The Gate Lodges at Suffolk’s Wilderness estate offer dreamy escapism. Don’t be deceived by first appearances. These lodges are icebergs, ten-foot square above ground but connected by subterranean subterfuge to a large underground hobbit house. Choose the left-hand lodge and take the stairs into another world.
It’s a world of underfloor-heated lavish luxury. The staircase wraps around the handmade kitchen. In the sitting room, the curved walls and ceiling enclose cow-hide footstools and kilim armchairs. There’s a Picasso print on the wall. Relax, get together, read, fire up a film night, play some games. Escape awhile.
Walk to Heveningham Hall, as kids collect pheasant feathers. Watch the birds from the hides. Scale the hill and take in the views. Sleep in king-size luxury with steam room off. For kids, the spiral staircase and trapdoor make bedtime an adventure they won’t forget. Fling open the French windows in the morning for coffee on the terrace.