A.A. Milne

Playwright and Author

A.A. Milne

Cotchford Farm is not just a place that belonged to the Milnes, but a place that became a part of them and, through Milne’s stories, a part of us all.

In October 1924, Alan Alexander Milne (A.A. Milne or “Blue”), already a successful playwright and author, purchased Cotchford Farm as a country retreat for himself, his wife Dorothy (“Daphne”), and their young son, Christopher Robin Milne (“Billy Moon”).

AA Milne describe the property as “more or less derelict before we came” and it required substantial renovations before the Milnes took up residence.

Surrounded by the natural beauty of the English countryside, the Milne family embarked on a new chapter of their lives at Cotchford Farm. 

Milne’s imagination thrived, giving birth to the beloved characters with their inexplicable turn of phrases that would capture the hearts of readers worldwide.

The estate became a source of inspiration for A.A. Milne, where the landscapes of Ashdown Forest and the adventures of his young son, Christopher Robin, played a pivotal role in the creation of the enchanting tales of Winnie-the-Pooh.

Cotchford Farm offers a unique glimpse into the life of a literary genius and the enchanting world that inspired his timeless works.

Explore the gardens, wander through the rooms that bear witness to his creativity, and discover the magic that continues to resonate within these hallowed grounds. Cotchford Farm invites you to experience the beauty, tranquility, and literary legacy that define this cherished estate.

“Cotchford was different. Cotchford was ours, and on an autumn morning we drove down to take possession. No, I have got it wrong. It was Cotchford that took possession of us”

– Christopher Robin –