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 December article and click links to previous editions.
I recently had the chance to support the vital work of the Midhurst branch of MacMillan Cancer Support at a planting ceremony for a permanent ‘Tree of Hope’ which the Cowdray Estate has donated to the Macmillan Midhurst Palliative Care Service. Previously a cut tree was erected every year outside St. Mary’s Church, Easebourne, to support their annual Tree of Hope appeal but in line with the Estate’s ethos of sustainability, Lord Cowdray and I hope that the 14 ft Fir we have donated will grow to be an enduring focal point for families and serve as a permanent reminder of the dedication, care and compassion of the MacMillan nurses who help cancer sufferers and their families through some of the most difficult times in their lives.
On the subject of charity, I have also been delighted to discover that our Golf Club raised over £150,000 in charity golf days in the past year, contributing to good causes both locally and nationally and forging associations with many charities. With so many sportsmen also being keen golfers, a number of well-known names from many parts of the sporting world have supported charity days and enjoyed Cowdray Park golf and hospitality over recent years including John Francome, Harry Redknapp, Greg Rusedski and Bob Willis.
The Golf Club continues to be busy throughout the winter as the course is playable in virtually all weathers due to the light soils of the area. At all times of the year it not only presents a fine golfing challenge over its undulating terrain but also offers stunning views across the South Downs. Much of the course covers parkland originally laid out by the great landscape architect Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown and is spectacularly beautiful.
Obviously winter is a quieter time for the agricultural businesses on the Estate. However, over at the Farm Shop & Café it’s a hive of activity in the lead up to Christmas. They have everything you need to make your seasonal festivities go with a bang. Christmas meat orders are being taken on the butcher’s counter, the deli is laden with delicious cheeses and sliced meats and the rest of the shop is full of amazing products including Cowdray chutneys and jams by Ouse Valley, scrumptious Cowdray truffles by Rococo and Cowdray Live Haystacks.
There is also a wonderful selection of gifts in the ‘Living’ area. For the dog in your life they’ve just started working with Dogs & Horses who design and hand-craft beautiful collars and leads in a dazzling array of colours. For those of you familiar with my Meditator I have designed a Christmas beaded necklace in red and gold which is available to buy in the Shop. It will be a totally unique gift from Cowdray.