£138 / night
Price for guests, Nights

The Borrowers: Luxury Romantic Cottage for Two at Olde Farm – Home 5265596 Cottage

  • 1 bedroom
  • 2 sleeps
  •  min stay varies

The Borrowers: Luxury Romantic Cottage for Two at Olde Farm – Home 5265596

  • Cottage
  • 1 bedroom
  • sleeps 2
  •  min stay varies

Key Info

  • Not suitable for children
  • Car advised
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden

Description from 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 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!

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 and at Christmas and Easter). Treats/toys/ bowls/blankets for your pets are also included as standard.

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.

Our cottages form part of a barn conversion and its outbuildings which were built around 150 years ago. 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 approximately 90 minutes drive.

If you are looking for high levels of quality in comfortably furnished and well equipped cottages with WIFI, Sky TV/DVD/Alexa, Panasonic 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. In The Borrowers there is underfloor heating in the living room and bathroom to make sure you are cosy on the cold evenings and a fabulous 'log' fire to sit by in the evenings. You can bird watch from the decking and feed the regular visitors - sparrows, collared doves, wood pigeons, gold finches, wood peckers, robins all feed from the various stations dotted around the gardens. Pheasants often visit and wander around the garden and the resident moorhens raise their broods in the floating house on the pond.

The cottage is ideal for couples, babies and toddlers can be accommodated, but as there is only one bedroom it is not suitable for older children. It has the facility to be linked to the main house and The Bee's Knees offering accommodation for much larger groups. We also positively welcome pets.

Set amongst working farmland and pasture our cottages form part of a barn conversion 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.

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Bed & bathroom

  • Bedroom 1: Super King Bed
  • 1 En suite


  • Wi-Fi available
  • Shared garden
  • Private garden
  • Swing set
  • BBQ
  • Balcony or terrace
  • Bicycles available
  • Deck
  • Internet access
  • Central heating
  • Fireplace
  • 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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  • Parking
  • Accessible for wheelchair users — please contact the owner for details before booking

Getting around

There is little to no public transport in Banham but Attlebrough and Diss Stations are fairly close with ample parking (or we could take you and collect you) and from these you can also travel into Norwich, Ipswich, Cambridge, Ely, Thetford and the surrounding towns. There are several pubs and shops within reasonable walking distance (2k)

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 Borrowers your home from home and we hope that if you arrive a stranger you will leave a friend!!


Check in time: 15:00, Check out time: 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).
No smoking at this property


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

Booking confirmed

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

24 hours after booking

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

4 weeks before

No refund if cancelled less than 4 weeks before check-in.

Check-in date

* The booking fee is stated in the cancellation policy information on the payment page. This fee helps us run our secure platform and enables us to provide 24/7 customer support

House rules

The cottage has only one bedroom so is unsuitable for children who would not fit in a cot.


About the owner

Magdalene M.
Average reply time:
1 hour 52 minutes
Response rate:
Calendar updated:
29 May 2020
Years listed:
Overall rating:

Languages spoken: English

This Cottage has 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom and sleeps 2. It’s been listed on Holiday Lettings since 23 Oct 2014. Located in Norfolk, it has 58 reviews with an overall rating of 5. The average weekly rate varies from £687 to £716.

The Owner has a response rate of 100% and the property’s calendar was last updated on 29 May 2020.


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Guest reviews

58 reviews

Very Good


Reviewed 3 Dec 2019

We’ve stayed at The Borrowers twice now, first time was last year on the night of our wedding at Applewood Hall. An ideal location not far from the venue. When we returned quite late after the w… More

“Romantic 20th Wedding Anniversary at the Borrowers”

Reviewed 9 Sep 2019

We have just returned from our holiday rental at the Borrowers, a Romantic cottage for two. on arrival we were greeted by the owners Alex & Darlene. We booked a few nights away to celebrate our … More

“The borrowers cottage”

Reviewed 7 May 2019

Had a wonderful few days a lovely cosy cottage,with every thing you need the welcome pack was delicious and most of it was homemade scones,jam and bread owners were very nice and very helpful, was li… More

“What a fabulous cottage”

Reviewed 16 Apr 2019

We loved The Borrows! Dalene and Alex are wonderful hosts and the cottage is beautifully set out and decorated, equipped with everything you could possibly need. Very dog friendly and set in lovely gardens we will go back time and time again.

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. 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 soon. Kindest regards, Dalene & Alex

“I wish there were more stars!”

Reviewed 10 Dec 2018

OMG! Where do I start with how amazing this property is and how accomodating the owners are. If we could move in today and never leave we would! From the complimentary extras to the beautiful decor to… More

Owner's reply: We are so happy that you enjoyed your stay with us and look forward to seeing you again here at Olde Farm. It makes all the efforts we go to worthwhile when they work! Merry Christmas, Dalene & Alex

“Child friendly luxury”

Reviewed 11 Nov 2018

We had such a wonderful stay at The Bees Knees. It was great when we arrived really late after a very long journey with very sleepy children to be greeted by such friendly hosts, a very comprehensive … More

Owner's reply: We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us, it makes us very happy to know that we made your stay so comfortable and that you enjoyed the toys and gardens.

“Very Relaxing stay in Banham”

Reviewed 15 Sep 2018

We have just returned from a very relaxing stay at Borrowers Cottage. The cottage is fitted out superbly, very high quality everything. You want for nothing, and if you should your hosts are more than… More

Owner's reply: It was our pleasure to have you all to stay with us here (and to meet Gerard) and we are so happy that you enjoyed your break. It makes all the effort we go to worthwhile when we know that it works and we look forward to seeing you again here at Olde Farm - and to hearing about the pup's progress on his way to being a fully fledged assistance dog. Kindest regards. Dalene & Alex

“Perfect but short stay”

Reviewed 13 Sep 2018

A very warm welcome and we were made to feel at home straight away. The cottage is a converted barn with all you could wish for. We were also supplied with a large welcome hamper - so large in fact t… More

Owner's reply: It was our pleasure to have you both here to stay with us and we very much enjoyed our conversations about Treasure Trail (thanks for this) and Dad's Army - we look forward to welcoming you back to stay with us. Kindest regards. Dalene & Alex

“Outstanding stay again”

Reviewed 3 Sep 2018

We have just returned from our 3rd visit to these amazing cottages and again words can not describe our stay. The owners excelled there self's once again with the fresh home made bread and jams i… More

Owner's reply: It was totally our pleasure to have you all to stay for another visit and we are so pleased that we lived up to your expectations. There can be no better affirmation that our efforts are working than to have repeat visits and it was wonderful that this time you had booked both cottages and brought extended family with you. We are very much looking forward to having you all to stay again - you first came as strangers but you are all now very much family! Oh and thanks for the crabs:) Kindest regards. Dalene & Alex

“Fantastic place to stay”

Reviewed 19 Aug 2018

Fantastic cottage and wonderful hosts. The Borrowers is a real home from home. Everything you need and more is provided. Dalene and Alex are so welcoming and friendly. The welcome pack was much appre… More

Owner's reply: We were delighted that you chose to stay with us and are so pleased that you enjoyed your holiday and we look forward to welcoming you back here to Olde Farm. We do try to go that extra mile for our guests and it is wonderful when it works and is appreciated. 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.

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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.

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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.

How do I know if my booking request has been accepted?

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.

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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?

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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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