Cowdray Estate to open for exclusive event hire

Organisers can now take over the 'home of British polo', Cowdray Estate in West Sussex, for exclusive-use events and overnight incentive trips.

Cowdray Estate
Cowdray Estate

The 16,500-acre Cowdray Estate and its grand stately home, Cowdray House, have been made available to hire exclusively for the first time.

The former family home of the fourth Viscount and Viscountess Cowdray, Cowdray House can sleep up to 22 guests, and can hold up to 250 for a sit-down event or 400 for a reception with the addition of a marquee on the lawn.

The venue's Buck Hall, with its double-height vaulted wood-panelled ceiling and stone fireplace, is a central place to greet guests, with all other reception rooms leading off it.

The 11 en-suite bedrooms feature king-size beds, luxury bath products, telephones, TVs and wi-fi. Other facilities include door and outdoor swimming pools, a croquet lawn, a bowling alley, a cricket pitch and a stick-and-ball polo field.

Nearby attractions include Cowdray’s award-winning farm shop and cafe, the Cowdray Ruins, and an 18-hole golf course. Clay-pigeon shooting and fly-fishing can also be arranged on the estate.

Jonathan Russell, chief executive of the Cowdray Estate, said: "This new initiative for Lord and Lady Cowdray’s former family home is a tremendously exciting one. For just over 100 years, the lifeblood of Cowdray House has been to entertain and gather together family, friends and kindred spirits.

"It is very energising to be tapping into this pulse once more by making the house available for exclusive-use private events. A discerning and appreciative audience - be it a bridal party or a blue-chip company - will undoubtedly be attracted not just by this magnificent house but also by the very enterprising holistic estate that surrounds it."

The estate is located around an hour from London and its airports, and is also well positioned for Southampton airport. For those arriving by helicopter, Cowdray has its own landing pad nearby.

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