The Experience

Whether you are with us for a day’s shooting or taking over the house for a full weekend House Party, we ensure you are spoiled from the moment you arrive. Shoots are personally hosted by The Honourable Alexander Clifford who welcomes you into his home, the family seat for more than 400 years.

House Party guests are greeted by your host, Alexander, together with the help of his dedicated Ugbrooke team. Whilst your bags are whisked up to your rooms, our Butler will place a drink in your hand and invite you to relax in the Morning Room and enjoy pre-shoot banter and blinis. Dinner is served in the magnificently restored Dining room, with the dress code of your choosing from black tie and dripping in diamonds to a more informal affair with your children in high-chairs. Satiated, you can then retire to your sumptuous bedroom for a sound night’s sleep prior to the thrilling day ahead.

For a House Party guest, the shoot day begins with a full English breakfast taken in the dining room. Day shoots don’t miss out however – you’ll be welcomed into the house with steaming hot coffee and toasted bacon butties, all to set you up for the thrilling hours ahead.

Experienced gentlemen loaders, many of whom have shot and loaded at Ugbrooke for over thirty years, are laid on at no extra cost. Whether you have been shooting for years, or this is your first time, their role is to look after you, providing an extra pair of hands, reassurance, expertise and guidance during your day. Elevenses are taken in the field after the second drive – hot soup, sausage rolls, cherry brandy and sloe gin – enough to sustain you through the rest of the morning. A further two drives and back to the house for an unrivalled shoot lunch where the port decanter has been known to take many a lap – just don’t get caught sitting on it!

Jumping back into the trailer for more banter and high spirits, no doubt swinging more freely, you will head into the final two drives where you are sure to be tested by some of the best birds in Devon. While your guns are cleaned for you, finish your day slumped into a sofa in the Morning Room in front of a roaring fire with tea, sandwiches and cake reminiscing about the birds that you’ll never forget. Shooting and staying at Ugbrooke Park is a truly exhilarating and memorable experience, and will have you planning for next season before you’ve even turned out of the drive.

If you have any questions or would like to make an enquiry please contact us here.

“Ugbrooke’s beauty is matched evenly by the sport to be had there”;

“…birds of a high presentation, the birds curled and sailed, wings set, absolutely beautifully….it was a fine display of shooting on the last drive before an excellent lunch”;

“treetop birds wheeling down like sycamore seeds.”