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Olde Farm Holiday Cottages: The Bee's Knees

Tranquillity and peace in the heart of the South Norfolk countryside. The perfect place to get away from it all……..relax and eat and sleep in style! Fabulous 4* Gold Visit England rated, Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence, bijou cottage just waiting for you and your pet to visit!

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When we moved into Olde Farm in 2014 and were discussing our ideas for how we wanted it to look with the builders they said “When it is finished it will be the bees knee’s!” This was also a favourite saying of my Dad when he saw something that he particularly liked. Serendipity! Thus the Bees Knee’s was named and the theme for decoration chosen. Today you will find all manner of things in the cottage that are bee related, I can never pass a shop if I spot something that we have not already bought, and we have found that our guests especially enjoy trying to count exactly how many different kinds of bees and bee items they can spot! We are always delighted to be pointed in the direction of new objects – so if you spot something whilst out exploring Norfolk, please tell me!

How wonderful that you are bringing your pets with you and they are very welcome, we have spare bowls, towels, beds, leads, toys and even some food, so don't worry if you forget to bring something, and we will make sure there are some treats available for them also. Being dog lovers we do try to keep rules for pets to an absolute minimum and basically these are that they are not allowed in the bedroom(s) or on the living room furniture - but we do provide throws because we know from our own pugs that dogs always prefer to sit on the sofas!

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 10.30am – 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; repeat guests we hope will next arrive as friends and leave as ‘family’

The Bees Knee’s offers high levels of quality and is comfortably furnished and well equipped. It includes a Smart TV with SkyTV and Boxsets, a Blue Ray DVD player, Roberts sound system – or you can choose your own choice of music via Alexa and Amazon Prime. In the kitchen area you will find a ceramic hob, granite worktops, Butlers sink, combination microwave, full sized electric fan oven and grill, fridge, freezer, coffee maker, food mixer, slow cooker, blenders and laundry facilities and we feel sure the cottage will easily meet your requirements. There are facilities for you to make everything from a simple toasted sandwich to a full roast lunch – but with excellent local pubs serving delicious food you might just want to relax and take a break from cooking. Heating wise, both bedrooms, the hall and the living area have independently controlled electric radiators. The bedrooms which are ‘cozy’ in size have velux windows with blackout blinds and built in wardrobes. The single beds in the twin room can be pushed together to make a kingsize bed for adults. The bathroom has a sink and a full size bathtub with an electric shower over and there is a separate toilet with another full size sink. We can provide a travel cot, high chair, toilet step, potty and changing mat to save you having to pack these – there is also a good selection of bath toys available to keep the little ones amused. There are complimentary toiletries in the bathrooms for you to use if you wish and we always have a stock of spare disposable toothbrushes, toothpaste, razors and shaving foam, etc should you forget to bring yours – just ask.

The Bees Knee’s is ideal for couples and families and can also be booked alongside the other cottage, The Borrowers (5* Visit England rated), offering accommodation for larger groups. We especially welcome your pets of all kinds. There are books, games and DVDs together with a large toy box to keep the little ones (or the adults) amused in the evenings.

In a nutshell the cottage consists of:

Rooms – Entrance hall, landing, 2 bedrooms – 1 double, 1 twin; 1 bathroom with full size tub with electric shower over and a separate toilet with full size wash basin. Beamed kitchen/diner/sitting room. Pantry

Luxuries – Sky TV, Smart TV, BluRay/DVD player/Roberts Sound System, Alexa and Amazon Prime, ‘log effect’ gas wood burner stove

General – Central heating, Telephone, Wi-Fi,

For children: Toy box, cot with linens, stair gates, baby monitor, high chair, changing mats and spares of food, comforters, bottles and bibs

Standard – Kettle, toaster, Nespresso coffee machine, iron & ironing board, , slow cooker, Kenwood Chef food mixer, blenders, smoothie maker, mini chopper, toasted sandwich maker, hair dryers in both bedrooms

Utilities – Dishwasher, Ceramic Hob, Convection Oven and Grill, combination Microwave, Fridge and separate Freezer, Washing machine, Clothes Dryer

Furniture – Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 4, Sofa and Chairs for 5, Coffee table, toy box, high chair

All Egyptian cotton bed linens and towels are provided,

Outdoors – paved Patio with outdoor dining furniture and bench, dedicated BBQ, bicycles available, a dedicated garden and outdoor children’s play area with Wendy House, climbing frame, swings, trampoline, ‘lookout’ , gazebo and also large shared communal gardens with two gazebos, swing seat, picnic tables, and the BBQ hut

Access – Dedicated parking for several cars

4 Review(s)

Jo Whitlock, October 2020

The most beautiful gardens, fantastic accommodation and the friendliest hosts ever.

Will Whitlock, October 2020

A welcome for all in my party but unusually particulalry for our canine friend. Even gave us food of their owngorgeous dogs as we had forget to pack. Definitely recommend for all dog lovers and other besides.

Mike Carroll, October 2020

Olde farm holiday cottages are the best no one else even comes close. We have used countless places over time for holiday destinations but nothing compares to the welcome and quality of everything at Olde farm holiday cottages. We would never think twice about referring anyone to them because Dalene and Alex over years have been consistently great! We have taken our old border collie there as well as our brand new puppy both welcomed with open arms and no expense spared. A dog friendly place run by dog owners to the highest standard

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Listing Updated: 22/10/2020

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Listing Address

Olde Farm, New Buckenham Road, BANHAM
New Buckenham Road, BANHAM
Banham Norwich
Norfolk Broads
NR16 2DA
01953 860906

Listing Details

Can Leave Dog Unattended


Exercise Area


Wheel Chair Access


Owner Has A Dog


Limit On Dog Size

No Limit

No. Of Dogs Allowed


Charge For Dogs


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