Ashdown Forest, found in East Sussex in the UK, is known for its rich archaeological history but is made famous by being the setting place for the Winnie The Pooh stories by A.A. Milne.
The area is visited by millions a year who come hoping to see a heffalump or even a glimpse of the honey-covered bear. So, if you’re a fan of Pooh and his friends, keep reading for the best hotels, so you get the chance to visit and walk the same path as Pooh.
The Hundred Acre Wood or The Enchanted Place is the literary namesakes of Ashdown Forest and the birthplace of Winne the Pooh and his friends. The reason A.A.Milne opted for this is due to the forest being closeby to where he lived. It was also the place he often took walks with his son, Christopher Robin.
When the stories came to be illustrated, they were done so with the forest in mind, making notable places such as Roo’s Sandy Pit and Eeyore’s Gloomy Place.
Ashdown Forest themselves offer two walks which take you to the same places as Pooh visits in the famous stories. The shorter of the two takes you to The Enchanted Place and the Sandy Pit and is more suitable for younger children, where the longer walk takes you to ‘Eeyore's Sad and Gloomy Place’ as well as the ‘North Pole’.
A leaflet and guide can be found here for the map walks.
Also within Ashdown Forest is the memorial for author A.A. Milne and illustrator E.H. Shepard. The site was chosen due to the significance of the forest in their lives. Christopher later wrote that the place was important to A.A. Milne, as his father often sat there.
Visiting Poohsticks Bridge and playing a game of ‘Pooh sticks’. The aim of Pooh Sticks is to drop your stick into the water from one side of the bridge, run to the other side and see whose stick comes under the bridge first. You can find Poohsticks Bridge near Marsh Green Lane and parking in Pooh Car Park. Be aware in November 2020, the bridge was closed due to a tree falling and making it unsafe, so be sure to check when travelling that it is open to be visited.
Just on the edge of the Ashdown Forest is a delightful tea room and gift shop for you to put your feet up, and is the perfect stop after exploring the forest. Recently, Pooh Corner also opened a Pooh-seum, a museum dedicated to Winnie The Pooh.
With a golf course and less than 5-miles away from Ashdown Forest, this hotel and country club is the perfect stay when visiting East Sussex. Ashdown Park Hotel has three bars available, and a restaurant, as well as offering a full-service spa if you're hoping to unwind after a day of exploring.
Decorated with deep woods and exposed brick, Twyford Farm Cottage welcomes you with rustic charm upon your arrival. With it being only 3-miles away from Ashdown Forest, you can spend the day exploring the Enchanted Place, before curling up in front of Twyford’s roaring fire, and home comforts.
With this Tudor hotel being only 3-miles away from Ashdown Forest, this could be the perfect stay for your staycation. With a restaurant and bar, a homely and welcoming feel, Chequers Inn is also only 3-miles away from the Llama Park, with free parking on site.
Nestled amongst nature, this cottage perfect for couples in Uckfield has been modernised and set in the perfect place for exploring the Enchanted Place. Being only a short 7-minute drive from Ashdown Forest, you can spend the day exploring before unwinding in the outdoor space and watching the sunset. It also offers a fully inclusive kitchen within this accommodation.
This luxury decorated Bed and Breakfast is less than 3-miles away from Ashdown Forest and has a garden and pool for you to enjoy during your stay. Both rooms on offer are individually decorated with separate living rooms. With your visit, free breakfast and free parking are included.
Being only a 6-minute drive away from Ashdown Forest, this is a perfect place to stay to unwind and relax. With a restaurant, a bar and a garden, and the added benefit of allowing pets, choosing one of these eight delightful rooms to stay in, allows you the perfect starting location to explore the Hundred Acre Wood.
Described as an upmarket B&B, it’s not hard to see why with Holly House nestled amongst the greenery, with a pool and a beautiful garden for those staying to enjoy. With five rooms to choose from, and being pet-friendly, it isn’t just a nice place to unwind at but also only a 30-minute walk away from Ashdown Forest.
This hotel is in a perfect location for a gentle 22-minute walk to Ashdown Forest, with a restaurant, bar and the option of adjoining rooms if you’re travelling as a large party. With a garden to unwind in and comfortable rooms to sleep in, The Roebuck has character and comfort for your stay away.
Just on the edge of the forest, you can find this converted barn with amenities with free parking, Wi-Fi while also being pet friendly, meaning the whole family can enjoy themselves. With a stovetop, refrigerator and microwave, you are set up to hide away from the world, and explore nature around you.
Closeby to many landmarks, and only 4-miles away from the Enchanted Place, Old Mill Farm has a rustic and homely feel welcoming you on arrival. Breakfast is included in your stay, and Old Mill Farm also welcomes pets.
With many of the above locations in a short walk, or drive, from the Enchanted Place, there is little stopping you from walking the same path as one of the most famous bears in the world. So find a stick, head to the bridge and see who wins at Pooh Sticks before unwinding in one of these cosy places to rest your head, before you welcome another day in East Sussex.