Stunning sport in classic surroundings at the historic Whitbourne Estate
Welcome to Whitbourne, where sporting enthusiasts have enjoyed driven pheasant and partridge shooting for nearly two centuries. The topography of the Estate lends itself to presenting high quality birds. Shooting over 2000 acres, we have drives to cater for the most discerning shots. Stands vary from plentiful and stunning parkland shooting to challenging 'snap' pegs in the woods and as far as possible, individual team preference will be accommodated on the day.
We pride ourselves in doing it properly, Whitbourne is a relaxed and friendly shoot where the team is focussed on delivering a memorable “whole day” experience from the welcome to the shooting, the scenery and the hospitality.
The Estate is owned by the Evans family. The forestry is carefully managed by head forestry Oliver Evans with the aim of producing quality timber. Whitbourne oak has a national reputation and the estate won First Prize in the Royal Forestry Society Excellence in Forestry Award 2013 for Silviculture. Whilst most of the farmland is let to tenants, the family runs a home farm under contract producing Organic Beef Shorthorn, Lleyn Sheep and traditional breed pigs. In 2013 the estate diversified, opening a fine dining restaurant in a former pigsty. Green Cow Kitchens is now regarded as one of the top restaurants in Herefordshire and attracts a loyal following of diners.
Whitbourne estate owes its existence to vinegar. Edward Evans, a one-time mayor of Worcester, founded a successful vinegar-making business in the 1830s with business partner William Hill. In the 1860s Edward bought 20 acres of land in Whitbourne, with the Palladian-style Whitbourne Hall, designed by Edmund Wallace Elmslie and known locally as ‘Vinegar Hall’, being completed in 1862. By the end of the First World War Whitbourne Hall’s main income was from its farming and forestry operations. By the late 1970s the hall was too large for the Evans family to manage and after a brief period set up as a commune, it was sold to Whitbourne Hall Community Limited in the 1980s. The company converted the hall into flats.
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