Stanage Castle,Welsh Marches

A stunning, crenellated castle, Stanage is owned by the charming Jonathan Coltman-Rogers, former high sheriff of Powys. Shooting takes place over parkland designed by Humphrey Repton, the most famous drives being The Rocks, Vimy Ridge, Weston and Holloway Oaks. In the past, the shoot has been visited by high-profile musicians such as Eric Clapton and Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters, as well as politicians, including Lord Heseltine.

The shoot is looked after by several agents, among them Roxtons. Shooting consultant Dan Reynolds says, “Unspoilt scenery, unique drives along escarpments with panoramic views across England and Wales, rocket-assisted pheasants driven off high bluffs hurtling along with the wind behind them; shooting in the Welsh Marches is exceptional in every way.”

Coltman-Rogers, he adds, creates an atmosphere so convivial that guns find it hard to leave. “When guns do drag themselves away from the roaring fires, comfortable sofas and large drinks poured by the butler, they find truly great sport. Stanage is the right place to stay for oenophiles and gourmands.”

Accommodation is available for a limited number of days in the 30-room, 19th-century castle. This, says Reynolds, adds the finishing touch. “The castle is splendid with large, comfortable bedrooms, a must for fanatical shooters who want to be on form in the morning.”

Shooting costs £37 per bird + VAT.

Full board in the castle costs £5,000 + VAT per night for 10 people.

For more information, call estate secretary Anna Pearson on 01547 530300.

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