The Secret Garden

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Sleeps: 16 Bedrooms: 8 Bathrooms: 8

Overview

Pool Ideal for Kids Pets Welcome Hot Tub All Bedrooms En-Suite

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Set on a stunning 5,000 acre estate in the heart of rural Suffolk is The Secret Garden. This stylishly beautiful property accommodates up to 16 guests, and offers total relaxation in tranquil surroundings. Formerly Victorian bothies for the estate’s gardeners, The Secret Garden has been transformed into the ultimate luxury retreat, featuring eight king-size bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms. Three elegant glasshouses of neoclassical design within the estate’s original flower and vegetable garden house the kitchen, living, and games areas. Offering incredible views and plenty of light, this feature gives a thoroughly modern and unique look to the property.

The living area is spacious and beautifully furnished with deep comfy sofas and plump cushions - perfect for an evening snuggling up with the family to watch a movie on the giant screen, and as darkness falls the sloping glass of the roof will give the feeling of being under the stars. The exposed brickwork along with the modern style coffee tables, geometric prints and lighting fixtures give this entire space a contemporary feel. The games room is just next door, perfect for those of a competitive nature! Featuring a pool and table tennis table, table football and a selection of board games, as well as cosy sofas for those awaiting their turn, this room is sure to be a hit with guests of all ages.

The largest of the three glasshouses is where you’ll find the beautifully appointed kitchen. Featuring underfloor heating, a range cooker, wine fridges, and more sumptuous sofas to sink into, this room does not skimp on luxury! Incredibly light and spacious, the kitchen units are solid wood and offer plenty of food preparation space and storage, plus of course those incredible garden views which are the ideal backdrop to enjoying a relaxing glass of something while preparing a hearty meal.

Through the archway in the brickwork you’ll find the vaulted ceiling central dining hall, book-ended by French limestone fireplaces. The huge solid wooden dining table takes pride of place here, and the white walls, light stone floor and exposed beams give this room a fresh country cottage feel, the perfect place to sit and enjoy a meal with the whole family.

The eight bedrooms are all situated on the ground floor and have been decorated to the same incredibly high standard with walls and ceilings in shades of white or incredibly light neutral tones, with flooring in hardwood or natural stone. Touches of colour come in the form of gorgeous throws and cushions in shades of smokey grey and lemon, olive and teal, and furnishings are solid and contemporary offering plenty of storage space. Equally spacious and luxuriously decorated are the en-suite bathrooms, decorated in a palette of stone and shell, with roll top or sunken baths, ornately framed mirrors, and powerful showers.

Stepping outside of The Secret Garden you’ll discover your own private walled garden, featuring an acre of lush well-tended lawns, shrubs and fruit trees, which offers plenty of space to relax and dine alfresco. Or for the ultimate in holiday relaxation why not follow the pebbled path down to your own private covered hot tub and sauna! Beyond the garden walls you’ll find plenty of other gorgeous areas to explore. Guests of all the properties on the estate have access to bicycle, paddleboard, and rowing boat hire, as well as use of the tennis court and outdoor swimming pool. There’s plenty of space to relax and enjoy each other’s company, or to just take in the scenery with a good book.

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What you should know…

  • There are other properties situated on the 5,000 acre estate, and so the lakes, tennis courts and pool are shared access. However The Secret Garden still maintains plenty of privacy
  • Two of the en-suite bathrooms are accessed via in-room stairs and so these rooms are perhaps less ideal for those who struggle with stairs
  • For larger groups, the neighbouring Gardener's Cottage can be booked alongside The Secret Garden to add an extra four bedrooms

Property Features

Shared Pool Wi-Fi/Internet Hot Tub All Bedrooms En-Suite Ground Floor Bed & Bath Satellite TV Sauna/Steam Games Room Indoor Games Table Tennis Table Football Pool/Snooker Working Fireplace Heating

