The Gate Lodges

From £231 / night
Based on 3 night weekend in low season.

  • 1 Bedroom
  • 2 Bathrooms

What's included:

Wi-Fi access
Underfloor heating
Noble Isle products
Soft bath & pool towels
Use of Pashley bikes (on main estate)
Use of tennis equipment (on main estate)
iPod docking station
Smart TVs (SKY)
BBQ (requires coal)
Iron / ironing board
Magazines & board games

In the kitchen:

Washing machine
Nespresso coffee machine & pods
teapigs teas

In the larder:

Hillfarm Rapeseed Oil
Aspalls Balsamic Vinegar
Fruits of Suffolk old mill chutney
Fruits of Suffolk strawberry Jam
Hillfarm honey
Adnams fizz – Chardonnay brut
Farmhouse tin loaf of bread
Highhouse apple juice
Fairfields crisps
Block of butter
Pint of milk

Expect the unexpected at the Gate Lodges, five minutes by car from the main estate. These two ‘pepper pot’ follies, designed by the celebrated neoclassical architect James Wyatt, have been ingeniously extended and linked beneath the drive to create a one-bedroom cottage. Descend the stairs in the south lodge and find a drawing room with unexpectedly high ceilings, curved walls and French windows opening on to one of two private terraces. Think deep plum sofas, cow hide footstools and underfloor heating below wide oak floorboards. The kitchen is neatly built into the staircase and has all you’d expect. In the bedroom, it’s all about the king-size Hypnos bed, quirky harlequin sideboard and second private terrace.

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In the bathroom, discover double sinks, an indulgent bath & shower with vaulted mosaic ceiling. Outside, enjoy BBQs on the private terraces, 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).

It has two rooms, separated by the grand gate to the estate, and used to be home to the groundskeeper and his family.
The Guardian

Wilderness Reserve
Yoxford Rd
IP17 2LZ

Phone: 020 7484 5700