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Hanging Baskets Galore!

On a somewhat wet Thursday in May we held our annual hanging basket workshop at Ashdown Park. Although wet and windy we were all snug and dry in the main glasshouse in the Walled Garden. We had 20 guests awaiting instruction on how to create a colourful basket or container for the summer months. After a demonstration and guidance on how we make up...more info

Our Wedding Day at Ashdown Park

When we first looked at Ashdown Park Hotel as our prospective wedding venue there was no question that it was perfect for us, the staff were so warm and welcoming and couldn't do enough to help us and the venue itself was breathtaking. In the lead up, Lauren was amazing and had everything in hand, even when I was panicking she was calm and always...more info

A Foodie Affair this Easter

This Easter we are inviting families to join us for a range of seasonal foodie events, ranging from a traditional Easter Sunday Lunch to a 1940s style Afternoon Tea. Guests can certainly enjoy the long weekend in style. Good Food on Good FridayOn Friday 3rd April, we will be treating guests to a delicious three course fish-inspired lunch in the...more info

Explore our delicious seasons

We are excited to announce that we will be hosting a series of special ‘Flavours of the Month’ luncheons throughout the year, in our award-winning 2 AA Rosette Anderida Restaurant. The first luncheon will take place on Wednesday 4th March and will focus on nettles and wild garlic. The menu, expertly created by our talented Executive Head Chef,...more info

Ashdown Park Employee of the Year!

We are delighted to announce that our Senior Assistant Housekeeper, Hanna Zwidryn, has been named Ashdown Park Hotel’s Employee of the Year! Hanna, who has worked with us for over seven years, was chosen by her peers, as she is always willing to go that extra mile to make sure everything she does is completed to an extremely high standard....more info

The Winter Wedding of Melissa & Gary

My husband and I were married at Ashdown Park on Saturday (6th December) in the Richard Towneley Suite and from start to finish we were made to feel so special.  We broke with tradition and stayed together at the hotel the night before, we woke to find the beautiful grounds white with frost and some deer wandering around the lawns. After a very...more info

Changing Seasons

With the days getting shorter and the summer bedding plants and baskets looking past their best, it’s time to get the leaf blowers out and start preparing the garden for the winter. It has been a good summer with a fair amount of dry and warm weather. The grass has not stopped growing and is green and lush. I have noticed a lot of plants have...more info

Country Club Members bid for Charity

At a recent Macmillan coffee morning held in our Country Club, our Executive Chef, Andrew Wilson, was giving tips and hints on preparing stylish food for your guests when someone commented on how wonderful it would be to  have your own Chef cook at your dinner party! That was enough for Andrew to open the bidding war for him to cook a three...more info

Staff rewarded for Long Service

It's that time of year again! The time when staff with five or more years service are rewarded for their loyalty at our annual Long Service Awards. This year was a record, with 60 staff members invited to a Champagne and canapés reception, in recognition of their service to Ashdown Park and Elite Hotels. Those reaching a 5 year milestone each...more info

Eleven happy ladies for Afternoon Tea!

I just wanted to let you know that my 70th birthday tea was a huge success!  The weather was perfect and all my lady friends thought that having a ‘real’ tea was a wonderful idea and thoroughly enjoyed all the goodies on the table.  I was later presented with a delicious chocolate birthday cake (a complete surprise from my two daughters!) so we...more info

A day in the life of a Bride & Groom

We had our wedding at the Ashdown Park Hotel on June 28th 2014, we had a fabulous day and couldn't have asked for anything more! It was a very intimate day and we only had only 15 guests, with an afternoon ceremony followed by a wedding breakfast. The team at the hotel were great and were available during the planning process and on the day to...more info

Bootcamp update!

We were thrilled to launch our first Boot Camp on Saturday! We were even more thrilled to receive a great turn out on the day! It confirmed our suspicions...there is a huge interest in people willing to get into shape and peak fitness, and being able to that whilst exercising in our magnificent surroundings was the cherry on top! It was...more info

Moving on up...

