Foxhill Lodge

Our luxury four bedroom holiday lodge sleeps 8 guests in four bedrooms. It offers spacious living, an outdoor heated swimming pool, children's play area and BBQ lodge. The house is nestled in an area of outstanding natural beauty in Devon.

Eating Out

Telephone: 01823 324404

Telephone: 01823 461662

Telephone: 01823 433556

The Castle Hotel, Taunton

Telephone: 01823 272671

Telephone: 01823-352835

Telephone: 01404 891287 / 891358

Telephone: 01884 840506

Telephone: 01823 444405

Telephone: 01823 272 488

Telephone: 01460 55359

Telephone: 01823 421529

The Half Moon is becoming well known for its traditional food, presented with contemporary style in warm, welcoming surroundings. Everything is fresh and homemade, including our mouthwatering array of puds.

Telephone: 01823 680291

Award winning friendly village shop, cafe and deli with full-time chefs cooking delicious breakfasts, lunches and deli treats.

Catering for All Occasions

A unique private dining experience, combining a personal chef hire service with restaurant quality cuisine at an affordable price for anyone, bringing the restaurant to you.

Creating seasonal menus tailored to your taste, using only the best local ingredients, we ensure your special event happens without fuss. Lucie cooks with flavour, love, respect and flair not fuss and faff! From scratch, to order just for you.

Telephone: 01398 332011 / 07586 354278

 

Stefano creates seasonal Italian and European dishes using fresh locally grown and reared ingredients from the South West, and he also sources and imports quality Italian products. Stefano provides catering for weddings, corporate and private parties and can prepare any specific Italian and European dishes according to your tastes.

You can find Stefano and his delicious homemade food and products can also be found at the local farmers markets, food festivals and fairs throughout Somerset.

Contact:  food@stefanoshomemadefood.co.uk

Bespoke Celebration cakes, Blackdown Hills and surrounds. All celebrations. Rich fruit, soaked in brandy, home made marzipan. Delicious flavoured sponges, dreamy centres.  01884 266833  /  longhouse123@btinternet.com

With over 15 years experience in the catering industry, our aim is to add to your holiday experience. We can provide for you in a number of ways, from reducing the pressure of organising and hosting an event, such as a dinner party to stocking your freezer with meals for the length of your stay.

Menus are tailored to your exact requirements, specifications and budget. Other examples of what we can do for you include: Canape reception, Dinner Parties, Pre-prepared meals delivered, Hampers for picnics, Special breakfasts, BBQ's, Afternoon tea.

Based in the Blackdown Hills, all our food is sourced locally where possible. We will happily provide friendly waitresses to serve, as well as do the tidying and washing up to make that special occasion even more relaxing and enjoyable.

We guranteed to provide excellent food and excellent staff. The only thing we cannot guarantee is the weather!

"I have always loved to cook and as a child could often be found surrounded by eggs, flour and butter attempting to create something delicious. I trained as a Cordon Bleu cook as soon as I could have cooked on and off ever since.

I work directly with all my clients to discuss specific wishes and am very happy to cater for all dietary requirements.. I use the best local ingredients I can find and am happy catering for small and large groups"

sarahsellick@btinternet.com

We have partnered with COOK in Taunton to make their fabulous home made frozen meals available to all of our guests.

For those who haven't come across COOK before, they make dishes using the same ingredients and techniques that you would use at home so everything looks and tastes homemande.

Once you have placed an order, they will deliver your meals to our holiday home in advance or on the evening of your arrival by arrangement (please note there is a £30 min order value to qualify for free delivery).

Thai gourmet food caterers bring the delicious aromas and tastes of real Thai cooking to you in your own home. You don't have to lift a finger, we even do the washing up and leave your kitchen spotless.  

Relax and entertain your guests whilst an expert team creates a whole nation of flavours for your delight. Head Chef Khun Prathuan (known to all as Lek) grew up in Thailand and knows all about the traditional cookery skills of the real Thai kitchen. This knowledge, handed down from mother to daughter is impossible to copy.

You can choose from set menus, or select a la carte from our open menus. Ask for the special menu selection of vegetarian or meat dishes. They also provide fantastic Thai Buffet menus and the legendary Thai Gourmet walk and talk finger food menu. They are always delighted to devise bespoke menus on request, please ring to discuss your individual needs.

Prices include menu ingredients, delivery, cooking, serving and clearing up afterwards.

Freshly Prepared, locally sourced and delicious. Devon Catering produce all the food for their menus in their own kitchens or at your venue this enables them to tailor the menu to your exact requirements.

Ingredient sourcing is by Leisa, who sources as much as possible locally from the growers and farmers ensuring the quality and origin of all the produce they use. Devon Caterings' reputation has been built around the quality of their ingredients and this remains their primary focus.

Whether you wish to leave the menu design to them, or customise it to your own ideas you can be sure that Devon Catering will create a stunning menu for you and your guests.

Telephone Devon Catering: 01271 858 505

Or Email: enquiry@devoncatering.com

Local Independent Food Shops

A quality Delicatessen based in Wellington which is renowned for its range of local and specialty produce, will deliver to your door. 

Buy organic local food and have it delivered to your door.

This shop is run by the community for the community. You will find local speciality foods through to greetings cards and newspapers. Visit our website for details of our opening times.

Est 1920. Award winning traditional family run Master Butcher/Farmers. For the finest Westcountry beef, lamb, pork and poultry. Ask for our home produced, grass fed in the beautiful Blackdown Hills.  Butchers Shop, 55 Station Road, Taunton, Somerset TA1 1NZ  /  01823 272661  /  mike@stillmansbutchers.co.uk

Est 1920. Award winning traditional family run Master Butcher/Farmers. For the finest Westcountry beef, lamb, pork and poultry. Ask for our home produced, grass fed in the beautiful Blackdown Hills.  Butchers Shop, 3 Phoenix Ln, Tiverton EX16 6LU.
Telephone: 01884 254848

 

Award winning friendly village shop, cafe and deli with full-time chefs cooking delicious breakfasts, lunches and deli treats. Quality outside catering and comfortable bed and breakfast. 

Continental breads, cookies and other baked goods, made entirely out of stoneground spelt, rye, and now, gluten-free flours, baked in the old-fashioned way. We bake on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.  Stentwood Farm, Dunkeswell, Devon EX14 4RW  /  01823 681213  /  contact@commonloaf.com

Producing traditional farmhouse cider in the Blackdown Hills on the Somerset, Devon border.  The Bakery, Honiton Road, Churchinford, Somerset TA3 7RF  /  01823 602782  /  info@trickycider.com

Local Farm Shops

Rumwell Farm Shop is an independent, family-run, award-winning business owned by the Mitchell family. It is situated on the A38 between Wellington and Taunton.

