Ashdown Park Hotel and Country Club Review

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Ashdown Park Hotel and Country Club Review

Recently my blog partner and I had the pleasure of visiting Ashdown Park and Hotel Country Club for a couple of nights which is set in the rural leafy green countryside of West Sussex.

Ashdown Park is part of the Small Luxury Hotel Chain and certainly lived up to its luxurious expectations.

Upon arrival we were personally greeted by management and shortly shown to our room which was a little golf cart ride away. I was rather excited by the ride to our room in a golf buggy! Fairway Studio SuiteFairway Suites Ashdown Park

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Fairway Studio Suite

We had the pleasure of staying in one of the spacious Fairway Studio Suites which are approximately 50-60 square meters in size. The suites are adjacent to the Country Club and overlook the beautiful grounds and golf course, and a short walk away from the main hotel.

Our room was luxurious and presentable with a king sized bed and a large seating area. The doors opened onto the patio giving direct access to the hotel grounds. A room with a view!

Management provided us with a welcome box of fudge and a bowl of fresh fruit which was a lovely treat and a welcome note.Fairway Suite ShowerAshdownParkAshdownParkWhirlpoolBathIMG_2844

The luxurious en-suite bathrooms were spacious providing two sinks, a shower and a whirlpool jacuzzi bathtub!

There was a selection of Molton Brown luxury toiletries which of course being a fan of beauty products I appreciated 🙂SheHearts AshdownParkSheHearts AshdownParkSheHeartsAshdownPark

Dining at Anderida Restaurant

We were welcomed into the Anderida Restaurant bar with a glass of velvety champagne and tasty canapés to enjoy before dinner,  we were provided with menus to look at before being shown to our table.SheHeartsAshdownParkSheHearts AshdownParkSheHearts AshdownParkSheHearts AshdownParkSheHearts Ashdown ParkSheHearts Ashdown

 

Pressing of Ham Hock

Carrot Purée, Baby Carrot, Salsify, Mustard Mayonnaise

Salmon En Croute

Passion Fruit Jelly, Baby Gem Roasted Spring Onion

Before our starters arrived we enjoyed a delicate salmon and spring onion amuse bouche. My partner has the Pressing of Ham Hock and I opted for the Salmon En Croute.

The sweetness of the passion fruit jelly complimented the salmon encased in a moorish buttery pastry. The ham was moorish and teamed well with the mustard mayonnaise. The flavour combing was really impressive.

Our Sommelier recommended a bottle of Domaine Coillot Bourgogne Pinot Noir which is a beautiful mix of dark and red fruits which works nicely with fish and red meat.

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Poached and Roasted Beef Sirloin

Dauphinoise Potato, Spinach, Mushroom, Salsa Verdi

Roasted Pollock

Creamed Potato Savoy Cabbage, Roasted Fennel, Pancetta

The mains were incredibly moorish and the presentation of the dishes were superb. I opted for the Pollock and my partner enjoyed the Beef Sirloin. Talented Head Chef Andrew Wilson created these culinary delights.

Andrew and his team of 19 chefs are responsible for Ashdown Park’s two AA Rosettes. He was a finalised in The Roux Scholarship and has worked at a number of Michelin starred restaurants. His talent shone through in the quality of his recipes, delicious!SheHeartsAshdownSheHeartsAshdownPark

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White Chocolate Mousse

Raspberries, Dark Chocolate Sauce

For dessert we both enjoyed the White Chocolate Mousse along with a Grand Marnier on ice. The mango sorbet and dark chocolate worked in harmony with the white chocolate.SheHeartsAshdown

The Anderida Restaurant was a pleasure to dine it with its atmospheric atmosphere, listening to the grand piano during our meal was a lovely touch.

The decor was perhaps a little dated and could do with a modernised re-vamp, aside from that it was incredibly sophisticated, grand and relaxing. Enjoying dinner whilst listening to a pianist playing the Grand Piano was a treat! It was wonderful to play the piano myself too.AshdownParkSpaSheHeartsAshdownSheHeartsAshdownPark

After a relaxing nights sleep my blog partner and I booked into the Ashdown Park Spa which was situated right next to our suite.

I opted for The Classic Body Massage. The massage was incredible and I asked my experienced therapist to focus on my back and shoulders.

My masseuse de-knotted all the tension in my back, shoulder and neck muscles and worked hard to relax muscles all over my body.

As I work out regularly this massage really was needed.

