable, relaxing place for a break away from the daily grind. It is in a beautiful, quiet location where you can really appreciate the benefits of nature!


Had a lovely short break at Ducks Harbour. It’s a cosy property in a great location. Loved the fishing and paddle boarding from the back door. Will be back!


This is a lovely holiday lodge in a superb position next to the river lark. It is very quiet and peaceful. The property has Kayaks and rowboats available and we took one up the river for a really enjoyable jaunt. Will definitely be back!


Fantastic and beautiful. Not to be missed!


Lovely peaceful get away. Will definitely be going back very soon


We had an amazing few days in this cosy lodge and Marc was a fantastic host giving us amazing restaurant recommendations (The Merry Monk and Spice Lounge are definitely worth a visit!) and answering all of our questions almost immediately. The self check in and out was very easy and it was an added bonus to have access to the boats which gave us many hours of fun. A beautiful area to row down and lots of friendly neighbours on their houseboats. Also appreciated the magazines and games. Highly recommend!


We had a brilliant time! Marc responded very quickly to our enquiries and was very helpful and accommodating to the requests we made about our visit. Everything we needed was to hand. Really appreciated all the helpful information about the house and the surrounding area which were provided up front and again when we arrived. The canoes were just great fun and really made our weekend special. Thank you.


Beautiful location with a lovely view of the lake. Cozy and comfortable home with good entertainment options.


This is such a peaceful and idyllic spot which is absolutely perfect for a relaxing getaway. We wished we had booked a longer stay but had a fantastic time making full use of our time, particularly on the water. Highly recommend taking the boat, kayaks and dinghy out and exploring. Take a stroll around the “block” and you’ll come across a little oasis of homes, on and by the water and will wish yourself living there....Although you feel miles away from the hustle and bustle you have everything you need very close by and are fully equipped in this cosy home. Marc ensured we had all the information we needed and responded extremely quickly. Thank you for hosting us and we would love to return again for longer!!


Great location especially if you like fishing and bird watching as several kingfishers in bank opposite. Nice walks in lovely safe surroundings and a very comfortable place to come back to. Very enjoyable .


I would highly recommend this lodge for anyone looking for a peaceful retreat. We enjoyed the kayaking and paddle boarding. All equipment readily available at the lodge. The area is extremely quiet and beautiful. Inside, the lodge is clean with all the essential facilities. There’s Netflix, wifi and board games to entertain the children if the weathers not great.


We had a lovely couple of days staying at this wonderful and tranquil property. Being able to fish and use the supplied Kayaks and Paddle Board was a real highlight. :-)


Lovely location on the river and over looking the river bank. The boats that came with the house were very much enjoyed. We also loved fishing and watching all the wildlife including the kingfishers.


Great overnight stay, very clean and great info provided for the local area, will definitely stay again!


We had a great stay with the family. Marc provided us with lots of ideas to do within the local area. Stunning location we enjoyed every minute.


Great location, terrace overlooking the river was the highlight. Well equipped for our 1 night stay.


Great amenities and lovely position by the river


Lovely views from the conservatory, Marc provided everything you could ever need and more, a great host, we are hoping to re book soon, Christine.


Ideal location surrounded by birdlife, tranquil setting, peaceful and great place to get away from it all. Has all the facilities you need. Easy self-check in and pleasant overall.


Great lodge and host, good local pubs and restaurant, would highly recommend.


Marc is a great host with lots of local knowledge. The accommodation is as described and the location very peaceful. A great little haven for a relaxing getaway.


Lovely guy, fab place, amazing for a family retreat or even one with your partner! Would highly recommend! AMAZING!


Ideal spot for a weekend getaway from London, great for long walks with the dog along the river. The house itself is cosy and peaceful and Marc was a great host.


This place is great. Has everything you need for a short stay. Toasty warm. Great location. So peaceful! Would book again.


A lovely clean place, very quiet with everything you need inside and out, if you like to play on the river this place is a must.


Had a lovely time , very clean and peaceful , well presented and a fantastic host.


Marc's place was great for our weekend stay. I'm sure it would be even nicer in the summer since it is right on the water.


