Wilderness Reserve – Sibton, Suffolk

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Set amid a splendid 5,000-acre estate, with the Suffolk coast and its crowd-drawing villages of Southwold and Aldeburgh mere moments away, is a stunning collection of properties to rent, from charming cottages – such as the heavenly thatched former forester’s one-bedroom home Hex – to the grand manor Sibton Park, which this year opens its orangery, a perfect spot for a wedding reception. In between, you have the eight-bed Walled Garden, which comes with an acre of private grounds, sauna and hot tub. What comes as standard across all properties though is the immaculate quality combined with being immersed in an authentically rural location, which is being nurtured and cared for from the roots up. Hundreds of thousands of trees have been planted, new lakes dug and many acres being returned to parkland, woods and lakes, which in its turn, provides an environment ideal for attracting wildlife. As well as exploring locally, there’s heaps to do on site, from rowing boats and Pashley bicycles to fishing, clays, wine tasting and activities with Steve Piotrowski, Wilderness Ranger. Who could ask for more?


See: Framlingham Castle. Once a fearsome fortress, it was behind these walls that Mary Tudor was proclaimed Queen of England.

Eat: At The Unruly Pig, named as ‘Best Pub in Suffolk’ at the Great British Pub Awards 2016/17.

Buy: A piece of furniture from Suffolk House Antiques, where you’ll find one of the largest selections of oak and country furniture in the UK.

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