Telephone: 01823 68030

Home produced beef, lamb, local meats, speciality dishes, bakery, delicatessen, dairy preserves, ciders, wines, fruit and veg. Open 7 days a week! Telephone:  01460 62130

Fresh fruit and vegetables. Farm fresh eggs. Local honey. Local farmhouse cheese and butter. Additive free fresh chicken and fillets, local pork, lamb and beef.  Telephone:  01823 601296  

Stockland Hill grass-fed beef, free range pork. Pick your own soft fruit and veg. Light lunches and award winning cream teas.
Telephone: 01404 831223 

Entertainment

Why not indulge in an evening of wine tasting?

Create your very own wine tasting experience with help of the highly developed palate of Oliver&Bird. Choose from a large selection of wines discovered by Oliver&Bird through their years of experience traveling to the worlds finest small and independent estates. 

Oliver&Bird will make sure you have a fun and fact filled evening tasting and unravelling the mysteries of wine, improving your knowledge and confidence selecting wines, and understanding pairing wines with food. 

Wine can be selected in order to take a taste tour of a particular region, or you could leave it up to the experts at Oliver&Bird to bring you a delicious selection of wines from around the globe!

"From grape to glass there is no greater joy than sampling the diversities of wine..."

Contact David on 07807010419 or 01626775746 or email: david@oliverandbird.co.uk 

 Please book in advance to avoid disappointment. 

The Argentinean tango holds a unique place in couple dancing. It is a social dance that can be enjoyed at many levels. It is relatively easy to master the basics of form and improvisation and yet great subtleties of feeling and fast, playful footwork can be explored as you progress. In its highest form it is capable of expressing the most profound longings that people can have about their lives, and each other. Why not organise some after dinner tango lessons with Tango Oblivion.

Hire your own private cocktail bartender for your celebration.  Three options available:

Personal Cocktail Bartender - A personal bartender to come to your home and make cocktails for you  
and your guests

Personal Cocktail Bartender and a Butler in the Buff

Cocktail Clinic - A personal fun training session to teach you about cocktails and how  
to make them.

Contact Lewis on Lewis the Bartender on 01173 306269, email lewis@thebartender.co.uk or go online at www.thebartender.co.uk for further details and prices.

Really want to excite your guests.. then infuse, algenate, smoke and layer your cocktails. mixologist hire or hire a private barman for your party

Hire your own private chef.  A unique private dining experience brought direct to you. Combining a personal chef hire service with restaurant quality cuisine at an affordable price for anyone and everyone across the UK

Travel

  • Max's Minibus Hire - Tel 01823 257180
  • Taunton Mini Buses - www.tauntonminibuses.co.uk or tel 01823 257180 (14, 16 & 21 seater buses available)
  • Monument Mini Cabs, Wellington - 01823 66 44 44
  • County Taxis, Wellington - 01823 666333
  • A1 Taxis, Taunton (next to railway station) - 01823 332211
  • (It is recommended that you pre-order taxis in advance).

Local Attractions

There is a whole host of things to see and do in the south west, and as three of our houses are located in Devon and Somerset they are ideally located within easy reach of everything that the south west has to offer. If you looking for historical castles and houses, shopping in fantastic county towns and outlet stores, a day at the seaside, a visit to a zoo or safari park, or even adrenalin fueled paintballing, quad biking or pony trekking you can find it all within reach.

 Each title will link you directly to the website. 

Abbotsbury 

Adrenalin Games Paintballing 

Bicton Park 

Cheddar Caves and Gorge 

Cothay Manor 

Crealy Adventure Park 

Devon Railway Centre 

Diggerland 

Dinosaurland Fossil Museum 

Dunster and Castle 

East Lambrook Manor Gardens 

Exmoor Falconry & Animal Farm 

Exmoor Zoo 

Exmouth Beach 

Fleet Air Arm Museum 

Haldon Forest Park 

Haynes Motor Museum 

Hestercombe House 

Landrover Experiences 

Lyme Regis 

Lynton & Barnstaple Steam Railway 

Oake Manor Golf Course 

Pecorama 

Quad World 

Raceworld Go Karting 

River and Coastal Cruises 

Seaton Tramway 

Sheppy's Cider Museum 

Taunton & Pickeridge Golf Club 

The World of Country Life - Exmouth 

Treasure Trails

Tropiquaria 

West Somerset Railway 

Wildlife & Dinosaur Park, Combe Martin 

Wiveliscombe Open Air Heated Swimming Pool 

Wookey Hole Caves 

Zoos & Safari Parks

We are lucky in the south west to have some superb zoo's and safari parks, they are a great day out with lots of animals, lots of plants, lots of space. It's ideal for families but people of all ages will have a good time. It's fun and surprising and exciting and unpredictable!

Check out  dayoutwiththekids.co.uk for more 'animal' days out in the area, there are many animal sanctuaries and aquariums, as well as many more smaller animal parks to visit.

A few of the best known animal parks and zoo's:

Longleat Safari & Adventure Park

Longleat Safari & Adventure Park has been one of the UK’s best-loved attractions for over 60 years. It features an extensive Safari Park, is home to BBC Animal Park and CBBC Roar and also has over 15 fabulous attractions, including the new multi million pound Jungle Kingdom and Longleat House, one of the most stunning stately homes in Britain.

Paignton Zoo

With more animals than anyone else in the South West you're in for a really wild time. See them all - giraffes, lions, gorillas, cheetahs and thrilling crocodiles, plus our cheeky meerkats, colourful snakes and amazing monkeys. There are also indoor play areas, the Jungle Express train and uniquely, six habitats that mimic the animals' natural environment. Visit Paignton Zoo and get close to over two thousand creatures. But you'd better leave a whole day - you'll need it.

Bristol Zoo

At Bristol Zoo Gardens you can enjoy an amazing world of animals, all within their award winning 12 acre gardens. With over 400 species and nine animals houses under cover, it's a great day out in Bristol whatever the weather. We suggest you allow 2-5 hours for your visit to really take in everything on offer. By visiting Bristol Zoo you will be directly contributing to the conservation of endangered species and habitats. Admission prices include a 10% voluntary donation to help support the zoo's conservation projects.

