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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.

Open all year for woodland walks

Catch a sneak view of Ashdown House, on a winter visit to the woodlands © Andrew Cornick

Catch a sneak view of Ashdown House, on a winter visit to the woodlands

Our popular tours up Ashdown House's staircase to the roof will end for this year on Wednesday 29 October 2014. They'll start again on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 1 April 2015. In the meantime, the woodlands are open every day except Fridays from dawn to dusk.

Conservation complete

Built for the Queen of Bohemia, who sadly died before completion

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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