About Us

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, College Farm is steeped in history and dates back to the fourteenth century. The house was built in 1349 by brothers Sir John and Sir Thomas Shardelow, as a College of Priests to serve nearby St Martin’s Church and the inhabitants of the village of Thompson. Sir Thomas married Margaret, daughter of Sir Roger de Grey of Merton - from whom Katharine is descended.

Following the dissolution of the monasteries in 1541, the College, its land and assets were handed over to Sir Edward Knevitt, before being sold to wealthy London merchant John Maynard. The estate changed hands several times over the next 300 years, before finally being exchanged for the Cavendish Estate in Suffolk in 1845. The Cavendish Estate was owned by the 5th Baron Walsingham (Thomas de Grey) - thus College Farm was passed back to the de Greys of Merton. It is a fortuitous twist of fate that a descendant of the original owners now lives in College Farm.

Katharine ran Telford Park B&B in south London for over 20 years. Her parents, William & Lavender Garnier started College Farm Bed & Breakfast in the 1970s, and after Lavender’s death in 2010, Katharine and her family moved back to Thompson to take over the business - and start offering the grounds of the house as a weddings venue.

“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.”

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Katharine Wolstenholme
College Farm
IP24 1QG
Telephone: 01953 483318

Email: info@collegefarmnorfolk.co.uk

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