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When fenced as a deer hunting park in 1693, Ashdown Park originally comprised around half of the current 6,500-acre Ashdown Forest at the heart of the Weald. Though smaller today, the legacy of Ashdown Park's past can still be seen at the estate in the herds of wild fallow deer that inhabit its ancient woodland.

The hotel was built in 1815 as a family home and since then has housed a variety of occupants, including injured soldiers when as a hospital during the First World War, and then by the Sisters of Notre Dame during its half century as a convent. As the convent grew, so did the building, the nuns adding the church and west wing with stone partly quarried from the estate. A period as a bank training centre preceded its sale to the Elite Hotel Group in 1993.

We stage your event in the quietest section of the woods. A Site of Special Scientific Interest, rarely frequented by hotel guests, the leafy valley is rich in habitat and provides the ideal backdrop for experiencing sustainable life without modern technology.

  • Address: Wych Cross, Forest Row, East Grinstead, RH18 5JR

  • Nearest motorway link: M25 / M23 11 miles

  • Nearest airport: Gatwick 16 miles

  • Nearest train station: East Grinstead 7 miles / Gatwick Station 16 miles

  • 106 bedrooms and suites

  • Up to 170 delegates

  • 16 meeting rooms

  • Wild Weald activities

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