Ashling Park Estate has to be one of the luckiest places in the whole of the South Downs. Our loamy soil and sheltered position provide the perfect environment for growing Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier – the holy trinity of sparkling wine grapes.
And to supervise the magical transformation from vine to wine we have secured the services of Dermot Sugrue, one of the most talented (and award-winning) wine makers in the industry if not the whole world. Now with all that going for it, haven’t you just got to try it? Ashling Park is a 50 acre estate in the charming hamlet of West Ashling. It may be small – blink and you’re through it – but it’s a delightful place to call home, with the rolling South Downs on the doorstep and the sea just minutes away. After living here for more than 20 years the Gardner family decided it’s such a great place to rest and play, why not work here, too? The hay meadow was promptly converted into a vineyard and the rest, as they say, is alchemy – because as ideas go, it was pure gold.
Today the Ashling Park Estate business is a real family affair, with everyone playing their part.
TOUR & TASTING
We’re now open for vineyard tours and tastings Thursday – Sunday. We offer tours at 10.30am and 2pm. Lunch is available between 12pm and 3pm on those days too. So you can enjoy lunch before or after a tour. We offer early suppers between 6pm and 8pm Thursday – Saturdays.
And what delights we have for you, delicious food, trophy-winning wines and a cracking view. Just rock up and enjoy a bite and a sip in the glorious countryside. Why not make a day of it (surely you’re due one) and book a tour and tasting in advance, which can be done below.
Framed by 200 year old oak trees, our neatly lined and ever giving vineyard awaits. Hear the passion and care that’s taken to grow the grapes throughout the year and the work involved to produce our trophy winning wines. Back at our beautifully designed tasting rooms, picture yourself basking in the sun, overlooking the vines from our infinity terrace, sipping our delights. It’s like you’re floating on the edge of the vineyard. You will get to try our two trophy-winning sparkling wines, one of our smashing still wines followed by our very own gin distilled from Pinot Noir grapes grown on our estate.You can of course purchase extra glasses of wine or a bottle to enjoy after your tour and tasting. Find a spot on the balcony or in the tasting room and enjoy the view.
OUR EATERY ‘THE TASTE’
Try our swish new tasting rooms overlooking the sea of vines. Our clever chefs have designed a perfect menu for you, not just to pair with our wines but also to use them as very special ingredients, now that’s what we call an immersive experience. Our chefs are making delicious dishes from locally sourced, in-season produce.
Lunch is available Thursday – Sunday between 12pm and 3pm (last orders at 2.45pm) and early suppers Thursday – Saturday between 6pm and 8pm (last orders at 7.45pm). If you’d like to book a table please give our Food and Beverage Manager Kyle Allen a call on: 01243 967702 or email: [email protected]
STAY WITH US
Now you can even stay at our wine wonderland – built by Will Hardie of TV’s Amazing Spaces, we have a selection of one or two bedroom lodges just bursting with charm.
Each lodge, named to depict the cycle of the vineyard; Budburst, Flowering, Veraison, Harvest and Fall are furnished with velvets and textiles to reflect the colour of the season. Each lodge has a plethora of spoiling touches. So whether it’s a romantic stay for two, a getaway with friends or some fun days with the family, you’ll feel like you’re in heaven. Once you’ve explored the estate there’s so much more to discover locally. Situated at the foot of Kingley Vale Nature Reserve and just a mile away from stunning coastal paths, why not try canoeing to visit the seals, paddleboarding to lunch or feeling the sand between your toes at the Witterings? And rest assured we’ll be operating within the current Government guidelines.
If you would like a lodge with additional accessibility features, please select Veraison when asked to choose your room.
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