College Farm

Thetford

Information For College Farm

College Farm is owned by Richard & Katharine Wolstenholme who have run the house as a bed a 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 5thBaron 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 had our own wedding reception here back in the 80's and it was beautiful – 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.”

College Farm at a Glance

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Price Range
£1 - £5
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Bedrooms
3
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Type of Venue
Historic
Stately Home
Unique Venue
Exclusive Use
Marquee Weddings
Same-Sex Weddings
Woodland Weddings
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Seated Capacity
Up to 20
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Reception Capacity
Contact Venue
15 acres of gardens, lawns, woodland & ponds Fantastic photo opportunities with llamas, alpacas, sheep & chickens Licensed for weddings & civil ceremonies 3 B&B rooms included in the price Large field for camping & parking 4 day hire of the entire site Pricing Category : ModerateReception Capacity ( Indoor / Outdoor ) : 150Has AccommodationBridal Suite : Honeymoon SuiteSleeps No Of People : 2Historic View More
Country House Manor HouseWedding Contact : Katharine WolstenholmeNumber of People In Team : 1No of Weddings Hosted : Number of Weddings Hosted - Less Than 10Location : In The CountrysideNearest Town : ThetfordNearest Airport : NorwichNearest Motorway : M11Nearest Train Station : ThetfordChurch Within Walking DistanceUnique Wedding VenueAffordableUnusualCasualIntimateLuxuryConfetti PermittedOpen Flame PermittedCeremony LicenceBYOB PermittedExternal Catering PermittedPre-Wedding ConsultationOn The Day Wedding CoordinationBridal Changing FacilitiesExclusive UseGrade Listed BuildingIn House Wedding CoordinatorLandscaped GardensMarquee or Tipi PermittedOnsite ParkingOutdoor SpaceWater ViewGreat ViewsBlank CanvasLovely GroundsRomanticRusticCruise / Boat / YachtGarden OutdoorWedding PlannersSame-SexWoodland View Less

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College Farm, College Farm Lane,, Thompson, Thetford, Norfolk, IP24 1QG

College Farm

  • College Farm, College Farm Lane,
  • Thompson
  • Thetford
  • Norfolk
  • IP24 1QG
  • United Kingdom

Meet the Owner

Image of Key Person Katharine Wolstenholme
Katharine Wolstenholme

Hi, I'm Katharine and I live at College Farm with my family, both human & animal. The house & our local church were built by my ancestors in 1349 and we were married here in 1985 so I have a strong connection with the house and my ancestors. College Farm is a DIY wedding venue but I'm available to help couples as much or as little as they like. I love getting involved and discussing all things wedding, but on the day I will melt into the background and just keep a watchful eye from a distance. We only hold a maximum of 5 weddings a year here so I have the time to get to know each couple and I hope they will all feel unique on their special day. My aim is to make every wedding here as special as ours was in 1985!