sun is out, the weekend is looking bright and I am thinking
about a drive through the English countryside. There is
something regal about visiting the countryside; beautiful
gardens, golf settings, spa hotels, clay pigeon shooting,
weddings, conferences and everything nice about country
pursuits. There are quite a few countryside retreats to
choose from and luckily in England, one is spoilt for choice;
it is now simply a question of which one ticks most of the
boxes for a delightful weekend away from the hustle and
bustle of London.
Park Hotel & Country Club fits the bill for a luxury
retreat or events destination in the English countryside.
Set in the beautiful location of Ashdown Forest (the inspiration
for A.A. Milne’s Winnie the Pooh stories), The Hotel
& Country Club offers a slice of luxury in the heart
of East Sussex, a county in South East England. It is bordered
by the counties of Kent to the north and east, Surrey to
the North West and West Sussex to the west, and to the south
by the English Channel and lies between the historic towns
of East Grinstead, Uckfield and Crowborough.
18 meeting or events spaces. From intimate board meetings,
to exclusive and private product launches, team building
to off road driving they have a flexible approach to creating
a solution that’s right, and within budget for your
needs. The aim is to make your next meeting, conference,
presentation or other business event one that your delegates
will remember for a long time to come.
the estate was acquired by Thomas Charles Thompson, a Member
of Parliament at the time. He promptly knocked down the
existing building and quickly set about building the neo-Gothic
Victorian manor house which remains the heart of the hotel
to this day. He also built the little church of St Richard
de Wych to the east of the present estate, and a school
for the local children. He even provided lunches for them,
tradition of hospitality at Ashdown Park goes back a long
way. Today, the old school building is used for staff accommodation.
the death of G K T Fisher who inherited the estate and was
killed during the First World War 1917, the house became
a convent and afterwards a corporate headquarters for an
international bank, before being acquired by the Elite Group
weddings were imminent when we arrived at the hotel and
staff and event planners were very busy putting finishing
touches to their preparations. Like every historic hotel,
the décor was fashioned to suit its history. Each
bedroom is unique with beds mostly draped with canopies.
The leisure wing is modern and the main property keeps in
line with tradition and history.
to do at Ashdown Park Hotel &Country Club in the morning
The great guys at Elite Hotels have done their best to make
Ashdown Park Hotel an excellent Country Club and beautiful
events and wedding location. The Elite hotels Group are
a small, independent UK based hotel group, investing in
some of the UK’s most beautiful historic houses since
1986. The Ashdown Park Hotel & Country Club is a member
of this group.
Start the day
with an early morning or late evening work out in the fully
equipped gymnasium and indoor swimming pool. Golfers can
pit their wits against our 18 hole, par 3 course, which
meanders through the landscaped grounds, and if you enjoy
a game of tennis, we have two all-weather courts, and the
Spa at Ashdown Park will cater for every whim in the world
is landscaped with an 18 Hole, Par 3 Golf Course and Driving
Range and has a Spa that offers a wide range of beauty treatments,
massage therapies and body treatments in luxurious surroundings
where the emphasis is placed firmly on enhancing your peace
and relaxation and overall sense of wellbeing.
been specially designed in association with Kerstin Florian
and VitaMan, for both men and women, so that everyone who
visits the spa can enjoy a perfectly rounded spa experience.
Other facilities include:
• 6 Beauty Rooms & Nail Salon with two manicure
stations and two pedicure stations
• Indoor Heated Swimming Pool with Loungers
• Whirlpool Spa
• Both male and female Sauna and Steam rooms with
• Aerobics studio with a full aerobics time table
including Aqua Aerobics
• Exercise Classes
• Table Tennis
• Two all-weather Tennis Courts
• Fully equipped Gym
• Fairways Lounge and Brasserie
• Gift Shop / Golf Shop
Dining at Ashdown
all about formal dining at the Anderida Restaurant where
guests usually arrive 30 minutes before their reservation
to enjoy pre-dinner drinks served in a relaxed atmosphere
in the lounge areas. The food selection was good and very
well presented. I must add that it was tasty too.
is served in the same location but not so much with the
same "pomp and pageantry" as lunch or dinner.
Breakfast was very simple and fell short of my expectations.
word Anderida means hunting ground in Roman which apparently
reflects the wild game that roam in the forest as well as
the Head Chef’s hunter’s eye for tracking down
only the finest and freshest ingredients for your table.
not get to meet the Head Chef on this occasion but I am
a “sucker” for formalities and attention and
the staff at Anderida ensure that guests receive plenty
of that. The room is large and well-lit with high windows,
framed by heavy drapes, looking out over the surrounding
gardens. It is also warm and cosy in evening candlelight,
with an ambience that manages to be both grand yet relaxing
at the same time.
restaurant has been awarded two highly prestigious AA Rosettes.
Children are welcomed too with a special Children’s
menu available for both lunch and dinner.
were enjoying Afternoon Tea and simple snacks all over the
hotel either in the well-appointed lounges or at the Leisure
Centre – makes your mouth water.
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