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.
Life with a large family is always fun, even more so through the Christmas and New Year period, but when you simply need to escape from the hectic preparations there’s nothing better than long walks, preferably with a dog or two, in our amazing West Sussex countryside.
A special treat just recently was searching for truffles with Tom Lywood, an expert from Dorset, who had told us that historically our area was one of the best in the country for truffles which grow well on chalk ground under a light canopy of beech, hazel or oak. Tom brought along his Italian Lagotto dogs and led us on the hunt towards the southern end of the Estate. He told us that the best time of day to sniff out the truffle is around 3 o’clock in the afternoon and it was about this time that his dogs Valentino and Hestia became most engaged in the quest. They found several truffles for us and once back in the kitchen Tom gave them a good scrub, chopped them up and fried them in a generous portion of butter and we all grabbed a spoon to sample our fragrant bounty. They were absolutely delicious mopped up with some fresh bread from the Farm Shop!
On the Estate, the forestry department remains very busy through the winter months. They have only just caught up with regular annual work following the clearance of 17,000 tonnes of wind-damaged wood following the violent storms of winter 2013/14. Coppicing young chestnut is one of the main jobs now. This has become an increasingly important product due to increasing demand for fencing and general agricultural purposes.
The dairies also have a heavier workload in the winter months as the cows are inside in large barns and there is a continual round of feeding and cleaning. They are fed primarily on maize which is grown on the Estate. The cows are generally in peak production over the winter making it a busy time for the dedicated team.
The Estate’s in hand farming operation comprises of 900 dairy cows and followers of which 275 are based at the new dairy at Moor Farm. Each cow produces approximately 25 litres of milk per day which is in the main sold to Dairy Crest. We hope that the current decline in milk prices will be short lived as the Estate remains committed to long-term sustainable milk production.
The new Moor Farm dairy was completed in November. The primary aim of the project was to improve animal welfare and create efficiencies by way of increased space, light and ventilation. The building benefits from roof mounted photovoltaic cells which convert electricity from sunlight and are set to produce 50% of the dairy’s energy requirements, together with a rainwater recycling system. We are proud of our sustainable credentials which are a hallmark of the Cowdray ethos.