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.
SUSSEX LIFE MAGAZINE
Lady Cowdray is pleased to be writing a column for the county magazine Sussex Life. See below the November article and click links to previous editions.
Polo at Cowdray Park has ended for 2014 and the calm weather and warmth of the prolonged Indian summer brought to a close what many thought had been one of the best seasons for years. Competitions finished towards the end of September and now hundreds of polo ponies are enjoying their off-season holidays on surrounding farms where they will remain until they are brought back into work next March. Spectators are surprised that these hardy ponies don’t travel season to season with their owners, but it is quite usual for the leading players to have a string in each of the countries in which they compete and to leave them under the watchful eye of experienced polo grooms whilst they continue their polo careers on the other side of the world.
As the seasons change, all of us at Cowdray Park will soon be enjoying the time-honoured spectacle of the Cowdray, Chiddingfold & Leconfield Hunt working horses and dogs over our land as they hunt within the law. Riders have always enjoyed the huge network of local bridleways but now that our wonderful area is part of the South Downs National Park I have noticed how many more walkers and cyclists are visiting. We are privileged to be able to share our sparkling clean air and ever-changing landscape with people who need an antidote to their demanding jobs and hectic lifestyles and for whom the South Downs can give a health-giving boost. I always find that walking in wide open landscapes, whatever the weather, provides the opportunity for contemplation and deep appreciation of the joys of nature.
In terms of the Cowdray Estate, like the majority of farms our crops were brought in without the drama of adverse weather and yields were good. Our potato harvest was excellent and the majority of the crop will be going to make potato crisps for Walkers. Our final crop to be harvested is forage maize which is conserved and fed to the cows during the winter. As always the farming year continues unrelentingly with the majority of next year’s crops now safely in the ground.
Work on the new state-of-the-art dairy and processing plant is progressing at a good pace and will be completed shortly. A desire for increased sustainability has been at the core of the project and we are delighted to have had the opportunity to install photo voltaic cells on the building which will generate enough electricity to allow the dairy to become self-sufficient in its energy needs.
Our new CEO, Jonathan Russell, has joined the team and is familiarising himself with the land and all the activities carried on here. It is unusual to find an estate with such a diversity of activities alongside its core agricultural business – but it all adds up to an interesting and challenging role and Lord Cowdray and I wish Jonathan and his young family the happiest of times in the future with us.