Master bedroom with super king size bed and en-suite bathroom with sunken bath and walk-in shower
3 double bedrooms (can be made into twin beds) with super king size beds and en-suite bathrooms, with shower over bath
2 double bedrooms (one can be made into a twin) with super king size beds and upstairs bathrooms
2 double bedrooms with super king size beds and en-suite shower rooms
Open plan kitchen and living room
Central dining hall with dining for 20 and vaulted ceiling and French limestone fireplaces at either end
Games room with table tennis, pool table and table football
Private hot tub and sauna
One-acre private kitchen garden with espaliered fruit trees
Shared tennis court (just outside the walled garden), racquets and balls
Shared swimming pool (heated May – October)
Sky smart TV
Marshall Bluetooth speakers
Bathrobes and toiletries
Hairdryer in every bedroom
Table tennis, pool table and table football
Firewood for open fireplace
Pashley bikes (first come first served)
E-bikes (available to hire)
Row boats for use on the lake (season dependent, first come first served)
Please note, there is no washing machine at this property, a laundry service is available on request
Host (activities and advance catering planning)
On request (for an additional cost):
Chef (early booking is recommended)
Activities on the estate (book in advance, for an additional cost):
Yoga and pilates
Axe and knife throwing
Clay pigeon shooting
Cooking class (truffle making)
Parkland and wildlife tour
Estate cars available to rent – Morgan or Rolls Royce
Located in east Suffolk, in East Anglia, 8 miles from the coast.
Saxmundham is 10 minutes drive, a historic market town with independent shops, cafés, pubs and restaurants and closest supermarket (Waitrose)
Southwold is 20 minutes drive, a picturesque seaside town with sandy beach
Aldeburgh is 20 minutes drive, a traditional seaside town with promenade and pebble beach
2 hours drive from London
1.5 hours drive from Cambridge
2 hours from London’s Liverpool Street station, change at Ipswich to reach Saxmundham (nearest station). The house is 10 minutes drive away.
Suffolk is a quiet county in East Anglia bordering Norfolk to the north, Cambridgeshire to the west and Essex to the south, with an unspoilt landscape, wildlife-rich estuaries, ancient heaths, windswept shingle beaches and historic towns and villages.
A source of inspiration to countless artists, writers and musicians, the coastal Area of Natural Beauty is a landscape rich in history but largely spared from modern development, with vast blue skies, epic sunsets and pretty pink cottages. If you love nothing more than a long walk beside the sea, cycling along quiet lanes, sailing iconic estuaries, or spending hours quietly watching some of the UK’s rarest wildlife, this area of Suffolk has it all. Suffolk is also blessed with an abundance of gastro pubs, restaurants, farm shops and artisan producers.
Nearby seaside towns like Aldeburgh and Southwold see queues down the street for fish and chips, freshly shucked oysters, and a cold pint of locally brewed Adnams. Southwold is a quintessential, picturesque seaside town with sandy beach, pier, beach hut-lined promenade, pubs and restaurants. Home to Adnams Brewery, a focal point of the town with its brewing rooms set just behind the high street next to the town’s lighthouse, offering brewery tours throughout the year.
The estate itself is set amid hundreds of acres of rolling parkland, woodland and overlooks a large ornamental lake and its own sweeping serpentine drive. The grounds are managed for their wildlife, with a wide variety of animals, insects and plants, acres of wildflower meadows and a carpet of gold, red, yellow and blue on display through spring, summer and autumn. Birdwatching is also plentiful with 125 species of birds and 2,000 nesting boxes for birds and owls.
There is a wide range of indoor and outdoor activities possible on the estate, these include; Pashley bikes, rowing boats, spa treatments, scavenger hunts, clay-pigeon shoots, guided walks and wildlife experiences, such as the ‘morning chorus’ birdsong tour and ‘moth breakfast’.
For a family treetop adventure climbing rope ladders, swinging through the trees and hurtling down zip wires, Go Ape is 1 hour 20 minutes drive away in Thetford Forest. Alternatively, head to the coast and take to the waves in a rib from Southwold with Coastal Challenger.
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. At Jimmy’s Farm near Ipswich, experience a working farm with lots to do for the children, great food and shopping – take the farm trail to see their famous rare breed pigs, sheep, cows, geese, goats and donkeys. Keen gardeners will find peace and tranquillity in the Grade I listed gardens at Helmingham Hall, with it’s array of beautiful flowers, rose garden, exquisite manicured hedges and borders.
Nestled in this peaceful corner of East Anglia is The Walled Cottage, one of a number of private houses on a beautiful 5000 acre estate with wild open space and few cars. An eight bedroom retreat, hidden within the estate’s original walled flower and vegetable garden, it feels like a secret garden.
The house is spread across three elegant glasshouses (with UV reflective glass) which extend from the original Victorian bothies. Interiors are exceptional and well-designed, with luxurious en suite bedrooms, some with sunken or roll-top bath, and stunning living spaces – the vast central dining hall has a vaulted ceiling and French limestone fireplaces at either end.
In the kitchen, the largest of the three glasshouses, think underfloor heating, wine fridges and comfy sofas. Get competitive in the games room with a pool table, table tennis and table football or relax on deep sofas in the cinema to watch a film on the giant screen – this would make a great party pad.
Enjoy a BBQ on the terrace, or follow the pebbled path to the hot tub and sauna. There is a shared tennis court just over the wall and an outdoor swimming pool nearby, row boats for use on the lake and bicycles to explore the estate – you won’t be short of activities, if you like keeping busy.