Houses & Gardens

Lose yourself in fifty acres of lakes, temples, cascades, tranquil woodland walks, formal terraces, vivid colours and views that take your breath away..... This is Hestercombe - a unique combination of three centuries of garden design: Coplestone Warre Bampfylde's Georgian landscape garden, the Victorian terrace and shrubbery and the stunning Edwardian garden design by Sir Edwin Lutyens and Gertrude Jekyll. All have undergone acclaimed restoration works and today provide important examples of gardens in contrasting styles that continue to grow and develop.

Lytes Cary Manor is a small medieval manor house, originally built by Thomas Lyte.  It was rescued from decay in the 20th century by Sir Walter Jenner. The Great Hall is open to the roof with an unusual Gothic arch that leads to the small dining area and in the Great Parlour there is a mirror framed in embroidery, known as stumpwork. It is furnished in period style and houses a display of 17th century Flemish tapestries. Adjacent to the house is a 14th century chapel and an attractive hedged garden with mixed borders.

The Bishop´s Palace and Gardens lies in the heart of Wells, within very easy access of the market place and cathedral. Enter the moated and fortified grounds from the gatehouse and discover the splendour of the beautiful medieval Palace. Behind the 13th century building lies 14 acres of gardens, springs and an arboretum, with plenty of space to really relax. A delicious range of home made lunches, cakes and cream teas are served in the Undercroft Restaurant, or can be enjoyed on the garden terrace.

Originally built in Norman times, Dunster Castle was remodelled in the late 19th century for the Luttrell family, who lived here for 600 years. Only the 13th century gatehouse has survived from the original building. During the civil war, soldiers were garrisoned in the Leather Gallery. Contents include family pictures, mahogany furniture and an important series of leather hangings depicting the story of Anthony and Cleopatra. The fine oak staircase and plasterwork date from the 17th century. The terraced gardens house the National Collection of Strawberry Trees with pleasant walks beside the River Avill.

Montacute House is an Elizabethan house adorned with elegant chimneys, carved parapets, heraldic glass and other Renaissance features. The magnificent state rooms include the Long Gallery, which is the largest of its type in Britain. It is full of furniture and Tudor and Elizabethan portraits on loan from the National Portrait Gallery. Also tapestries, hangings and an exhibition of 17th century samplers from the Goodhart Collection. The formal garden with its mixed borders and old roses is surrounded by parkland.

Shopping Days Out

For shopping days out there are many pretty villages with individual shops and local produce. Illminster in Somerset is an idyllic village with some quaint shops and a tiny victorian department store. Padstow in Cornwall is packed with delightful shops and of course Rick Steins cafes and restaurants. Dunster is a unique village and National Trust Castle hosting 'Dunster by Candle-light' at Christmas time for a unique shopping experience.

The big cities of Bristol and Exeter have two recently renovated centres catering for everything from designer to boutique shopping, and fast food to gastronomic! Bristol has the fantastic Cabot Circus and Quakers Friars shopping centres.  Exeter has the similarly impressive Princesshay shopping centre.

For outlet shopping why not visit Clarks Village in Street, near Glastonbury. There are over 90 stores offering huge savings everyday on a fantastic range of designer labels and famous brands. If you love great brands, but dislike high street prices, Clarks Village is the place for you.

Walking Guides

Set in the heart of the Blackdown Hills and the edge of the Quantocks, our houses have access to some of the most scenic walking country in the South West. The famous Jurassic coastline is a short car journey from three of our houses, affording walkers some spectacular views of the south coast.  Alternatively, Exmoor and Dartmoor are nearby for those who love the rugged terrain and unique wildlife.

Many great walks can be found on the following sites:

great walks in britain

Day Walks in Somerset

Long Distance Routes

west country walks

South West Coast Path

Two Moors Way

Popular Exmoor Walks

www.quantockonline.co.uk

www.quantockhills.com.

www.exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk

www.whatsonexmoor.co.uk

Clatworthy Resevoir

www.wellingtonsomerset.com

Stag Do Activities

Millgrove House sleeps up to 12 people and Wayside House sleeps up to 13.  Both houses have their own 10m x 5m heated indoor swimming pools for all year round use. They are in secluded settings with pleasant countryside outlooks and offer the perfect venues for a luxury Stag Weekend. Why not try out clay pigeon shooting, whiskey tasting, or a relaxing round of golf?  End the day with a gourmet cooked meal served by waiters with no washing up to do afterwards.  If you need any help or more information,  then please do call us. We are more than happy to help.

The links below are just a few suggestions from us.  There are a large number of local activities on offer which make these properties perfect for Stag celebrations.

Based in Devon, Clayzer operates a mobile laser clay pigeon shooting system that can be hired by the hour and transported to our houses to be used at your different events and activities.

Lazer Clay Pigeon Shooting at Wayside House
Laser Clay Pigeon Shooting at Wayside House

Clayzer clay pigeon shooting has been tried and tested by guests already who have stayed with us and have said that they had a fantastic day. It is totally safe for all age groups from young children to grandparents, fun for all the family!

Clayzer can be hired by the day, half day or by the hour, with prices starting at £120.

Go to our website for more information, or call Chris Lancaster on 07983 979696

Why not indulge in an evening of wine tasting?

Create your very own wine tasting experience with help of the highly developed palate of Oliver & Bird. Choose from a large selection of wines discovered by Oliver & Bird through their years of experience traveling to the worlds finest small and independent estates. 

Wine can be selected in order to take a taste tour of a particular region, or you could leave it up to the experts at Oliver & Bird to bring you a delicious selection of wines from around the globe!

"From grape to glass there is no greater joy than sampling the diversities of wine..."

Contact David on 07807010419 or 01626775746 or email: david@oliverandbird.co.uk 

 Please book in advance to avoid disappointment. 

Oliver&Bird will make sure you have a fun and fact filled evening tasting and unravelling the mysteries of wine, improving your knowledge and confidence selecting wines, and understanding pairing wines with food. 

Clay Pigeon Shooting

Shaldon Shooting School is set in a deep valley on the edge of Exmoor. We offer coaching for individuals or groups of up to 30 people. No experience is necessary, all ages and abilities are welcome. We supply all the equipment you will need, and plenty of instructors so you are not waiting too long for your turn. We even send someone to meet you so you don’t get lost in the lanes on the way! Lunch can be arranged in a great local pub.

Telephone: 01398 331021

Golf

There are three golf courses in the vicinity. Set against the glorious backdrop of Taunton's surrounding countryside, you can take in the scenery and enjoy an exhilirating game at the same time. So remember to bring your clubs.

