Garden Cottage is a beautifully restored four-bedroom Victorian cottage built into the wall surrounding the estate’s original flower and vegetable garden. Built around 1848 in the cottage orné (or decorated cottage) style by the Brooke family, the picturesque former head gardener’s cottage occupies an elevated position overlooking woods and hedgerows. The Suffolk White brick cottage features gothic round-headed ogee mouldings to bargeboards and round-headed windows with tuck pointing beneath a slate roof.
Inside Garden Cottage, explore a large family kitchen that opens up to a quirky sitting room with its unusual open fireplace inspired by the ‘Green Man’ from Suffolk mythology. Two of the three double bedrooms feature in-room freestanding roll-top baths (the third has an en suite shower room) and a unique en suite bunk room provides space for up to six adults or children. The country kitchen has a large professional range cooker, butler sink and dishwasher as well as a zinc-covered dining table for meals enjoyed beneath a vast skylight and bespoke cabinetry. The original well is 30 feet deep though guests can marvel at it through toughened glass. Think Nespresso coffee, tea pigs’ teas and local produce.
In the sitting room think deep powder pink sofas and driftwood coffee tables, brightly patterned cushions and throws and a hidden flat screen HD LED television. Bedrooms feature king-size Hypnos beds, quirky furnishings and woodland views. Daily housekeeping is included (if required) and guests can choose to add on extra staff such as a private chef. All rooms feature underfloor heating and dimmable lights. Outside, enjoy BBQs on the private terrace, explore the estate on Pashley bicycles or hold your own tournament on the nearby tennis court open year round.
Wilderness Reserve is just over two hours by train. Guests can arrange to be collected by nearby Darsham station. Helicopters can land in the parkland (please contact the General Manager).
Daily housekeeping is included. Other staff, such as chefs and waiting staff, can be specified as part of our five-star service tailored to your requirements.
The Garden of Suffolk is blessed with an abundance of gastro pubs, restaurants, farm shops and artisan producers.
Nearby, Mains of Yoxford is a family run restaurant with a great range of dishes for a relaxed weekend dinner. With a menu that changes each day to move with the seasons and availability, everything is cooked on the premises. Treat yourself to a leisurely breakfast or Sunday brunch at the Darsham Nurseries Café. There’s a Middle Eastern flavour to the lunchtime sharing dishes but Pump Street bakery bread, Aspalls Cider and St Peter’s Brewery Beer on the menu keep it local.
One of our favourite gastro pubs, The Unruly Pig, near Woodbridge was recently named Suffolk Pub of the Year and in Walberswick, The Anchor is a firm favourite. At nearby RSPB Minsmere, There’s plenty to do here for both the novice and the experienced bird watcher. Use the bird watching hides to shelter you in all weathers or take the nature trail walk to explore the beautiful woods and wetlands scenery.
For keen gardeners, find peace and tranquillity in the beautiful Grade I listed gardens at Helmingham Hall. Spend the day taking in the sights and smells of the gorgeous flowers, the exquisite manicured hedges and borders, stroll through the orchard and bask in the heady scents of the rose garden.