Chipchase Castle is a private family home set in stunning landscape with more than 3,000 acres of parkland, farmland, woodland, a river and lakes. The Castle is steeped in history, dating back to the early thirteenth century, and its extension is described by experts as one of the finest Jacobean houses in the country. Chipchase is currently owned by Jonathan and Zoe Elkington and has been in Jonathan’s family for 8 generations.
On the sporting front Chipchase is able to offer top quality salmon and sea trout fishing, an exceptional pheasant shoot and deer stalking.
The beautiful landscape lends itself to predominantly medium to high pheasant shooting, which is in the top drawer of driven pheasant shoots in Northumberland. Although the estate specialises in pheasant shooting, a typical day could also include wild partridge, snipe, woodcock, and duck; every drive at Chipchase offers a diverse shooting experience from snap shooting in gullies to shooting high birds out of woods or game crops.
Shooting at Chipchase Castle is a unique experience. We do five or six drives, depending on the size of the day. The season starts at the beginning of October with 250- 300 bird days. As the season goes on we do smaller days with January days typically shooting 150.
ITINERARY ON A NORMAL DAY
The day starts with coffee in the Castle at 9.10am whilst we conduct a short safety briefing. Once pegs are drawn, the team jumps into a Gaz66, Chipchase’s Russian military vehicle, which ferries the team around the estate during the shoot. At 9.30am the shooting starts with two drives, then elevenses and our home made bullshot. Two further drives are followed by a delicious lunch in the Castle. The afternoon normally has one or two more pheasant drives and a duck flight. The day finishes with tea and cake in the hall in front of a large roaring fire.
Each year, we are lucky to welcome back repeat clients who travel from all over the world to shoot with us during the season.
Chipchase is situated in truly unspoilt old England - the untouched North Tyne Valley, with wild rolling hills, the North Tyne River and tributaries with great gullies for shooting.
It is possible to stay in the Castle during the shoot, hosted by Jonathan and Zoe. They are helped by a fantastic team who focus on quality food and service to make sure each experience is the best in class. It is also possible to shoot two days back to back, and to also fit in a spot of fishing if you’d like a bit of variety to your trip. We have also had some teams utilise other shoots locally while making Chipchase their base.
ABOUT THE HOST
Jonathan is a founding partner and Head of Real Estate at LJ Partnership. Along with the sporting activities at Chipchase, he also manages the estate’s farms and its residential and commercial portfolio.