Black Pens 2023 venue

The Venue

Curious about the Black Pens 2023 venue?
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Wilderness Reserve

Black Pens 2023 will be held at Wilderness Reserve – an 8000-acre estate of woodland, lakes and pasture, dotted about with a stunning collection of contemporary and traditional Suffolk properties. Beautifully updated, each property is unique and well-equipped. Wilderness Reserve is a long-term conservation and restoration project and also boasts over 40 unique activities and experiences, including spoon carving, archery, axe throwing, wild swimming and paddleboarding.

The Summer Retreat

The dates for Black Pens summer retreat are Monday August 14th – Friday August 18th for the full-fat option and Tuesday August 15th – Thursday August 17th for the diet option.

The week-long retreat will be held at The Cider House, a traditional Suffolk cottage and a spa house full of luxurious features. Freestanding copper baths, a heated swimming pool, underfloor heating, sauna & steam rooms, a hot tub and en-suite bedrooms all set amongst the wild flower apple orchards.

View from Cider House kitchen

Summer Retreat cont…

The three-day summer retreat will be held in the Sibton estate at The Cartshed, a beautifully restored and spacious, four-bedroom property with sliding glass doors created to make the most of summer. Gorgeous hanging fireplace, floor-to-ceiling windows that can make the outside dining terrace an extension of the already airy interior. There’s a sunken hot tub, a heated outdoor dining area and a pond that teems with wildlife throughout the spring and summer months. Four luxurious double en-suite bedrooms round off this stunning property which will be ready for attendees looking for a shorter stay.

Bedroom view at The Cartshed

The Autumn Retreat

The dates for Black Pens autumn retreat are Monday October 23rd – Friday October 27th.

The retreat will be held at The Walled Garden, nicknamed ‘The Ultimate Party House’ by the Daily Telegraph. From the vaulted glass ceiling of the dining area to the cinema, games room, huge kitchen and beautiful stone fireplaces, these air conditioned greenhouses provide open plan living at its best — cinema room, games room, huge kitchen, sauna and hot tub are fertile for fun.

And food?

We gotchu! Wilderness Reserve boasts restaurant-quality food options made with the freshest local ingredients and prepared by award-winning Michelin-skilled chefs. With various dining experiences available including catering, private chef meals, and a “delivered to you” option, attendees will enjoy a wealth of locally sourced options which will cater for all tastes and dietary requirements.

Black Pens will ask attendees to state any dietary requirements at time of ticket purchase.

Table spread

Any extras?

Of course there are. Wilderness Reserve is not just dedicated to the preservation of nature – the estates ensure to provide a range of options for visitor wellness. Treatment options include massages (hot stone, Swedish, deep tissue etc), reflexology, manicures and pedicures, and facials (healing, lift & firm, diamond, glow etc). Attendees will have the chance to win treatments or purchase their own at both the summer and autumn retreats.

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