The Old Doctor’s House
Grade II listed Georgian property which sleeps up to 12 guests, located in the heart of historic King’s Lynn.
This former doctor’s house has been lovingly renovated by its current owners and offers extensive living accommodation across three floors.
Whether relaxing with a drink in the private walled garden, curling up with a good book in front of one of the fireplaces, revealing your competitive streak in the games room or taking a boat trip on the Great Ouse you’ll never be short of things to do during your stay at The Old Doctor’s House.
A walk through the house
The Ground Floor
As you walk through the front door you are greeted by a magnificent staircase leading up to the first and second floors with a grand piano at its foot, enticing you to explore the upper floors…
On your left is the Drawing Room complete with a feature working fireplace (with leather hearth seating surround) and comfortable large sofas – a lovely place to sit and socialise as a group. This is an excellent larger-sized reception room for drinks and gatherings.
Second Reception Room
To your right is the Snug/TV sitting room, with an upright piano and less formal sofas to sink into and relax. It’s a perfect room for a few guests to escape the hubbub of the rest of your group with a glass of brandy or similar each!
Heading deeper into the house, you will find the Dining Room, again with an open fireplace. Here, you will be able to dine together at the large oak table. An excellent diner party space, home cooked in the expansive kitchen next door or professionally catered it would do well with either approach.
Kitchen & Utility
Through the Dining Room, you will find the large, newly fitted Kitchen and utility area that is complete with plenty of pots and pans and equipment as well as, of course, a dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer. The kitchen overlooks and provides access to the private walled garden.
Boot Room & Cloakroom
Heading back to the hallway and the foot of the impressive stairs, you will notice the ‘Boot Room’ ahead of you which incorporates a wonderfully quirky ‘curved’ downstairs cloakroom. (It is interesting to note the locked door (which is bricked up behind it) in this area that used to lead into the doctor’s surgery itself.)
The First Floor
Beginning to make your way up the grand staircase, something you cannot do without wondering about all the people who might have done so before, you will reach the large first-floor landing that is large enough to be a room in its own right! Off this landing, you will find three bedrooms and a family bathroom.
To your left (with the stairs behind you), this striking bedroom with bold fireplace, boasts an en-suite shower room, a ‘walk-in’ wardrobe, and its own ‘sun room’ that leads outside onto a private terrace overlooking the walled garden below.
The second of the three bedrooms on this floor is located at the front of the property, with its ornate 4-post double bed the focal point of the room. The period feel is completed by the large patterned rug over the wooden floor, fireplace and the walnut chest of drawers. The decor is completed by a bookshelf full of books for the enjoyment of guests at The Old Doctor’s House.
The third and largest bedroom on this floor is also located at the front of the property. It benefits from dual-aspect windows in the curved frontage of the building. This curvature results in an unusual shape to the room that architects have used to create a unique and intriguing ‘dressing nook’.
The final room on this floor is the eye-catching family bathroom. Its centrepiece is a free-standing claw-footed bath with a shower above.
The Second Floor
Reaching the top of the house, you will find another large landing off which there are a further three bedrooms, a games room and a second family bathroom.
At the top of the stairs is the largest bedroom of the six found in this property, this room contains a luxurious king-size bed, perfect for a peaceful night’s sleep and a grand feature window overlooking the garden.
To the front of the property is another good-sized double bedroom complete with original wooden flooring and a large decorative rug, featuring an ornamental fireplace.
Games Room & Bedroom Six
The Games Room is multi-functional, offering additional social space, either for any teens in your party to have their own space or an alternative location for guests to socialise. A’ hidden’ room leads off the games room, the sixth and final bedroom, a bright and airy double.
The final room on the second floor is the vibrantly decorated family bathroom with all the essentials you’d expect to find.
The imposing frontage of this Grade II listed property faces onto the road just a few hundred metres from the historic South Gate of King’s Lynn and only a 2-minute walk to the town centre.
Private parking is available at the rear of the property with ample space for at least 4 vehicles.
The outdoor living space is contained within the confines of a high wall offering privacy and serenity – you would never believe you were in the middle of a bustling town! Not only does this area lend itself to al fresco dining, but there is also plenty of space for playing lawn games or throwing around (or kicking) a ball.
The Surrounding Area
King’s Lynn is a port and market town located in West Norfolk. Originally known as ‘Lynn’ (from the Celtic word for a lake or pool), it became Bishop’s Lynn in 1204, before being renamed Lynn Regis, or King’s Lynn, in 1537.
King’s Lynn is situated 45 miles northwest of Norwich, 45 miles north of Cambridge and 35 miles east of Peterborough.
Suggested Places to Visit
Go on a boat tour in an old Cockler boat with the Baden Powell Project, departing from the South Quay of King’s Lynn’s historic waterfront.
Take a guided walking tour from Saturday Marketplace, encompassing over 900 years of history. From here you can also visit King’s Lynn Minster, founded by the first Bishop of Norwich, in 1101.
Learn how to make your own gin at the What a Hoot distillery.
Stroll along Purfleet Quay and explore the iconic Custom House, a 17th-century merchants’ exchange.
Visit The Walks, a historic 18th-century park, and if you’re feeling energetic join in the weekly King’s Lynn park run which takes advantage of the multiple trails this park has to offer.
Take a tour of the picturesque Oxburgh Hall, a 15th-century moated manor house, or stroll through the numerous, distinct, gardens surrounding the property.
For a fun-filled family day out, add Snettisham Park, a 329-acre working farm to your list of ‘must-visits’!
The Gooderstone Water Gardens & Nature Trails are the perfect place to relax and unwind or hone your photography skills.
Take in the views from the high ramparts at Castle Rising where, on a clear day, you can see for miles.
Founded in the early 1070s, shortly after the Norman Conquest, Castle Acre Priory offers a breathtaking view into the past for the whole family.
A country retreat for the Royal Family, the Sandringham Estate is also open to the public. Explore the trails around the 600-acre Royal Parkland, peruse the artisan Norfolk products in the Sandringham Shop, and finish it off with an Afternoon Tea showcasing the finest local ingredients.