ASHDOWN PARK

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This classy and up-mar­ket ho­tel nes­tles in idyl­lic ru­ral bliss in Ashdown For­est, the in­spi­ra­tion for the ‘Win­nie the Pooh’ sto­ries, but within easy ac­cess to the south of Lon­don. Like so many, the house has his­tory at­tached, hav­ing been at var­i­ous times fam­ily home, hos­pi­tal, con­vent, univer­sity and cor­po­rate head­quar­ters, be­fore be­com­ing a ho­tel in 1993. Luck­ily, the lay­out of the prop­erty, in­cor­po­rat­ing the ex­ten­sions added by the var­i­ous own­ers, is per­fect for hospi­tal­ity and leisure use, even the skil­fully-re­con­fig­ured de­con­se­crated chapel. All im­prove­ments have been seam­lessly ac­com­mo­dated, mak­ing for this to be the best of fam­ily des­ti­na­tions (some rooms are pet-friendly, too). Close by the main build­ing is the ex­cel­lent Coun­try Club de­vel­op­ment, open only to mem­bers and ho­tel-guests, hous­ing the fully-equipped spa and well­ness cen­tre, treat­ment rooms, gym­na­sium and large in­door pool. As well as all this ac­tiv­ity, the re­lax­ing lounge ar­eas, over­look­ing the 18-hole Par 3 golf course and tennis courts, are ideal for in­for­mal meals and re­fresh­ments. The guest ac­com­mo­da­tion ranges from ‘de luxe’ to ‘mas­ter suite’ and, at ev­ery level, you will be de­lighted with the style, dé­cor and fur­nish­ings. Din­ing in the award-win­ning restau­rant is a treat, spa­cious and com­fort­able, bright in the day and cosy by night, with friendly and at­ten­tive staff do­ing full jus­tice to the chef’s per­fectly-crafted creations. Ashdown Park, Wych Cross, Nr For­est Row, East Sus­sex, RH18 5JR ash­down­park.com

Gravetye Manor and Ashdown Park are mem­bers of The Pride of Bri­tain Ho­tels: to re­quest a free direc­tory (or pur­chase gift vouch­ers) please call 0808 250 3121

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