Casterne Hall Derbyshire review

Casterne Hall Derbyshire review

Casterne Hall in Derbyshire might be familiar to avid fans of Sherlock Holmes from when it doubled as Stapleton Hall in the Granada TV series’ 1988 adaption of The Hound of the Baskervilles. As a keen student of Jeremy Brett’s interpretation of the famous Baker Street detective, I was already…

Pig Hotel Brockenhurst

What is it about a Pig hotel that makes shooters feel at home?

There is a real buzz about the Pig hotel collection, started only five years ago, which stems from it doing things differently. Its commitment to growing its own food and sourcing produce locally — within 25 miles to be precise — is at the forefront of the business and runs through…

White Swan Inn Pickering

White Swan Inn Pickering review

Generally speaking, a close proximity to the shoot, gun storage, drying room, kennels, good fare and a comfortable bed are the first things I look for when reviewing sporting hotels. I’d now like to throw another one into the ring: the ability to remain undisturbed. There’s nothing sinister in that…

Hotel Ensleigh

Hotel Endsleigh, Milton Abbot, Devon shooting hotel review

The Hardicott & Endsleigh shoot, in a rhododendron-covered valley carrying the upper waters of Devon’s Tamar, is blessed in many ways. Notably because the classic shooting and fishing lodge, built in 1812 by Jeffry Wyatville for the 6th Duke of Bedford with its Humphry Repton gardens, was bought by Olga…

Hotels for shooting parties Yorkshire

Hotels in Yorkshire for shooting parties

From gun cleaning and kennelling to a comfortable bed and a strong selection of local produce on the menu, there are myriad things that shooting parties want when seeking hotel accommodation ahead of or after a day in the field. Here’s our list of Yorkshire’s finest… The Black Swan, Helmsley…

Roxburghe Hotel Kelso

Roxburghe Hotel Kelso review

I can’t resist humming the theme from Mike Hodge’s Get Carter whenever I head north on the East Coast Mainline. When I make the journey, sometimes with a shotgun in the guard’s van (not for use in retribution for my brother’s murder, of course), I travel full of curiosity for…

Slaley Hall hotel review

Slaley Hall, Northumberland hotel review

In the not too distant past game shooting was lauded as “the new golf”, and there is much the two sports have in common: a day out on carefully managed land, an excuse to wear something recherché, the satisfaction of a fine shot, wincing after an easy miss and the…

King John Inn Tollard Royal

King John Inn, Tollard Royal, Wiltshire shooting hotel review

The King John Inn in Tollard Royal, Wiltshire, is a 156-year-old hotel that was saved from dereliction by current owners Alexander and Gretchen Boon in 2008. They have done a fine job in restoring this eight-bedroom bolt-hole into the kind of place where shooting folk can feel comfortable making merry.…

Hartnoll Hotel review

Hartnoll Hotel Bolham review

By John Walker A perennial problem for shooting parties heading for the hot spots of Exmoor has been where to stay. But for a combination of convenience, modern comfort, great food and a wine list to get pulses racing, look no further than Claire Carter’s Hartnoll Hotel on the outskirts…

Porch House Hotel Stow

Porch House Hotel, Stow-on-the-Wold review

Having only really ventured into the Cotswolds during the school holidays, I was looking forward to tranquillity as we passed through the likes of Ettington, Shipston-on-Stour and Moreton-in-Marsh on our way to Stow-on-the-Wold. The drive along the hazy, tree-lined country roads between these stone market towns is an idyllic route.…

Review: The Wensleydale Heifer

From outward appearances, the Wensleydale Heifer in West Witton, North Yorkshire, is every inch the traditional village pub; a 17th century black and white coaching inn, with a cartoon cow on the sign above the door. From the name alone, one might expect to find a Labrador warming its paws…

The Queen's Head Hotel Berwick

Queen’s Head Hotel Berwick review

Tucked away in the centre of Berwick, the Grade II listed six-bedroom Queen’s Head Hotel has been under the stewardship of Garry and Jo-Anne Greenaway for the past 14 years. We found the hotel easily enough after a pleasant three-and-a-half hour drive from Nottinghamshire, the fact the road running immediately…

The Greenman, Fownhope

The Greenman, Fownhope review

You are going to want to stay at The Greenman if you’re shooting at Stoke Edith. Shoot captain Mark Coleman will probably suggest it if you book a day with him anyway. He and innkeeper Sean Mason go back a long way, so why not? Friendships aside, if you value…

Review: The White Horse Inn

The White Horse Inn in Chichester is the ultimate place to unwind, nestled in the peaceful South Downs and a short drive from the unusual Apsley Sporting ground