Ground Floor
- Open-plan living area
- Fully-equipped kitchen
- Main hall with dining facilities
- Games room with pool, table tennis & table football
- Cinema room with deep sofas
- Master bedroom with king-size bed and en-suite bathroom with sunken bath
- Bedroom with king-size bed and en-suite bathroom
- Bedroom with king-size bed with en-suite shower room
- Bedroom with king-size bed and en-suite bathroom
- Bedroom with king-size bed and en-suite bathroom
- Bedroom with king-size bed with en-suite shower room
- Bedroom with king-size bed and en-suite bathroom
- Bedroom with king-size bed and en-suite bathroom

Exterior Grounds
- Private walled garden
- Private hot tub
- Private sauna
- Terrace
- Dining facilities
- Barbecue
- Access to Estate's grounds
- Access to Estate's tennis court (open year-round)

Additional Facilities
- Wi-Fi
- Smart TV
- Selection of board games
- Hairdryers
- Bathrobes & toiletries
- Pashley Cycles available to use for no additional charge
- Rowing boats available to use for no additional charge
- Paddle boards available to use for no additional charge
- Parking

*Subject to availability, neighbouring Gardener's Cottage can be booked simultaneously to add an extra four bedrooms.

Location

About the surrounding area of The Secret Garden
Rural Location Walking/Hiking Paths Outstanding Landscapes Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Tourist Towns & Villages
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The Secret Garden is one of a small cluster of country houses, luxury farmhouses and cottages set within 5,000 acres of private grounds centred around Sayer’s Mansion. While the grounds, lakes and tennis court are shared with the guests of the other homes, the Estate has been carefully designed so that your group will retain plenty of privacy.

The Estate is situated in a beautiful corner of East Anglia set just outside the Suffolk village of Yoxford and just a 10-minute car journey from popular Saxmundham, a market town which is just bursting with charm and boasts a variety of independent shops and excellent eateries. The closest coastal resorts of Aldeburgh and Southwold are both just a 20-minute car journey away, whether you choose to sample fish & chips in Aldeburgh or take a stroll along Southwold’s Pier, a fantastic day out is guaranteed. Southwold is home to the Adnam’s Brewery & Gin Distillery, one of the most modern breweries in the world, book a tour to discover just how they produce their beer or gin and enjoy a yummy sample at the end! The town of Framlingham, home to the 12th century Framlingham Castle, the internationally-known “Castle on the Hill”, is just a 20-minute drive away and is well worth a visit while in the area

Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Norwich Airport

(64km)

Nearest Town/City Saxmundham

(9.3km)

Nearest Village Yoxford

(2.2km)

Nearest Restaurant King's Head, Yoxford

(2.4km)

Nearest Supermarket Waitrose, Saxmundham

(8.6km)

Nearest Golf Aldeburgh Golf Club

(20km)

Nearest Beach Aldeburgh

(21km)

Kids

Best Suited For: All Ages
Ideal for Babies & Toddlers Ideal for Kids Ideal for Teens

The Secret Garden makes an excellent choice for families travelling with children who are bound to enjoy exploring the Estate’s large grounds. For the little ones, cots and highchairs can be provided on a request basis. For the older children, paddle boards and bicycles can be hired on-site! There is plenty of family-friendly fun to be had in the near-by coastal towns of Aldeburgh and Southwold, both just a twenty-minute car journey away.

Kids Activities Close-by

  • Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
  • Tourist Towns & Villages

Onsite Facilities

  • Games Room
  • Indoor Games
  • Table Tennis
  • Table Football
  • Pool/Snooker

Extras

Activities available on the Estate

*Please note that the below is just a guide, pricing and availability is subject to change.

Pashley Biking
Enjoy exploring the 5,000 acre Estate on a complimentary Pashley bike. Please note that these are available on a first come first served basis.
Cost: Complimentary

Rowing Boats
Enjoy a quintessentially English afternoon rowing across one of the Estate’s lakes by hiring a complimentary rowing boast. Please note that these are available on a first come first served basis and are season and weather dependent.
Cost: Complimentary

Paddle Boarding
Try your hand at paddle boarding on one of the Estate’s lakes by hiring a complimentary paddle board. Please note that these are available on a first come first served basis and are season and weather dependent.
Cost: Complimentary

