"Ventosilla", with thousands of wild hectares is the most emblematic partridge shooting estate in Spain. The first drive in Spain took place at "Ventosilla" in 1894, organised by our great-grandfather the Duke of Santoña with HRM King Alfonso XIII. The Count of Teba, our grandfather continued to hold shoots in the same grand style to the present day. Inspired by his love of the sport and the estate, we- the grandsons- have decided to maintain the tradition on this extraordinary property, which is located in one of the most beautiful landscapes of Toledo, on the banks of the river Tajo.
Our clients, come to "Ventosilla" in search of having memorable shooting days with us, and thanks to a high sporting game, beautiful scenery, excellent lunches, a superb wine list, luxurious accommodation, good organisation and a friendly family run atmosphere, they get exactly that..
THE BEST PARTRIDGE SHOOTING IN SPAIN
THE DRIVES & THE SHOOTING
The setting of the estate is incomparable for partridge shooting. It is formed by very undulating and abrupt mountains which provide some of the most challenging partridges in Spain.
The partridges are flushed off high hills to produce some stunning bird flights. The changing terrain and topography are by themselves, able to offer a great variety of drives ensuring top quality days of partridge shooting. So great is the movement of the landscape and habitat that the range of drives is unlimited. Actually we have more than 50 different drives. Ventosilla's drives have tested the mettle of history's big shots: kings, prime ministers, Edwardian peers, shooting legends. Ventosilla is a truly spectacular shoot.
Guests meet for breakfast at 9:00h, and then leave the estate home for shooting. We start with three drives, after which we have a break for the "Taco" (picnic) that depending on weather conditions, we have at the borders of Lake Castejon, or in the shooting lodge positioned at the top of a hill, from which you have magnificent views of the estate. After the "Taco" we have another two drives, and we are off for afternoon tea and to get ready for drinks and a formal dinner.
Dinner is served in the dining room before resuming the afternoon drives. If guests require a different program we can tailor the schedule to fit our guests` requirements. We guarantee you will have unforgettable memories of your stay with us.
Season starts on October 1st and ends on February 28th. When the hunting season is over Ventosilla is available for Bird-watching groups in the borders of the marshes of the Lake Castrejon as well as any other corporate activities.
THE PALACE AND THE GARDENS
The palace is unique. You cannot find any other place which is comparable, all around the countryside in Spain. It was built in the XV Century as a hunting pavilion for the wealthy and powerful cardinals of Toledo. The palace has been enlarged and improved by the succeeding generations of the Teba family and at present you will find a place with all the warmth and taste of the past but with all the facilities of today.
The gardens of the palace were designed by French landscaper, Jean Claude Nicolas Forestier at the end of the XIX Century, and we are proud to say they have been kept exactly the same as they were.
We have restored in the Chateau with 15 luxury suites. The flavour and atmosphere of historic shooting is spread by the entire house and this makes a unique ambience. Personal servants and keepers, attend hunters in the same way they have been doing for our family for generations, in the old fashion..
Tourism in Toledo visiting one of the oldest cities in Europe, capital of the Old Christian Kingdom of Spain and first place where, Christians, Jews and Muslims, in the XI century lived together in peace.
Big game hunting; red deer, Ibex, wild boar and mouflon can also be organized under demand.