The Mornacott Experience
Whilst guests come to shoot at Mornacott we understand that a little more is required than simply providing exciting drives and stunning birds.
Shooting at Mornacott is as much about spending time with friends and clients in a relaxed and convivial environment as it is about the actual shooting.
Whilst some guests choose to bring their own four-wheel drive vehicles we are always delighted when they choose to use our gunbus which seats all in one vehicle and allows for relaxed camaraderie, conversation and friendly banter in the travel between drives.
The shootroom, where the shooting day begins and to which all return after their day, comprises a painstakingly converted and furnished barn, which creates an ambience of calm relaxation.
Meals are taken in the shootroom and sometime before the day itself the client host for the day is provided with menu choices comprising a range of dishes using the best locally sourced ingredients many of which come directly from Mornacott Farm. The Wine List, certainly in terms of the range and selection of Bordeaux and other fine wines, would not be considered out of place in a top restaurant.
We are always delighted to arrange for dinner on the night before the shoot and meals and timings are readily arranged around the requirements of our guests to allow them the choice of a full lunch or “twelveses” in the field allowing them to “shoot through” if required.
Our Shoot Lodges allow for teams of guns to be accommodated in tastefully furnished ensuite rooms the nights before and after the shoot day if desired.
Commercial shooting in recent years has become just that…… “commercial”!
At Mornacott we seek to deliver quality and variety as opposed to just quantity. We typically do not offer days “big bag” days thereby ensuring that our guests can remember their good birds for the day and do not feel the need to take impossible shots which often only serve to inflict injury to birds and to destroy the reputation of our sport.
Part of the secret to providing an enjoyable day is in the planning of it. Prior to any day’s shooting we liaise closely with our client host to ensure that we can match drives to the level of experience of the guns providing loaders, if required, for those who might be relatively new to the sport.
Whilst we do operate a normal system of “overage” and “underage” we rely upon the skill of our keeper to match the drives to the requirements of our guests and to avoid the situation where the bag is shot halfway through the day creating an awkward dilemma for our client hosts.
Partridge, pheasant and mixed days are always a delight to arrange for our guests and with a few other types of interesting quarry available we also seek to both add to the fun element of the day and to raise small sums for charity through shooting “fines” should our guests choose to be more adventurous in their shooting.
For those who wish to add to the experience of the day we have created a series of flight ponds which allow the day to conclude with some evening duck flighting should our guests wish to further enhance their enjoyment.
Our team are hugely experienced in delivering quality days and many of our beaters and pickers-up spend their whole working week practicing their craft living and working as they do in the heart of England’s best shooting country.
Above all we want to make the day at Mornacott an experience to remember and savour until a return the following year to refresh the spirit.