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The Cranborne Chase

The Cranborne Chase

If a day of wellington boots, flat caps and being surrounded by fresh, green pastures sound like your cup of tea, an old fashioned afternoon of shooting is the perfect way to bring out your inner country enthusiast. Nobles and royalty chose the rich chalk grasslands and ancient woodlands of Cranborne Chase and South Wiltshire Downs as their shooting playgrounds so be prepared for a dose of historical grandeur and immense views of outstanding natural beauty during your stay.

Fuelled with a traditional bacon butty breakfast, why not travel to Ashcombe Estate whilst trying your hand at lightly competitive game shooting. Or perhaps take advantage of Wiltshire’s fine historical heritage and with a shoot at the Rushmore Estate, an ancient deer forest where King John himself was fond of spending his spare time stag stalking, whilst enjoying a spot of sloe gin.

Finish off the day indulging on a delicious chargrilled lobster or al fresco pigeon salad in the Victorian garden pavilion at the The King John in Tollard Royal. Or if you prefer country cottage charm, experience local produce at its best with sumptuous, roasted local-estate venison with butternut squash mash at one of England’s finest shooting lodges, The Museum Inn in Farnham, before retreating to your luxuriously-snug room.


  • Enjoy spectacular views while stalking in Cranborne Chase’s ancient woodlands and rich chalk grasslands
  • Join the country’s shooting elite at some of the best shooting schools in Britain
  • Devour sumptuous dishes at one of our Epicurean Collection Inns

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