Why not try an evening of whisky tasting? Allan Scott from Whisky Tastings will come and visit you at your property where you can indulge in tasting the finest whisky available (book in plenty of time to avoid disappointment).
Contact Allan on 01505 862779 / 07918072228 or email: info@whiskytastings.co.uk

"The guys really enjoyed it, loved the whiskys and definitely learned a thing or two!! .....I will be sure to be in touch again for any future whisky tasting needs..."

Hen Do Activities

Hen weekends are getting increasingly popular.  Often the cost is divided up between everybody attending, so it makes hiring a big house much more affordable. Our houses sleep up to 13 people, so you can have your own fabulous Hen weekend in beautiful surroundings,  with luxury facilities including a large indoor heated swimming pool.

Why not have a weekend with a few classic movies, some champagne and gourmet food, or maybe hire a chef to cook a fantastic meal. A beauty day is always very popular.  Book two or three beauty therapists to come to the house where you can relax and have manicures, facials and massages, whilst sipping your favourite wine?  Spend an evening with a wine expert, or learn how to make a cocktail like a pro with your own personal mixologist. There is even the option of learning to tango with a dance teacher at the house. There are endless possibilities!

If you want some of the hassle of organising a Hen Party taken away,  why not try ORGANISE A HEN the onestop website for DIY Hen Party Planning!

The links below are just a few suggestions from us.  There are a large number of local activities on offer which make these properties perfect for both Stag and Hen Party celebrations.

The Crafty Hen offer fun craft workshops delivered by professional crafts people for hen parties or pre-wedding groups. Their flock of friendly tutors will help you to make many things to use or wear, perhaps even for the wedding or the hen weekend. They tailor your workshops and parties exactly to your needs and the groups requests.

 

They offer sessions making garters, nipple tassels or customising knickers. There is also a range of jewellery making workshops to choose from; including tiaras and hairpins, cocktail rings, textile corsages and accessories. You could even make your own bunting. Work together and then use it to decorate your wedding party!

The Crafty Hen's workshops are designed as enjoyable and entertaining activities where you work together to make and create and come away with a fabuolus and fun result!

Contact them at info@thecraftyhen.co.uk, or telephone 0117 939 5203

Your young and athletic model will arrive at your hen party with an art box in hand. This will be full of drawing equipment, alcohol and games to play during your event. It's not all about the life drawing!

Why not indulge in an evening of wine tasting?

Create your very own wine tasting experience with help of the highly developed palate of Oliver & Bird. Choose from a large selection of wines discovered by Oliver & Bird through their years of experience traveling to the worlds finest small and independent estates. 

Oliver & Bird will make sure you have a fun and fact filled evening tasting and unravelling the mysteries of wine, improving your knowledge and confidence selecting wines, and understanding pairing wines with food. 

Wine can be selected in order to take a taste tour of a particular region, or you could leave it up to the experts at Oliver & Bird to bring you a delicious selection of wines from around the globe!

"From grape to glass there is no greater joy than sampling the diversities of wine..."

Contact David on 07807010419 or 01626775746 or email: david@oliverandbird.co.uk 

 Please book in advance to avoid disappointment. 

A personal cocktail bartender? Or perhaps a Cocktail Clinic™ specially tailored for hen parties? Throw in a Butler In The Buff and some pampering too for an ace weekend!

Hiring a bartender to come to the house and prepare delicious cocktails for you and your friends before dinner is nothing short of divine. If you fancy utilising cocktails as an activity for the daytime, the Cocktail Clinic™ is our famous ice-breaker for the weekend, allowing you to impress your fellow hens with your bartender skills. Throw in a Butler In The Buff for good measure and you have just planned a perfect hen weekend!

You could have a personal bartender to come to the house and make cocktails for you and your guests. They will provide stock, glasses, and they can provide you with a shopping list to purchase ingredients (this will reduce your costs as you will not have to pay our charges for purchasing, delivery) or they can do it for you! Prices start from £63 per hour.

Alternatively you could hire a cocktail bar tender and butler in the buff! As above but with a gorgeous semi-naked butler to serve your drinks and canapes with just that added extra cheek. The Bartender have teamed up with the original Butlers in the Buff to offer a great package price from both of us of £135ph. They also offer a bartender & Butler package including drinks and glassware starting from £30 per person, prices vary depending on the size of your group.

Contact Lewis on Lewis the Bartender on 01173 306269, email lewis@thebartender.co.uk or go online at www.thebartender.co.uk for further details and prices.

The Pamper Party

A great idea for hen parties, birthdays or a girls night in. Pamper Party's teams of professional beauty and massage therapists are fully mobile, and will arrive at the house fully equipped to provide a relaxing 'at home' spa experience.

Therapists arrive at your door with all the equipment required to provide your pre-selected treatments. They can set up in bedrooms, a dining room, the living room or even a kitchen. The treatments will follow a pre-arranged schedule so a couple of the guests may go off for their treatments leaving the rest of the group to catch up on the gossip. Your guests will emerge from their treatments relaxed and beautified...

Life drawing with Penny Tristram, an experienced artist with a degree in drawing.

The two hour classes involve fun group drawing exercises and a professional male model.

Hens wear berets and moustaches (provided) and draw to retro swing music!

Price: £15 per person. Minimum charge £225/15 people.

For more information contact Penny: 07968189060

“We thought that the music, berets and moustaches were a fab idea to get us in the spirit…model Ben was very nice, too!” – Frederique, 2014 Cotswolds hen party

Dance workshops and performances with dance professional Karina Gracia. Karina offers excellent fun workshops in Flamenco, Bollywood and Samba dance. Ideal for hen nights, birthday parties and team building classes alike, Karina caters for any ages and group size including personal tuition and childrens’ workshops. All three dance forms are passionate, colourful and enjoyable to learn and Karina tailors each class according to the groups requirements.

Flamenco classes have the option of being accompanied by a professional flamenco guitarist, which can then include a flamenco performer. Karina has a flamenco company 'Luna Gitana' with two guitarists, singer and further dancers: available for private parties and public events. A performance can be followed by a workshop for the audience if required.

Price guide for workshops £6 per person per hour (minimum charge of 10 people), workshops 1 hour, 1.5 hours, 2 hours. Additional charge for guitarist if required. Prices for Luna Gitana performances by enquiry.

Karina is a very experienced dance teacher, she teaches weekly private classes in Devon and Somerset, and performs regularly throughout the south west.

