Sibton Park estate’s history dates to the Norman period with the foundation of Sibton Abbey in 1150. At the dissolution of monasteries in England the Abbey and all the estates were acquired by the Howard family, Dukes of Norfolk, divided in 1610 and passed hands until the acquisition and build of Sibton Park Manor by the Fleet Street heir Robert Sayer in 1827. Admiring the works of Capability Brown at nearby Heveningham, Sayer extended planting to create a ‘beautifully timbered setting within a parkland bowl’.
Today the Wilderness estate has been restored from records, old photographs and drawings with a walled garden and Orangery formed on the old footings. The manor has been renovated with key views of the parkland opened under renowned landscape architect Kim Wilkie, with the lake de-silted and widened, pleasure grounds and woodland rides restored. A bio-mass boiler provides heating across the estate fuelled by thinning from the extensive forestry as a result of over 100 acres of new planting.
Guests are welcomed at our traditional sweet shop reception before being taken to their Wilderness home. Arrive to a Wilderness package in the kitchen of local essentials including Hillfarm Rapeseed Oil, freshly baked bread, butter and milk as well as Adnams fizz. Pad across heated floors to divide up bedrooms and claim the best en suite, before making cups of tea in modern kitchens and putting your feet up.
With plenty to do on the estate, our concierge team will make contact upon booking to offer activities and the option to add on a private Wilderness chef for meals or the duration of your stay. Choose from exploring the estate by bike on the Wilderness Pashley cycles, by water on paddle boards and rowing boats or with the guidance of one of our Wilderness Rangers. For those looking for countryside pursuits there is everything you would expect such as clay pigeon shooting and fishing to archery.
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.
Spend quality time together, whether fishing for roach at Moat Cottage, or remain on the estate for a bike ride where you don’t need to worry about traffic. Take a trip on the rowboats on the lake or just laze by the swimming pool for the afternoon. Send them off for a Teddy Bear’s picnic, an afternoon of stories and a picnic in nature.