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Sibton Park, Wilderness Reserve
Sibton Park Estate, Sibton, Saxmundham, Suffolk, IP17 2LZ
Sibton Park is the jewel in the crown of the Wilderness Reserve, in Suffolk. The estate has been transformed over the last twenty years into a place of Arcadian splendour.
Up to 50 guests can be accommodated within the estate.
Sibton Park sleeps 24, in 12 very well-appointed bedrooms with beautiful views over the lake and parkland. There are 11 bathrooms. Downstairs are impressive reception rooms, including dining room, morning room and drawing room. The kitchens are large and well-stocked, and a fully-equipped games room, gym and cinema room can be found in the cellars. The optional staff are efficient and discreet, and are available as much or little as you might need.
The house sits in 350 acres of woodland and parkland, bordered by the romantic ruins of a Cistercian abbey. Within the grounds, there is an all-weather tennis court, and an extraordinary naturally-filtered swimming pool, set within an inverted sea-shell of grassed banks.
Edmund’s Choice of Extraordinary Feature
Sibton Park has long been a favourite of mine, and it’s been fascinating to watch the renovation of the estate. The house – in fact, the whole estate – offers guests the chance to experience the very best of the British countryside, and a way of life that is normally kept secret by those who enjoy it. An incredible place, like a dream that has become fantastically true.
About the Location
Sibton lies between Peasenhall and Yoxford on the old Roman Road, deep in the Yox Valley (part of the Garden of Suffolk). It is 7 miles from the Heritage Coast, particularly Minsmere (used by the RSPB for studying rare birds).
The nearest train station is Darsham, and both train and car take about two hours from central London.
Things To Do
There are a huge amount of distractions both on and off the estate; Sibton is renown for its game shooting, and there’s also coarse fishing, golf and clay (or skeet) shooting. For more lazy days, there are lovely walks to secret meadows within the estate; perfect for picnics and the odd game of French cricket.
There are trails for horse riding, cycling and trekking (the estate keeps very smart Pashley bikes for the use of its guests.)
For spas or shopping, Ipswich and Norwich are within easy reach, or Cambridge is over the border. The area is steeped in history; many overseas visitors go ghost-hunting for ancestors in the local Norman churches.
Sibton Park is suitable for family parties, reunions of friends, sporting breaks, weddings and weekends of particular pleasure.
Shooting – Driven Pheasant and Partridge and Duck Flightingon the Sibton Park Estate, the Heveningham Hall Estate and Huntingfield Hall. Clays available on request. Tuition is available from the European and British Skeet Champion Philip Thorrold. Days can be tailored from novice to experienced shots.
Fishing – Carp, roach and tench in local lakes. Coarse fishing on the Suffolk Broads and Sea Bass fishing on the coast and estuaries by arrangement.
Golf – The Halesworth Golf Course is part of the Sibton Park Estate and discount rates are available for guests. The Course has an 18 Hole and 9 Hole Course with a Club House Bar and Restaurant. Other Courses are available including the nearby Aldeburgh Golf Club (Championship course)
Sailing – Sailing can be arranged for experienced sailors and novices on the nearby Blythe, Alde and Deben estuaries.
Horse-riding – Local hacks and local livery by arrangement from novice to experienced riders.
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