The Zanoni shooting estate is situated just 45 minutes from Madrid airport within the town of Tarancon. It is famous for some of the best Partridge shooting in Spain and even Europe. With over 35,000 hectares of exceptional topography, the estate is varied in its makeup with swathes of Mediterranean forests, Rosemary and Thyme Oaks, large sweeping cereal crops and farmland, all of which is 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.
Guided by Pablo De Vicente, one of Spains most respected guides, and his team, you’ll enjoy some of the most exciting, action-packed shooting available on the continent. With a range of highly varied drives, the birds present themselves in all manner of different ways, exploding through coveys, bursting through the thickets and firing themselves into the open valleys; there’s no doubt that the Partridge is one of the most challenging targets. Travelling guns will find the estate an utter treat.
If you’re passionate about wing shooting, combined with first-class hospitality, service and accommodation, then Partridge shooting in Spain and the Zanoni shooting estate is the perfect scenario for you to curb your shooting cravings.
The Red-Legged Partridge is the queen and the emblematic species of all small game and one of the world’s most popular and beautiful birds. There’s no doubting that the Partridge shooting in Spain is some of the best found anywhere in the world.
The birds feature a sandy brown colouration, with black and brown barring down their wings and a distinctive ‘black necklace’ or dark band around their neck. They can grow to around 30cm to 35cm, with a wingspan of 47cm to 50cm and weigh anywhere between 18oz and 20oz. They’re exceptionally swift and can fly up to speeds of 35 miles per hour. With their deceiving wing beat, these skilful birds are, without a doubt, some of the most challenging quarries to shoot. They have the natural ability to hug the landscape, presenting themselves close to the ground or at high altitude, always finding ways to test the attention and speed of the hunter; it’s these things that make them such a desirable quarry for thousands of wing shooters from all around the globe.
On the Zanoni shooting estate, 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 often obtain results between 500 and 1,000 Partridges per day. With a guide with you for the duration of your shoot, the lodges qualified staff will ensure your only concern is to aim, shoot and enjoy.
On the Zanoni shooting estate, 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 45 minutes drive from Madrid, and it’s a very well connected route, with the shooting from the Lodge less than 35 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.
One thing that makes Zanoni extra popular amongst travelling guns is the fact it’s a very traditional shoot and follows many long-standing traditions and customs, such as the food in the field, the retriever dogs, and the natural posts. The days will consist of four or five drives with a short break between each one for a snack and refreshments; these usually consist of famous Spanish Aperitifs (Tapas). Between the fourth and fifth drive, all the action you will stop for around an hour and the guides and secretarios will set up the tables for a field lunch.
From then on, you will continue shooting until about 3:30 pm with one or two more exciting drives before the day in the field comes to an end. You’ll then get driven back to the Lodge for an afternoon for tea/coffee or cocktail if you’d prefer and a bit of relaxation before dinner.
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A holiday to the Zanoni shooting estate is a generally laid back affair, and the physical exertion is minimal. Each day you’ll get picked up by the lodges 4×4’s and driven the short distance to the hunting grounds; from there, there’s just a short walk to the drives, so a sturdy pair of boots is recommended. The most exertion comes from the shooting itself, as the action can be fast and furious and Partridge shooting in Spain for the big bags of the fast-flying RedLeg can be punishing on the shoulder. To help combat this, we advise taking a quality shoulder pad or shooting vest.
Partridge shooting in Spain is perfect for the enthusiastic game shooter as the thrill of some well-presented birds flushed out from the sweeping arable land is an experience that will stay etched in your memory for many years. However, to get the most out of the shoot and the Estate, a reasonable amount of skill and experience is required, even though your loader will take care of loading your cartridges quickly, the speed and trajectory of the presented game will be pretty demanding during specific drives.
The Spanish shooting season runs from October to the end of February; however, this is extended into early March in some locations. As a result, shooting in Spain offers the ideal way of extending the traditional UK shooting season abroad whilst enjoying the warmer climate that the country has to offer.
The Palacio Conde de Zanoni is one of the most luxurious hotels in Spain. Situated within the splendid hills of Huelva, a small town 38km from the city of Guadalajara and 85km from Madrid, it oozes sumptuousness and class. With its rustic exterior and impressive views over the rolling hills, it sits nestled within the whispering trees and fragrant gardens surrounding the house and the terrace, its the most perfectly peaceful retreat to amplify your senses.
