Banham holiday cottage rental with internet access, balcony/terrace, walking and TV

84 reviews

From the owner

  • Cottage
  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies

Key information

  • 100% refund within 24 hours after booking.  See Policies & House Rules
  • Child friendly
  • Car advised
  • Pet friendly

From the owner

Tranquility and peace in the heart of the Norfolk countryside. The perfect place to get away from it all... .....relax and sleep in style!

Welcome to Spring here at Olde Farm Holiday Cottages the days are getting longer and the gardens have woken up and are now teeming with colour and life now that the crocuses, tulips, daffodils and other Spring flowers and plants have made their appearance.   The birds are around singing, building their nests and digging for insects, the robin still visits each morning waiting on the picnic table for his breakfast and the owls hunt at night and are quite magnificent.  The days are also getting warmer in the bursts of Spring sunshine and the star filled night skies are just breathtaking.   Our hens, the runner ducks, swans and moorhens wander freely exploring the gardens and have now started to lay again – which means shortly we should be welcoming ducklings and chicks!  The cats, pugs and the terrier-ist lay dozing in the sunshine;  the hedgehogs have awoken from their long Winter snooze and are once more out and about exploring the gardens at dusk looking for their supper.  All is well with the inhabitants here in Banham in this most beautiful of seasons. 

Our model and baseline is that our cottages are the ones that we would want to find on arrival and stay in. 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 or long break can start on any day of the week with the only stipulation that you book for a minimum of two nights for most of the year (three in August and at Christmas and Easter). Check in is normally 3pm and check out 11am - if you require an early check in or late check out these can be arranged dependent on availability. Our mission is to have initial guests arrive as strangers and leave as friends

There is a seasonal welcome starter basket just waiting for you full of home made bread, scones, pate, jam and marmalade, local ham bacon and cheese, juice, mineral water, together with an extensive selection of teas and coffees - not to forget the flowers, Prosecco and chocolates! The fresh eggs are from our own small flock of hens and there are apples, plums, pears, strawberries and cherries to pick in season. We are also more than happy to adapt our welcome basket to fit your dietary requirements so if you want vegetarian, vegan, peanut/diary/gluten free then just let us know. If you are celebrating a birthday, anniversary or other special occasion then please tell us and we can go that extra mile for you! If you want to arrange an extra special treat for someone on arrival then again just let us know and we can work together to make your celebration even more memorable.

Set amongst working farmland and pasture our cottages form part of a barn conversion and its outbuildings which were built around 150 years ago for the farmhouse and still working farm next door - so particularly at harvest there are times when you will hear and see tractors and other farm vehicles coming and going about their business. Where we are is very 'real' rural Norfolk but it is also beautiful and uplifting and the lack of street lighting means the huge star filled skies are mesmerising - wrap up warm, sit outside in the evenings and just drink it all in.

One cottage (the Bee's Knees) adjoins the main house (Rivendell) with another 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 including a day out at the races at Fakenham Race Course or Great Yarmouth. See for yourselves the wonderful wildlife at Minismere (home of Springwatch). Indulge yourself with a spa day at Centre Parcs at Elvedon which is easily reached or in The Retreat in the famous Jarrolds Department store in Norwich.

The nearest train stations are Attleborough or Diss. If you are planning on flying in then the nearest local airport is Norwich with Stansted and Luton within approximately 90 minutes drive.

If you are looking for high levels of quality in comfortably furnished and well equipped cottages with WIFI, Smart and Sky TV/DVD/video, Bose sound system, ceramic hob, granite worktops, combination microwave, full sized electric oven, fridge, freezer, coffee maker, food mixer, blenders and laundry facilities then we feel sure they will easily meet your requirements.

The cottage is deal for couples, families and has the facility to be linked to the main house offering accommodation for much larger groups. We also welcome pets. There are books, games and DVDs together with a large toybox to keep the little ones (or the adults) amused in the evenings or on rainy days.

