Ashbourne House – Quintessentially English

22ndJul 09
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View of the lake at Ashbourne House

I have just spent the most delightful day at a spectacular private 85 acre estate in East Sussex. Situated near Battle and set amidst rolling hills the Ashbourne Estate really did take my breath away and is one of those ‘best kept secrets’ that I am simply dying to tell you all about!

This venue provides exclusive corporate and private hospitality and allows you to both experience and enjoy the popular sports of clay pigeon shooting and flyfishing for trout.  If I’m honest I have to say I was a tad sceptical, I mean it was pouring with rain for starters so all in all not the prefect day to do any site visit outdoors, let alone one in the deepest depths of the English Countryside. Surprisingly though from the second I arrived I thoroughly enjoyed myself. Ashbourne is an oasis and can accommodate everything you need! So my mobile phone was out of range (not such a bad thing to happen from time to time!) but if you did need to make contact with the outside world fear not there is a landline in the log cabin. The charming Dougie Chalmers greets all guests near the shooting lodge, then once briefed it’s time to test your skill, put the theory into practise and challenge your opponents. Lunch is simply divine, a beautiful marquee, a steady flow of fine wines and bubbly, delicious cuisine and good company all compliment the scenery perfectly.

The afternoon is about flyfishing and in my experience is something many have wanted to try in their life time but few have. Tie your own fly and catch yourself some fresh water trout to take home for your supper – it really is a super prize and don’t worry – it’s gutted, and packed nicely so all you have to do is season and pop in the oven! If this floats your boat (it did mine) and you fancy a day in the countryside that is special, different and healthily competitive then please, pick up the phone and I’ll happily tell you all about it and point you in the right direction! This is easily as fun as a box at the races and will probably save you a few pennies in the process!

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