My partner enjoyed the VitaMan Express Facial which included a deep cleanse, exfoliation and nourishing masque.SheHeartsAshdownSheHeartsAshdownSheHeartsAshdown

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On our last night we dined at the Anderida Restaurant again and again before our meal we were greeted by a tasty cream cheese salmon amuse bouche.

Poached Monkfish

Sultana Puree, Cauliflower, Pine Nuts

For starters we both opted for the tasty Monkfish which was incredibly soft, fresh and succulent. Beautifully presented.SheHeartsAshdownParkSheHeartsAshdown

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Roasted Skate Wing

Orzo Pasta, Red Pesto, Tenderstem Broccoli

After our Monkfish we enjoyed a Raspberry Amuse Bouche to cleanse the palette before enjoying our main dish. Cleansing the palette before each meal is a great way to refresh your tastebuds.

For our main we both opted for the Roasted Skate Wing and enjoyed our main with a bottle of Dourthe no1 Merlot Sauvignon Blanc which is silky and concentrated, packed full of flavour.SheHeartsAshdownParkSheHeartsAshdown

Dark Chocolate & Pistachio Mousse

Grapefruit, Mango

For dessert again opted for the Dark Chocolate & Pistachio Mousse. The presentation was exceptional and the green decorative pistachio on the side reminded me of a little green garden sitting on my plate.

A delicious and stylish dessert!SheHearts AshdownPark

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Ashdown Park is such a scenic place particularly due to its beautiful grounds. It’s situated in the midst of Ashdown Forest and has 186 acres of land to explore including its own lake. It’s beautiful to walk around such a picturesque location.

I had the pleasure of shooting some dresses from Laura Ashley during my stay, certainly the perfect backdrop for a fashion shoot.SheHeartsAshdownParkSheHearts AshdownSheHearts AshdownSheHeartsAshdownSheHearts AshdownSheHeartsAshdown

SheHeartsAshdownAshdown Park would be the perfect location for a wedding especially in its Richard Towneley Suite in the Harry Clarke room which was actually in preparation for a wedding on the day we were leaving. It was great to capture some photographs of the set up.

Our magnificent converted chapel is one of the most unique and impressive wedding venues in Sussex. Spectacular stained glass windows, designed by famous 19th century Irish stained glass artist Harry Clarke, who used up to 30 shades of blue in some of the panes, create shimmering shafts of light ~Ashdown Park

This beautiful room would be perfect for a unique and luxurious wedding, the light pouring in created a beautifully warm atmosphere in the room, it was gorgeous!SheHeartsAshdownSheHeartsAshdownSheHeartsAshdownSheHeartsOmarMansoor

Overall

Ashdown Park is the perfect location for a weekend country getaway or a spa break, with it’s picturesque views and tranquil spa you will come away feeling relaxed and refreshed.

Having the pleasure of staying in the luxury Fairway Suite was wonderful especially having the grounds as our back garden for the weekend.

Relaxing in the living room area was a lovely experience, in the photograph above I’m wearing a luxury laced dress by talented designer Omar Mansoor before heading for drinks.

Dining here was a really special experience and it’s very clear why the Anderida Restaurant was awarded two AA Rosettes!

What did you enjoy about the review? What would tempt you to visit Ashdown Park Hotel and Country Club? I would love to hear your thoughts 🙂

Thanks for reading!

Laura xo

  • Stella Asteria

    Amazing place and review Laura! I really like how classy and gorgeous you look in all photos, especially that one with the pink dress, is my favourite! The hotel looks like a perfect choice, especially the wedding venue is so dreamy! The restaurant menu looks so delicious, I am seriously drooling over these desserts!! (and I am always a sucker of Molton Brown amenities haha!) Thank you so much for sharing this great and meticulous review and I wish you a great month of August!
    Kisses
    Stella
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  • What an amazing place to have been able to shoot some photos in those gorgeous outfits! It sounds like the ideal place of a staycation with such attractive food choices – those desserts look divine and I too love dining to the sound of live piano music 🙂

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  • Wow!! Everything was breathtaking, the rooms, the food, the interior decor, the outside…I wanna move in there now! You look fierce in that red dress dear! The review was amazing an detailed, I felt like I was there with you!
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  • Kay (shoesandglitter)

    I just love fancy little places like this!! Everything seems so luxurious and I was proper drooling over the food (especially the salmon… so yummy!). <3 The room looks lovely, I especially like the look of the bathroom – so posh, haha! 😀 x It sounds like the park itself was also quite lovely and peaceful, so glad you enjoyed your trip and thanks for sharing your fab review! <3

    Kay
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  • This looks like such a lovely place to visit! I really like your honest review and the photos are magical 🙂 http://www.bauchlefashion.com

  • What a beautiful place. I bet you had such a peaceful time.
    Angie
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    • Ashdown Park really was beautiful and ever so peaceful too 🙂 I did come away feeling ever so relaxed, especially after the massage I had here in the spa it was incredible.

