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Notice: Our lace maker and woodland craftsman will not be at Ashdown House on Bank Holiday Saturday 24 August. Our lace maker can be seen at the Uffington show. Our re-enactors will also be elsewhere for the day. All will return to Ashdown House on Wednesday 27 August.

Unusual Dutch-style house on the Berkshire Downs

This extraordinary building with the appearance of a dolls' house nestles in a beautiful valley on the Berkshire Downs, surrounded by woodland.

It was built by an Earl, William Craven, as a house fit for the queen he loved, Queen Elizabeth of Bohemia in 1662.

Access to the house is by guided tour only at 2.15, 3.15 and 4.15, for up to 25 people at a time. House is tenanted and access is limited to hall, staircase (100 steps ) and roof.

The grounds can be visited when the house is open and the woodland open all year round, Sunday to Thursday.

Conservation complete

View from the south west of Ashdown House and garden

The conservation project at Ashdown House has now been completed and it can again be viewed in all its glory. We look forward to seeing you.

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Volunteer Nicola Cornick has a blog about the history of Ashdown House. She will keep you informed about many interesting facts about Ashdown House and the wider estate.

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