Nestled in the heart of East Sussex, Ashdown Park Hoteland Country Clubis a striking estate surrounded by the beauty of Ashdown Forest. Catering to families and couples alike, the hotel makes an ideal place to enjoy a weekend getaway in the countryside. Between Ashdown’s luxurious atmosphere and the charm of the forest and villages encompassing the estate, visitors find themselves coming to Ashdown time and time again.
4-star Ashdown Park Hotel is a converted 19th-century mansion made up of a sumptuous collection of generously proportioned rooms and suites. All accommodations come well equipped with luxury linens, Molton Brown toiletries and complimentary Wi-Fi. The hotel also has an onsite spa, wedding venue and restaurant. Whether you’re in the mood for a romantic getaway, family, or leisure break, Ashdown has the facilities and amenities to suit your needs.
Families are welcomed with open arms at Ashdown, and the hotel even offers special accommodation rates that allow families to share a junior suite. Unlike most luxury hotels, dogs are welcome to stay at the hotel as well. Parents will find that Ashdown Forest is a wonderful place to explore with children. The forest is known as the home of Winnie the Pooh, and provided the inspiration for the Hundred Acre Wood in the classic children’s books.
At the edge of the hotel’s estate, families can visit the Ashdown Forest Llama Park. The park is home to both llamas and alpacas, and is a fun place to spend a morning or afternoon. Nearby Drusilla’s Zoo Park is another popular spot for families visiting Sussex. The 10-acre zoo is filled with a wide variety of animal species including red pandas, tamarins, lemurs, meerkats, penguins, owls, bats, and dozens more.
Things to do
Ashdown has plenty to offer adults as well. The hotel and country club has a challenging golf course onsite, as well as a relaxing spa, sports facilities, gym, and restaurant. It’s entirely possible to stay at the hotel the entire weekend and indulge in spa treatments, personal training sessions, and rounds of golf. If you get hungry, you can head to Anderida Restaurant, which is an award-winning establishment with an enviable wine list and an amazing 8-course tasting menu. For more casual dining, the Fairways Lounge and The Drawing Room offer convenient light meals, afternoon tea, and sandwiches. The lounge is open for lunch daily, and The Drawing Room serves sandwiches 24 hours a day. Private dining is also available.
Moving beyond the hotel estate, cycling through Ashdown Forest and antiques shopping round out the top activities in the area. Ashdown Park Hotel is located between the charming towns of East Royal Tunbridge Wells, Grinstead, Uckfield and Crowborough – all of which are beautiful places to explore and shop.
Getting away from it all does not have to require a lot of travel time. Ashdown is a mere 36 miles south of Central London, and can easily be reached by car in little more than an hour. It’s also just 20 minutes from Gatwick Airport and 1-hour from Heathrow if you are coming in from abroad.