Great chalet in a very peaceful location.The place is very well equipped and very tranquil


A lovely property with a great outdoor seating area. It's nice to walk into the village to the pub


Beautiful location really loved being so close to the river for fishing and enjoying the wildlife. Lovely lodge. Enjoyed the half an hour walk to The Griffin pub with the dog. Great walks along the river. Hardly left the lodge at all.


Ducks Harbour is a beautiful location, we have visiting twice now and enjoy seeing the location in different seasons. The flat has all the amenities you'd need and is a very relaxing place to stay.


We had a great time at Marc's place. The marina was so pretty, sitting outside watching the wildlife was a real joy! Well equipped little chalet with everything you need for a comfortable break. The location was perfect for exploring the local area. We had several day trips to places like Ely and Cambridge, just half an hour's drive away. The kayaks were fun too!


A real gem. The waterside location was idyllic, allowing for many pleasant hours spent watching wildlife and little boats go by. The accommodation was clean, well maintained and had everything we could need. We certainly recommend it. Ben, Jen & Baby Joe


We had a lovely weekend with our young grandchildren. They thought it was a big adventure. Very quiet and idyllic location.


We had a fantastic stay here, great location in a beautiful area. Was perfect for our two kids who spent every waking hour outside picking blackberries, feeding fish and ducks and rowing the boat. Very clean and well stocked lodge.


Marc was a great host and responded quickly to all inquiries. The house was a tad small for the 6 of us, but we made it work. It is a cozy retreat good for getting away to relax. We ate dinner at the Merry Monk, which was absolutely fantastic.


We, my husband, myself and our adult daughter loved our 10 day stay at Marc's place. As we come from Australia, we loved all the bird life and took so many photos. The house is very comfortable and had a great kitchen with everything we needed. We would certainly stay here again if we are in this part of the UK in the future.


great accommodation, great value and excellent communication ! Had to book for colleagues who had been stranded and very short notice and Marc was very quick to respond - thanks Marc !


Excellent location, great facilities and some nice touches too.


Great Place! Thanks Marc!


Comfortable and cozy, lovely location. It was lovely to eat in the conservatory looking out onto the river.


We really enjoyed our stay, the chalet and the marina are both very relaxing places to be. Loved the walk in shower, and the kitchen was well equipped, as we tended to eat in the chalet. Plenty of interesting walks around the area, the dog had a great time too. Sitting on the chalet decking there is plenty of wildlife activity, including deer, plus kingfishers flying past daily which made it very exciting. Certainly would like to revisit and explore some more of the area.


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Nice location and everything u need is provided


We enjoyed watching the view from the lodge, and enjoyed seeing passing gueese and ducks and a swan. We enjoyed the chinese from Bamboo Garden in the village of Islesham, and seeing the Norman priory in passing. The lodge was comfortable, and has excellent media facilities (TV, dvds etc), and sporting activities (boat, fishing). We didn't go out on the boat, with provided life jackets - but would like to visit again and try this. Marc was a very helpful host. We really enjoyed a relaxing stay, and think Ducks Harbour is a beautiful location. Great facilities.


Lovely cosy, in Marina, kids had lots to look at and do (even as weather wasn't great) as plenty of games in house. Local village is really friendly, pubs are excellent, butcher's was really good too. Many thanks for the pleasant stay


Beautiful place by the river! Marc’s place is idyllic and the local pub, restaurant and walking scene makes for a great spot for a quick break or a vacation. Clean, warm, convenient and a real little gem!!


Thank you very much, its a fantastic place to say..


Space, serenity, water pursuits, great amenities, relaxation


Marc’s place was wonderful, we booked for an overnight stay to celebrate my partner’s birthday and the location was extremely quiet and asthetically pleasing. We only needed the one room, but there is room to sleep 6 with ease so we had plenty of space haha! Marc was a great host and communications were fab, we cant wait to return in warmer months.


