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World Book Day is an annual literary-themed celebration for schools and libraries across the country, inviting children of all ages to dress up as their favourite book characters and take part in a number of activities to celebrate the enjoyment of reading. This year, the 23rd World Book Day takes place on Thursday 5th March, but it’s not just schools that can get involved.

If you’re looking to extend World Book Day to more than just one day, a number of our characterful homes offer the perfect place to discover some exciting links to a selection of the best-loved children’s books.

Coppice End

When we cast our minds back to our favourite childhood books, many of us fondly remember the tales of one of the nation’s favourite stuffed toys, Winnie the Pooh. Generations of children and adults alike will confirm their mutual affection for the honey-loving, pot-bellied bear; and what better way to celebrate the adventures of Pooh than finding a home right where the story began.

Coppice End is set on the edge of the Ashdown Forest – in the heart of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Said to be the home of the nation’s best loved bear, A. A. Milne’s ‘Winnie the Pooh’, this famous forest is now the largest free public-access green space in the South East – hosting a plethora of Pooh-themed focal points for visitors to enjoy at their leisure. Guests are invited to indulge in a little ‘smackeral’ at ‘Piglets Tea Room’; with a selection of delicious cream-teas, cakes, savoury snacks, fruit juices, coffee and teas on offer. Alternatively, visitors can take a trip to Poohsticks Bridge, and dabble in a game or two of Pooh’s favourite past time with all the family.

Coppice End is a hub for home-hunters who, much like Pooh and his friends, value the great outdoors and strive for ‘big expeditions’. As well as a selection of superb walking routes and riding facilities, the surrounding area offers sweeping views across the hills, and vast open countryside towards the South Downs. Further afield, residents can enjoy a spot of seaside fun, with the South Coast just a short drive away.

Cherry Tree Lane

Our second literary-linked development is Cherry Tree Lane – the namesake of the road in which The Banks family live in the much-loved children’s book, Mary Poppins. Situated in the quaint Surrey village of Ewhurst, Cherry Tree Lane is within easy reach of a number of amenities that the angelic Nanny herself would adore. Just minutes away, residents can relish the stunning Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, where amongst other adventures, they can enjoy a blissful day of kite flying (up to the highest heights).

Each and every property at Cherry Tree Lane aims to create a true sense of place. The charming collection of one to five-bedroom homes feature a high specification design, offering light and spacious accommodation that is ideal for twenty-first century living. In an effort to acknowledge the areas’ architectural heritage, the homes feature a combination of bonnet roof tiles, classical red brick and timeless timber – epitomising characterful charm.

Unlike the London-based Banks family in Mary Poppins, residents at Cherry Tree Lane will benefit from a stunning rural setting. With a combination of excellent schools, amenities and transport links right on the doorstep, Cherry Tree Lane is a top choice for families with children. Now, that really is supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!

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