A weekend in the English countryside

We just came back from the most amazing weekend away in the English countryside.  Forest Row in East Sussex county is only about a 90 minute drive from London, and it feels like another world. The Ashdown Park Hotel and Country Club is set amidst rolling green hills surrounded by lush forest and it feels like you’ve walked onto the set of Downton Abbey.  There’s even a small farm specialising in llamas and alpacas just a short walk away.

Views of the Ashdown Park Hotel

Views of the Ashdown Park Hotel as the sun sets

Ashdown Park Hotel in black and white

Exterior of the converted church at Ashdown Park Hotel

Enjoying a walk down the golf course towards Ashdown Forest

In contrast to the grandeur of the manor, the rustic farm was so charming.  I saw llamas, alpacas, and reindeer for the first time. So adorable and majestic in their own ways.

An Alpaca at the Ashdown Llama Park A reindeer at the Ashdown Llama Park A llama at the Ashdown Llama Park

I think farms are my new favourite places to photograph.

Outside of a barn at the Ashdown Llama Park

Strolling down from the Ashdown Llama Park back to the hotel

A couple of reindeer in the fields of the at the Ashdown Llama Park

A weather vane at the Ashdown Llama Park

A worn barn exterior at the Ashdown Llama Park

Trees around the Ashdown Llama Park

We also went on some lovely forest walks.  Ashdown Forest is the original inspiration for A.A. Milne’s Winnie the Pooh.

A small lake close to the Ashdown Park Hotel

Autumn leaves around Ashdown Forest

Looking up to birdnests in the trees in the Ashdown Forest

Autumn leaves on the floor in the Ashdown Forest

The splendour of the English countryside in autumn is something I’ll never tire of.

Views of the English countryside around Ashdown Forest

Shadows of a couple amidst a bed of autumn leaves

The sun setting behind trees at the Ashdown Park Hotel

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