You will feel the house’s impressive history from the beautiful architecture from the tiles, the fountain on the patio and the Count of Zanoni’s shield on the façade. The house’s recent renovation is noticeable inside with new decoration and furniture, and it is lovely. The classic and noble materials make it a welcoming atmosphere.
With the delights of the historical terrace and surrounding greenery, you will have the added option in the spring/summer to take a dip in the small rustic swimming pool should it take your fancy. After all, you would have had a long day in the field, and how wonderful would it be to immerse yourself in the relaxing swimming pool.
Palacio Conde de Zanoni spoils you with uniquely decorated rooms equipped with all you should need to make your stay as comfortable as possible. With eight elegantly finished double rooms over two floors, they offer three large junior suites on the upper floor, including a dressing room, living room, and a fireplace.
On the lower floor, the Palacio Conde de Zanoni gives you one opulent suite of 45 square metres and includes a living room, fireplace, balcony, dressing room and two bathrooms. A home from home experience to ease the stress away. Also on the lower floor, there is a further two superior double rooms which are 30 square metres and include all amenities needed, and last but not least is one more double which fetches 20 square metres of space.
Should you wish to bring extra parties, the Lodge offers two additional pavilions with a capacity of 25 and 60 guests. A world of space for all friends and family to be with you while you’re away.
Not only does the Lodge cater superbly for your accommodation needs, but it also offers a superior service of food and drink, across breakfast, lunch and dinner. The chefs at Palacio Conde de Zanoni can tailor your culinary delights to your wishes so that you can embrace the whole Spanish dining experience. They offer the finest wines, traditional cuisine, and much more, and the menu can get catered for your tastes.
They have a fantastic wine cellar whereby you will get treated to sensational wines with all your meals.
The Lodge itself and Huelva offer wine tasting opportunities in its winery, horse riding and hiking excursions, as well as acres and acres of land for you to explore. There is also a spa for that all-important massage after a long day shooting in the field.
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)
You will be greeted upon arrival by a representative from Zanoni who will be on hand to assist you with gun clearance should you wish to bring your own. You will then be transferred from Madrid to Guadalajara (45 minutes) Upon arrival you will be shown to your room at the shooting lodge Palacio Conde de Zanoni where you will settle in and take in the peaceful atmosphere and views over the terrace.
Overnight Accommodation: Palacio Conde de Zanoni (Single room) F/B
Prepare for your day ahead with a good breakfast which will be freshly prepared for you in the dining room between 8:30 am and 9:00 am before leaving for shooting at 10:00 am. There is also a chance to enjoy breakfast and coffee in the shooting fields should you wish as this is also available. Upon departure to the shooting estate at 10:00 am all you will need is your personal effects such as hearing and eye protection and a good set of gloves. The loaders/secretarios will have cartridges and guns ready for you. The day will commence at 11:00 am and will include between 4 and 5 drives.
Between each of the first 3 drives, you will stop for a refreshing 5-minute break where you will have a snack and a drink. Once the third drive has come to an end you will take a breather for around 40 minutes to catch up with fellow guns and to enjoy an aperitif with some light tapas. Two more drives will follow this merriment and at 3:30 pm shooting will be wrapped up to allow for a hearty sit-down lunch where an array of fine food and drink will be on offer. Once the days shooting has finished you will retreat back to the lodge where coffee and tea will be served. Take a while for yourselves before you sit down for dinner. After your evening meal, you will be transferred to a bed and breakfast in Madrid.
Overnight Accommodation: Madrid overnight hotel (Single Room) B/B
Arise and prepare for your transfer to Madrid airport via taxi.
Average Customer Satisfaction Score 91%
"A beautiful place to stay with a fantastic array of different shooting opportunities. All the boys loved it and have already asked me to enquire about some dates for next year."
"Easy to get to and ideal for a few days away, it certainly opened my eyes to shooting in Europe and would love to explore some of your other destinations. Thanks to everyone who made my trip possible."
"I've been lucky enough to shoot in a few destinations around Europe, but I think this was one of the best. The Partridge shooting was simply sensational."
The season runs from 1st October to 28th February.
Season: 1st October to 28th February
Overages are charged at 37 euros per bird (plus VAT)
Remember that Sportquest Holidays' services are completely FREE! When you book a trip with Sportquest Holidays, you never pay more than when you book directly with the lodge and flights independently.
Prices are based on 8 guns sharing transfers and shooting based on a 750 bird day (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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