Welcome Crogen and our family run shoot
With so much commercial shooting available, why should you choose Crogen over other shoots?
Our guests say that what sets us apart is the way we run our day: the entire Robertson family is involved at every stage, from under-keeper to hosting, from driving to catering, from beating to picking-up. Rather than use a shoot room for main days, we throw open the doors of our home – for both lunch in our dining room and tea in the family kitchen. We have a gallery at the bottom of this page to give you a flavour of Crogen and everything it can offer you and your party.
Game shooting at Crogen is concentrated over 2,500 acres of stunning Welsh countryside within 210 miles of Marble Arch. Shooting has been at the very heart of Crogen Estate for over 150 years, making it one of North Wales’ most established shoots. Crogen, which dates back to the 1300’s, was subsequently redesigned as a hunting lodge in the 1830’s, together with the plantation of numerous hard woods specifically for shooting.
In 2012, the Crogen shoot returned to the Robertson family after 43 years being let on a commercial only basis. During that time, thousands of individuals experienced Crogen, most returning year on year. Our emphasis is now on combining excellent shooting with warm, family-run hospitality for both small and large house parties.
What can we offer you?
With some 17 bedrooms split between 2 properties, we are certain we can create the perfect atmosphere for your party, all within a mile of your first drive. We are also delighted to advise you that we do not charge any corkage on the alcohol, soft drinks and mixers that you bring for your house party.
- A glorious backdrop
- Wide variety of drives
- Driven days ranging from 150-300 birds
- Driven days of under 150 birds upon request (lunch provided, but not included in cost)
- Boundary walked-up days of c.25 birds and other game
A choice, or combination, of:
Crogen Hall (8 bedrooms; 7 bath/shower rooms) (catering supplied)
The Coach House (sleeps 17 in 8 twin/doubles, 1 single; 5 bath/shower rooms)
(Self catering, but catering can be arranged if required)
*Run by Crogen Events, a separate but family-run enterprise.
Catering & Drink
- Coffee/tea on arrival
- Pre-lunch drinks
- 3 course lunch in Crogen’s dining room
- Afternoon tea at Crogen in the family kitchen
- Hot winter “picnic” on boundary days
- Alcohol to be supplied by you (no corkage charged);
we have wine merchants who can deliver (Tanners in Shrewsbury, Majestic Chester)
- Mixers can be bought from us if required
- All catering supplied in-house
- Full cooked breakfast using local produce
- Lunch: 3 courses provided by highly experienced team of local caterers
In the evening:
a choice of either a 2 course informal supper (menu agreed prior to your stay) or
a formal 4 course dinner (menu agreed prior to your stay).
All ingredients sourced locally as far as possible.
What is special about our shooting?
The shoot is based predominantly on hard wood plantations, with easy access, good cover, and suitable challenging terrain. The setting is, as you can see from our photographs, stunning. The shoot has some 12 drives and caters for the more experienced shots. It is a blend of the challenging high bank drives and less demanding parkland drives.
Why should I stay at Crogen?
Rather than us trying to tell you in clever phrases why you should stay and shoot with us, here are some guest testimonials from last season – and further letters can be found at the bottom of this webpage.
“…the drives were epic, the hospitality amazing and the warmth and welcome simply unsurpassed…” - Mr N from Hampshire - stayed 3 nights with walked up day followed by driven day’s shooting
“…those birds will remain etched on my memory for ever more. Thank you for your endless hospitality and kindness. Delicious food! Crogen is a magical place that captures your heart….” Mr T from Suffolk - stayed two nights with 2 days driven shooting.
“…The whole stay was a delight, from Henry’s welcome to the drives, the perfect lunch on the hill and the chocolate brownies. I think if I had not made the party move, we would still be sitting around your table…so it is with great excitement we are looking forward to our return day with you….” Mr H from Sussex
Our main emphasis is for you and your guests to relax and enjoy yourselves, to feel completely at home, and enjoy high level s of both standards and service. Throughout your visit to Crogen, you will be looked after by the family, who have extensive experience of shooting, corporate and private hospitality.
They are always welcome, but must be kept in their owners’ cars please.
We have 4 dogs of our own, and if we added a team of full blooded visiting
canines into the fray, chaos would undoubtedly ensue…
To book, or to find out more
Please email us on: firstname.lastname@example.org or you can telephone on 07714 337003.
More Testimonials from 2014/15
“….I am just writing to express my deep appreciation for the splendid day’s sport you laid on for us last Friday. It really was a spectacular day’s shooting, every drive was excellent. I congratulate you on the quality of the sport you produce at Crogen. Please pass on the deep appreciation of myself and the other guns to Shaun Duffy for managing the drives with such consummate skill. You gave us a memorable day. Thank you!…..” General S from London
“….having had such a successful trip last year, there is always the fear that the follow-up would not live up to expectations. I needn’t have worried…I have been lucky enough to shoot in many varied places over the years, but I can honestly say that Saturday was up there with the best I have ever witnessed. The quality of the birds and the way in which they were presented really was first class and testament to all of the hard work that has gone into the estate since it returned to the family. Crogen is such a magical place - great hosts, delicious food, exceptional shooting and wonderful views…..” Mr H from Hampshire - stayed 3 nights with walked up day followed by driven shooting.
“….you worked so hard to look after us all so beautifully and to feed and water us non-stop and with an abundance of everything delicious…..how could one not have a fabulous time in the most stunning countryside with such glorious views. We all loved your picker uppers who were so kind and fun, the whole experience was fantastic and I can’t wait to return next year with our team.” Mrs L from Suffolk - stayed two nights with 2 days driven shooting.
“Thank you for making Saturday such a special day. The shoot arrangements were superb…… and everyone had plenty of shooting on each drive regardless of their position, which is a great art rarely achieved!…..” Mr R from Dolgellau
“…..I would like to thank you both very much indeed for making our stay with you at Crogen such a huge success. We all had a splendid dinner and your hospitality could not have been bettered…..” Mr H from Cheshire
“….what a wonderful weekend we had - such fun and wonderful shooting on glorious scenery. A very big thank you for making us feel so at home - we felt like old family friends as opposed to paying guests. I have a feeling we will definitely see you again, i certainly hope so…..” Mr K from Oxfordshire 2- night stay with walked up day followed by driven day
“….I can't tell you how much we enjoyed our time at Crogen. It far exceeded my expectations and it was just what I think the team needed after a couple of years shooting leg-down partridge elsewhere. Crogen is a very special estate, incredibly scenic and with the most fantastic sporting ground, but what made the weekend was Henry and your enthusiasm, charm and devotion to ensuring we all had a incredible time. Staying in the coach house was fantastic – such a great building and very comfortable. You have a fantastic team, everybody from Pat, to the keeper, beaters and Stephanie – all made our time so special….” Mr K from Ireland - stayed 3 nights in Coach House - driven day followed by walked up day’s shoot.
“….I was thrilled to be able shuffle my diary in order to get up to Crogen….Each bird I shot with a victory. We all went to lunch having had a thoroughly great morning. it was very special to have the entire Robertson family out beating picking up and Sarah practising her impressive Welsh…..227 in the bag, we all headed off in different directions having had a thoroughly excellent day shooting, some serious sport to test us, great hospitality by Henry and Sarah with a very entertaining team of guns. What a happy day….” Mr F from Staffordshire