We are delighted to announce the promotion of two key members of staff, Michelle Newby and Edward Rodrigues. Michelle Newby, who this year will be celebrating her 20 year anniversary of working at Ashdown Park Hotel, has been promoted from Senior Assistant Manager to Deputy Manager - Operations. This role deals with the operational side of the...more info

Spring into Summer

With the wettest winter on record and all the challenges it brought us, including the clearing up of 34 fallen trees, we can now look forward to the long warm days of summer! The one upside to the damage is that we will have a plentiful supply of logs for our open fires for the next few years. Another benefit of the wet weather is that it has...more info

No need for delegates to miss the World Cup!

We all know it's about the important things in, health, financial security, football...FOOTBALL? I know, a mass groan from the majority of women out there (of which I'm one - sorry, but I prefer the sport with the other shaped ball). BUT from the hotel's perspective, we have to accept that throughout the month of the World Cup many...more info

Employee of the Year!

With our renowned reputation for outstanding service continuing to be a top priority, we recently named our 'Employee of the Year' at the annual staff party. Becoming 'Employee of the Year' is no mean feat. Only the crème de la crème of staff are in line for the coveted title. The nominated staff are chosen throughout the year, on a monthly basis...more info

Most Deserving couple head to Iceland

A member of the maintenance team here at Ashdown Park Hotel, Roger Dann, and his wife, Leslie, have been named ‘Most Deserving People in the UK’ following a competition run by Damart UK. The couple have devoted the last 15 years of their lives to helping the destitute street boys of Kenya, and have been responsible for setting up two safe houses...more info

A visitor's perspective

The last time I visited Ashdown Park was on a bright sunny May weekend so I must admit to not knowing what to expect when returning in the deep mid-winter to celebrate my husband's birthday - once again, it did not disappoint. At reception we were greeted by name despite us never having met the receptionist on our prior visit (one can only assume...more info

Winter Tales

With Christmas just around the corner and the trees and decorations all up in the hotel, it's bee n a very busy time for the estates team. Our work never finishes and over the coming months we have a number of important projects to complete. One project in progress is the new planting of a range of topiary which has been planted in the recently...more info

More News from our Executive Head Chef

Our Executive Head Chef, Andrew Wilson, has been inducted into the prestigious Chaîne des Rôtisseurs at a ceremony hosted in London last month. The Chaîne des Rôtisseurs is an international gastronomic society, founded in Paris in 1950, which traces its origins back to 1248. At that time, King Louis IX, wishing to thank the trades which had...more info

The colours of autumn

With the days getting shorter and the summer drawing to a close, it’s time to reflect on the past few months and look forward to the jobs and events planned for the winter months. It has been like a traditional British summer and what a wait we had for it! We have had a bumper crop of top fruit this year with the apples being particularly good. We...more info

Not One but Two Tripadvisor 2013 Awards!

We are delighted to announce that our Hotel and Anderida Restaurant have both been awarded Tripadvisor’s Certificate of Excellence 2013. Tripadvisor is the world's largest travel site and offers trusted advice from real travellers with more than 200 million unique monthly visitors, and over 100 million reviews and opinions covering more than 2.5...more info

Paul O'Neill wins the Roux Scholarship!

We are thrilled to announce that our Senior Sous Chef, Paul O'Neill, has won the prestigious title of 2013 Roux Scholar! 28 year old Paul entered the Roux Scholarship 2013 competition for the second time, and was delighted to get through to cook, after hearing nothing the first time round. His dish of Fillet of Stone Bass with Bouillabaisse Broth...more info

Is Summer around the Corner?

When will the spring finish and summer begin? We are now midway through May and still no sign of the warm and sunny weather of summer. All our bedding plants and hanging baskets are made up and ready to go out but we are waiting for more favourable conditions as we are still getting the odd frost. I like this time of year as it is full of promise...more info

Employee of the Year!

We are delighted to announce that Assistant Conference & Banqueting Manager Richard Manktelow, has been named Ashdown Park Hotel Employee of the Year! Richard originally applied for a job at Ashdown Park, as his sister was working here at the time. “I started on a weekend trial basis and I’m still here,” said Richard. “I worked my way up...more info

Christmas & New Year 2012

It's all over for another year! Here's a collage of images with a glimpse back at the festive frolics at Ashdown Park over Christmas and the New Year. Our guests thoroughly enjoyed their three night Christmas House Party and seeing the New Year in at Ashdown Park was the icing on the cake! Boxing Day activities included traditional country...more info

Our Condé Nast Johansens Awards success!

