Cenicientos shooting lodge is nestled deep in the province of Toledo, just 75 minutes south of Madrid, and offers some of the best Partridge shooting in Spain and even Europe. With over 9,000 hectares of exceptional topography, the estate is varied in its makeup and features the perfect habitat for the Red-Legged Partridge. Over the past decade, these little birds have thrived, and Spain now has some of the biggest and best populations found anywhere in the world.
Cenicientos is renowned for its exceptional grounds, including various undulating areas where the Red-legged Partridge thrives and flies effortlessly. Its diverse landscape provides the travelling guns with many exciting shooting challenges, from ravines and steep valleys to shrubs, thickets and small trees. Depending on how hard or easy you like your sport, each backdrop offers the hunter a different experience.
Expertly run by Javier López de Carrizosa Mora-Figueroa, a passionate shot and highly regarded within Spain for providing truly memorable sport and fantastic hospitality, the shooting days are some of the best and highly sought after. Each drive is unique, and Javier will present birds from hilltops, over ravines and undulating arable ground that will test all of your shooting skills.
With Spain’s proximity to North Africa, the population of Red-Legged Partridge has thrived, with the countries dry, hot climate ideal for the birds breeding and development. A pretty little game bird with sandy brown colouration, black and brown barring down its wings and a ‘black necklace’ or dark band around its neck, it can grow to around 30cm to 35cm, with a wingspan of 47cm to 50cm and weigh anywhere between 18oz and 20oz.
Without a doubt, the Red-Legged Partridge shooting or RegLeg as their known, is some of the most exhilarating game bird pursuits you’ll come across. With the ability to fly up to speeds of 35 miles per hour and with its deceiving wing beat, these skilful birds are some of the most challenging quarries to shoot. Expertly hugging the landscape, presenting themselves close to the ground or at high altitude, they always find ways to test the attention and speed of the hunter.
At Cenicientos Lodge, the shooting is as varied as the landscape, and each day you can find yourself of a different driven shoot, shooting amongst a different set of surroundings. However, one thing which doesn’t change is the vast number of birds available. Due to the variety of drives the lodge has at their disposal, they can offer traditional “Spanish” driven days using double guns and achieving bags from 500-800 birds and days for teams using single guns and shooting bags of 300-400 birds.
At Cenicientos Lodge, the day starts with a good breakfast, a customary safety speech and the drawing of pegs, known as ‘Tomelot’, before you get picked up and taken to the estate. The Lodge is situated just 75 minutes drive from Madrid, and it’s a very well connected route, with the shooting from the Lodge less than 20 minutes away. Once you arrive at the first drive of the day, you’ll get joined by a secretarios or loader, who will have your gun and cartridges ready for you; they will then be with you all day.
After the first couple of drives, you’ll stop for a leisurely Spanish elevenses, including some tasty snacks like Tacos and some Oloroso, which is a variety of Spanish fortified wine and a bit of a Spanish shooting tradition. It’s very similar to that of a heavy, dark, medium-sweet sherry. After that, and after the third drive, you will stop again, this time for some lunch, before the shooting will continue to the 4th and 5th drives of the day, depending on your chosen programme or until your bag limit gets reached.
You will retreat to the Lodge around 4.00pm for some well-deserved rest, even a siesta, cup of tea, or even a glass of wine or two. Generally in the evening, guests meet around 7.30pm for a cocktail before a beautiful three-course meal gets served around 8.30pm.
The shoots at Cenicientos Lodge are run by Javier López de Carrizosa Mora-Figueroa, a name famous in Spain and further afield in the shooting community.
Javier was born in Jerez in southern Spain. From a young age, he accompanied his father on wild Partridge shoots on various family estates throughout the country, soon learning the art of what it meant to run a successful one.
Later on, he combined his Law Studies with working for the Agency Espacaza, running big game hunts, but after graduating from Law School, he decided not to practice it but follow his passion, becoming a shoot manager for Fuentelfresno; a well know partridge shoot. A few years later, he ran Gonzalo Banus’ shoot at Cenicientos for three years.
Since 2010 Javier has been running his shoot; driven by tradition, high quality and value for money, his organization is becoming synonymous with good shooting, not just in Spain but all across Europe.
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Cenicientos lodge lays hidden in the stunning greenery of the Cenicientos countryside and oozes style and rustic charm. With its terracotta fascia and its inviting pillared entrance, upon arrival, it gives you a warm and endearing feeling.
Surrounded by absolutely breathtaking views over the Cenicientos hills and sweeping valleys, it makes for the most idyllic spot for admiring the Spanish sunrise and sunsets. The sensational 360-degree views of the astonishing scenery will have you feeling somewhat relaxed and ready to unwind.
Not only does the Cenicientos win you over on its delightful initial appearance, but it has the most intriguing interior with a hallway ladened with trophies and hunting memorabilia.
The Lodge offers various reception rooms, a dining room where you will meet for your evening meal and five twin and five double rooms, all equipped with en-suites and an abundance of home comforts and plush fittings. The Lodge’s rooms overlook the beautiful Spanish estates rolling hills and beautiful azure blue sky, which is such a treat to wake up to in the morning.