      Glad you enjoyed the review Angie!

      Laura xo
      http://www.shehearts.net

  • Such a pretty place! Thanks for sharing! Happy Tuesday. 🙂

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

  • Wow, what a lovely hotel!

    Kisses,
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  • Marrying in such a lovely place would be a dream come true. If only I weren’t married already.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

    • Couldn’t agree more Linda, the converted chapel was beautiful and it was great to see it being set up for a wedding, really very pretty.

      Ashdown Park is a great place for a getaway, the spa is wonderful too and the massage I had really was out of this world!

      Glad you enjoyed the review!

      Laura xo
      http://www.shehearts.net

  • Wow, this sounds like a relaxing and very pleasing experience. The room looks so spacious, I also like the bathroom. All the food looks very delicious, especially the desserts. And what about the green area – so nice! This is the perfect location for a honeymoon in my opinion!

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    • Ashdown Park is a place to unwind and relax that’s for sure, the grounds are beautiful and the overall experience is incredibly chilled out.

      The bathroom was lovely especially the jacuzzi bath, really gorgeous!

      Oh yes, Ashdown would be a great pick for a couple of honeymoon days before jetting off abroad somewhere hot and sunny 🙂

      Glad you enjoyed the review!

      Laura xo
      http://www.shehearts.net

  • What an amazing place! Interior and exterior look absolutely beautiful and it would definitely be a perfect place for the wedding, it is like a fairy wedding 🙂 Food also looks yummy, especially the desserts 🙂
    I hope you have a great week! x

    Ela BellaWorld

    • Ashdown Park was really very impressive and yes a great fit for a wedding for sure, it’s beautiful and the converted chapel is really pretty with lots of natural light flowing in.

      The food was incredibly impressive especially on the first night, really enjoyed the fish and the desserts were immaculate!

      Glad you enjoyed the review and thank you! Having a lovely week and hope you are too!

      Laura xo
      http://www.shehearts.net

  • Wonderful! I also think your suites and the entire room just looks so cosy and charming. I’ve not been there yet. You look smashing in the dresses, perfect location to style those Laura Ashley frocks. That pistachio mousse sounds divine! Thanks for sharing dear. Madison x
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    • I’m so glad you enjoyed the review! The suite was gorgeous, spacious yet cosy. I’m so glad you like the dresses showcased!

      The pistachio mousse was really tasty, it looked like a piece of artwork!]

      I would certainly return to Ashdown Park!

      Laura xo
      http://www.shehearts.net

  • Everything about this hotel screams luxury! I especially love the beautiful ground and room decor! The food also looks absolutely delicious! Sounds like you had a lovely stay and I really enjoyed looking through your photos x

    Beauty with charm

    • Thanks Alina! Staying at Ashdown Park really was a luxurious experience especially the quality of the food and the beautiful grounds.

      The Chapel really was quite something too! Beautiful lighting in the room.

      Glad you enjoyed the review and photographs!

      Laura xo
      http://www.shehearts.net

  • Gosh, what a beautiful location! How lovely to have spent a couple of nights there with your blog partner – your room looks so special and rather quintessentially British 🙂 Also, seriously Laura red is 100% your colour; you look amazing in that evening outfit!

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    • Ashdown Park was a beautiful place to spend the weekend in, really very beautiful and yes you’re very right the entire setting of the location is quintessentially British 🙂

      Thank you so much, I’m really glad that you like the red dress, this one is from Guess EU 🙂

      Glad you enjoyed the review!

      Laura xo
      http://www.shehearts.net

  • It looks like you had an incredible time! I’m not surprised that restaurant has received awards, as the food looks so good! The massage sounds great too. The grounds and that chapel are seriously pretty and I like how you’ve styled the baby pink dress with the scarf

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    • Thanks Rachel, I’m so glad you enjoyed the review. The food was incredible!

      Oo the massage was really one of the best I’ve had, it really helped to de-knot every tense muscle in my back and shoulders.

