The Clockhouse & The Barn

Sibton Park Estate, Sibton, Saxmundham, Suffolk, IP17 2LZ
4.8 (23 Reviews)

About The Clockhouse & The Barn

The Clockhouse and Barn are part of one of our very favourite estates: the Wilderness Reserve, in Suffolk. The whole estate has just been renovated with guests in mind, and can accommodate up to 50 in various lovely buildings.

The Clockhouse and Barn can both be hired for holidays as one house (sleeping 14), or asseparatehouses (sleeping 8 and 6 respectively).

There is a shared courtyard with parking for up to 7 cars, and each property has its own terrace and gardens.

The Clockhouse

There are 4 en-suite, double bedrooms; three of which are in one wing, and the fourth in a wing beyond the reception rooms. The reception rooms include an elegant sash-windowed drawing room (complete with an open fire), and a dining room with a table to seat 8. The reception rooms are connected to the open-plan kitchen and living space by folding doors, allowing you to open one big space, should you wish.

The Barn

The Barn has been converted from a traditional timber-framed Suffolk barn, and has a vaulted kitchen with a dining table at one end. The kitchen has full height glazed doors that lead down to an East-facing terrace (perfect for breakfast). All 3 bedrooms are double (en-suite) and on ground level (although the master bedroom is on a split level). The master bedroom has French doors leading to a private courtyard garden. There is also a dramatic drawing room on the first floor, and a garden room with views across the open parkland.

About the Wilderness Reserve

The estate rolls over 350 acres of private woodland and parkland, and is bordered by the romantic ruins of a Cistercian Abbey. Available within the grounds is an all-weather tennis court and a naturally-filtered swimming pool.

Edmund’s Choice of Extraordinary Feature

“The Clockhouse and Barn are perfect for family parties, at any time of year. There’s plenty of space and enough room for everyone to get together for dinner after a long day enjoying themselves. Like every house and building on the Wilderness Reserve, the Clockhouse and Barn have been beautifully finished, and are full of thoughtful touches, like logs ready-chopped for the fires, bathroom treats and a kitchen stocked with milk and bread.”

About the Location

The Wilderness Reserve is about 2 hours’ drive from central London. The nearest train station, Darsham, is about 10 minutes’ drive away. The estate is 7 miles from the sea, which is part of the Heritage Coast.

Things To Do

There is a huge amount to do both on and off the estate, and Wilderness is famous for its nature and guided nature walks. There are several lovely walks on the estate; particularly one leading into Sibton itself, with its award-winning pub, The White Horse.

For spas or shopping, Ipswich and Norwich are within easy reach, or Cambridge is over the border.

There are complimentary Pashley bicycles for guests to explore the countryside, and a few rowing boats, for messing about on the lake. The lake shore is a great place for the Bonfire Experience, a sun-downer celebration organised by the estate, in inimitable Suffolk-style.

The Wilderness Reserve has its own Ranger on site, who can escort guests on a number of themed, guided tours, from a ‘Dawn Chorus’ excursion, to a rowing-boat safari.

Sibton Park is suitable for family parties, reunions of friends, sporting breaks, weddings and weekends of particular pleasure.


The main house on the estate (Sibton Park) holds a wedding license, and the Clockhouse and Barn can be used for guest accommodation.

The Clockhouse and Barn are suitable for family parties, reunions of friends, sporting breaks, holidays and weekend breaks. Staff (including catering) can be arranged at extra cost.

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Had the most wonderful 40th birthday in the most amazing setting. A truly stunning venue!

Great fun. Can’t wait for the rest of the evening

spent a fabulous 4days here. faultless on every level ,amazing place ,amazing staff .

Stunning, and the attention to detail is amazing

Just returned from the Presence Masterclass with Tresemme which took place on the reserve. We could not have asked for more, the surroundings were incredible and just what we needed while we worked on ourselves. The rooms are each unique and beautiful and the staff were lovely. From the moment, we arrived I was in awe of every little detail from the design, architecture, gardens, and the facilities. Looking forward to creating an event in the near further for my own business so I can go back! Thank you.

Absolute heaven! This place is just perfect.