All meals get served in the dining area, where you will be able to catch up on the day’s activities and socialise to your heart’s content whilst enjoying the lodges local delicacies.
Within the Lodge itself, you will appreciate the time spent on the interior décor, being cosy and warm as expected for a beautiful Spanish abode. With an ample sized living room, with a roaring open fireplace and a plush and comfortable seating area, it’s the perfect place to gather after a fun and fulfilling day in the field to laugh with friends and fellow guns.
If the Lodge and the views of the surrounding natural habitat aren’t enough to please you, then the finest Spanish cuisine is most definitely going to win you over. The staff at the Lodge and the top professional chefs will cater and prepare only the best fresh home-cooked food possible. They will cater to dietary requests whereby they can tailor to your needs so that you can still enjoy what they have to offer.
They select all their wines for each season, such as Rivera del Duero, Rioja, and Jerez/Sherry, to harmonise with the best local ingredients. Javier is passionate about giving you fond memories and incredible dining during your stay. He believes that food and drink make up 50% of the experience here in Spain, and his vast selection of both will have you thoroughly immersed in the whole Spanish way of living, a quintessential part of the trip.
Cenicientos Lodge is an outstanding destination, not just for its incredible Partridge shooting but also for its renowned Spanish hospitality, which sees travelling guns coming back year after year.
For your convenience, the accommodation also offers free high-speed wireless access. So you can check e-mails or send bragging photos to your friends, family and fellow hunters back home.
The below itinerary is flexible should you require additional shooting days or additional free days to explore; we can tailor this itinerary to suit you personally. Feel free to talk to our travel consultants who can explain all options available.
Depart UK (alternative routes available)
A representative from Cenicientos will greet you upon arrival who will be with you to help assist you with gun clearance should you wish to bring your own. You will then be transferred from Madrid to Cenicientos (75 minutes). When you arrive at the Cenicientos lodge, the staff will allocate you to your room where you will have time to unwind a little.
Overnight Accommodation: Cenicientos (Single room) F/B
Rise and shine for an action-packed day ahead and head through to the dining room for a freshly prepared breakfast at 8:30 am, before a swift turnaround and departure at 9:00 am from the lodge to the estate. All you will need to remember are your personal effects such as hearing and eye protection and a decent set of gloves. Your guns and ammunition will all be accounted for with your sceretarios/Loader. Once all the guns are settled on their pegs the shooting will commence.
Once you have had the first two drives as a warm-up you will stop for elevenses which will include some beautifully dark, sweet Oloroso and some delightful snacks. Full steam ahead with the third and last drive before lunch, get swinging on the peg to give you an appetite for food is going to be in abundance. You will sit down at a perfectly prepared dining table situated in the Spanish sunshine before a beautiful menu of the finest wine and Spanish cuisine will be set down before you to enjoy. Once you are content and suitably satisfied with what’s been served you will head back out to the hunting fields where you will settle on your pegs to enjoy a fulfilled afternoon of shooting. A further two drives will be shot throughout the remainder of the day until the agreed bag is achieved. and then it will be back to the house between 4:00 pm – 4:30 pm to appreciate a cup of tea and a well-earned rest.
Later you will meet for a cocktail/alcoholic beverage at 7:30 pm before dinner is served at 8:30 pm. The rest of the evening is yours to enjoy.
Overnight Accommodation: Cenicientos (Single room) F/B
Arise to yet another day to look forward to shooting in the fields of Cenicientos. You will wonder through to have a freshly cooked breakfast at 8:30 am before you are collected at 9:00 am to travel to the hunting estate. Once you are live on your pegs, you will be treated to another full-on, thrilling morning shooting before you stop for elevenses to refuel. Once all the excitement has come to an end and the shooting has finished, it will be time to retreat back to the lodge for that well-earned cup of tea and a conversation or two with fellow guns. Put your feet up for a while before you will meet for a drink at around 7:30 pm and dinner which will be served at 8:30 pm. After your meal, you will be transferred to Madrid where you will spend your last night in a bed and breakfast.
Overnight Accommodation: Madrid overnight hotel (Single room) B/B
Arise and prepare for your transfer to Madrid airport via taxi (not included).
Average Customer Satisfaction Score 54%
"The well managed lodge together with the gastronomy makes that Spanish country style house a great place to stay and enjoy friendship and endless conversations about traditional driven shot as well as walk up hunting."
"I have shot at Cenicientos for the past 4 years. Each year the drives get more exciting and the food more delicious. Javiers attention to detail makes each trip very special. I look forward to enjoying many more days at Cenicientos."
"A spectacular place and accommodation where I enjoy one of my favourite sports."
The season runs from 8th October to the 28th February.
Season: 8th October-28th February
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Prices are based on 8 guns sharing transfers and shooting based on two 300 bird-days (unless otherwise stated) and are correct at the time of going to press. Subject to time of year or date and currency fluctuations, these prices may fluctuate slightly due to flight price increases or fuel surcharges.
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