We were thrilled to be nominated in the Condé Nast Johansens Awards for Excellence 2013 and were invited to attend the prestigious awards ceremony on Monday 5th November. The evening was held at the May Fair hotel in London and, despite the crisp feel to the London air, the awards were warmly attended by many of the industries 'movers and shakers...more info

Lifestyle membership...a well deserved...

Guests often ask me what they can do to improve their health and well being. Is it better to exercise 2 or 3 times a week? Which exercise is best? I always give them the same is all about their whole lifestyle, rather than just a couple of visits each week to the gym. What we put in to our body is what we get out of it basically! A...more info

Our Wedding to Remember

We want to say thank you to all the team at Ashdown Park. Planning for our big day was really enjoyable especially visiting the wonderful grounds at Ashdown and sitting with a cup of tea by the fire in the lounge talking through our requirements with Michella, who was always available to help! We also felt so special in our own private dining room...more info

What a Showcase!

The doors opened at 10.30am on Sunday 23rd September and once again we welcomed a sea of smiling faces to our bi-annual Wedding Showcase, all eager to see how Ashdown Park and its team could help create the day of their dreams. The weather was not kind to fact it was appalling! Thankfully this didn't put off over 100 people who just...more info

Welcome to our Deputy General Manager

A gap year in the UK was the launch pad for a career in the hospitality industry for Nick Bossé and he has now returned on a permanent basis as Deputy General Manager here at Ashdown Park Hotel & Country Club. After a career that has seen him working at luxury boutique hotels in his native South Africa, and Guernsey’s first ever five star...more info

Summer News from the Estate Team

I was going to start by saying summer has finally arrived but, as with the rest of the country, we are still waiting! At every opportunity we are out with the mowers in between the showers trying to keep the grass under control. The grass is so lush and fresh it needs cutting every few days. The hanging baskets are giving a good show even if...more info

New Faces...back to Familiar Places

Ashdown Park has welcomed two new faces recently. Dan Clark has joined us from Radission Hotels as Sales Manager, and Tanya Jones has joined us from the Conference People as Events Office Manager (maternity cover). Both have many years experience in the hotel and conference industry, but more interestingly, both have returned to Ashdown Park after...more info

Staying Green with our new Gym!

We are thrilled to announce the opening of our brand new, state of the art Gymnasium. We've reason to be more thrilled than most, as we've managed to equip the gym with environmentally-friendly gym equipment. Pulse Fitness Cardio equipment is part of a brand new Fusion range. All products are self-powered (except for the treadmills) which is in...more info

Spring News from the Estate Team

Spring has arrived, although looking out the window whilst writing this there is heavy rain mixed with sleet and a very strong wind battering the blossom on the fruit trees! We still have lots of spring colour and, within the next few weeks, our Bluebell wood will be a blaze of colour and fragrance. Everything is bursting in to life again after...more info

The future generations of Ashdown Park

I have been asked to write a blog on behalf of the Personnel Department at Ashdown Park Hotel. After giving the subject some thought, I decided to focus on how Elite Hotels help the future working generation and the development opportunities offered within Elite Hotels and Ashdown Park Hotel & Country Club. We currently have First year, Second...more info

News from our Estate Team

This time of year is seen by many as a quiet time for work in the garden. As any gardener knows there is always something to do. During the next few weeks it’s a good chance to catch up on all those little jobs that you did not have time to do during the summer. We are currently cleaning up around the garden and grounds and cutting back the...more info

It's That Time of Year Again

It’s at this time of year, with the cold mist creeping in through the front door and the sound of the fresh frost crunching under foot whilst I walk to work, that it starts to dawn on me that Christmas is just a few weeks away. Whilst my two young daughters have been reminding me for weeks that Santa is getting ready, and my wife has been buying...more info

A Warm Welcome to Andrew Wilson

Ashdown Park & Country Club welcomes the return of Andrew Wilson. We managed to catch up with Andrew during his busy day to find out more about his life, what he hopes to bring to the hotel and what made him decide to return. “When I left as Senior Sous Chef I always knew that I would return as the Executive Chef some day, the company has...more info

The important things in life...

It's that time of year when the leaves are beginning to fall, there is that autumnal bite in the air and everyone is trying not to think about the inevitable...Christmas is around the corner. We waited all summer for...well, summer! It came and went in a blink but not all was lost as the recent Indian summer (all 5 days of it) lifted spirits...more info