Sibton Park

From £2,821 / night
Price based on 7 nights in low season.

  • 12 Bedrooms
  • 11 Bathrooms

What's included:

Breakfast & cream tea served daily
Private cinema, games room & gym
A selection of Hunter boots for guest use
Use of Pashley bikes
Use of tennis equipment
Wi-Fi access
Neal’s Yard products
Soft bath / pool towels & robes
Hairdryers
iPod docks throughout
Smart TVs (SKY)
Magazines & board games
Logs for fireplaces
Nespresso coffee machine & pods
teapigs teas

Wind up the serpentine drive, over the ornamental bridge and past the lake and the honey-coloured stone facade of Sibton Park is revealed. The manor, built in 1827 by Robert Sayer, once Sheriff of Suffolk, to designs by the celebrated architect Decimus Burton, has giant Ionic pillars creating a dramatic portico entrance. Once inside, take your pick from any number of receptions with classic Georgian proportions, such as the drawing room with its listed Chinese wallpaper, the bright morning room or formal dining room. Think open fires, fine antique furniture and chandeliers alongside discreet technology.

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Upstairs, it’s all about the twelve bedrooms with their Hypnos beds, eclectic furnishings and views through large sash windows. Technology is present, discreetly. Eleven en suite marble-floored bathrooms have underfloor heating, luxurious fittings and most have roll-top baths as well as powerful showers with endless piping-hot water. For more informal dining, there is the large kitchen with wood-burner, Aga and deer-antler chandeliers, or head downstairs to dine under candlelight in the vaulted corridor from where you will also find the gym, private cinema and games room. For outside dining under expansive skies, there’s the private courtyard or the large terrace overlooking parkland, grazing livestock and the lake beyond.

Outside, enjoy BBQs in the private courtyard, 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).

The house itself, with its generous pillars and huge curving staircase, gorgeous hand-painted listed wallpaper and dining table set for 24, is magnificent.
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Wilderness Reserve
Yoxford Rd
Sibton
Saxmundham
Suffolk
IP17 2LZ

Email: book@wildernessreserve.com
Phone: 020 7484 5700