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The Gate LodgeSibton, Southwold & surrounding area

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Expect the unexpected at The Gate Lodges, located a short drive from Sibton Park Estate. These Grade II listed lodges, designed by the celebrated neoclassical architect James Wyatt, have been ingeniously extended and marry historical architecture with modern comforts.

The interiors are chic and clean, with luxurious finishing touches to reflect the character of the property. Entering via the west lodge, itself a cosy reading ‘snug’, guests descend the main staircase to find a well-appointed kitchen complete with all modern conveniences. The cavernous drawing room beyond complements Wyatt’s style perfectly with curved walls and high ceilings with floor-to-ceiling French windows opening to a private sun terrace. The light-filled master bedroom features full height French windows which lead out to another private terrace. The property features a luxurious en-suite bathroom complete with an indulgent bath tub and even its own mosaic tiled steam room.

Set within 4,500 acre of parkland, Sibton Park is a haven for wildlife, alongside offering guests the facility of an outdoor swimming pool (April-October) and tennis court. An additional concierge service is available upon request which can include a chef or bespoke spa treatments.

Overview

Bed LinenConcierge Service available upon request. This includes a chef or bespoke spa treatmentsDog FriendlyGarden FurnitureGarden/CourtyardLog Burner / Open FireParkingSwimming PoolTowels providedUse of Pashley Bicycles

Layout

Ground floor:
Entrance hall – enter through the left hand lodge. Twin bedroom in the north lodge, with 2 single beds and flat screen TV.

Lower ground floor:
Kitchen/dining room/drawing room – a dining table seating up to 8 people, french doors opening out onto a private patio. A choice of soft seating, a footrest and open fire.
Double bedroom with a king-size bed, armchairs, french doors leading onto a private patio, flat screen TV and an en-suite bathroom.

Outside:
Two private patio areas protected by banks of grass for complete privacy.

Surrounding local area

Sibton Park Estate was developed from the 17th Century on land to the east of Sibton Abbey, a picturesque ruin itself dating from 1150. The current house was built in the Greek manner by Robert Sayer, once Sheriff of Suffolk, to replace an earlier Queen Anne house and features giant pilasters and a central bay of full height Ionic columns forming an open semi-circular portico to create a dramatic entrance.

Sibton Park Estate is becoming a haven for wildlife with well over 100 different bird species. Over 2,000 nest boxes have been erected, including 38 owl boxes as part of the Suffolk Barn Owl project and the Estate is home to significant breeding populations of raptors, including a dozen pairs of Barn Owls and eight pairs of Buzzards, as well as many other at risk species. They are establishing a reed bed for migratory wetland species, particularly the Reed Bunting and Reed Warbler plus there are significant mammal, amphibian, moth and butterfly populations developing through the planting of woodland, field trees and hedgerows and the introduction of ponds, lakes and meadows.

Set deep in the Yox Valley in the county boasting the greatest expanse of sky and cleanest air in England, Wilderness Reserve is nestled between the pretty Suffolk villages of Peasenhall and Yoxford yet just a short drive from the celebrated Heritage Coast. Southwold, on the mouth of the River Blythe, has a fine Victorian pier, colourful beach huts and is home of the famous Adnams Brewery. Nearby Walberswick is a favourite spot for crabbing with the children and is connected to Southwold via the quaint ‘foot ferry’. Equally fashionable is historic Aldeburgh, with its spectacular beach, world-famous festival and renowned fish & chips.

Within the Yox Valley, guests can choose from a wide variety of award-winning traditional and gastro-pubs, such as The Westleton Crown, a delightful country pub serving a hearty British menu, the Sibton White Horse, an informal pub serving home-cooked food and fine ales and The Queen’s Head in Dennington, a fine 16th Century pub serving excellent cuisine. Restaurants include the Crown & Castle in Orford and Mains, in nearby Yoxford. The Crown in Walberswick and Brudenell in Aldeburgh, both within easy reach of Sibton Park, are also not to be missed.

Aldeburgh and nearby Snape Maltings are a mecca for musicians, artists and poets. Together, they play host to the Aldeburgh Festival, a year round cultural event founded by composer Benjamin Britten. The Snape Maltings Concert Hall, operated year-round by Aldeburgh Music, hosts a wide array of recitals, travelling theatre companies and musicians and Aldeburgh also hosts its own poetry festival. Excellent shopping and even more culture can be found just over the county boundary in the world-famous university city of Cambridge. Peer into the many colleges with their manicured quadrangles, hear the choir sing in spectacular King’s College Chapel or go punting on the River Cam, a must for any visitor.

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