At The Clockhouse on Suffolk’s Wilderness estate, the clock tower presides over eclectic good living. But, naturally, the real luxury here is time. Time to explore the acres of rolling parkland and woodland. To dine under the stars in the courtyard. To laze in the pool and hot tub. And to remind yourself of the people who matter.
Time stands still under the clock tower
There’s a vein of eclectic good living running right through The Clockhouse. Heated floors for toasty toes come with a magnificent drawing room, and king-size bedrooms offer en-suite wet rooms. But how appropriate that the greatest luxury on offer in a house named after its timepiece tower is time itself.
Time seems to stand still here on the Wilderness estate in Suffolk. There are acres of private rolling parklands and ancient woodlands to explore and, on fine nights, you’ll dine under the stars around the courtyard’s ornamental flowerbeds and box hedges. The brick-floored kitchen comes marinated in rustic charm.
The Grade II-listed Clockhouse has a comfortable allure that the Georgians will also have enjoyed. But they’ll have missed out on the wifi, the heated floors, the island kitchen and the American fridge. They won’t have swum in the heated outdoor pool, hit the hot tub or belted balls around the tennis court.
After the exploring is done and dinner is demolished and washed down with wine, the end of the day is bliss in itself. Wind down in your wet room or freestanding bath. With skin smooth as silk, pull on a soft robe and read awhile. When you drift off, it’ll be to the sound of silence punctuated only by the bleat of sheep.
Ride buggies or brave boot camps on site. See lions and lemurs at Africa Alive! Find theatre or theme parks. Go back in time to the Anglo-Saxon village at West Stow. Enjoy steam railways and boat trips. Or wind down on the sand and shingle of the blustery coast. Suffolk is as hyperactive or inactive as you like.