Please contact Karina Gracia on 07813 990937  or  01823 674 157  or email danceflamenco@live.com

Festivals

The West Country has a history of torchlight processions and burning barrels and Ottery was only one of the many towns and villages following an annual tradition containing barrels which were rolled in the streets on November 5th each year. Somewhere along the line someone decided rolling was tame and carrying barrels on your shoulders was far more appealing and so the present tradition was born and now Ottery is the only Town in the country carrying full sized lighted tar barrels through the streets. The procession of tableaux is also an old West Country tradition and is still a popular part of the winter months when most weekends will see a procession of brightly lit tableaux in a great many Towns and villages. November the 5th each year is the traditional day for the Tar Barrels and only changes when the 5th falls on a Sunday.  The procession and fireworks are normally on the Saturday before the 5th of November.

The origins of the annual carnival are in Bridgwater and can be traced back to the Gunpowder Plot of 1605 and the famous squibbing! The Somerset Carnivals are highly regarded as the largest illuminated procession in the world.

The carnivals on the county circuit take place everyNovember in Somerset, UK. They visit the local towns of Bridgwater, Burnham-on-Sea, Glastonbury, North Petherton, Shepton Mallet, Wells, and Weston-Super-Mare. The Somerset County carnivals are one of the most spectacular events in Somerset today, and the Bridgwater Carnival regularly attracts crowds of 150,000. The carnival carts are designed and built by dedicated carnival clubs around the West Country. These clubs have many members who raise money throughout the year, and work relentlessly to achieve the spectacular carnival entries. Each clubs entry then takes part in the carnival parade along with many other entries, putting on a show to the public, and competing with each other to impress the judges. The illuminated carts can be up to 100ft in length, 16ft high, and 11ft wide, and some have 20-30,000 light bulbs. Events are free, and it is advisable to get there early.

Bridgwater Carnival

Flaming Tar Barrels of Ottery St Mary

Activities & Sports

What better way to unwind than a relaxing round of golf, with three golf courses in the vicinity you can take in the scenery and enjoy an exhilirating game at the same time. So remember to bring your clubs!

Shaldon Shooting School is set in a deep valley on the edge of Exmoor, offering coaching for individuals or groups of up to 30 people. No experience is necessary, and all are welcome. Equipment is supplied and there are plenty of instructors. They can even send someone out to meet you so you don’t get lost in the lanes on the way!

Birds Hill Days offers a unique opportunity to experience country activities in the beautiful surroundings of 170 acres of the Exmoor National Park. Activities include clay and pistol shooting, archery and laser clay shooting.

Offering four lakes with a choice of carp, mixed, roach and perch, Langford Lakes is set in 30 acres of nordman fir plantation and is an ideal spot for beginners and the more experienced angler.

There are so few opportunities to get a group of friends or family together - Whether it's a birthday activity day, a Stag or Hen weekend, a special event, anniversary or just getting a few friends together let Essential Adventure organise a fun and enjoyable multi-activity weekend - an event that everyone will remember for years to come! Choose from one of the widest selection of outdoor adventure activities; water sports, climbing, caving, coasteering, archery, rifles, bushcraft and more... Essential Adventure have activities for everyone, regardless of experience.

Why not treat yourselves to a day at the races? Taunton Racecourse in Somerset, is England's youngest National Hunt racecourse and one of the most beautifully located racecourses in the country, with outstanding views across the Racecourse to the wooded slopes of the Blackdown Hills, yet only a few minutes drive from the M5 and the centre of Taunton.

www.tauntonracecourse.co.uk

Set in a stunning location overlooking beautiful Devon countryside, Exeter Racecourse prides itself as being one of the UK’s most progressive tracks, with excellent facilities and transport links to match competitive racing throughout the National Hunt Season. Exeter holds 15 great jump fixtures between October and May each year, with November’s Haldon Gold Cup Day, New Year’s Day racing, Children's Day and Ladies Night amongst the ever-popular highlights.  Accompanied children aged 17 and under can come racing for free.

www.exeter-racecourse.co.uk

The following is a list of local riding/trekking centres.

Flying Start Riding Centre

For children from 4 years to 12 years.

£8.50 for half an hour. Hack or in the school.

Kingston St Mary: 01823 451506


Heazle Riding Centre

£7.00 ½ hour lesson in indoor school – children only

£14.50 ¾ hour lesson in indoor school

£17.00 1 hour lesson in indoor school

£25.00 1 hour individual lesson in indoor school

£14.50 1 hour hack must be able to walk and trot

£25.00 2 hour hack – must be able to walk and trot

Clayhidon: 01823 680280


Manor Farm Trekking Centre

For 14-17 years they must be a competent rider. 
For 17 years upwards must be a reasonable novice.

£25.00 hour trek across the Quantocks using no roads.

Longer rides can be arranged in advance if required.

Broomfield, Quantocks: 01823 451266


Sheldon Riding Centre

Blackborough, Cullompton, Devon EX15 2JF 

 Tel No. 01823 681118


 
 

Some other options for days out you may enjoy include:

County Shows

The West Country Game Fair - www.westcountrygamefair.co.uk

North Somerset Show - www.nsas.org.uk

Devon County Show - www.devoncountyshow.co.uk

The Royal Bath and West Show - www.bathandwest.com

Royal Cornwall Show - www.royalcornwallshow.org

Mid Devon Show - www.middevonshow.co.uk

Totnes and District Show - www.totnesshow.com

North Devon Show - www.northdevonshow.com

Okehampton Show (Devon) - www.okehamptonshow.co.uk

Mid Somerset Show - www.midsomersetshow.org.uk

Melpash Show - www.melplashshow.co.uk

Dorset County Show - www.dorsetcountyshow.co.uk

Kingsbridge Show - www.kingsbridgeshow.co.uk

Frome Show - www.fromecheeseshow.co.uk

Local Farmers Markets / Market Days

Every Thursday: High Street 9am - 3pm. 
 Telephone: 01823 412979

3rd Saturday each month. 
 Telephone: 01458 830801

Every Wednesday each month: Market Place 9am - 2.30pm
.  Telephone: 01458 830801

2nd and 4th Saturday each month
: Market Hall 9am - 1pm.  
Telephone: 01458 830 801

4th Saturday each month: St John's Car Park 9am - 1pm.
 Telephone: 01458 830801

Stalls include jewellery, plants, vegetables, home made cakes and wool.  Cullompton Town Hall
 Every Wednesday, 9am - 1pm
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Every Thursday 9am - 2pm

Mackarness Hall, High Street
. Every Friday 9.30am - 11.30 am

Glenorchy United Reformed Church Hall, Exeter Road.
  Every Friday, 8.30am - 11.15am

The Strand Gardens. 
Second Wednesday of the month, 9am - 1pm

Although Tiverton is largely a farming community, the stalls in Tiverton Pannier Market are not limited to food.  There is a wide range of regular markets, including:  
Monday  9am - 2pm
 (Antiques & Flea market) 
Tuesday & Friday  8.30am - 4pm & Saturday 8.30am - 3pm (
General market) 
Wednesday  6am - 5pm
 (Furniture, household and second hand market) 
Thursday  7.30am - 4pm (
Furniture, household and second hand market)

Market Square. Voted Best Farmers Market of the Year in the Devon Life Food & Drink Awards in 2008, 2009 and 2011. First & third Saturday of the month, 10am - 1pm 


Canal Road - every Saturday and Tuesday Morning 8am - 3pm

Market Yard,  - 4th Saturday each Month 9am- 2pm (Jan - Nov)

Telephone: 01249 730983

Fishing

There is some excellent fishing within close proximity to our properties, as our houses are located in Devon, Somerset and Dumfries they are ideally located within easy reach of the best fishing that the south west England and south west Scotland has to offer has to offer.