      The Chapel was really beautiful, great to see it being set up for a wedding.

      Thanks so much! The dress and scarf are from Laura Ashley and posted about it here http://shehearts.net/lauraashley/ 🙂

      Happy you enjoyed the post!

      Laura xo
      http://www.shehearts.met

  • This hotel is so close to where I live so I have been there many times and love it!

    Glad you enjoyed your time there! x

    Leah x

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  • Amelie

    wow – i really rarely read (rrr :D) such long and good reviews. The food is looking awesome – i would like to have had the same dinner <3 the hotel deeply reminds me of hogwards 🙂 i hope to find some great place too

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    • I’m really glad you enjoyed the review Amelie! The food really was fantastic and the hotel was set in such beautiful surroundings 🙂

      Laura xo
      http://www.shehearts.net

  • I’ll go for the dessert! 😀
    Thanks for the review. This is really helpful.

  • Laura, this place looks so magical and dreamy. I love to see pictures of the countryside. Also, your images of the food made my stomach rumble. It looks so yummy.
    Hope you have a great rest of your week.
    – Elise XO
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    • Thanks Elise, Ashdown Park certainly was very dreamy and the food was so tasty 🙂

      The grounds were beautiful, it was so wonderful having the grounds as our back garden for the weekend!

      Thanks, have a lovely rest of the week too, hope life is well on your sailboat 🙂

      Laura xo
      http://www.shehearts.net

  • What a charming place! you both look great and the food here looks so amazing!

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  • Ashdown Park looks like a perfect place to just relax in the countryside. Though, with a room like that, I think I’d sleep in there hahaha!

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    • Thanks Bash, Ashdown Park really was pretty place and the room was beautiful, the bed was so comfortable too 🙂

      Glad you enjoyed the review!

      Laura xo
      http://www.shehearts.net

  • Hi Laura, I am drooling over those delicious dishes!! and the place definitely looks like the perfect get away from the hustle and bustle of the city! that you had to take a little golf car to get there is so cute and fun as well :p

    Have a great Friday!
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    • The food really was delicious Josune, really enjoyed staying at Ashdown Park and riding in the golf cart to get there 🙂

      Thanks so much! Have a very Happy Friday and weekend too!

      Laura xo
      http://www.shehearts.net

  • I have never been to a hotel where I was provided with such a huge bowl of fresh fruits, there’s usually a few fruits but never so many. I actually think the dated decor of the restaurant is a unique touch. It gives such an elegant, old world classic and sophisticated vibe to it.

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    • The fresh bowl of fruit was a great touch, really healthy too! It’s the little touches in the room upon arrival people really remember.

      The historic decor is a unique touch and looks very elegant, however I think updating it just a little to modernise it keeping its historical charm 🙂

      It is very classic that’s for sure and the food was just super, really amazing!

      Enjoyed staying at Ashdown Park and the grounds were really very beautiful.

      Laura xo
      http://www.shehearts.net

  • wow absolutely gorgeous place

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  • Kelsey & Kenecha

    It sounds like such a relaxing place to stay! You look lovely, btw! 🙂

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    • Ashdown Park really was a lovely place to relax and unwind. beautiful setting 🙂

      Thanks ever so much, kind of you to say!

      Glad you enjoyed the review!

      Laura xo
      http://www.shehearts.net

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  • Mary

    Your pictures are so lovely! I adore all the green space… it looks dreamy and relaxing!

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    Love, Mary

  • Looks like a really beautiful place and seems like going back in time. It’s a rare gem. Gemma x
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    • Thanks Gemma, Ashdown really is a wonderful place to visit 🙂 A beautiful place to visit with so much history.

      Glad you enjoyed the review!

      Laura xo
      http://www.shehearts.net

  • Jane Willis

    Ashdown Park is my new favourite hotel – we stayed there, in a Fairway Suite, to celebrate my husband’s retirement in April, and loved it. We loved being able to sit in comfort in the room and watch the llamas in the farm on the far hillside! I echo your thoughts on the restaurant décor, although it sort of added to the old fashioned charm of the place. It did seem odd, though, that it was at the end of a long, not very welcoming corridor, but I suppose that’s because of the original structure of the building. It was worth it for the meal though! We both thought the food was wonderful – only a few weeks earlier we’d eaten in a Michelin starred place costing over twice as much, and the meal in Anderida was far, far better.

    • Ashdown Park is a gorgeous hotel and great to hear that you enjoyed your stay there also for your husband’s retirement.

