College Farm is owned by Richard & Katharine Wolstenholme who have run the house as a bed & breakfast & wedding venue since they returned to Norfolk in 2011. Set in the heart of the beautiful Norfolk countryside, the house is steeped in history and dates back to the 14th Century. It was built by Sir John and Sir Thomas de Shardelowe as a College of Priests to serve St Martin’s Church and inhabitants of the village. Sir Thomas married Margaret, daughter of Sir Roger de Grey of Merton from whom Katharine is descended.
In 1541 following the dissolution of the monasteries and the College, its lands and revenues were assigned to Sir Edward Knevitt but in 1845 the Thompson College estate was exchanged for the Suffolk estate of the 5th Baron Walsingham. Thus Thompson College, or College Farm as it became known, passed back to the de Greys of Merton. It is fortuitous twist of fate that a descendant of the original owners now lives in College Farm.
Katharine had the idea to develop the business by offering the grounds of the house as a venue for weddings. “Richard and I married at St Martin's Church and had our own wedding reception here back in the 80's. It was a beautiful day and we walked from the church back to the house where we had a marquee in the garden with the front of the house as a stunning backdrop to our reception. My vision is to be able to offer the same magical experience to other couples.”
We have a field available for camping and there is also plenty of parking in another field.
Click HERE to download a plan of our site.
For further information or to arrange a visit to College Farm please contact Katharine Wolstenholme (01953) 483.318 email@example.com
Telephone: 01953 483318