The Barn

From £443 / night
Price based on 7 nights in low season.

  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 4 Bathrooms

What's included:

Wi-Fi access
Underfloor heating
Neal’s Yard products
Soft bath & pool towels
Use of Pashley bikes
Use of tennis equipment
iPod docking station
Smart TVs (SKY)
Magazines & board games
BBQ (requires coals)
Iron / ironing board
Logs for fireplaces

In the kitchen:

Range cooker
Nespresso coffee machine & pods
teapigs teas
Hillfarm rapeseed oil & Aspall vinegar
Pint of milk, loaf of bread, cheese and butter
Fresh fruit, orange juice & wine
Household tissue & products
Salt, pepper, sugar

Step into the Barn, a 17th century Suffolk ‘long barn’ nestled in the hamlet within the estate’s Arcadian pleasure grounds. There’s a large open-plan kitchen & dining room with professional range, Art & Crafts furniture and doors opening up onto a private terrace. Think toasty underfloor heated flag stones, Nespresso coffee, teapigs’ teas and vaulted ceilings. The sun room opens to the master suite with its four-poster, eclectic furnishings and wet room with freestanding roll-top bath and powerful shower. Two further en suite bedrooms are found along a beamed corridor and both feature king-size Hypnos beds. Upstairs, the vaulted sitting room with its cosy armchairs and day beds (which can create extra space for two guests) has views across the parkland to ancient oaks plus its own adjacent wet room.

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The Barn can be rented on its own or in conjunction with the Clockhouse, with which it discreetly interconnects. Outside, enjoy BBQs on the private terrace, explore the estate on Pashley bicycles or hold your own tournament on the nearby tennis court open year-round. Try your hand at paddle boarding or rowing on the serpentine lake, learn more about the nature that calls Wilderness Reserve home with our estate ecologist or practice your shot with world-class clay instructors. Wilderness Reserve is nestled in 5,000 acres across three river valleys in the county boasting some of the cleanest air in England, yet just a short drive from Suffolk’s celebrated heritage coast. Here, discover one of England’s finest piers at Southwold, enjoy famous fish & chips in Aldeburgh or make your own gin at the Adnams Brewery. For the adventurous, take to the waves in a rib from Southwold with Coastal Challenger, or visit Go Ape, Suffolk’s biggest tree top adventure. In the beautiful fir trees of Thetford Forest discover your inner jungle explorer by climbing rope ladders, swinging through the trees and hurtling down zip wires.

The Garden of Suffolk is blessed with an abundance of gastro pubs, restaurants, farm shops and artisan producers. Nearby, Mains of Yoxford is a family run restaurant with a great range of dishes for a relaxed weekend dinner. With a menu that changes each day to move with the seasons and availability, everything is cooked on the premises. Treat yourself to a leisurely breakfast or Sunday brunch at the Darsham Nurseries Café. There’s a Middle Eastern flavour to the lunchtime sharing dishes but Pump Street bakery bread, Aspalls Cider and St Peter’s Brewery Beer on the menu keep it local. One of our favourite gastro pubs, The Unruly Pig, near Woodbridge was recently named Suffolk Pub of the Year and in Walberswick, The Anchor is a firm favourite. At nearby RSPB Minsmere, There’s plenty to do here for both the novice and the experienced bird watcher. Use the bird watching hides to shelter you in all weathers or take the nature trail walk to explore the beautiful woods and wetlands scenery. At Jimmy’s Farm near Ipswich, experience a working farm with lots to do for the children, great food and shopping. Take the farm trail to see their famous rare breed pigs along with sheep, cows, geese, goats and donkeys. For keen gardeners, find peace and tranquillity in the beautiful Grade I listed gardens at Helmingham Hall. Spend the day taking in the sights and smells of the gorgeous flowers, the exquisite manicured hedges and borders, stroll through the orchard and bask in the heady scents of the rose garden.

Wilderness Reserve is a just over two hours from London by car and two hours by train. Guests can arrange to be collected from nearby Darsham station. Helicopters can land in the parkland (please contact the General Manager).

We were pleasantly surprised to discover Wilderness Reserve, a vast ecological project and idyllic family retreat set within a 1,000 hectare private country estate
House & Garden

Wilderness Reserve
Yoxford Rd
IP17 2LZ

Phone: 020 7484 5700