Estate Ranger
Enjoy a 2-hour guided tour through the Estate’s parklands and woodlands, led by one of the specialist rangers. The walk begins at 8am, or earlier if preferred, when the dawn chorus is quietening so individual songbirds can be heard. This is when songbirds are most active and is a beautifully peaceful time of day to appreciate the Suffolk landscape and learn to identify birdsongs with the help of one of the expert Rangers. During the spring and early summer months the Estate is alive with birdsong. One for the early risers, guests are invited to listen to the cacophony of birdsong from 5 am, or as early as 4 am in the height of summer, that accompanies the sunrise.
Cost: Ranger-led walks available from £50

Archery
A social sport which is ideal for a team building event, party or group of friends and family, no previous experience or high fitness level necessary!
Cost: From £360 for 6 guests minimum (1 hour)

Axe & Knife Throwing
Cost: £60 per person, 6 guests minimum (1 hour)

Clay-Pigeon Shooting
With assistance from a member of The Philip Thorrold Shooting Academy, whether you are a total novice, or a seasoned shot, Phillip and Ben are on hand to teach and ensure safety having taught shooters from all walks of life, young and old, male and female.
Cost: 1-6 guests: £600; 7-12 guests: £1,300; 13-25: £1,800 (+30p per cartridge)

Fishing
Cost: From £50 per rod

Survival Skills
Learn how to build a fire, how to build a shelter from foraged materials and learn to forage and cook in the wilderness – all with the comforting knowledge that you will be returning to your luxury holiday home.
Cost: £360 (3 hours)

Scavenger Hunt
Divide the party into two teams and explore the house and surrounding grounds hunting down hidden gems with clues. You’ll need both smarts and speed to complete this scavenger hunt which is a favourite with families and children. Hurtle around the estate trying to find cryptic clues and solve puzzles and be the first to the prize.
Cost: From £600

Yoga
Cost: £45 per person, 4 guests minimum

Pilates
Cost: £45 per person, 4 guests minimum


Cushion Making
Create up to two handmade feather cushions with guidance from an upholstery guru. Learn a variety of techniques from envelope cushions and piped cushions to pom pom designs.
Cost: From £90 per person

Floral Design Masterclass
Cost: From £60 per person

Wine Tasting
Cost: From £48 per person

Helicopter Pleasure Flights
Take to Suffolk skies and enjoy the view from an Airbus Helicopter H120. Take in Suffolk’s Heritage Coast from above, including Southwold, Sizewell Nuclear Power Station, Aldeburgh, Orford Ness, Hollesly Bay and the port of Felixstowe.
Cost: 20 mins from £1,300

At Oliver’s Travels we pride ourselves on going that little bit further for our guests. From private chefs to babysitters we can help you arrange those little extras that make it a truly memorable holiday. Simply fill in the concierge request form or contact the Oliver’s Concierge Team who will be happy to help. We can typically help you arrange any of the following:

- Maid service/extra cleaning
- Private chef/cook/catering
- Welcome hamper/pre-stocked fridge
- Local day-trips or tours
- Airport pick-up/drop-off
- Babysitting/childcare services

Please note that all extras are subject to availability and must be requested in advance of the holiday (prices on request). Due to some rural/remote locations, not all services will be available at all properties. However, we will always do our best to fulfill your requests!

Oliver's Travels Chef Service: A Gourmet Dining Experience
Make hosting a memorable dinner party at your villa an absolute breeze with our superb Chef Service. Our chefs will take care of everything for you from start to finish so you can just sit back and enjoy the gastronomic experience. They will bring all the necessary ingredients, cook and serve the food and even clean up afterwards. To find out more visit www.oliverstravels.com/chefs

Terms & Conditions

***Booking Deposit***
Please note: A non refundable deposit for 50% of the total booking cost of hiring the house is required at the time of booking for this property.

These terms and conditions may be amended from time to time.

