Combe Sydenham offers the perfect high pheasant day.
— Shooting Gazette December 2015


  • Set in woodland landscape at the historic home of Sir Francis Drake.

  • Traditional family atmosphere delivering highest quality shooting.

  • 18 different drives provide consistent, technically challenging pheasants from stunning yet testing terrain.

  • A steady stream of high birds, you may also see partridges and wild duck.

  • Lunch is modern British mixed with classical French.



A firmly established shoot, Combe Sydenham was the first estate added to the Loyton portfolio. It was once home to Sir Francis Drake, famed sea captain but also skilled water engineer and a series of leats and ponds at the centre of the shoot are testament to his designs for water supply. Drives here provide consistent, technically difficult pheasants from testing terrain, with every drive subtly different- contributing to Combe Sydenham’s popularity.  Part of the beauty is the combination of scenery, with the gun line standing in both open game crop and the complimenting woodland. While you can expect a steady stream of high birds you may also see some partridges and wild duck.


Folly, Eisengard, Bird’s Hill and the Chair – although we would argue that there are many more!


 A real family affair lead by head keeper Peter Conachie and his brother Michael.


The Combe Sydenham shoot lodge, although traditional, has a feeling of class from of an almost bygone era. Tom’s lunches here reflect this, with a little more detail in the food. He describes the style as modern British mixed with classical French, with dishes such as delicate duck breasts served with a rich confit and cassoulet of the legs, wild sea bass baked with shrimp and samphire butter, and of course the famous truffled chicken!