Indulge in an authentically English summer holiday at Wilderness, just under two hours from London. Wile away the days with a few gentle whacks on the tennis court, a round of golf, lazing by the serpentine lake or chlorine free pool designed by Kim Wilkie – all set on 5,000 acres of stunning Suffolk parkland, a stones throw from Suffolk’s beaches and heritage coast.
Choose to laze the days away on freshly mown lawns with picnics filled with Pimm’s, Suffolk cheeses and local delicacies or fill your time with the range of activities on offer. Wilderness offers all the pursuits you’d expect of an English country estate, plus some you wouldn’t. As well as golf, clays and fishing, guests can explore the lake on a paddleboard or take a Pashley bicycle for a ride around the estate. There is no better place to enjoy the British summertime with your loved ones than in our luxury properties, with private terraces to enjoy alfresco lunches or sundowners, chefs to take the pressure off upon request before ending the day with roll-top baths, luxurious showers and hypnos beds to sink into.
4,500 acres of Wilderness is your playground for a summer holiday in the UK. Now’s the time to get outside – stroll, picnic, bike and drink Pimms or fresh lemonade. UK Summer holidays spent with family, or a week-long trip with close friends. It’s up to you whether you do nothing, or every activity under the sun.
Explore the estate and surrounding Suffolk coastline, with plenty to do on the estate from archery or learning more about the nature that calls Wilderness home with one of our Wilderness Rangers. Off the estate Suffolk boasts fantastic local pubs and delis to break up coastal walks or trips to the beach. Discover the Sole Bay Fish Co.’s hand caught oysters and lobsters in Southwold to freshly made fish and chips best enjoyed on the pier, or the local Suffolk specials in The Unruly Pig, recently voted ‘Best Pub in Suffolk’, in Orford. Our service is crafted to your needs and all of our bookings can be made truly bespoke. Due to the variety of properties and spaces available across Wilderness we are flexible in catering for different party sizes and needs, and our reservations team are on hand to ensure your stay is bespoke and runs smoothly.
Holidays with Friends
There are enough bedrooms for the big annual trip with friends; 8 of you stowed away in the Cartshed, or 14 guests taking over the Clockhouse and Barn for a big week of bonding. And for the active ones, clay pigeon shooting, tennis and the pool will keep them busy. For the rest, open a bottle of wine and nibble on Suffolk cheese.
Just over 2 hours from London, you can pack a bag, collect your partner and head to the estate for the weekend. Hex Cottage is the place for your digital detox – electricity-free and in a far away mead yet close to the rest of the estate.
Socialise over a game of tennis on the estate grounds, or steal a moment of ‘me time’ with an energetic bike ride. Pack a picnic and hike through the Yox Yalley, or across Suffolk’s coastline till your legs will go no further.
Take a rowboat out onto the lake by Sibton Manor, with a spread of cheese and local pork pies waiting for you on the grass. Alternatively pick one of the many private terraces to enjoy cool drinks and a light breeze. Nap by the pool under umbrellas, as you wait for the next meal.
Cook together in the modern kitchens, preparing meals on the kitchen island and cooking over a big stove. Or take it easy, with your chef at hand to prepare homemade meals, to taste.
Weekends from £2,050
Formerly the estate’s stables, the four en suite bedroom Clockhouse, with its clock tower and Georgian proportions, provides light-filled living spaces all wrapped around a central private gated courtyard perfect for BBQs and families with small children.
Weekends from £3,100
Formerly the estate’s home farm and without doubt its oldest property, the Farmhouse sits in the heart of the hamlet within the estate’s Arcadian pleasure grounds. Downstairs, the central triple-height hall opens up to a beamed sitting room with comfy sofas, inglenook fireplace and fluffy throws as well as the large kitchen & dining room.