Challacombe was for some years managed by the nearby Castle Hill Estate where it first earned its great reputation for exhilarating driven partridge shooting. Taken under new management in 2010 the Estate now presents some of the most challenging partridges in the country, all whilst being surrounded by some of the most beautiful shooting scenery one can find. In 2015 additional land complementing the existing Challacombe grounds, meant several new drives and the exciting option of driven pheasant added to the mix. This enables us to offer smaller, mixed days, through the later months of the Season.
Set in pure Exmoor landscape, the heart of the shoot is a reservoir surrounded by moorland. Through this, pheasants and partridges are driven over the guns to astounding effect, offering dogs a veritable retrieving challenge. A wonderful spectacle for guns, dog handlers and onlookers alike. All drives are exceptional but those which stand out as much for their beauty as for the high birds are Pixie’s Rocks, Niagara, Swincombe, the Reservoir, Ruins, Ridgeway, and Kipscombe.
Tom Godber Ford-Moore provides lunches at Challacombe. The emphasis is on local meats of the highest quality, cooked over the wood-fired smoker. Expect the likes of British rose veal chops, home-reared pork, day boat fish and perhaps even lobster, smothered with herb and garlic butter and served alongside rosemary potatoes and an array of fresh and zesty salads.