Olde Farm Holiday Cottages Banham Norfolk
Prices from £225 to £315
Tranquility and peace in the heart of the Norfolk countryside Our cottages are the perfect place to get away from it all relax and sleep in style
Olde Farm Holiday Cottages form part of a barn conversion, our two bedroomed cottage (the Bee’s Knees) adjoins the main house (Rivendell) with another one bedroomed cottage (The Borrowers) adjacent in the courtyard. Situated in Banham, between Thetford and Norwich just South of Attleborough, we are ideal for visits to Banham Zoo, the Snetterton Motor Circuit, Bressingham Steam Museum,Englands only Whisky distillery (The English Whisky Company) and several other Norfolk and local Breckland attractions.
If you are looking for high levels of comfort in high quality furnished and well equipped cottages with luxury beds and bedding, Smart TV, BluRay players, Bose sound systems, free Wifi, Nespresso coffee machine, dishwasher, ceramic hob, granite worktops, combination microwave, full size oven, fridge, freezer and laundry facilities then we feel sure they will easily meet your requirements. We believe we offer the informality of self-catering but with the quality of furnishings that you would hope to find in an up-market hotel.
Our prices are the same all year round, with no increases for the Summer, Christmas, New Year, Easter or half term breaks. We offer total flexibility and your short break can start on any day of the week with the only stipulation that you book for a minimum of two nights (three in August). All guests receive an extensive welcome pack of food and non-food, including local and home made produce. Treats/toys/ bowls/blankets for your pets are also included as standard.
The cottages are all different but have a wealth of character and we have kept and restored local, natural materials where ever possible, They have exposed beams, oak floorboards, clean crisp decoration, shutters, large, squashy sofas with soft throws and carpets which your feet just sink into.
The cottages are ideal for couples, families and also have the facility to be linked to the main house offering accommodation for much larger groups. Pets of all kinds are positively welcomed.
Built around 150 years ago, the barn was originally part of the property of a working farmhouse. It is thought that the house across the road used to be a coaching house, the road being one of the main Norwich to Thetford routes.
The beauty of Olde Farm is that it is within peaceful surroundings on a quiet road overlooking farming pasture yet is within easy reach of so many places of interest.
Artists – Olde Farm Cottages have a wonderful large pond ideal for artists to capture nature at its best. There are plenty of places to set up your easel by the water to capture the abundant wildlife, seasonal flowers, the old boat and mother nature itself.
Meditation – Whether it is making the most of the peaceful pond setting or using the gazebo or large gardens, there is plenty of scope to carry out meditation, aerobics, yoga or other forms of relaxation.
Star Gazers – Visitors have noticed the stunning night skies that Olde Farm offers as we are well away from any intrusive lighting. Bring your telescope and experience the planets, stars and their associated constellations as you may never have seen them before – unspoilt and spectacular. Why not organise a star gazing weekend for friends and colleagues? For information on organising a star gazing party check out the BBC website to down load their star gazing party pack! We can provide you with food, drinks, blankets and hot water bottles to keep you cosy and warm.
Olde Farm is located between several picturesque villages in open countryside. There are panoramic views across fields under the ‘big sky’ and you can walk along public footpaths and cycle along country lanes from the doorstep. We regularly see barn owls, muntjac deer, skylarks, wagtails, hares, rabbits, pheasants, ducks and moor hens in the vicinity, and much more besides. There are a range of local shops, play areas, pubs and restaurants within three miles, as well as some places of historical interest for those inclined to search them out. The lovely market towns of Diss, Wymondham, Harleston and Attleborough are only a short drive away, which offer shopping, cafes/restaurants, an auction house, a 900 year old Abbey, small art galleries and other facilities.
There are several major tourist attractions close to the Barn, including Banham Zoo (two miles down the road), Bressingham Steam and Gardens (steam trains and a carousel for the children, a steam museum, the story of ‘Dad’s Army’ and extensive gardens), Snetterton Motor Racing Circuit (which also has one of the largest toy and model shops you will ever see), England’s only whisky distillery, High Lodge in Thetford Forest (a great selection of outdoor play equipment, an innovative sound trail, miles of walking and cycle paths, ‘Go Ape’ high wire adventures for adults and children, Segway rides and summer concerts) and Grimes Graves (a prehistoric flint mine). Wildlife lovers, walkers and dog owners will enjoy visiting Thetford Forest, Whittlingham Broad (which offers abundant bird life), Wortham Ling, Knettishall Heath and Redgrave and Lopham Fen (one of the most important wetlands in Europe), amongst many available options.
Outdoor and sporting enthusiasts can access golf, fishing, sailing, cycling, canoeing, boating, and even survival courses. There are public and private swimming pools nearby. Combat Paintball, Go Karting, driving military vehicles, hot air ballooning, gliding, parachuting and flying are also available. In fact on summer days we often see hot air balloons passing by, some weekends gliders and vintage aeroplanes can be seen flying around, and Old Buckenham Airfield with it’s regular airshows is only a couple of miles away.
The fine city of Norwich is about 15 miles away and has fantastic shopping, history, culture and nightlife. The lovely market towns of Thetford, Bungay and Beccles can be reached easily. Slightly farther afield the Barn is well positioned for visits to the Norfolk Broads, many parts of the Norfolk and Suffolk coast, Southwold, Aldeborough, Ely, Great Yarmouth, Bury St. Edmunds, Newmarket and Cambridge.