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Stay and Play at Cowdray: A Luxurious British Country Estate

Stay and Play at Cowdray: A Luxurious British Country Estate


The magnificent Cowdray Estate dates back to the 16th century when it was originally one of England’s great Tudor houses. It is known to have been visited by both King Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth I. You’ll find Cowdray House nestled in the heart of the South Downs National Park, an area of outstanding natural beauty in the English countryside. If you’ve always wanted to stay in a quintessentially English mansion, look no further than Cowdray House!

Cowdray Estate

This beautiful property is an exclusive venue for hire for almost any special occasion. Whether you’re traveling with a big group, or celebrating any milestone from weddings to birthdays and family reunions, Cowdray will be the perfect home away from home with 22 bedrooms and a private butler. On a smaller scale, the perfectly appointed cottages are available to rent as well.

The beautiful and unique North Wing consists of six bedrooms which can sleep up to 12 guests.  You’ll discover stunning views over the front gardens and surrounding grounds.  There are two large family bathrooms with complimentary luxury spa toiletries, an open-plan kitchen/living room set in the original House kitchen with vaulted ceilings and a feature wall painted by a local artist. There is also a dining room and a games room with table tennis.

In the main house, you’ll find fifteen en suite bedrooms, individually decorated to feel both cozy and elegant.  All Cowdray House bedrooms include super king or king sized beds, high speed Wi-Fi, television, telephone, luxury toiletries, Nespresso machines and kettles, Cowdray-embossed towels, robes and slippers.  The only downside is you won’t want to leave!

The property is set in beautiful gardens and woodland grounds and has a courtyard area overlooking the lake. On the Estate, there are adjoining wooded areas and fields for walking, as well as excellent access to public footpaths. There is ample parking.

Cowdray Estates Gardens

If you’re fond of polo, Cowdray is the place for you. Here you’ll find the Cowdray Park Polo Club, the home of British polo. The season runs from April to September and anyone is welcome to watch polo at Cowdray throughout the season. You can either come as a spectator and buy tickets at the entrance gates, or sign up for a Non-Playing Social Membership. In the summer, Cowdray plays host to the Jaeger-LeCoultre Gold Cup which is ranked alongside the Argentine and USA Open tournaments. The 2017 Gold Cup starts on June 27th and ends July 23rd; that means four weeks of showcasing the world’s finest players in up to 40 thrilling matches.

You certainly won’t run out of outdoor activities at Cowdray. Aside from polo, the estate also offers fly-fishing, golf, clay-pigeon shooting, and guided wildlife tours. Or if you’d prefer to do some relaxing indoors, you’ll discover a haven of tranquility right next to Cowdray Hall. Their beautifully appointed Therapy Rooms provide an accessible but private space for therapists, consultants, and their clients with Shiatsu, Osteopathy, Nutritional Therapy and more. Cowdray Hall is also available to hire for inspirational workshops, events, and weekly classes focusing on all area of self-development through yoga, pilates, mindfulness, meditation, chanting, and Tai Chi.

I recently got a little look into what life is like at Cowdray. Nic Roldan, Cowdray club member and one of the world’s leading polo players, hosted his 2nd Annual Sunset Polo & White Party at Palm Beach’s exclusive Wander’s Club. Cowdray set up a luxurious tent which gave us a taste of life on a storied country estate. In the early evening, we watched a fast-paced polo match played by some of the best polo players in the world. Afterwards, we enjoyed an evening of dining and dancing.

Nic Roldan 2nd Annual Sunset & Polo

There was a silent auction going on throughout the night, helping to raise money for Brooke USA. This wonderful organization supports the world’s largest international animal welfare charity, and host Nic Roldan is one of their Ambassadors.

Nic Roldan's 2nd Annual Sunset Polo & White Party

A reciprocal event will be held on June 20th at Cowdray House in England!  For more information on the Cowdray House, please check out their website:

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Carmen Edelson is the Founder of Carmen's Luxury Travel. Carmen has been traveling the world for over a decade. Her travels allow her the opportunity to pursue her itch to travel to the best luxury destinations, and experience those first class tastes from around the world.


  1. Kimberly Falkenburg
    April 3, 2017 at 11:31 pm

    What a great write up of a truly special and spectacular venue! We so enjoyed our time at Cowdray and I treasure the memories! Thank you for styling us out so beautifully @nmluxe!

