Sporting Lodges

Sporting Lodges

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A fascinating history of the sporting lodge, beautifully illustrated throughout, covering the classic and unusual lodges, bothies...


An extensive and fascinating history of the sporting lodge, beautifully illustrated throughout, covering the classic, most interesting and unusual shooting/stalking/fishing and hunting lodges, bothies, huts, boxes and barns. Including wall trophies, gun cabinets, game books and much more, these tales from the past and anecdotes from the present combine together to create a superb read for anyone interested in country sports and rural society history.

Key features:

  • Portrays an extensive and fascinating history of the sporting lodge that also identifies and details buildings that are still in use today
  • Details how sportsmen and their families travelled; also including a re-enactment of an Edwardian railway journey from London to the Outer Hebrides
  • Shows examples of itemised billing, food orders, contents of the rod room/tack room and gun room as well as sporting registers
  • Depicts a comprehensive display of modern-day luncheon lodges in current use on private shooting estates



Jeremy Hobson has been respected for many years as an author, shoot captain and occasional broadcaster. His best-selling title, Shoot Lunch, was published in 2011.

David S D Jones has been archivist and historian for the National Gamekeeper's Organisation for over a decade and has written a number of books on sporting estates.

Book Specifications

Additional Information

Sub Heading Sanctuaries, Havens and Retreats
ISBN 9781846891687
Author J C Jeremy Hobson and David S D Jones
Binding Casebound
Extent 246mm x 189mm, 224 pages
Illustrations Colour throughout
Ebook Yes via your usual supplier

Sporting Lodges includes many fascinating first-hand accounts of life in the lodge then and now, and there are detailed rituals, rod rooms, game books and fishing registers. There is also a splendid section on lodges built in rather eccentric places some so remote they can be accessed only by sea! --Cla

If you're looking for something to relax with after a hard day's stalk, you won't do much better than Sporting Lodges. For those interested in the history of their sport, it provides an in-depth look at the history of the sporting lodges, complete with detailed and evocative pictures of some of the most interesting that our Nations estates great and small have to offer. --Sporting Rifle

From the baronial extravagance of the Victorian highland lodge, to the modest thatched hut by the river, this is a fascinating history of sporting lodges. But it is much more; it is a social history of fieldsports looking at the way lodges transformed sport and were themselves affected by railways, roads and the huge social changes of the last century...An absorbing history and a great read. - BASC Shooting and Conservation 

A charming and envy-inducing history of sporting lodges in the British Isles. The subtitle says it all really; shooting lodges, bothies or fisherman's huts are sanctuaries where log fires roar, whiskey tumblers refresh and sportsmen and women forget about the concerns of the wider world. The book contains some fascinating insights into the way sporting estates were run just a few generations ago, and also covers, among other topics, travel in the golden age of steam engines and motoring and cooking. With section headlines like Private railway stations and Ghosts of those who have gone before, there are many little treasures and the authors have done a tremendous amount of research to deliver an endearing book which will entertain and tantalise in equal measures. - Shooting Gazette 

This is an extensive and fascinating history of the quintessential British sporting lodge. Beautifully illustrated throughout, it covers the classic and most interesting and unusual shooting, stalking, fishing and hunting lodges, bothies, huts, boxes, castles and barns. With its tales from the past and anecdotes from the present, the authors - both prolific sporting writers - have written a book which creatures a superb portrait of this wonderfully British sporting institution. A fascinating read. --Fieldsports

The sub-title on the front cover just about sums up this book as it is "Sanctuaries, Havens and Retreats". Whatever one's sport from fishing and shooting to stalking, sooner or later people come across fishing lodges, stalking bothies or simplest shelters. Only the privileged few have access to many of these...The large number of excellent photographs, some very old, depict a life most of us can only imagine. --Highland News Group

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