Children around the globe have grown up with the stories of English author A. A. Milne, illustrated by E. H. Shepard, about the adorable anthropomorphic teddy bear, Winnie The Pooh. Ever since it first appeared on the scene in 1926, until today, the Ashdown Forest has been the setting of many adventures for Pooh and his owner Christopher Robin (inspired by the author’s son), along with their friends Piglet, Eeyore, Kanga, Roo, and Tigger.
Those who are fond of the honey-loving bear will rejoice to know that Airbnb is allowing Disney enthusiasts to stay in a custom-made Winnie-the-Pooh inspired house, to celebrate the 95th anniversary of the famous bear. This special accommodation has been curated by the Disney-appointed illustrator Kim Raymond, and guests can stay for one weekend only.
The guesthouse, built in a tree, is precisely in Ashdown Forest East Sussex – the original inspiration for the Hundred Acre Wood in AA Milne’s tales. The Bearbnb property is equipped with two independent accommodations, that can take in four guests at the same time, offering fans the opportunity to immerse themselves in the iconic world of Winnie The Pooh and his friends.
The house is built with exposed tree trunks around the entrance and the words “Mr. Sanders” engraved on the door. Guests will have at their disposal, in the kitchen cupboard, shelves full of jars of honey, within an ambiance that features custom wallpaper designed by Kim Raymond.
Before booking make sure that you can respect the amusingly cute…
- Entrance to Elephants is not allowed.
- Don’t put your hands in honey jars.
- It is advisable to have a snack with “a little something” at 11 in the morning.
- Obligation to play Poohsticks.
- Multiple naps are allowed.
- Do not bring pets (except Ro, Tigger, Eeyore, Piglet and Pooh bears).
- Maximum 4 guests per accommodation, up to 3 children.
- No smoking, it annoys the bees.
- For safety reasons, it is recommended that only children aged 6 and over, sleep on the mezzanine. Possibility of having camp beds or camping beds available for younger guests on the ground floor.
Designer Kim Raymond, who drew inspiration from the original book illustrations of EH Shepard when bringing to life the treehouse, expressed his delight in homaging the famous bear during this special occasion: “I have been illustrating Winnie the Pooh for 30 years and I continue to be inspired by the classic decorations of EH 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.”
In addition to the delightful references to Pooh’s original tales, the accommodation is equipped with everything needed to ensure families a totally relaxing stay, including a double bed on the ground floor and a mezzanine with two comfortable single beds. The living area includes a cozy living room and a dining room to make a good feast! During their stay, guests can take part in a guided tour inside the real Hundred Acre Wood, play Poohsticks on the iconic Poohsticks Bridge and enjoy typical dishes based on honey.
Bearbnb guests will also find several personal wellness products available to encourage them to embrace the surrounding nature, and live like Pooh, who is known for his ability to always follow his own pace. Products include yoga mats, journals and towels. Furthermore, all fans who are unable to secure their stay in the structure will be able to recreate their own peaceful retreat at home, thanks to the products of the new collection inspired by Winnie The Pooh available on shopDisney.it.
Tasia Filippatos, SVP, Consumer Products, Games and Publishing for The Walt Disney Company, commented: “For 95 years Winnie The Pooh has inspired generations with its iconic phrases, adventures and experiences. His timeless stories tell the simple pleasures of life, and we hope that with this spirit guests can sit back and relax in the Bearbnb, living for a day just like Pooh.”
To book your Bearbnb property on Airbnb, visit airbnb.com/winniethepooh.
Bearbnb accommodation is located in Ashdown Forest in East Sussex and Kim will host two stays on September 24th and 25th for just £95 per night. The Bearbnb can accommodate a family of 4 (two adults and a maximum of three children). Reviews on Airbnb will be taken into consideration.
Airbnb promises a high level of interest in the structure and informs that reservations will open on Monday 20th September. The booking of the stay will take place in full compliance with the local Covid-19 protocols and for this reason it will only be allowed to those who are currently resident in the United Kingdom.
This initiative puts first of all the emphasis on safe and responsible travel. Local and international provisions and guidelines to protect health are constantly updated, so you are asked to check the restrictions in force in your country and in the destination country before booking your stay on Airbnb.
Catherine Powell, Airbnb global head of hosting, said: “Winnie-the-Pooh is a childhood jewel beloved by families the world over. This year, the original books celebrate their 95th anniversary. What better way to commemorate (Milne’s) classic work than with these two once-in-a-lifetime stays. A perfect place to do nothing. As Pooh said, “doing ‘nothing’ often leads to the very best something.”
All Photos are by Henry Woide