    • Carmen Edelson
      April 18, 2017 at 9:51 am

      Thank you, Kimberly! I’m so glad you enjoyed yourself at Cowdray.

  2. Cori
    April 5, 2017 at 2:41 pm

    This is certainly one way to experience an English novel. I get antsy if I’m out of a city for too long, but it seems like it’d be quite the experience for a weekend. It’s funny to think how easy it is to rent a castle or an estate for the weekend.
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    • Carmen Edelson
      April 18, 2017 at 9:50 am

      I know – but you truly can do this all over the UK! Cowdray is one of the best.

  3. The Family Voyage
    April 5, 2017 at 10:01 pm

    Wow, that looks amazing!!! I wonder how much it costs to rent out :-O
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    • Carmen Edelson
      April 18, 2017 at 9:50 am

      The prices vary every month but definitely go to their website and check it out!

  4. Vicky and Buddy
    April 6, 2017 at 10:27 pm

    Wow, that bathroom looked amazing! What an incredible place. I would never want to leave!
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    • Carmen Edelson
      April 18, 2017 at 9:49 am

      I would feel the same way! Can I just move in?!

  5. Danik
    April 8, 2017 at 4:18 pm

    I never even heard of this estate and its my home country. Looks like something out of Downton Abbey 😀
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    • Carmen Edelson
      April 10, 2017 at 8:43 am

      It’s just so charming!

  6. Onur Aslan
    April 8, 2017 at 5:48 pm

    It is just 50 miles away from London, but I haven’t heard it from. It looks like totally revitalising experience with excellent attention to the details!

    • Carmen Edelson
      April 10, 2017 at 8:44 am

      The attention to detail is pretty incredible!

  7. Kris
    April 8, 2017 at 8:23 pm

    Wow, this place looks like a set on Downton Abbey. I’d love to have dinner in that dining hall. Is playing with the dogs an option? Because if so, I’m in.

    • Carmen Edelson
      April 10, 2017 at 8:45 am

      Ha! I’m sure something could be arranged 😉

  8. Travelling Dany
    April 9, 2017 at 4:44 am

    This looks like the X-Men school! Ok, I’m a nerd. Anyway, we just noted it down because it’s such a beautiful place: me and my husband would love to spend some time here!

    • Carmen Edelson
      April 10, 2017 at 8:46 am

      Ha… understandably so! It’s an incredible place.

  9. Danielle Desir
    April 10, 2017 at 7:26 am

    Wow! There are so many impressive things about this estate but I absolutely fell in love with the dinning area – perfect for weddings!

    • Carmen Edelson
      April 10, 2017 at 8:48 am

      Such a beautiful place for weddings!

  10. Francesca
    April 11, 2017 at 10:25 pm

    Ok, I was already sold on the idea of staying at a mansion in the English countryside. Then I saw that the estate offers fly fishing. I am so in!!

    • Carmen Edelson
      April 18, 2017 at 9:48 am

      You’d have a fabulous time, Francesca!

  11. Richard Ketter
    June 5, 2017 at 1:33 pm

    What a gorgeous estate! Wouldn’t mind having that as a second home. I can only imagine how Henry VIII spent his time here. Any other local history?

    • Carmen Edelson
      June 6, 2017 at 5:26 am

      I definitely wouldn’t skip out on visiting the ruins on site. Also, Midhurst is nearby which is a lovely market town

  12. Joanne @ Travel Visa UK
    April 26, 2018 at 8:59 pm

    I don’t know what’s more interesting – the beautiful and historic architecture or our photography. Thank you very much for taking a time to share this.

    • Carmen Edelson
      April 26, 2018 at 9:46 pm

      Wow, thanks Joanne! I appreciate it 🙂

  13. BCP Veterinary Pharmacy
    April 15, 2020 at 1:15 pm

    Wow! What a place!

    • Carmen Edelson
      April 15, 2020 at 6:30 pm

      It’s a truly stunning property!

  14. park with me
    April 6, 2021 at 2:03 am

    Amazing, this place resembles a set on Downton abbey. I’d love to eat in that feasting lobby

    • Carmen Edelson
      April 6, 2021 at 6:39 pm

      Yes, I see what you mean!

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