Ashdown Park Hotel and Country Club has teamed with BBC Wildlife to offer readers a chance to win a luxury stay for two and a tour of its wildlife-rich grounds, worth £1,150!
The elegant Ashdown Park Hotel and Country Club lies in the middle of Ashdown Forest in West Sussex. The hotel grounds – covering 0.75km2 – and wildlife share the surrounding forest.
Wild fallow deer graze the verges next to the car park, badgers snuffle through the woods at night and the trees leading down to and around the large lake throng with birdlife.
There are some 360 deer on the hotels’ land,” says estate manager Kevin Sweet, who has worked in the park for 40 years.
Kevin’s flower-rich herbaceous borders are contained in what was the old kitchen garden, along with the greenhouses where he grows seedlings, because it is bounded by walls and railings that keep out the deer.
Within an easy walk of the hotel there’s a grove of ancient woodland that has been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest. Kevin and his team manage the woodland with a light touch, preferring to let nature take its course.
The fallen trees and rotted wood are home to many invertebrates and there are rare moth species to be found there.
Outside of the hotel grounds lies Ashdown Forest, which is not really a forest. It’s a mixture of open heathland and native woodland, ideal for birds such as Dartford warblers and nightjars.
The woodland includes hazel coppices that provide a home for dormice, and there are also sweet chestnuts, alders, oaks and Scots pines thriving the
This fantastic holiday includes:
Two nights’ dinner, bed and breakfast for two
Three-course dinner from the a la carte menu
A Sussex wine with dinner
A tour with estate manager Kevin Sweet
Not included: Travel to and from the venue; drinks apart from dinner wine; items of a personal nature; travel insurance; gratuities
Find out more about Ashdown Park:
Surrounded by Ashdown Forest which, according to the famous children’s author A A Milne, is the woodland that inspired his Winnie The Pooh stories, the Ashdown Park Hotel and Country Club offers the heights of luxury in the heart of East Sussex.
To find out more visit: http://www.ashdownpark.com,
email [email protected]
or call 01342 824988.
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