Wilderness Reserve is a collection of exclusive-use cottages, farmhouses, barns and manors set on an 8,000 acre estate in rural in Suffolk, two hours from London. We pride ourselves on delicious food, exceptional service, a fantastic spa programme, and a whole host of unforgettable experiences & activities.
With houses ranging from one to eighteen bedrooms, Wilderness Reserve’s collection of properties cannot be beaten. They have incredible options to fit couples, families, groups & parties, all with total privacy and most featuring spa facilities. Quite unlike traditional holiday accommodation, Wilderness Reserve’s properties have exceptionally well-designed interiors, each with their own individual decor and character.
The properties are set within a symphony of lakes, wetland, ancient woodland, wild-flower meadows, pastures and manicured gardens. With all this nature, comes an abundance of beautiful wildlife.
Led by the expert head ranger Paul “Chuck” Norris, the experienced team of outdoor activity specialists help you make the most of this beautiful setting. There’s now over 45 experiences on offer at the reserve and really something for everyone. Picture stand-up paddleboarding on the lake, clay-pigeon shooting in the fields or an axe-throwing in Kendall’s wood, you and your loved one’s will never be bored!
Distance from Airport
75 miles from Stansted Airport
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Food and Drink
The Estate Kitchen is Wilderness Reserve’s secret weapon. Their in-house chefs have trained in some of the country’s most prestigious hotels and restaurants; choosing to now make Wilderness Reserve their home. With a wealth of locally sourced seasonal ingredients, for which Suffolk is famous, to work from they have created a range of choices, from delivered menus and hampers through to BBQs, picnics, sharing platters, to a fully serviced formal dinner with canapés or specialist fire feast – let the Estate Kitchen team take care of your celebrations, events or simply a well-deserved weekend break.
We highly recommend booking into their bi-weekly ‘fire feast’ where you’ll dine under the ancient woodland tree canopies and enjoy one of the UK’s most unforgettable dining experiences.
Wilderness Reserve is dedicated to the restoration of the natural landscape and their expert Spa team are on hand to ensure the journey to wellness flows through to those guests resident on the estate too. They believe that the best way to fully appreciate and enjoy the treatments on offer is in the privacy of your own home; during your stay our therapists will come to you. Using either 111Skin or Bamford as the selected in-house products, these treatments will not disappoint.
We recommend their 90 minute ‘Signature massage’. Here the ritual begins with a back exfoliation with a blend of Himalayan salts and essential oils, back neck and shoulder massage then finishes with a facial.
For those wishing to further indulge in a restorative break, they have dedicated Spa houses (including one bedroom options!), complete with their own private swimming pools/lakes, hot tubs, saunas, steam and treatment rooms.
Suffolk has always been a quiet county, known for its ‘big skies’ and pretty Suffolk-pink cottages – a far cry from the whirl of London life. Guests’ staying in Wilderness accommodation often like to visit the seaside for the day. Aldeburgh and Southwold couldn’t be more ‘English seaside’: fish and chips, freshly shucked oysters and locally brewed Adnams beer are all in reach. You’ve also got the historic Framlingham & Orford Castles on your doorstep for those history buffs, as well as Sutton Hoo, the UK’s largest archaeological site and RSPB Minsmere for the nature lovers.
We recommend heading down to the ‘Golden Galleon’ in nearby Aldeburgh if you are looking for a one of the UK’s best fish & chips.
Wilderness Reserve is an absolute paradise for children with 8,000 acres of nature to explore and ten dedicated experiences just for children including adventure camps where the adults aren’t invited, den building, fire lighting, survival skills, hawk encounters, treasure trails and an archery academy. If you are looking for your children to get immersed into nature, this is the place to do it.