Security deposit Credit card details may be requested as a guarantee
Arrival time 4pm
Departure time 11am
Energy costs included? Yes, included in the rental price
Linen & towels included? Yes, included in the rental price
End of stay cleaning included? Yes, included in the rental price
Internet access? Yes, Wi-Fi is included in the rental price
Changeover day Any except Saturday
Minimum stay Please note that there is a 3-night minimum stay
Pets welcome? Yes, well-behaved dogs are allowed on a request basis at time of booking
Smoking Allowed? No smoking
Other Ts and Cs There are other properties on the Estate and so the 5,000 acre private grounds, lakes and tennis court are shared, however your group will retain plenty of privacy.
Other 2 The outdoor swimming pool is shared with the other properties on the Esate and is open and heated between May - September (subject to weather conditions)

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 16 people:

Rental period 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Jul 4th 2020 - Sep 4th 2020 £8,017 £10,378 £12,739 £17,393
Sep 4th 2020 - Nov 1st 2020 £7,423 £9,609 £11,795 £16,105
Nov 1st 2020 - Dec 21st 2020 £5,641 £7,303 £8,964 £12,240
Dec 21st 2020 - Dec 28th 2020 - - - £14,448
Dec 28th 2020 - Jan 8th 2021 - - - £14,448
Jan 8th 2021 - Apr 1st 2021 £5,641 £7,303 £8,964 £12,240
Apr 1st 2021 - Jun 1st 2021 £7,126 £9,225 £11,323 £15,460
Jun 1st 2021 - Sep 3rd 2021 £8,017 £10,378 £12,739 £17,393
Sep 3rd 2021 - Nov 1st 2021 £7,423 £9,609 £11,795 £16,105
Nov 1st 2021 - Dec 20th 2021 £5,641 £7,303 £8,964 £12,240
Dec 20th 2021 - Dec 27th 2021 - - - £17,393
Dec 27th 2021 - Jan 5th 2022 - - - £17,393

Prices based on an occupancy of 16 people:

Rental period 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Jul 4th 2020 - Sep 4th 2020 €8,357 €10,718 €13,079 €18,131
Sep 4th 2020 - Nov 1st 2020 €7,737 €9,924 €12,110 €16,788
Nov 1st 2020 - Dec 21st 2020 €5,881 €7,542 €9,204 €12,759
Dec 21st 2020 - Dec 28th 2020 - - - €15,061
Dec 28th 2020 - Jan 8th 2021 - - - €15,061
Jan 8th 2021 - Apr 1st 2021 €5,881 €7,542 €9,204 €12,759
Apr 1st 2021 - Jun 1st 2021 €7,428 €9,527 €11,626 €16,116
Jun 1st 2021 - Sep 3rd 2021 €8,357 €10,718 €13,079 €18,131
Sep 3rd 2021 - Nov 1st 2021 €7,737 €9,924 €12,110 €16,788
Nov 1st 2021 - Dec 20th 2021 €5,881 €7,542 €9,204 €12,759
Dec 20th 2021 - Dec 27th 2021 - - - €18,131
Dec 27th 2021 - Jan 5th 2022 - - - €18,131

Prices based on an occupancy of 16 people:

Rental period 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Jul 4th 2020 - Sep 4th 2020 $9,397 $11,758 $14,119 $20,388
Sep 4th 2020 - Nov 1st 2020 $8,701 $10,887 $13,073 $18,878
Nov 1st 2020 - Dec 21st 2020 $6,613 $8,274 $9,936 $14,347
Dec 21st 2020 - Dec 28th 2020 - - - $16,936
Dec 28th 2020 - Jan 8th 2021 - - - $16,936
Jan 8th 2021 - Apr 1st 2021 $6,613 $8,274 $9,936 $14,347
Apr 1st 2021 - Jun 1st 2021 $8,353 $10,452 $12,551 $18,122
Jun 1st 2021 - Sep 3rd 2021 $9,397 $11,758 $14,119 $20,388
Sep 3rd 2021 - Nov 1st 2021 $8,701 $10,887 $13,073 $18,878
Nov 1st 2021 - Dec 20th 2021 $6,613 $8,274 $9,936 $14,347
Dec 20th 2021 - Dec 27th 2021 - - - $20,388
Dec 27th 2021 - Jan 5th 2022 - - - $20,388

Please note that prices may not be 100% accurate for dates outside of the current calendar year. For an accurate quote, please enquire.

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