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Staycation : The Wilderness Reserve


A few months back, I was lucky enough to be whisked away to the beautiful Wilderness Reserve in Sibton park, Suffolk. I was invited by the wonderful team at Tenderstem for two days of fun, relaxation and (of course) delicious food. On arrival myself and the other guests, a mixture of journalists and bloggers (shout out to my fellow blogging babes Kristabel, Lucia and Melissa) were greeted with afternoon tea. Now for those of you that know me or have followed me and the blog for a while, you'll know that afternoon tea is a favourite of mine and this one did not disappoint. An array of yummy bites, from scones, brownies, strawberries and of of course a very special Tenderstem quiche...epic!
Once we had all eaten enough to put ourselves into a food coma, we were each taken to our rooms to freshen up. Whilst at the the wilderness reserve we stayed in the newest part of the estate, the walled garden. A stunning eight bedroomed cottage, with a private garden and plenty of room to relax, dine and unwind.
I adored my room, honestly the moment I stepped in I never wanted to leave! It's given me some serious #HouseGoals and is something I'd love to recreate when I own my own home one day *crosses fingers.* After we'd all unpacked and settled in, we re-ensembled for a glass of bubbly and to set off on a treasure hunt around the estate.
The estate itself is a collection of luxury cottages and manor houses, with the main grade-II listed Georgian country house dating back to 1827. It is very Downtown Abbey-esque and perfect for walking, hiking, biking and wildlife viewing. Home to 100 different bird species along with hundreds of friendly sheep, the estate is buzzing with life.
Having walked every inch and explored every corner of the estate finding clues and solving riddles, we headed back to the walled garden to compare answers and find out which team won... we did, woop! We were congratulated with even more champagne and posh choccies - my kind of celebration!
Onto the main event, dinner! The Tenderstem team well and truly spoiled us. Having all gone off and enjoyed some down time, I took full advantage of the stunning outdoor pool. We all changed and gathered again for a gin and tonic and to take the Tenderstem 'food personality' quiz (you can take it here) after another gin cocktail, I was starving. Luckily as soon as my stomach started to grumble the chef invited us to take our seats as dinner was ready to be served.
We talked, ate, laughed and drank to our hearts content. Sat around the table with just candle light, it really was the perfect autumnal evening. After an amazing three course meal, we all had a glass of red wine, said our good nights and went off to our rooms to enjoy an early night. For me of course this was the perfect opportunity to test out the bath! So there I was, glass of wine in one hand, book in the other, lazing away in a bubble bath of dreams. It was pure bliss, so much so I had another one in the morning before we left...sorry bout it.
After a good nights sleep we all met on the outdoor patio from some freshly cooked breakfast. For me - eggs benedict (with a sausage on the side because... why not eh?) It was the loveliest getaway, short but definitely sweet. I left feeling totally relaxed and recharged. The Wilderness Reserve is the most beautiful setting, I couldn't recommend it enough for a staycation here in the UK. It's the perfect destination to switch off and enjoy the beauty of nature.
Thank you to team Tenderstem for inviting me along and for feeding me some seriously gorgeous food!

Kate x

1 comment:

  1. Ah I went here for my hen do! Such a stunning place, I'd love to go again.
    The pool is great isn't it? Especially the hot tub! xxx

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