Three of the Best: Shooting Hotels

The Wheatsheaf, Cotswolds

dog friendly hotels

Nestled in the historic market town of Northleach, our 17th Century honey-coloured inn is right next door to some of the most stunning shooting estates in the Cotswolds. Whether you have booked through Ian Coley Sporting or as an individual gun we’re fully kitted up for a great shooting weekend away. After a day in the field, gather in one of our private dining rooms and tuck into a feast of great quality, locally sourced, simple rustic food such as Twice Baked Cheddar Soufflé with Spinach & Grain Mustard, followed by Dry Aged Rib of Beef with Garlic and Rosemary Potatoes, Kale and Horseradish and topped off with Toffee Pudding with Clotted Cream.

Large sharing pies followed by an enviable British Cheese Selection by Neal’s Yard or a seasonal crumble washed down with a magnum of Claret is also a classic combination for shoot lunches at The Wheatsheaf. Afterwards, flop in one of the 14 beautiful bedrooms with all things needed for a good night’s sleep with gorgeous cotton linens, Hypnos beds and power showers complete with heavenly-smelling Bramley products. The following morning, a hearty breakfast will set you up for another brilliant day in the Cotswolds countryside. Bring your four-legged companion too ­– dog bowls, dog beds and all other doggy essentials await. We have a gun cabinet to keep your gun safe, we will clean your car & gun for a little extra before you head home.

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Stapleford Park, Leicestershire

Once the family seat of the Earls of Harborough, this country estate, dating back to the 14th century, has always attracted the great and the good thanks to its great hunting opportunities around Melton Mowbray (the town famed for its much-loved pork pies). Today is no different with some of the finest shoots in the midlands only a stone’s throw away. The hotel is on hand to make the arrangements – right down to organising a private dining room for your shooting party. There are other outdoor pursuits to choose from, too: falconry, fly fishing, horse riding and a championship golf course. Surrounded by 500 acres of rolling grounds, the hotel itself is an eclectic mix of original features and quirky artefacts, including an intriguing collection of taxidermy. The 55 rooms boast characterful features such as sky-high windows, original fireplaces and four-poster beds. The estate has two restaurants – the Grinling Gibbons and the Pavilion – which both serve excellent food using seasonal produce. 

www.staplefordpark.com

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Tarr Farm Inn, Exmoor

Get ready to be blown around by this ancient inn’s scenic setting deep in the valley beside the River Barle. Whether you are looking for a rough walked-up day or a formal driven shoot, there are numerous shoots around here with five of the best in Europe only 30 minutes’ drive away. Back at base, the inn boasts nine cosy rooms – complete with personal gun safe. It’s like stepping back in time – all low ceilings, thick walls and dark furniture. Outside is a fabulous garden overlooking the river, with climbing plants and a host of songbirds. The property is also surrounded by excellent walks with direct access to Exmoor National Park. Food is exceptional – with the likes of Loin of Lamb with Braised Shoulder & Potato Terrine, Parsnip Puree, Confit Garlic, Chargrilled Courgettes, Herb Salsa helping you wind down after a day’s shooting. Book the Oak Room which comes complete with its own bar, large oval table and cosy sofas to sink into.

www.tarrfarm.co.uk

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