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 for the current article and click links to previous editions.
One of our most important developments on the Cowdray Estate in recent years has been the establishment of our Farm Shop and Café. It sits at the very heart of the Estate and its management is very much a family affair.
I often think the label “farm shop” isn’t really appropriate for the Aladdin’s cave of delicacies on the shelves. Perhaps I could describe it as a ‘Fine Food shop’. A very passionate team of people are constantly on the lookout for new, interesting and delicious products. They look for the very best in every category and we are fortunate enough to have some superb producers right on our doorstep. “Mummy Makes Fudge” is one of the producers who instantly springs to mind – and Liz Usher literally has the customer’s eating out of her hand when it comes to her small bags of fudge.
The list is long when it comes to local suppliers but what makes Cowdray Farm Shop unique is the wider selection on offer – be it honey from Pembrokeshire, jam from Yorkshire or Parmigiano Reggiano from (of course) Italy. Each product has been given careful consideration and what is intriguing is that the very strict ethos of “good” provenance typically goes hand in hand with “good” quality. Producers who are making the best of the best are considerate from beginning to end of their production journey. These are the sort of people Cowdray Farm Shop likes to work with.
Recently we decided to work with a couple of particularly fine producers on some collaborative labels. There is now a range of jams and chutneys available which have been produced by Ouse Valley Foods to an exclusive recipe and a beautiful box of chocolates made by perhaps the finest chocolatiers in this country, Rococo.
During August the Pony Club National Championships are held on the adjacent polo lawns with families coming from all over the country to compete. They camp alongside the polo pitches and enjoy a long weekend of competition and fun. There are plenty of mums and dads who leave their offspring to the mucking out while they sneak away for a coffee and cake or even the Full English Breakfast in our café!
Most of what is served in the Café is made on the spot using ingredients that you would use at home. Out of a very small kitchen not only is impeccable food served but a variety of cakes, pies, biscuits and salads are produced fresh every day. Eggs are free range and in most instances from our own hens who surely have the best views in the South of England across the polo fields. Our meat is largely Estate reared and we are fortunate to have an in-house butchery team who not only make sausages, using fresh herbs from the garden during the summer, but also cure and smoke our bacon. The Cowdray Full English is a real treat and becoming a legend amongst the horsey set hereabouts.