Scotland - Dumfries & Galloway

Salmon, cod, carp, perch, sea trout, rainbow trout, wild brown trout, skate and sea bass - to name but a few of the types of fishing available in Scotland. Greenswangs House is the ideal luxury holiday house for those wishing to find some of the best angling in south west Scotland, located perfectly for easy road access to south west Scotland and north west Lake District, with a fantastic selection of high quality fishing opportunities.

There is easy access for fly and spin fishing on the River Annan. Primarily a salmon and sea trout river, the Annan is also recently gaining a great reputation for being one of the best wild brown trout and grayling fisheries in the UK with fish well over 5lb being caught on a regular basis! The Rivers Nith and Dee are also only a short drive away with some excellent fishing opportunities.

The normal season for salmon runs from the 25th February to the 15th November, although licensed catch extensions can be obtained up until 30th November. All salmon caught before the 1st June must be returned, and it is advised to return all hen fish and sea trout  caught after the end of August.

Season or daily fishing permits can be purchased from www.fishannan.co.uk 

England - Somerset & Devon

The River Exe rises high on Exmoor and flows through open moorland until it plunges into a steep wooded valley near Winsford. By the time Tiverton is reached the valley has widened and from here to the sea the Exe meanders through a broad pastoral vale until it flows into the estuary near Exeter and finally into the sea between Exmouth and Dawlish Warren. It is the longest river in the south west.

Throughout most of its length the Exe is a good Trout stream, the fast flowing, rocky upper reaches abounding in fish of modest average size, which increases as the river becomes larger and slower in its middle and lower reaches, where fish approaching a pound feature regularly in the daily catch. The Exe has a good run of Salmon and can produce big catches when the grilse arrive in summer. In the deep slow waters around Exeter there is a variety of coarse fish, as there is in the Exeter Ship Canal which parallels the river from Exeter to the estuary at Topsham.

The Exe only has a small run of Sea Trout, but Grayling are plentiful in the middle and lower reaches. The two main tributaries - the Barle and the Culm - could not be more different in character. The Barle is a swift upland stream which rises high on Exmoor not far from the source of the Exe, and runs a parallel course, first through open moor and then through a picturesque wooded valley, before joining the parent river near Dulverton. It has good Trout fishing throughout and Salmon fishing on the lower reaches.

The CuIm issues from the Blackdown Hills and in its upper reaches is a typical dry fly Trout stream, with good hatches of fly and free-rising fish. From Cullompton until it joins the Exe, the Culm becomes a coarse fishery, with the Dace in particular of good average size.

This quiet meandering stream rises in the hills of west Dorset, runs along the boundary with Somerset before flowing past Axminster to the sea at Seaton. The Axe is a fertile river with good Trout fishing and a run of Salmon and Sea Trout. The two main tributaries, the Coly and Yarty, are also Trout streams and the Yarty has a good run of Sea Trout.

The River Taw is a noted Salmon and Sea Trout river that rises high on Dartmoor and then flows through the rolling farmland of North Devon to its estuary at Barnstaple. Its main tributary, the Mole, also has good Salmon and Sea Trout fishing, and the Moles own tributary, the Bray, is a good little Trout stream.

Season or daily fishing permits can be purchased from www.fishpal.com

Alternatively find out more about the Westcountry Angling Passport token scheme fishing, booking and Dartmoor/Duchy fishing at www.westcountryangling.com

Game Shooting

Our beautiful rural properties are perfectly positioned in south west Scotland and south west England for easy road access across the counties, with a huge selection of high quality shoots right on their doorsteps... and you are really spoilt for choice!

Game shooting has become an increasingly popular pastime in recent decades. No longer just the preserve of the landed gentry, game shooting is fully accessible now to thousands of people from all walks of life. It can provide huge benefits to the environment as well as contributing to the local economy.

Game shooting can provide an exhilarating days sport, in addition to being a fantastic way to get out in the countryside enjoy spectacular views - many of the BASC's Green Shoots have been endorsed by Natural England and Scottish National Heritage, and enjoy the use of some of the countries finest designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Best of all shooting provides natural, wild, healthy and utterly delicious game meat for the table!

SOUTH WEST ENGLAND - Shoots

Chargot - In the heart of the west country, on the edge of Exmoor, lies the legendary Chargot Shoot. A shoot which needs little introduction as it is synonymous with the best pheasant and partridge shooting in Britain. Chargot is a mixed pheasant and partridge shoot which shows some incredible birds throughout the season. Its seemingly bottomless, steep sided valleys and stunning scenery provide the most idyllic shooting country. There is valley upon valley of perfect shooting topography which in turn presents quite astounding sporting birds. Tall and testing would be an understatement when describing the birds on drives such as Spitfire, Unbelievable and Melanie's and many, many more.

Bulland - set in stunning scenery, spread across a dozen drives, with the deep valleys of Exmoor providing extremely high birds to make for a challenging and rewarding shooting experience. Back to back days are available with mainly pheasant and some partridge offering bags of between 250 and 400 quality birds.

Blackdown Shoot - covering land in south Somerset and east Devon and situated in the heart of the beautiful Blackdown Hills, the Blackdown Shoot is run on a family beef farm covering some 450 acres. The majority of the ground the shoot covers is made up with rolling hills, wooded areas, game cover, and some marsh land. Established for over 38 years, the shoot has kept growing, recently adding new drives such as Deer Park and Plantation, adding new pens, and releasing more birds including partridges that are all reared on our family game farm. The Blackdown Shoot can now offer 80 to 100 mixed bird days and mini driven/walked up days. They also offer high and fast driven duck days, these birds are driven over woodland rides where possible, showing birds to test the most competent of guns.