What a delightful spot! My sister and I stayed for two nights at the beginning of February 2019 Ducks harbour is just as described in the bumph-and literally on the Riverside. We didn't venture onto the river but there were kayaks and a small boat available, should we have wished to do so. The lodge is comfortable and cosy. Although when we stayed it below freezing some of the time; sometimes snowing and; on one day the river was frozen; we were always warm inside. The beds are comfortable. We each had both hand and bath towels and all essential toiletries are supplied. The kitchen was fully equipped with plenty of crockery, glasses, cookware and cutlery. The lounge contained lots of extras in respect of entertainment and the electronic entertainment was varied. Hairdryer, iron and board, as well as washer and dryer in the shed outside...all available All in all-everying you would need for a short and relaxing break. The host's communication both before we arrived and during our stay, was excellent. Swift and helpful responses always forthcoming-very impressive and reassuring. Thank you Marc!


Ducks Harbour is quiet, warm and comfortable. It was really nice to get up in the morning and watch/listen to the birds. We never made it as far as Isleham in the evening but it looked like a lovely village. Enjoyed walking with the dog along the river and trips to the coast.


A lovely place to stay, quiet and peaceful and great for seeing Suffolk. The property is well equipped and homely with a lot of things to do provided; books, games, DVD etc. Close enough to local pubs and the village for a nice walk and the immediate area is tranquil and picturesque. Altogether a wonderful Christmas break and well worth a returm visit in the summer.


This is a really beautiful place. I used it to propose to my partner and we had a lovely time in a beautiful place. Highly recommend!


Marc has a lovely place right on the water with the use of canoes and boats if you want to. The house is very well equipped .and very relaxing easy to find and very peaceful .2 lovely bedrooms with tv . Will be back in the summer months when the weather is better .


We had a really enjoyable short break. Clean and practical space, with everything we needed. Great entertainment system. Fully stocked kitchen. Lovely outdoor space and kids really enjoyed the boats.


Nice location for exploring local area, great communication.


Beautiful location! We had such a great stay here. The weather was terrible so we didn't actually leave but the DVD collection was so super we were thoroughly entertained. Marc very quick and easy to communicate with - It was totally straightforward and stress free. Would highly recommend.


a very peaceful place very relaxing by the river i am sure you will enjoy your stay


Beautiful surroundings. Would like to return soon.


Great location, well equipped and close to the river.


Lovely and peaceful, well equipped, charming spot and truly relaxing.


Fantastic location, right on the river front. Great wildlife all around.


A lovely lodge on the waterfront, snug, clean and with a wonderful outlook.


Lovely quiet location


Had a great time and we really appreciated the little boats that were available. We would not hesitate to come back!


Great place to stay. Relaxing and tranquil with regular visits from a family of swans and a kingfisher. The fishing is good, even on limited gear we had fun with Rudd and perch, and having use the boats was a wonderful bonus. Thoroughly enjoyed the visit


Great quite place The house was spot on and very clean Would highly recommend this lovely place


Idyllic location, saw so much wildlife from the deck including deer, barn owl and warblers, not to mention the swans and geese with their cygnets and goslings swimming up and down in front of us.. So peaceful and relaxing, just what we needed. Thanks for being a great host and providing all we needed for our stay. Weather was glorious, so were able to use the dinghy. Good food at Merry monk , great farm shop nearby . We may be back again!


Lovely quiet location and really well equipped too. Good deal and painless. Will return


Lovely place to stay, offering us city-dwellers a fascinating glimpse into the peaceful alternative universe of life on the river (despite being on Mildenhall flight path!). Very excited to see a kingfisher & two otters right opposite lodge. Narrow boats, fenland walks & the beautiful angel roof of Isleham church all nearby. Great wifi, tv & dvds. Thanks Marc


Wonderful stay. Enjoyed the peaceful country side. All amenities worked great. Would highly recomend.


Welcomed by host's representative who was very helpful. We had a lovely time and very pleased with the accommodation and provision of tv, dvd, games, books etc as well as a well equipped kitchen. The locality was perfect, enjoyed walks around the marina and would love to return in the summer fir some boating!


A great place for a get- away weekend!

Andrea , 

Most amazing stay! thank you so much!


Fantastic place so well set up and in a great location.



marc aizlewood