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Wilderness Reserve: An Arcadian inspired estate, Suffolk

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Set within a vast private estate of 4,500 acres in Suffolk, England is Wilderness Reserve. A collection of luxury fully serviced properties available to rent for weekends or longer stays.

Owned by property entrepreneur Jon Hunt, who founded London-based Foxtons, Wilderness Reserve is only a short drive from the
celebrated Heritage Coast and a two-hour train journey from London.

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Sibton Park, the largest property in the collection, was built in 1827 and is a fine example of a Grade II* Listed Georgian country house built to designs in the classical style by architect Decimus Burton. The building boasts 12 spacious en-suite rooms, offering accommodation for up to 24 people, plus hand-painted chinoiserie wallpaper dating from the 1820s when the house was built.

The land surrounding Sibton Park has been returned from arable use to the park land it is today under the watchful eye of the celebrated landscape designer, Kim Wilkie. This has been a 20 year project to create long serpentine drives, parkland trees and follies with astonishing uninterrupted views of the surrounding landscape.

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There are several other properties on the estate available to rent, including converted barns and stables. However, a one-bedroom thatched forester’s cottage, Hex Cottage has no electricity or wifi and is heated by a wood burner which also provides hot water. The cottage is simply decorated with antiques but in great comfort providing a very special place if you want to escape modern life.

The luxury country estate is ideal for all the country pursuits you’d expect from a traditional English estate, including clay-pigeon shoots, fishing, bird-watching, buggy tours and cycling.

Wilderness Reserve, Yoxford Road, Sibton, Saxmundham, IP17 2LZ, England, wildernessreserve.com

About

Assif is a luxury travel and design aficionado currently working as a BBC content producer. He holds an MA in journalism from the University of Leeds. He is partial to tea and cake - Yorkshire Tea Gold Blend please. His favourite trips include island hopping in the Seychelles, a mountain escape in Kashmir and getting lost in Hong Kong.

Assif is the current editor of Adelto Magazine. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram: @journolista.

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February 27, 2015 | England Suffolk Travel Western Europe | View comments

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