The Cowdray Estate hosts corporate entertainment, hospitality events and multi leisure activities events on our 16,500 acre Estate, a large proportion of which is forestry and agricultural land.
The Cowdray Estate is near Midhurst, West Sussex close to the borders of Surrey and Hampshire, just one hour from London. The Cowdray Estate offers leisure activities such as fishing and wildlife experiences – including badger watching.
The Cowdray Estate also offers filming locations, venues for your events, wedding reception venues – please contact the Leisure Office at Cowdray Park Golf Club for more information.
The Cowdray Park Polo Club is now one of the largest in Britain with over 700 non-playing members. The main event of the year is the Gold Cup, which is held in July and has become gradually bigger and better each year.
Cowdray Newsletter – Winter 2014/2015
The second edition of our Cowdray newsletter is available to download here:
SUSSEX LIFE MAGAZINE
Lady Cowdray is pleased to be writing a column for the county magazine Sussex Life. See below the January article and click links to previous editions.
It’s the beginning of another year and exciting times lie ahead for all of us at Cowdray. A century ago we were primarily an agricultural estate but we are now evolving into a progressive rural business in a modern environment.
We are committed to a policy of sustainability and, wherever we can, give redundant agricultural buildings new uses and offer opportunities for young businesses. In recent years we have accommodated a wide range of keen young entrepreneurs often acquiring their first premises and we take immense pleasure in watching their progress.
About ten years ago, we re-developed Langham Stables near Lodsworth into a collection of small business units. One of the first enquiries came from a pair of keen home brewers, who, assisted by the business and administrative skills of one of their partners, were keen to develop their hobby into an independent commercial microbrewery. They took on a unit in the newly renovated premises and have since made themselves part of the local community. Their real ales are made from the finest ingredients and seven regular ales are produced, plus a new ale each season. Langham Brewery has won 16 awards in 8 years and they have already expanded into the adjoining premises.
One of the newest tenants at Langham is Mia Woodford of The Vintage Tack Room who sells pre-owned equestrian wear, modern pieces with a nod to the past and decorative items for the country home. She sells everything for hunting and showing and, although some of her beautifully made hunting coats and equestrian apparel may have been languishing in the attic, have years of life left. Mia’s treasure trove of a shop at Langham has all the display space she needs and, with 90% of the stock being purchased online, plenty of storage space and a clean area for packing goods for dispatch too.
A business producing Italian breads and pasta is housed in another unit and an upholsterer is busy at work in another.
Antique dealer and restorer Patch Rogers is our tenant at Grade II listed Gosdenheath Barn. The beamed interior is ideal for displaying the many beautiful pieces he sources and restores. Patch specialises in design from 1850 to the present day including the Arts & Crafts Movement, Art Nouveau, Art Deco and the Aesthetic Movement. He also sells his pieces at Liberty’s in London, where he has held a concession for many years.
Opposite our Farm Shop & Café, The Exceptional English Wine Company has moved into the newly refurbished former carpentry workshop. The owners chose Midhurst because it is surrounded by up and coming vineyards and exciting wine makers. The shop stocks around 30 different English wines with half a dozen always open for tasting. They also intend to host visits from producers and hold seminars for those keen to know more.
With a theatrical costume maker, violin restorer, nutritionist, and literally the butcher, baker and candle maker too, we really do have some fascinating businesses putting down roots with us.