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National Trust & Other ADVENTURES

As well as exploring Ashdown Park's vast countryside there are many stunning National Trust sites, local vineyards and other amazing locations easily accessible by car.

Sheffield Park

Acres of landscape garden bordered by historic parkland and woodland

There has been some form of ‘pleasure garden’ and parkland at Sheffield Park since the 1700’s. Today’s garden is a horticultural work of art created from centuries of different approaches to landscape design. Each owner has left their impression – whether it was the creation of the lakes, the construction of the Pulham Falls, the planting of Palm Walk or the introduction of many different tree and shrub species from around the world.

Four lakes form the heart of the garden with meandering paths circulating in and out of the glades and wooded areas that surround them. There are over 87 champion trees planted throughout, some of which help to provide the vibrant colour show that Sheffield Park and Garden has become famous for in the autumn season. The national collection of Ghent Azaleas combined with a selection of rhododendron hybrids supply a blaze of colour over the late spring and early summer months.

The historic parkland would once have played host to deer and game hunting for the guests at Sheffield Park House, which are thought to have included Henry VIII. In a woodland copse within the parkland is our natural Woodland Play Trail offering adventurous play and den building for explorers young and old.

For more information on what there is to see and do at Sheffield Park Garden please visit their website.

​Dunorlan Park

Situated in Tumbridge Wells, this park is Grade II listed and is the perfect place to set up a picnic with the family or take the dog for a walk.

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Standen House

Situated in West Sussex, this National Trust House is perfect to explore for Arts & Crafts enthusiasts  where you'll find Morris & Co interiors as well as beautiful woodland to explore.

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Situated in Handcross, this national trust house and gardens are perfect to explore for those on a country retreat.

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Penhurst Place and Gardens

A beautiful 'Grand place on a charming Scale'.
Situated outside of Tunbridge Wells, this beautiful estate has a mixture of all year round activities and diarised special events suitable for family members of all ages. 

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Bluebell Vineyard

Situated in East Sussex, visit Bluebell Vineyard Estate and try out some locally produced wine.

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Jilly Goolden's Wine Room

Do you enjoy wine? Fancy enjoying it even more? Experience a wine school with a difference with renowned wine critic, Jilly Goolden. Visit the Wine Room at her nearby home in the beautiful Ashdown Forest, where Jilly will share with you her knowledge and passion for wine.

During the relaxed five hour Wine Room Experience, you'll taste a dozen very distinctive wines and Jilly will demystify the what's, why's and how's of wines of the world.  She'll also guide you towards some delicious wines to try at home, and round off the session with a glass or two of interesting and unusual Champagne.

Jilly Goolden caters for groups too. Exciting and different corporate events can be tailor-made. Fun days (or evenings) can be arranged for groups of friends - stag or hen parties welcome!

For further information, please visit her website or email Alternatively please telephone +44 (0)1342 822251

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