The Clockhouse & The Barn, Wilderness Reserve
Sibton Park Estate, Sibton, Saxmundham, Suffolk, IP17 2LZ
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.
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 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.