      Yes, although the historic charm is appealing it could do with being modernised, in the restaurant it would look great to re-vamp it to match the modern sophistication of the food, a nice balance would look fantastic.

      The meal was fantastic at Anderida and I can see why it’s won awards, the food really was some of the best I’ve tasted and the service was incredible.

      The spa was amazing too, the massage I had was out of this world! Did you have one too?

      Glad you enjoyed the review 🙂

      Laura xo
      http://www.shehearts.net

      • Jane Willis

        We didn’t visit the spa, as our visit was my husband’s retirement treat and he doesn’t like spas, but I want to go again when it’s MY turn to pick what to do!

  • This place looks amazing
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  • Sounds like a great stay. The photoshoot & trip sounded like fun. Sometimes I like a dated spot because it’s more representative of the culture and history and that can be so charming! Great pics!

    Xo,
    Miki
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  • idu

    This place is a slice of heaven. Spectacular. I love a hotel that offers guests a welcome something/anything. Beautiful grounds and the meals look so good. Makes me hungry to tell you the truth. I’d definitely seek this place out if I find myself in those parts. Great review and you look fabulous!!!

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    • Ashdown Park really is a lovely place and I agree with you to have a little something in guests room as a welcome, I love personalised hand written notes and something personally given from management, instantly makes me feel at home 🙂 It’s the little things we remember!

      Really glad you enjoyed the review and thanks, that’s kind of you to say 🙂

      Laura xo
      http://www.shehearts.net

  • Wow, this hotel and country club is amazing! Your room was so lovely and I love when a room comes with a view of all sorts, the grounds are so beautiful! The food looks absolutely amazing! I love when the food is presented in an art form, it just enhances the whole dining experience and goes to show how everything can be expressed and presented in an artistic way. Plus, it just show how much effort and attention to detail the chief puts into his creations! Thank so much for sharing and I hope you’re having a great start to your week so far, beautiful!

    XO,

    Jalisa
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    • Ashdown Park really was very impressive and our room with a view was a highlight of the experience, it was so nice stepping out into the grounds of Ashdown Park and literally having it as our back garden for the weekend 🙂

      Yes, the food presentation was fantastic and not only that the quality of the food was incredible, the first meal I enjoyed the most, so delicious! The service was fantastic also.

      Thanks, I’m really glad you enjoyed the review and hope you’re having a lovely week so far too!

      With love,

      Laura xo
      http://www.shehearts.net

  • What an awesome review! This place looks like heaven. You look stunning in all these pics. Thanks for sharing!

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    • Thanks so much Kathrine! Really glad you enjoyed the review and photographs 🙂

      Ashdown Park really was a pretty place to visit, especially walking around those beautiful grounds.

      Laura xo
      http://www.shehearts.net

  • Looks amazing!!

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  • We stayed here a few years ago and it’s really interesting to see your review. I also think that they need to revamp the decor of the restaurant but the grounds are as beautiful as I remember and your suite has the perfect view

    • I’ve just had a look on your blog at your review! The Llamas your photographed were fantastic 😉

      Yes I do think the restaurant and overall decor could do with a revamp, keeping the historic feel but mixing it with modern twists to match the incredible food.

      The grounds were beautiful and loved waking up to that lovely view!

      Laura xo
      http://www.shehearts.net

  • Laura

    Looks like fab place to visit! You look beautiful in the red dress x

    Laura
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  • Raina Elegado

    Ah I’m so jealous you got to stay there!! Looks like a lovely place 🙂

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  • What an amazing place!!! Looks so pretty and relaxing! =)

    – Cielo
    Mermaid in Heels

  • Wow this looks amazing. So picturesque and the perfect spot for a getaway.

    Amy Ann
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    • Thanks Amy Ann I’m really glad you enjoyed reading the review. Ashdown Park really was ever so beautiful and would return again 🙂

      Laura xo
      http://www.shehearts.net

  • Wow, what a gorgeous place. Such character! Thanks for sharing

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  • Shauna C

    Wow, absolutely gorgeous!!

    Shauna

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  • This looks like a lovely place! Definitely perfect for a wedding and you look so gorgeous!

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    • Thanks Cami! Ashdown Park really was a beautiful place, a wonderful place for a weekend getaway that’s for sure!

      Really enjoyed staying here, beautiful food, wonderful location and the massage in the Spa really was out of this world!

      Glad you enjoyed the review!

      Laura xo
      http://www.shehearts.net