Orchard Wyndham Shoot - Set on a beautiful 3000 acre estate on the edge of Exmoor, the shooting is held on the south side of the estate, which amounts to about 1500 acres where there is excellent topography. Most of the drives are out of the cover of crops from high points on the estate along with some large areas of mixed woodland. Driven days of 50 to 150 birds can be held depending on what you wish to shoot, pheasants are the main game bird along with occasional partridge, duck and woodcock.

Combe Davey Shoot - a traditional and down to earth pheasant shoot on the edge of Exmoor suitable for teams of guns requiring a challenging days shooting. 75 to 100 bird days the shoot offers a blend of mature fir woods and broadleaf woodland, steep valleys and game crops.

South of Taunton Croford Syndicate - small pheasant shoot 10 miles south of Taunton, consisting of six drives across medium terrain of woodland picturesque surroundings - three woodland drives in the afternoon supported by cover crops. 50 to 60 bird days in all starting October through until the 1st of February.

Staple Fitzpane Shoot - nestled in the rolling Blackdown Hills, the Staple Fitzpane Shoot makes full use of the deep valleys to show high and fast birds in true west country style. Pheasant, partridge and duck make up the bag with a good show of migratory woodcock throughout the season. Days of 50 to 75 birds are available for teams of eight guns.

Manor Farm - a 2 acre lake on a farm bordering the Blackdown Hills and Somerset Levels offering duck shooting and wild fowling. There are thousands of ducks on the levels when they flood and prior to that dozens of those duck will visit the lake. Excellent early and late evening flights in two living willow duck hides. The lake shoots up to 4 guns (two in each hide).

Illminster - a wonderful traditional private estate near Illminster situated on the edge of the Somerset Levels. Drives are from both woods and game cover, offering some challenging fast birds for the most experienced shot. There are some particularly picturesque drives where the full line is in view and birds can be seen from a considerable distance adding to the excitement. Woodcock are occasionally seen and there are some partridge. The optimum number of guns is eight.

Chilworthy - a family run shoot in the heart of Somerset, with up to ten drives and six to seven drives a day. Average season 120 birds per day throughout the season, quality birds off 3 high drives with a mixture from game crops to woodland. A compact 600 acre driven shoot of steep sided banks, rolling fields, woodlands and spinets. A friendly, sporting and throughly pleasant shoot with some great views.

Buckland Shoot - based in the rolling Blackdown Hills covering some 2000 acres of stunning countryside. The shoot is made up of vast amounts of rolling grass farmland hills, combined with wooded areas and game cover which offers a mixed days sport. Tailor made days to suit whatever the requirements, whether a team of guns or an individual gun. The days range from 70 to 200 birds, which can include driven pheasant and partridge days, driven duck days, and driven duck and partridge days.

Watchford Shoot - set in the Blackdown Hills with steep valleys. On top there is a mix of cover crops where the birds are flushed to waiting guns in the bottom, where they produce sporting birds for everyone. There are three main quarry species: pheasant, duck and partridge. The partridge shooting is very special as Watchford Shoot release many English partridges. All days are sold on a mix day base normally around the 100 bird mark.

Arthayes & Burnworthy Shoot - covering over 1000 acres, the shoot is situated on the Devon and Somerset border just 15 mins off junction 26 off the M5. An 8/9 gun syndicate is provided, with shooting over five days, with a further six days for 8/9 gun teams. A variety of birds including duck and pheasant.

Currypool & Babcary Duck Shoot - establish now over 100 years, the shoot is situated in the foothills of the Quantock Hills and drives extend up into deep valleys on the hills. Driven birds can be shown to suit most needs, predominantly pheasant with a few partridge, and some ducks to call on if requested. 180 to 220 bird days on average.

Exmoor Estates - located on the Devon and Somerset border near the historic Exmoor town of Dulverton, the shoot is run by Tom Flanagan, who has lived and worked on Highcombe Farm for thirty years. A small driven shoot providing pheasant and duck, with occasional partridge, woodcock and snipe has been established. Mini driven days typically offer up to 100 birds, teams of six guns are regular, but from 4 to 8 can be accommodated. Tom also provides stalking for Red and Roe deer over 1400 acres of Exmoor. Tom engages in selective and sustainable culling so stalkers should not expect to shoot trophy heads.

Miltons - comprising of 5000 acres, the very best of the dramatic topography has led to the development of famous pheasant drives such as Collies Head, Howe Wood, Tom's Hedges, Rookery and Dark Corner. The partridges have a loyal following too, with old established drives such as Farm, Church, Squeakitts-Top and Aerial all providing excellent sport.

Melcombe Shoot - a syndicate shoot which lies centrally within the Exmoor National Park. Melcombe is a traditional country-house style shoot driven by the philosophy that the theatre of the day makes a complete shooting experience. Good shots who enjoy high birds, stunning surroundings and a relaxed atmosphere will enjoy this day. Bags of 150 to 250 are anticipated and usually shoot 8 guns on a monday or a friday.

Phoines Estate, Withycombe Shoot - the Withycombe Shoot lies within 1500 acres of prime Exmoor shooting country. The deep valleys and woodlands offer the ideal settings for high bird shooting. Drives such as Burrow Wood, Riddlers Garden and the infamous Punch Bowl offer well presented birds to challenge even the most experienced guests. (Pheasant, partridge, woodcock and pigeon).

Great Fulford Estate - 3000 acres of estate of outstanding pheasant shooting country on the edge of Dartmoor National Park, Great Fulford has many established drives and several new and successful high bird drives have been added recently. The stunning topography is perfect for the presentation of superb Devon pheasants and partridge. The normal day bags 150 to 350 birds, smaller 50 to 80 bird days  and tailer made days can also be arranged.

Nurston Vallies Estate - set in a 2000 acre idyllic location in the heart of the Devon countryside, with steep woods and valleys offering some of the best high quality pheasant and partridge. The drives are mixed with woodland bordered with cover crops or just large cover crops which is all positioned at the summit of the valleys the birds at the lowest are 30 yards up plus. Day range from 100/150/200 bird days in November, December and January.

Cotley Shoot - located ten minutes from M5 junction 30 near Exeter the shoot is situated in 600 acres of secluded rural valleys with a good mix of hardwood and open valleys topped with hanging covers and cover crops showing some fantastic birds. 4000+ pheasants and 170 duck are put down, with good woodcock numbers in the later season. Bags of 70 to 120+ are achieved on main syndicate days, this is a shoot one beat one shoot with two teams of ten.

