Wilderness Reserve, Suffolk, UK

Wilderness Reserve, Suffolk, UK

out across the East Anglian countryside, luxury estate
Wilderness Reserve spans 5000 acres of preserved
meadows, woodland and lakes, positioning itself as the go-to for a
quintessential English stay. Choose between rustic cottages,
farmhouses or a converted barn, with Georgian manor house Sibton
Park offering a Downton Abbey-esque experience thanks to
traditional decor, a formal dining room and private courtyard. The
Walled Garden is the estate’s most recent addition – an updated
Victorian bothy which feels more modern than the other
accommodations. While Sibton Park’s grand interior makes for a
hideaway worth exploring, the Walled Garden’s impressive glass
expansion makes you want to throw open the windows and doors and
revel in the glory of the rolling English countryside. It’s
exterior comprises three glass houses which drench the open-plan
kitchen and living area in sunlight, accentuating the property’s
oak furnishings and central baronial hall. Looking out of the
windows you’ll see the beautiful restored Victorian garden, a green
oasis within the high walls which conceal this secret garden


The house includes eight en-suite bedrooms placed around the
sides of the central hall. Comfort is key – the king-sized beds are
made by Hypnos, the same bed company that supply Buckingham Palace.
Each room is uniquely decorated, though all channel contemporary
farmhouse charm with touches of gingham. The real focal points are
the baths; most rooms feature standalone, vintage-style tubs with
mounted antique taps. If you book into the largest room, you’ll
enjoy the houses only sunken bath – ideal for wallowing in with a
glass of wine.

What’s for breakfast?

Breakfast is at your discretion. Make the most of the
well-stocked kitchen by creating your own or enjoy a long, lazy
brunch cooked by your very own chef. Think fresh bread, organic
eggs, locally sourced ingredients and seasonal fruits and

How about lunch and dinner?

Again, it’s up to you – discuss menus with chefs to curate a
food experience which is specifically suited to you. If you’re
there in summer, we recommend arranging a luxurious picnic hamper
to be taken outdoors. Cured meats, local cheeses, pork pies and
scotch eggs make for a brilliantly British feast, with scones,
clotted cream and preserves provided (as well champagne, of
course). Dinner can be arranged as you like, be it a casual supper,
formal banquet in the dining hall or a BBQ under the stars.

Is there a bar?

No, but there’s a wine fridge which can be stocked from the
estate’s cellar.


Enjoy table tennis or ping pong in the games room or head
outside where you’ll find tennis courts and bikes, as well as the
option to row or paddle-board on the lakes. Hidden out of sight in
a grassy hollow, you’ll find the heated
designed by landscape architect Kim Wilkie. If sports
aren’t your thing, retreat to the cinema room to kick back in front
of the 110-inch flatscreen or get stuck into some board games.

Things you should know

It’s a two-hour train journey from London and you can
arrange to be picked up from the station, just ten minutes away.
Extra housekeeping and spa
treatments can be added on at your request – just drop them an
email in advance.

Within a short walk you can find…

The small village of Yoxford has several gastropubs and
restaurants; we recommend Main’s.
Just a short drive away you can also find Southwold, a small
seaside town where you can round off your very English weekend with
a visit to the pier for some fish and chips.

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