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Suffolk Weddings at Wilderness Reserve

Celebrate your day in the luxurious surroundings of Wilderness Reserve, a unique 5,000 acre private estate in glorious Suffolk

Set within thousands of acres of parkland, lakes and woods Sibton Park is the quintessential setting for an English country wedding. The Georgian manor, built in 1827, is licensed for civil ceremonies of up to 100 guests in its drawing room with hand-painted Chinese wallpaper, grand fireplace and views across parkland to the serpentine lake. The manor house has twelve bedrooms but close family and friends can be accommodated on and around the estate’s farmhouses, cottages and barns meaning you have 50 bedrooms at your disposal. Receptions can take place in the dining room, drawing room, in a marquee or in the Orangery, a new purpose-built space for wedding receptions and events at the side of the manor which opens in May 2017. The Orangery will seat up to 120 for a wedding breakfast, however, for larger receptions a marquee can be added on the lawn directly outside. Hex Cottage, a short drive from the main estate, is the perfect mini-moon for the newly-weds, alone, candlelit and electricity-free.

Wind up the serpentine drive, over the ornamental bridge and past the lake and the honey-coloured stone façade 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 to relax in, such as the bright morning room, study or formal dining room. Think open fires, fine antique furniture and chandeliers alongside discreet technology. Outside, there is a large private courtyard and large terrace – which can be accessed via the drawing room – overlooking grazing cows, parkland and the serpentine lake beyond.

The need to knows

  • Accommodation: Up to 100
  • Catering: Via suppliers
  • Bar: Fully fitted bar space
  • Child friendly: Yes
  • Licensed for marriage: Yes
  • Ceremony capacity: 100
  • Reception capacity: 200
  • Marquee: For up to 300
  • Exclusivity: Yes
Paradise has been found- and happily, it’s not a million miles away. Rather it’s in a sweet corner of the Suffolk countryside, at Wilderness Reserve.
Brides Magazine, December 2015

For more intimate receptions, up to 40 guests can be seated in the dining room with its mahogany dining table, roaring log fire and silver candelabras (the dining table seats up to 24 but 40 can be accommodated using banquet-style seating). Alternatively, receptions can take place after the ceremony in the drawing room, which accommodates up to 100 for Champagne and canapés or up to 40 using banquet-style seating.

With a team of chefs (and a black book of suppliers) the estate offers everything from locally-sourced home-cooked food to fine dining for a pinch more formality. Suffolk boasts some fine local produce which features in our menus including organic vegetables, sustainable fish and hand-reared meats. Menus, which change with the seasons, can be tailored to your specific requirements and special diets are well-catered for. Our wine cellar stocks new and old world wines though guests are free to bring their own, as we don’t charge corkage.

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. 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).

Sibton Park

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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.

  • 12 Bedrooms
  • 11 Bathrooms

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£ 2,821 / night

Based on 7 nights in low season

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The Walled Garden

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A secret garden awaits. What were once Victorian bothies (where the estate’s gardeners lived) have been transformed into eight king-size bedrooms with en suites featuring roll-top baths and powerful showers plus a vaulted ceiling central dining hall bookended by French limestone fireplaces.

  • 8 Bedrooms
  • 8 Bathrooms

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£ 1,628 / night

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Hex Cottage

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A dreamy thatched former forester’s cottage for two, electricity-free, candlelit and set in woods overlooking its own meadow.

  • 1 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathrooms

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£ 231 / night

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Wilderness Reserve
Yoxford Rd
Sibton
Saxmundham
Suffolk
IP17 2LZ

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