It was the 186 acres of landscaped woodlands across the Ashdown Park Lodge that impressed the well-known AA Milne Winnie The Pooh story – Hundred Acre Wooden. And no surprise. It’s a joyous eyeful of verdant lawns dwelling to a lilly lake, a wishing bridge and even a backyard secreted away for lovers to seek out. And undulating inside that is an 18-hole golf course providing altering surroundings because it meanders by the forest.
Winnie is nowhere to be discovered however you’ll be able to see deer roaming freely, bunny rabbits showing out of nowhere and watch because the resident llama or alpacas are taken for his or her every day stroll. It’s virtually too cute.
Inside this Grade II listed neo-Gothic mansion home is an opulent surroundings; a genteel and well-oiled lodge – every little thing runs easily. A small reception is in the primary home discreetly housed behind a mahogany desk making approach for the grandeur of the hallway and spectacular staircase, the large stone hearth and a child grand piano. You stroll by historical stone archways into stately drawing rooms, see numerous polished mahogany and ornate trimmings and plush furnishings in subdued colors. Some could name it dated. I name it a charmingly quintessential English surroundings.
If this sprawling Gothic property replete with stained glass home windows in each nook and cranny, reminds you of a chapel, that’s as a result of it was as soon as dwelling to Sister Marie Saints Anges of the Order of the Notre Dame who purchased it and used it as a convent. They stayed for 50 years till the church was deconsecrated. Barclays used it as a administration coaching college earlier than it was bought in 1993 by Elite accommodations.
Ultimate for any celebration, whether or not it’s a celebration of affection, anniversary, with the household or simply as a result of.
There are 105 spacious rooms, some are interval rooms with conventional subdued calming creamy or rose hues as their theme, generally with oak panneled partitions. TV’s and Nespresso machines are a part of the mod cons and loos are elegant with Molton Brown toiletries and baths tubs value bathing in.
All have views over the grounds and parkland. In case you keep within the Fairway suites adjoining to the Nation Membership the view will likely be over the golf course. Probably the most opulent are the Grasp Suites which generally include a 4 poster mattress.
Those that are fortunate sufficient to remain within the Magnolia room will get an excellent spherical, stained-glass window to take a look at whereas spending a penny.
Be aware: Though there isn’t any elevate – there’s solely two flooring, Ashdown has a wheelchair accessible room on the bottom ground.
There’s a trendy spa within the close by Nation Home constructing which has a spa with Kerstin Florian remedies, a sizeable indoor pool with Jacuzzi. Carry a racket if you wish to use the tennis courts or your golf golf equipment to used the landscaped 18-hole three par golf course that takes your by the forest.
There’s loads of alternative to go strolling or biking and in-keeping with a stately dwelling, you’ll be able to play croquet on a specifically designed garden.
By the way, it’s value mentioning that Ashdown Park Lodge is sweet alternative to carry a marriage occasion. The Richard Towneley Suite is a hovering transformed chapel with vaulted ceilings, beautiful stained-glass home windows that permit in a delightful glow. There’s even an unique organ and marriage ceremony bells to set the scene.
Meals and Drink
Some come right here only for the afternoon tea which is served on the lawns or in one of many two drawings rooms. An informal menu can be out there all day in these rooms as it’s within the bar.
The stately Anderida Restaurant is a chic fine-dining 2 AA-rosette restaurant. It has a dress-for-dinner vibe full with an automatic tinkling grand piano. Anticipate an amuse-bouche and palate cleanser in between programs. Attentive service is unhurried and relaxed so bear that in thoughts in case you are in a rush.
The menu contains conventional dishes similar to roasted pork and beef Wellington. I began with a leek and potato soup which got here with savoury popcorn. It sounded doubtful however truly tasted nice. Then got here the corn-fed rooster supreme and adopted with a banana cake.
Breakfast can be served within the Anderida with continental buffet, a number of cooked-to-order dishes and a standard full English.
Afternoon Tea (from £26 pp) is served within the cosy lounges, on the terrace or as a picnic in summer season months, and youngsters can get pleasure from a Winnie-the-Pooh Afternoon Tea (£10.95 per baby) with delights similar to Tigger’s sponge and ‘hunny’ sandwiches.
What’s Close by?
Ashdown Forest lies between the historic cities of East Grinstead, Uckfield and Crowborough. This implies it’s near Glyndebourne, excellent for music lovers. A seven-minute stroll from the Ashdown Forest Centre considerable with strolling and biking routes, and 10 minutes by automotive from Pooh Sticks Bridge in Hartfield.
Is Wi-Fi out there?
Sure, all through the lodge.
Keep in a single day from £162 per room (two sharing), together with a variety of breakfast choices
East Grinstead station is 15 minutes by cab, the place trains to London take an hour and 20 minutes.