Gate Lodges – Suffolk
Sleeps: Sleeps 2 (one en-suite bedrooms)
Hideaway Type: A unique hideout for two.
Location: Just two hours from London, located on The Wilderness Reserve, a 5,000 acre country estate, in-between the iconic seas side towns of Aldeburgh and Southwold in Suffolk.
Facilities: Pet-Friendly, Bathrobes, Wellies, Toiletries, Bath & pool towels, Pashley bikes, Nespresso Coffee, Wi-fi, Hairdryer, Board Games, Housekeeping, Hypnos beds, Barbeque
Activities: Put your wellies on and stomp through the countryside, or take out the Pashley bikes to explore it on two wheels, row or paddle board on the lakes, play tennis, go clay pigeon shooting, try archery, or learn about the natural inhabitants with the ranger. Take a short drive to Suffolk and delight in its heritage coast, enjoy the local fish&chips or make your own gin at Adnams Brewery. The adventurous can take a rib out on the waters or visit Go Ape, Suffolk’s biggest tree top adventure.
Children: This is a quirky retreat for a couple to enjoy some quality time together.
Furry Friends: Pets are welcome to stay with you here.
Service: Chefs, activities and experiences can all be organised for you.
Price from: £196 per night
Once upon a time this unique hideaway was the gatehouse to the original estate. These lodges have since been reimagined, extended and linked beneath the drive to create a fascinating one-bedroom cottage. Descend the stairs in the south lodge and find a drawing room with unexpectedly high ceilings, curved walls and French windows opening on to one of two private terraces. The well equipped kitchen is neatly built into the staircase whilst the bedroom boasts a sink into king-size Hypnos bed. The bathroom features double sinks and a bath & shower with vaulted mosaic ceiling.
The Gate Lodges sits on 5,000 acres of remarkable parkland where arable pastures have been returned to nature, native woodland has burgeoned with the planting of thousands of trees, and lakes and wetlands have been created across three valleys. This is known as The Wilderrness Reserve – an exceptionally diverse natural habitat for countless native species of wildlife and crazing sheep and cattle. Here you can lose yourself for a long weekend, or a week. Kick back, get close to nature and enjoy some of the cleanest air in the country.
The Wilderness Reserve is a place for total relaxation. You can explore this part of Suffolk, or choose to roam the estate on the Pashley bicycles stocked in each property (there are wellies you can borrow too); row or paddle board on the lakes; swimming; host a tennis tournament; clay pigeon shoot or learn about the natural inhabitants with the resident ranger. Well-behaved dogs are also welcome to come. Breakfast hampers can be provided, and private chefs can be organised, if you’re not tempted off the estate to one of the many fabulous local pubs and restaurants.