Wilderness Reserve’s journey began more than 20 years ago with the restoration of Arcadian landscapes, close to Suffolk’s celebrated Heritage Coast, all under the watchful eye of renowned landscape architect Kim Wilkie.
Now, the 5,000 acre private estate is home to manors, farmhouses & cottages providing 50 bedrooms, each individual and all heated by sustainable energy. It’s a relaxed environment with well-equipped kitchens, open fireplaces and eclectic furnishings, king-size Hypnos beds and bathrooms with toasty underfloor heating, roll-top baths and luxurious showers.
Each stay is unique, with guests invited to enjoy weeks or weekends in privacy or with staff including chefs, housekeepers and even butlers. Food is hearty and seasonal and wines are from the cellar. Wilderness Reserve 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’s a naturallyfiltered pool, hot tubs and hard tennis court open year-round.
Weekends from £1,809
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 £650
A dreamy thatched former forester’s cottage for two, electricity-free, candlelit and set in woods overlooking its own meadow. An Esse wood-burning range in the kitchen provides all the hot water and heating, with open fires in the sitting room and bedroom.
Weekends from £1,700
A beautifully restored four-bedroom Victorian cottage built into the wall surrounding the estate’s original flower and vegetable garden. Built around 1848 in the cottage orné (or decorated cottage) style by the Brooke family, the picturesque former head gardener’s cottage occupies an elevated position overlooking woods and hedgerows.
Weekends from £3,100
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 one its own boat house with in-room roll-top bath and hot tub perched over the moat. Accessed via a private drive and footbridge, this pretty pink thatched farmhouse has underfloor heating on all three levels and a large open plan kitchen & dining room.
Weekends from £2,262
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.