Rural Escape UK Holidays

It's a luxury escape, with a solid grounding in nature

Spend your rural escape at Wilderness Reserve.

Wilderness Reserve is a beautifully and imaginatively restored rural estate nestled in the heart of Suffolk countryside, and a short drive from the county’s historic and wild coast. Each restored property across the estate has been refurbished with a luxurious and modern twist, from the old head gardener’s cottage to the Cartshed and Manor. The rolling 5,000 acres boasts over 100 different species of birds, including many at risk species such as Buzzards, Raptors, and wetland species like Reed Bunting and Reed Warblers. You will also see wild deer and barn owls on the estate, and occasionally the blue flash of a kingfisher.

Our lakes and ponds may be perfect for a quick dip, but they also house a wildlife ecosystem that we’ve cultivated over time – and grown pretty fond of. Explore the wildlife on the estate with our Wilderness Ranger Steve Piotrowski, one of the UK’s leading ecologists. With an incredible 140 species of birds on the estate, including 14 pairs of breeding barn owls and blue tits, great tits and coal tits there’s much that even novice birdwatchers will easily recognise. Walking with Steve on his tour round the lake and through the woods you’ll be shown more than you ever imagined-birds, insects, multi-coloured dragonflies, moths, butterflies and deer and small mammals too.

The Cartshed delivers the countryside the way most of us secretly likes it-through enormous windows.

After 20 years of working with 5,000 acres of sprawling Suffolk landscape, we’ve created a unique collection of manors, farmhouse, cottages and parkland for a truly rural escape. There is a property to suit any group size, from the one bedroom electricity free Hex Cottage to the eight bedrooms of The Walled Garden. Wilderness Reserve offers a luxurious escape from the city to the heart of wild Suffolk filled with endangered species and rare wildlife, just under two hours from London.

Moat Cottage

Suggested Property

Set on a hill 15 minutes by car from the main estate, this Tudor farmhouse has been restored and extended to provide six bedrooms including its own boat house with in-room roll-top bath and hot tub perched over the moat.

  • 6 Bedrooms
  • 6 Bathrooms

£ 955 / night

Based on 7 nights in low season

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The Cartshed

Suggested Property

Once at the centre of 19th century agricultural life on the estate, the Cartshed is a restored former cart shed overlooking private parkland as far as the eye can see. Its four en suite bedrooms feature king-size Hypnos beds, quirky furnishings and splendid views across the estate.

  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 4 Bathrooms

£ 645 / night

Based on 7 nights in low season

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Hex Cottage

Suggested Property

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

  • 1 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathrooms

£ 231 / night

Based on 7 nights in low season

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Wilderness Reserve
Yoxford Rd
IP17 2LZ

Phone: 020 7484 5700