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Los Melonares reminds us the most of a UK shoot with the thicker bush, greener hues and more acute valleys. The shooting is excellent and one cannot help but feel at home at the wonderful house with its orange tree-lined courtyards, large outside sitting areas and display of trophies from times gone by. This 5,000 acre estate is owned by the wonderful Madariaga family, who are considered hunting royalty in Spain. The stunning grounds, offer incredible shooting, while the main house Melonares Palace is steeped in history and the hospitality is definitely five star.
Los Melonares shows excellent high birds driven from distance thus having time to lift across the valleys. There is plenty of variety too with their signature drive, El Muro, an example. Guns are tight to a valley bank and birds are launched high off the top so there is little time to shoot.
Los Melonares is a wonderful estate near the very beautiful city of Seville which is a must-see either before or after shooting to enjoy the architecture and the wonderful tapas bars.
After a leisurely breakfast and gun fitting for those renting guns, the vehicles head off into the valleys of the shoot. Drinks are served after each drive with taco and lunch served at locations around the estate chosen for their views.
Guests will be staying for 2 nights at Los Melonares, a magnificent and unique Andalusian Hacienda with 12 double rooms, fountains and gardens, library, several reception rooms, and the famous Madariaga World Wide Trophy Room; it is located in the heart of the estate.