Moat Cottage – Suffolk
Hideaway Type: A quirky hill top retreat on your very own island, with incredible views. Perfect for families or parties.
Sleeps: Sleeps 12 (in 6 en-suite bedrooms)
Location: Just two hours from London, located on The Wilderness Reserve, a 5000 acre country estate, in-between the iconic seas side towns of Aldeburgh and Southwold in Suffolk.
Facilities: Hot tub, Row boats, Wi-fi, Towels, Bathrobes, Toiletries, Nespresso Coffee, Pashley Bikes, Wellies, Board games, Hairdryer, Sky Smart TV, Fireplace, Dishwasher, Microwave, Iron & ironing board, Hypnos beds, BBQ.
Activities: Row around your private moat or chill in the hot tub. 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: It is perfect for families as it oozes adventure and there is plenty of space both inside and out. Children will love all of the countryside experiences on offer.
Furry Friends: Pets are welcome to stay with you here.
Service: Daily housekeeping service. Chefs, activities and experiences can all be organised for you.
Low Season Price From: £1,216 per night (minimum 3 night stay at weekends).
High Season Price From: £1,856 per night (minimum 3 night stay at weekends).
One of the more quirky properties on the estate, Moat Cottage is for would-be kings and children with large imaginations. With its hilltop location surveying the surrounding estate, and access by a wooden footbridge, this is the most luxurious fortress you’ll ever find. This Tudor farmhouse has six en-suite bedrooms, one which is located in the separate boathouse, spacious beamed living areas, opening out onto wide terraces and a well equipped kitchen with large island. Moat Cottage is supremely comfortable with underfloor heating on all three levels. Head outside for some amazing alfresco BBQ dining, to soak in the hot tub, row the boats around the moat or try your hand at catching fish with the fishing rods.
Moat cottage is perched on a hill in 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.
The Wilderness Reserve represents a magical 8,000-acre paradise for wildlife restoration with conservation a central focus. Proudly housing a vast array of species, including 125 birds, 33 mammals, 220 plants, almost 600 moths, 23 butterflies, 20 dragonflies, and 4 amphibians, there’s plenty for you to explore to! These populations are keenly supported by 2,000 nest boxes and wildflower seed sown each year on top of the 1 million trees planted.