February sees the team in The Royal Berkshire Sporting Agency reacquaint ourselves with an indoor life. But not when we have a team shooting in Spain which provide a welcome return to the outdoors and even (say it quietly) some sunshine. And this time it was Ben Smith who hosted our first ever Spanish Roving Syndicate trip to Las Golondrinas.
The stunning lodge
Located less than two hours west of Madrid, the estate is expertly run by the owner, Jacobo Bustamante. Jacabo has just completed an eight year project renovating and transforming a 200 year old building to become the new shoot lodge. Set a-top a craggy hill, arriving here, having driven through some fascinating countryside, medieval towns and a very long private driveway is truly breathtaking. Evergreen oaks, rocky valleys and vibrant green grass stretch for as far as the eye can see, with the 17,000 hectare sporting estate spanning from horizon to horizon. It is simply beautiful and very awe inspiring.
The two days of shooting were equally as impressive and memorable. The partridge flashing across tight, stone sided valleys tested all the guns, even the ‘high bird specialists’. It was exhilarating stuff! This, accompanied by 20 degrees and tapas in the field meant the party all left with the very best of memories of a most special few days. Indeed, as one guest commented “It was right up there with the very best!
A wonderful lunch
If you would like more information about shooting in Spain or anywhere else, please contact with Ben and he can start the process of planning your trip! Call them on 01491 672 918, or email Ben@rbss.co.uk