Wood Advent Shoot - the shoot has a wonderful blend of natural hardwood covers, steep sided valleys, mature fir woods and strategically placed game crops spread over about 1200 acres, which provides 16 varied drives. Days can be tailored to suit the requirements of any team of guns who need a challenge. There are regular bags of 150 to 250 birds.

Huntsham Shoot - Based in the beautiful Devon countryside with sweeping views over Exmoor, Huntsham Shoot has the ground to compete with some of the best sporting estates in the south west. 150 - 250 shoots a day, but can do bigger if requested - we tailor the day to you and your team and can move guns around the shoot on the gun bus if you would prefer.

Blannicombe Valley Shoot - set in 1500 acres of picturesque countryside offering steep valleys, with drives offering  mixture of mature broadleaf woods to open hillside over crop. The shoot shows excellent quality pheasant and partridge, birds are presented at their optimum height and are a great challenge even for the most experienced gun.

Aishe Barton Shoot - set on 1200 acres of outstanding shooting ground with a mixture of mature woodlands and cover crops, Aishe Barton is situated in a picturesque corner of Devon amongst some of the deepest valleys. Some of the drives are set 200 metres above sea level which produces outstanding pheasants.

Devon (East) - set in beautiful valleys and woodlands in the heart of East Devon. Shooting a combination of woodlands and cover crops set on high lands and steep valleys. Pheasants and mixed bird days can be accommodated. Small driven days from 40 to 150 mixed bird days, and teams of 6 to 10 guns. Rough days and walk-up days available throughout the season, for pairs up to 5 guns.

Fursdon Shoot - the shooting at Fursdon Estate and surrounding area extends to over 1400 acres, ranging from steep sided valleys down to the River Exe wetlands. A small number of outside/mini driven days are available to non-syndicate with high quality driven pheasants - often said to rival the best in north Devon. Alongside pheasant, woodcock, geese and various wildfowl are also available.

Old Moon Shoot - probably one of the only shoots in the UK that can offer three shoots in one experience! Set in the beautiful Exmoor countryside the Old Moon Shoot offers deer stalking for Red stag, hind, Roe buck and doe over the ever changing countryside. Wild Boar hunting takes place from high chairs late afternoon on land with over 100 licensed boar, some large males weigh over 400lb. High seats have over 85% success. Mini drive and rough shot pheasant shooting is available , this type of shooting is exciting and challenging. Walking up and standing for driven birds on to the guns from higher woods and valley sides. The bag can be variable due to the challenging aspects of rough shooting. There is the opportunity to shoot pheasant, partridge, woodcock, and if you are quick enough snipe.

Beer Shoot - established for over 40 years, Beer Shoot is held on the Devon Clinton Estate located between Branscombe and Beer with over 1500 acres. Predominantly pheasant drives.

 SOUTH WEST SCOTLAND - Shoots:

Raehills Estate - The Estate’s renowned shooting offers pheasants across 5,000 acres of diverse terrain. Birds are shown from mature woodlands and open moors, with guns standing in deep bottomed gullies.

Strahanna Stalking - A warm welcome awaits you in the picturesque countryside between idyllic villages of Moniave and Carsphairn. We provide stalking for the complete beginner and the more experienced hunter.

Drumlanrig Castle  - You can enjoy an exhilarating days sport on the magnificent Queensberry Estate thanks to the generations of careful planning and hard work led by sucessive Dukes of Buccleuch and overseen by expert gameskeepers and estate managers. Over the last seven years Drumlanrig has become known as one of the premier partridge shoots in the world! There are also 25 varied and excellent pheasant drives, and 25,000 acres of heather and moorland for grouse with four main beats being Durisdeer, Wanlockhead, Daerhead and Locherben.

Balgray Estate - The grandfather of the current owner Michael Jardine-Paterson was a keen shot, and planted the estate out in the 1920's with a view to shooting high birds. The estate is approximately 6,500 acres in size and shares a boarder with the Gillesbie Estate, owned by the Tulloch family. There are numerous drives of high quality on the Balgray shoot. Balgray Belcathill is awesome on a south westerly wind, but htere are a dozen or so with little to choose between them for showing tall birds.

Kingfield Estate - typically 150 bird day, for a team of eight guns. Kingfield Estate is located in Cumbria right on the English/Scottish border.

Delaney's Shoot - Small working mans friendly syndicate, the shoot is located around the area of Canonbie Dumfriesshire just over the Scottish border near Carlisle. The shooting ground covers some 5000 acres, with five or six drives to various woods and ponds around the shoots. Shooting released pheasant (1200) and wild duck, opportunities are also available for woodcock and snipe.

Greystone Shoot - The shoot comprises of around 1500 acres of woodland and game crop near Hayton, Brampton in Cumbria. In teams of eight, we work on a walk one stand one basis with approximately five drives for each team on the day, some members swap days to allow them to stand all day. The last few seasons have produced bags of between 90 and 130 birds with some drives showing fantastically challenging birds.

Dumfries & Galloway Goose and Duck Shoot - A few days a year each season Goose and Duck shooting is offered by a local knowledgable retired Gamekeeper. Shooting over fantastic lochs and rivers, also decoying inland crops all on private Estates in and around Dumfries and Galloway. Goose and Duck shooting extends over 50,000 acres. Dogs are welcome, and free tuition for novices is on offer if required. 

St Mary's Isle Estate - Family run, and well established shoot over 2000 acres of stunning countryside in south west Scotland. Many of the drives provide outstanding coastal views. Pheasants and partridges are shown from mature woodlands and young plantations with the guns standing in open fields to deep bottomed gullies, challenging even the most experienced of game shots. Drives such as The Glanley Valley, The Moss Banks and The Beech Point should strike fear and pleasure in equal measures into the line of guns. 

Netherstead Shoot - A little over 3000 acres of undulating typical Scottish Borders terrain, ideal stalking terrain with high seats in situ. Wild duck flights, driven pheasant and woodcock are all on offer on this shoot (dependent on availability). There is also access to both local trout and salmon fishing - both river and pond. 

Kencarrig Shoot - Offers wildfowling and rough shooting in some of the finest countryside that Scotland has to offer. Kencarrig gives the opportunity to shoot a mixed bag of pheasant, duck, partridge, woodcock, snipe, pigeon, rabbits and geese. 

The Newlands & Dalswinton Estates - situated in south west Scotland some 8 miles from the town of Dumfries. The Estates start shooting in early October for partridge with pheasants making up the majority of the bag from late October onwards.

Craigadam Estate - Craigadam has sporting access to 25,000 acres of shooting and stalking over farmland, moorland and woodland. Richard and Celia have together developed a remarkably successful shooting and fishing business. 

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