BIRD SHOOTING

Ventosilla Castle Introduction

Ventosilla Castle was the first estate in Spain to organize driven shoots for red legged partridges back in 1864, by the Duke of Santona. His son the Count of Teba, nephew of HRH Queen Elisabeth II from England, continued the tradition which now has been inherited by his grandsons, who as in the past arrange this shoots with the same greatness and elegance.

The Castle, located 20 minutes from the ancient, original Roman Imperial city of Toledo and 1 hour drive from Madrid, your point of arrival, was built in the 16th century, as a hunting retreat for the wealthy and powerful Cardinals in Spain of Toledo. It has been enlarged and updated by the subsequent generations of the same family.  The Castle and its gardens have been designed by the famous landscape designer Forestier, providing a backdrop that guarantees an unforgettable shooting day.

Guests enjoy 19 double bedrooms with en suite facilities, a large dining room and several living areas, all for the enjoyment of our shooting companions. A gun room also available to secure and clean your treasure.

Eduardo Araoz, owner of CAZATUR, is present during the entire program and will  coordinate and facilitate all needs and requests of his guests. Join Eduardo and his staff soon to shoot the challenging red legged partridge in Spain.

PROPOSED ITINERARY

5 DAYS 3 SHOOTING DAYS – 1800 DOWNED BIRDS

Day 0;  Upon arrival in Madrid, Eduardo Araoz (owner of CAZATUR) or his assistant will greet each shooter at the airport, assist with gun clearance and drive you to your accommodations in Madrid.

Day 1; The Cazatur Team will be at the main door of the hotel between 5:30 and 6:00 pm to load the vehicles for your transfer to the Ventosilla Castle, around one hour drive from Madrid. Upon arrival, rooms will be assigned, and a welcome cocktail will be served, to meet the rest of the professional team who will conduct the shoot. Dinner will be served around 9:00 pm.

Day 2, 3 & 4; Breakfast (08:30 am). Coffee and juice and the traditional “bread crumbs with fried eggs” will be served at the dining room at the Castle. After breakfast, drawing of the shooting position for the day. Shooters and non shooters are off to the shooting grounds.

The shooters will enjoy a full day of shooting for an estimated bag of 600 birds or more, with refreshments in the field between each drive. Lunch normally served in a very picturesque location, in the field.

At the end of the shoot, photo of the game parade in front of the Lodge.

19:00 Cocktails.

20:30 Dinner.

Day 4; After the shoot, you will be driven back to your hotel in Madrid. Evening at leisure.

Day 5; Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the USA.

OPTIONAL;

Day, 6th; Boxed pigeons at Somontes shooting Club

10:30, Transfer to Somontes.

14:30, Lunch in the facilities, transfer back to the Hotel. Evening at leisure.

Day 7th; A Cazatur representative will be with you to assist at the airport, if you are flying back to the US.

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