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Bed & bathroom

  • Bedroom 1: Double Bed
  • Bedroom 2: Double Bed
  • 1 Family bathroom


  • Great for children of all ages
  • Pets welcome
  • Cot available
  • High chair available


  • Parking
  • Not suitable for wheelchair users


  • Wi-Fi available
  • Shared garden
  • Swing set
  • BBQ
  • Patio
  • Balcony or terrace
  • Bicycles available
  • Deck
  • Internet access
  • Central heating
  • Cooker
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Clothes dryer
  • Iron
  • High chair available
  • TV
  • Satellite TV
  • DVD player
  • Stereo system
  • Telephone
  • Hair dryer
  • Linen provided
  • Towels provided
  • Housekeeping Included

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Interaction with guest

We live next door so can be as accessible or as remote as you wish! We always try to ensure that we are here to meet and greet guests and show you around the cottages and gardens. There is a full information pack in the cottage which gives you information about the local attractions, shopping, eating out and take-aways. We would be happy to help you plan your stay with us.. Consider The Bee's Knees your home from home and we hope that if you arrive a stranger you will leave a friend!



Cancellation policy

Change of plans? No problem. You could receive a partial or full refund, depending on when you cancel.

Full refund

100% refund within 24 hours after booking (provided the stay is at least 60 days away).

Partial refund

50% refund of the amount paid (minus the booking fee*) if cancelled at least 4 weeks before check-in.

25% refund of the amount paid (minus the booking fee*) if cancelled at least 2 weeks before check-in.

No refund

No refund if cancelled less than 2 weeks before check-in.

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Things to know

Check in: 15:00 Check out: 11:00
If you have any questions about check-in or check-out times, please contact the owner/manager.


This rental can only be paid for online through Holiday Lettings using your credit/debit card or PayPal (never by bank or wire transfer).

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No smoking at this property

House rules

We expect our guests to treat the cottage with the same respect they would their own home

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About the owner

Magdalene M.
Average reply time:
3 hours 18 minutes

Calendar updated:
20 Jun 2021

Years listed:

Languages spoken: English
This Cottage has 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom and sleeps 4. It has been listed on Holiday Lettings since 22 Jul 2014. Located in Norfolk, it has 84 reviews with an overall rating of 5. The average weekly rate varies from £659 to £745.
The Owner has a response rate of 95% and the property’s calendar was last updated on 20 Jun 2021.


84 reviews
Very Good

Home from home
Jul 2020

What a beautiful hidden little gem! My family of 4 (including a 12 and 4 year old) enjoyed 3 nights at the Bees Knees. Cupboards were stocked with everything you could possibly need or want. The accom… More 

Reviewed 23 Jul 2020

Owner's reply:
We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us and it was a pleasure to meet you all and we look forward to welcoming you back to stay with us again. Dalene & Alex

Wonderful stay
Mar 2020

The Bees Knees was a brilliant holiday house for our family, including 2 young children. The cottage was well equipped with a very thoughtful welcome pack. It was cosy and the beds were very comfy. Th… More 

Reviewed 15 Mar 2020

Owner's reply:
We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us and it was a pleasure to meet you all and we look forward to welcoming you back to stay with us again. Dalene & Alex
Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom

Lovely family getaway
Aug 2019

I don’t usually write reviews but we have just returned from a weeks stay at the Bees Knees at we’ve had such a lovely stay I thought I’d write a few words. The cottage is beautifull… More 

Reviewed 31 Aug 2019

Owner's reply:
We are so delighted that you enjoyed your stay with you and it was a pleasure to have you here at Olde Farm. We do try to go that extra mile for our guests and nothing makes us happier than when we succeed and we are so pleased that the children (and Maisie) loved playing in the gardens. We look forward to seeing you all here again. Kindest regards. Dalene & Alex
David T
Lancashire, United Kingdom

Another fantastic stay!!
Jul 2019

We have visited the Bees Knees a number of times (we have the honour of being the first ever guests too!) in the past with our 2 young children as it is the perfect base when visiting our very good fr… More 

Reviewed 7 Aug 2019

Owner's reply:
It was so lovely to welcome you all back to stay with us again - you have a very important status as our very first guests and it makes us so happy that you keep coming back, all the efforts we put in to make everyone's visit special seem to be working! Looking forward to seeing you again soon. Love D&A
Bristol, United Kingdom

