When you were young, there was quite likely a stage where you longed to roam the hundred acre woods with Pooh, Piglet, Christopher Robin and the gang as you become enthralled by the world created by A.A. Milne.
What if we told you that this is now a real prospect? Still interested? You better be.
Over at Airbnb, you can nab yourself a stay at a true nostalgia trip in the hundred acre woods, in a themed home based on that of the beloved Winnie The Pooh.
Built with the goal of celebrating the 95th anniversary of the children’s tale, the cosy little home takes on the form of just another set of trees in the Ashdown Forest: Milne’s inspiration for the hundred acre wood. Given the stand-up job the creator of the home has pulled off, we think even Pooh may part ways with a jar of his finest hunny as a thank you for doing the illustrations of E.H. Shepherd justice.
The host of your stay is none other than Kim Raymond, the Disney appointed Winnie The Pooh illustrator, who has taken on the role of drawing the characters for the past 30 years. He is also behind what you’ll find inside the house, which takes inspiration from the original Shepherd drawings.
Speaking of the home, Raymond said: “I have been illustrating Winnie the Pooh for 30 years, and I continue to be inspired by the classic decorations of E.H. Shepard and the more recent Disney stories.
“The ‘Bearbnb’ is a unique experience that brings the charm of Pooh to life for fans, whilst [honouring] the original adventures that have been so important to many people for 95 years.”
Honestly, the joy that oozes out of me upon viewing photos of this magical place is sure to be shared by many a fan of Pooh, so let’s just leave a few more below here to show you the true beauty of the spot, shall we?
While you may be unlikely to spot Tigger, Eeyore, Kanga or Piglet (although be sure to write to us if you do), you’ll be surrounded by a heavy dose of wildlife in the Ashdown forest. Keep an eye out for rabbits, badgers as well as scores of grazing animals further out.
Kim Raymonds “Bearbnb” sleeps up to four people, and has touches of Pooh across the whole land. You’ll notice some “hunny” pots in the cupboards, and you’ll even be offered a tour of the hundred acre wood to complete your stay. And don’t fret. Playing poohsticks on the tour over at the bridge IS on the menu.
Booking to stay in this nostalgic heaven is opening up for people in the UK on September 20, with prices yet to be released. If I was a betting man, I’d say places may just fill up faster than you can say “bother!” when they’re all gone. So far, it has been confirmed that the dates of September 24/25 will be up for grabs, although no further nights have yet been confirmed.
Find more information about staying in this wonderland here.