The Walled Garden & Cottage — Suffolk, UK

The Walled Garden & Cottage
(Image credit: Will Pryce)

Wilderness Reserve, in Suffolk, gives lie to the idea that a countryside escape necessarily requires involve a lot of chintz or doilies. Comprising of a series of separate lodgings centred around the 5,000 acre estate of Sibton Park’s Georgian manor house, the fully serviced rentals recently added two properties to the collection.

Set within a restored Victorian walled garden, both buildings were originally bothies – small dwellings that, traditionally, provided living accommodation for single gardeners or other workers on the estate. They have since been restored and expanded by the Reserve’s in-house designers to form bucolic retreats for weekend strikes or longer getaways.

The main Walled Garden residence – dressed in broad planked timber floors, plush bedding and reassuringly hefty stone – contains eight en-suite bedrooms and is anchored by a literal kitchen garden, alongside three glass glasshouses, which comprise kitchen, and cinema and games rooms. The adjacent red-bricked Victorian-era Garden Cottage adds four bedrooms, which are also dressed with a similarly mod-country bent.

In winter, a thatched cottage on the grounds containing sauna and hot tub keeps guests suitably toasty, and in summer, there’s something to be said for a few languid laps in the pool, or a gentle whack on the tennis court.

King size bed,cabinet,mirror and chairs In A Bedroom.

(Image credit: Will Pryce)

Towel on a Bathtub and wooden side stool in a bathroom.

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White interior of a bathroom and white wooden cabinet.

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Dining area of a cottage.

(Image credit: Will Pryce)




Wilderness Reserve
Yoxford Rd, Sibton, Suffolk


Daven Wu is the Singapore Editor at Wallpaper*. A former corporate lawyer, he has been covering Singapore and the neighbouring South-East Asian region since 1999, writing extensively about architecture, design, and travel for both the magazine and website. He is also the City Editor for the Phaidon Wallpaper* City Guide to Singapore.