Enchanting woodland ‘Bearbnb’ inspired by the Winnie the Pooh house now available on Airbnb
Vacation rentals don’t get much more enchanting than this – a ‘Bearbnb’ inspired by Winnie the Pooh’s home.
Available on Airbnb, the home was designed by Disney appointee Winnie the Pooh illustrator Kim Raymond, who has been drawing the beloved bear for over 30 years – created by author AA Milne.
Built in the woods that inspired Milne’s Hundred Acre Wood, the charming den has logs framing the doorway and inside the shelves are piled high with ‘hunny’ pots. A few house rules apply – number one, there are strictly no lifts allowed inside.
The enchanting ‘Bearbnb’, pictured above, is inspired by the original Winnie the Pooh house
A charming illustration of the house Kim drew for Airbnb. The design marks Disney’s 95th birthday of Winnie the Pooh
The den—described as a “perfect place to do nothing”—has logs framing the doorway. A few house rules apply – number one, there are strictly no lifts allowed in the property
Kim took inspiration from EH Shepard’s original book illustrations when designing the tree house, which was built to celebrate Disney’s 95th birthday of Winnie the Pooh.
He said: ‘I’ve been illustrating Winnie-the-Pooh for 30 years and I’m still inspired by EH Shepard’s classic decorations and more recent Disney stories. The “Bearbnb” is a unique experience that brings the charm of Pooh to life for fans while honoring the original adventures that have been so important to many people for 95 years.”
Echoing the children’s books, ‘Mr Sanders’ is engraved over the doorway of the house – located in Ashdown Forest, East Sussex – and the walls are lined with custom Pooh wallpaper, patterned with acorns and stripes.
The property is equipped for a cozy overnight stay – there is a double bed and guests can climb wooden ladders to two matching bunk beds.
House rules encourage ‘multiple naps’ in the cozy Airbnb.
Guests can enjoy a ‘smackerel’ or two in the lounge area – a snack or ‘trifle’ is encouraged at 11am – with homely seating and a kettle.
Kim was inspired by EH Shepard’s original book illustrations when designing the tree house
Guests can enjoy a ‘smackerel’ or two in the lounge area, pictured, with homely seating and shelves piled high with ‘hunny’ pots
For bigger feeds, locally sourced ‘hunny-inspired’ meals are served in a delightful picnic area outside the ‘Bearbnb’.
There is one temporary bathroom, located ‘a stone’s throw’ from the house, equipped with a toilet, shower and sink, as well as toiletries and towels.
As for pets, only Roos, Tiggers, Eeyores and Piglets and Pooh Bears are allowed to stay overnight.
While staying in East Sussex, guests can enjoy a tour of the surrounding Ashdown Forest
LEFT: The walls are lined with custom Pooh wallpaper, patterned with acorns and stripes. Kim designed the wallpaper especially for the ‘Bearbnb’. RIGHT: One of Kim’s sketches for the furniture in the house. He says: ‘I continue to be inspired by EH Shepard’s classic decorations’
Please note that some house rules still apply. Hands must be kept out of the honey jars and it is mandatory to play a game of Poohsticks – the game that first appeared in the 1928 book The House at Pooh Corner. It involves throwing branches over a bridge and them carried by the current, waiting to see which branch appears first on the other side.
During their stay, guests can go to Poohsticks Bridge to play Poohsticks and enjoy a tour of the surrounding forest.
Kim will host two separate Airbnb stays on September 24 and 25 for £95 per night, with the booking fee being donated to the Together for Short Lives charity for children.
The bespoke home can accommodate a family of four and only current UK residents are eligible to book
LEFT: One of Kim’s sketches of the exterior. “The Bearbnb is a unique experience that brings the charm of Pooh to life for fans,” Kim says. RIGHT: A sketch of an armchair and wooden chair ‘to eat honey’, drawn by Disney-appointed illustrator Kim
The bespoke home can accommodate a family of four and only current UK residents are eligible to book.
Prior to the treehouse unveiling, Catherine Powell, Airbnb’s Global Head of Hosting, said: “Winnie the Pooh is a childhood gem loved by families around the world.
This year the original books celebrate their 95th anniversary. What better way to commemorate AA Milne’s classic work than with these two once-in-a-lifetime stays in the original Hundred Acre Wood. A perfect place to do nothing. As Pooh said, “Doing nothing often leads to the very best Something”.’
Locally sourced ‘hunny-inspired’ meals are served in a delightful picnic area outside the ‘Bearbnb’, pictured above
The house is built in the woods that inspired Winnie the Pooh author AA Milne’s Hundred Acre Wood. This illustration was created by Kim for the Airbnb Pooh house
Pictured are a selection of accessories in the Airbnb. Disney says: ‘We hope guests can sit back and relax in the ‘Bearbnb’ and ‘be more Pooh’ for the day’
Tasia Filippatos, Senior Vice President of Consumer Products, Games and Publishing at The Walt Disney Company, added, “For more than 95 years, Winnie-the-Pooh has inspired generations with his memorable words, experiences and adventures. These timeless stories explore the simple pleasures of life and in that spirit we hope guests can sit back and relax in the “Bearbnb”, and “be more Pooh” for the day.”
The booking dates for the property will go live on September 20 at 2 p.m. and Airbnb expects a very high level of interest in the property.
To view the ‘Bearbnb’ home on Airbnb, go to airbnb.com/winniethepooh.