Ashdown House is an extraordinary 17th century Dutch-style house famous for its association with Elizabeth of Bohemia (‘The Winter Queen’), Charles I’s sister, to whom the house was ‘consecrated’.
The interior has an impressive great staircase rising from hall to attic, and important paintings contemporary with the house. There are spectacular views from the roof over the formal parterre, lawns and surrounding countryside, as well as beautiful walks in neighbouring Ashdown Woods. Nearby Weathercock Hill and Alfred’s Castle, an Iron Age defended settlement where in 871 King Alfred is rumoured to have defeated the Danes, offer fine walking.
Although owned by the National Trust, the property is tenanted and entry is restricted. The National Trust website provides details of opening hours and facilities.
The house is alongside the B4000 Ashbury to Lambourn road, 2 miles south of Ashbury, and can also be accessed by foot from the Ridgeway (1½ miles away).