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The Gaolhouse

Thetford near Bury St Edmunds, Norfolk (Ref. 4496)

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  • Icon/Feature/Shop Pub/shop < 1 mile
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37 Customer Review(s)

  • Miss Watkins

    “A lovely place to stay.”

    It had plenty of room and great personality. It was nice to stay somewhere a bit different and was great if you had kids.

    It had plenty of room and great personality. It was nice to stay somewhere a bit different and was great if you had kids.

    - Miss Watkins, November 2015

The property

Featured on TV's Property Ladder, this unusual 18th century holiday cottage is located in part of Thetford's former gaol.

Lovingly restored by the current owners, this listed cottage retains many original features such as the oak cell doors, while a glass floor section allows a glimpse into the excavated dungeon area.

Throughout this Thetford cottage you will discover quirky, interesting and stylish furnishings.

The spacious lounge leads to a bright, well-equipped modern kitchen, while the rear extension provides a large dining area with vaulted ceiling and patio doors to a courtyard garden.

There are two large bedrooms in this Thetford cottage, one with en-suite, and a main bathroom with original Victorian roll-top bath.

The downstairs study has a spiral staircase which leads to the former dungeon.

The Gaolhouse sits in the oldest part of Thetford and is one of the prominent buildings on the town's Heritage Trail.

It is also just a short walk from the historic Nuns' Bridges, which cross the river to a wide tree-lined green used by picnickers and fishermen.

Follow the river into the town centre with its museums, shops, Forgotten Garden and King's House Gardens.

With so much to see from this characterful Thetford cottage, you will want to return here time and again.


  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin with en-suite shower, basin & WC
  • Bathroom with roll-top bath, basin & WC
  • Fitted kitchen
  • Utility with additional basin & WC
  • Dining room
  • Sitting room
  • Study with single bed (2'6" wide) & spiral stairs leading to former dungeon.
  • Gas central heating
  • Electric oven & hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, TV, Freeview, DVD, books/DVDs/games
  • Fuel & power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen & towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot & highchair
  • Roadside parking available
  • Small enclosed rear courtyard garden with table & chairs
  • Sorry, no pets & no smoking
  • Shops 2 mins walk, pub 5 mins walk.

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About the location


Bury St. Edmunds 13 miles; Norwich 29 miles.

Thetford is a large ancient Norfolk market town bordering Suffolk, with an interesting historical past, easily discovered by following the town’s many varied trails and museums. Thetford and its local villages are better known by their TV name Walmington-on-Sea, from the TV series Dad’s Army. Just a short drive from the town is Thetford Forest, Britain's largest lowland pine forest with nature reserve and the Peddars Way National Trail. Families, walkers and cyclists will enjoy High Lodge Forest Centre with its excellent trails for all abilities and Squirrel Maze for the children. For the more adventurous try Go Trax or the high rope course of Go Ape, or just relax in the café with gift shop. Not to be missed is Lynford Arboretum and Lakes, which is wonderful at any time of the year. Further afield are Grimes Grave Flint Mines and Cockley Cley Iceni Village.

Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Last minute
  • Christmas