Absolutely perfect
Apr 2019

We stayed at the Bees Knees for a few nights in April as a group of four adults and a baby. The cottage was extremely clean, spacious, comfortable and had everything you needed and more! A lot of tho… More 

Reviewed 25 Apr 2019

Owner's reply:
Thank you for your lovely review and we are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay and that you had all you needed and enjoyed the bee theme. We do try to go that extra mile for our guests and nothing makes us happier than when we succeed. We look forward to seeing you all here again when you are in Norfolk. Kindest regards. Dalene & Alex
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Send Magdalene (the owner) an email through the contact form on this page. Alternatively, if there’s a phone number on this page, you can call them.

How do I contact Magdalene (the owner)?

Send an email through the contact form on this page. Or if there’s a phone number on this page, you can call them.

If you’ve already booked, go to Manage your holiday booking to view Magdalene the owner's contact details or send them a message.

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Use the Book your stay form to pay provisionally online and send Magdalene (the owner) a booking request. You’ll find out within 24 hours whether they’ve accepted - no money will leave your account before then

Or send Magdalene (the owner) an enquiry through the Contact the owner/manager form if you’d like a quote or more info first.

What is a booking request?

When you pay online through the Book your stay form, a booking request is sent to Magdalene (the owner). You’ll find out within 24 hours whether they’ve accepted - no money will leave your account before then.

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Click Book now to see a full breakdown of the price.

You can also request a quote from Magdalene (the owner) through the contact form. The owner will email you the total cost for your dates and a link to book and pay online.

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You’ll receive an email within 24 hours to let you know. Or you can check in Manage your holiday booking. No money will leave your account unless it’s accepted.

How do I pay for my holiday?

Use the Book your stay form to pay provisionally online. You can pay by credit/debit card or PayPal. Magdalene (the owner) will have 24 hours to accept the booking and no money will leave your account before then.

If you’ve been sent a quote, simply accept it and pay online through the email we sent you. You can also do this in Manage your holiday booking.

Only bookings paid for through our site are covered by our trusted Payment Protection.

Why can't I call Magdalene (the owner) before booking?

You can exchange contact details with the property owner/manager once your booking is confirmed and you’ve paid in full. Paying and communicating only through our platform allows us to ensure that your booking is covered by our Payment Protection policy.

If you have any questions before booking, you can send the property owner/manager a message via the contact form on their listing. Once you’ve booked, you can discuss the rental and make arrangements for your trip by logging into Manage my booking.

How do damage deposits work?

In most cases, you don’t pay a damage deposit up front. Instead, we save your payment details securely and you’re only charged in the event of damage to the property.

Occasionally, you will pay a damage deposit up front as part of the total rental cost. In this case, the owner has 10 days after you check out to report any damage. If they don’t, we’ll return your deposit. If their claim is successful, we’ll deduct the agreed cost and return the remainder.

How can I view and manage my booking?

Go to Manage your holiday booking to view all your booking details, pay the balance of your holiday or cancel it if you need to.

How do I pay the balance of my holiday?

You can pay the remaining balance of your holiday at any point. Simply go to Manage my holiday booking and click Pay now.

We’ll automatically charge the balance payment to the same payment method 10 days before it’s due. Go to Manage my holiday booking to see when the payment will be taken.

How can I retract my booking request?

You’ll need to contact Magdalene (the owner) to do this. Send them a message in Manage your holiday booking or through the contact form on this page.

How do I cancel my booking?

Go to Manage your holiday booking to cancel your booking. Here you can view your cancellation policy to see if you’ll be refunded.

How do I edit my booking?

You can request to change the dates or number of people on your booking via the Manage your holiday booking page. To change your holiday dates use the Edit booking button. If you need to change the number of guests staying then send Magdalene (the owner) a message.

If Magdalene (the owner) agrees, they’ll send you a revised quote outlining the changes. You can review and accept/decline this from the Manage your holiday booking page. You’ll have 48 hours to take action before the revised quote expires.

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