Olde Farm is located between several picturesque villages in open countryside, overlooking pastures and adjacent to a working farm. We are close to essential road, rail and air travel links whilst being tucked away in the beautiful unspoilt South Norfolk countryside. There are panoramic views across fields under the ‘big Norfolk 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, wild 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. Just around the corner, and less than 5 minutes walk is the private Old Buckenham Country Park, set in over 30 acres of landscaped gardens with two lakes and an abundance of wildlife. Here you can take a relaxing walk with your dog or tackle the mile long assault course, or be pampered at the beauty salon on site. What’s not to like? And best of all guests at Olde Farm are able to use the facilities in the park for free – just ask us for details when you stay.
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. Petrol heads might also like to experience the Lotus Driving Academy which is a must! A nerve tingling opportunity to put yourself in the driving seat of the iconic Lotus Elise. See the pedigree sports car in production at the famous Lotus factory and then prepare yourself for an exhilarating ride with a Lotus instructor.
The fine city of Norwich is about 15 miles away (30 minutes drive) and has fantastic shopping, history, culture and nightlife. Norwich is Norfolk’s capital city and you will find lots of car parks plus an excellent park and ride system. The skyline of Norwich is dominated by its magnificent Castle and the Norman cathedral, boasting the largest cloisters in England, the second tallest spire in the country and an amazing 1,200 carved stone roof bosses – one of the greatest art treasures of medieval Europe. The ancient buildings and city wall remain and make it the most complete medieval city in Britain. In medieval times Norwich was one of the greatest cities in England, and today, as East Anglia’s capital city, it still is – offering a rare blend of historic interest and modern sophistication.
Shopping in Norwich is a fabulous experience – you will find high street stores, designer brands, independent shops and lots of little quaint and quirky shops in the famous Lanes area. Norwich had been named as one of the top 10 places to shop in the UK it is only place other than London in the UK to have four national department stores as well as an amazing local independent department store, Jarrolds, within its city centre.
If you visit the VisitNorwich website you will find that this has lots of information and details of what’s going on in and around Norwich.
The lovely market towns of Thetford, with its amazing forest and abbey ruins and riverside walks or Bungay and Beccles can also be reached easily.
Coast & The Broads – Slightly farther afield Olde Farm 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. The beautiful beaches of Norfolk and Suffolk are ideal for strolling, sunbathing and picnics and you will find a fabulous selection of restaurants and pubs. The coast is an easy 45 -60 minute drive from Banham whether you want to explore the wild North Norfolk coastline, or you can choose from the gentility of Southwold with its fabulous pier, stock up on the fresh catch of the day from the fishermen as you stroll the promenade of Aldeborough or enjoy the traditional British seaside environment of Great Yarmouth.