Absolutely amazing. We stayed for the weekend in March and couldn’t fault a thing .. we will Definitely be going back.

What a fabulous place to stay as a couple or family or friends! This venue delivers on all fronts. We stayed in the main house so amazing huge room with outstanding views. I saw 3 of the cottages as the bridal party were staying in them they were all outstanding. Such a wonderful place to consider for a get away a wedding or just for the heck of it! Brilliant.

Shot there yesterday 6th Jan’, for the 1st time & will definitely be coming back. Superb venue, great hospitality & brilliant shooting. Thanks to Freddie, Sharon, Tony & the team.

What a spectacular place for a wedding! It was an amazing experience.

I HAVE to give this a poor rating so no-one else goes there and I can have it ALL to myself. My little piece of sanctuary in the middle of my mad life. Love it it is absolutely delightful, NOONE else can visit, its MINE all mine.

I am Paola from Paola De Paola Photography and I was so lucky to photograph Roz and John's wedding at this gorgeous venue. I couldn't recommend it enough. Just incredible at every level. Beautiful location, well maintained manor house and farm houses, friendly staff, as a photographer I could not ask for more! A totally stunning experience. Paola

A truly wonderful experience from start to finish..

Have just returned from a wonderful stay at the Wilderness Reserve. The team are so welcoming and happy to help but equally leave you to fully relax and enjoy your stay. The accommodation, the grounds and its surroundings are simply breathtaking and so well considered. I'd hugely recommend staying here.

We have just spent the weekend with 32 of our family at the wilderness reserve and could not fault it. We celebrated my father in laws 80th birthday there. The staff the house and food were fantastic. Would definitely recommend it for a family celebration.

We stayed at Hex Cottage. Absolutely stunning. Can't recommend enough!

A stunning place to stay! Beautiful, immaculate properties and grounds; lovely people; loads to do and see locally. The swimming pool is an extraordinary piece of landscape architecture, if a little bracing to use! Our only criticisms were a lack of practical instructions on how to use equipment, recycle rubbish, etc, and a few minor omissions, e.g. No microwave, no full-length mirrors in bedrooms, no proper shower in some bathrooms. We had a wonderful stay and would highly recommend The Cartshed for a self-catering holiday.

Just returned from a fabulous fiftieth birthday weekend here. A sumptuous and perfect weekend in every way.

We have just returned from a weekend at the wilderness reserve and we had a fantastic time!! We went for my husbands 40th birthday with 3 families, 15 of us in total. We stayed in the walled garden and wow is all I can say. The place is amazing and has everything u need in 1 place. With first class interior and small attention to detail this place is wonderful. We used the Pashley bikes and had a good ride around the estate. The kids loved the sheep roaming free. They also loved the hot tub!!! We were greeted when we arrived by a lovely lady called Shelby who couldn't have done more for us, first class service. Would definitely recommend to anyone wanted a lovely break away. We will hopefully return 1 day x

A year ago my wife and I got married at Sibton and it was the perfect location. The staff were incredibly helpful and it made it an even more memorable and special day. I cannot thank the team there enough

Brilliant weekend celebrating my husbands birthday. We stayed in The Farmhouse with a group of friends and had a very relaxing time. Staff are excellent - Paul, Daniel, Jade and Yasmin. They left us in peace but were easily contactable and responsive if we needed anything. The Farmhouse itself is lovely and there was no scramble for rooms as they are all beautiful. Little touches such as a welcome note, wine and groceries on arrival meant we felt at home straight away. Will definitely be coming back a soon as we can!

It's very smart, but that is just a veneer....sewage drains from the accomodation into a ditch outside, then into the local river and the lake in front of Sibton Hall. They say guests can do water sports in the lake, but that seems like a health risk to me..

There are not enough stars in the world to award this stunning place and the team who make it happen. Sion, Yasmin and Paul you have made our dreams come true, I never imagined a more perfect wedding and your attention to detail, tolerance and hospitality were outstanding. Thank you thank you thank you. We can't wait to come back with our families for many years to come! ❤️ ❤️ ❤️ ❤️ ❤️ ❤️ ❤️ ❤️

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