Many of the farm buildings and barns retain local building styles and haven’t changed much over time. The former railway line between Chichester and Midhurst opened in 1881, with the railway and station passing through Drovers estate and Singleton village. The station was built in a grand design to accommodate visitors to Goodwood racecourse but the line eventually closed. The tunnels are now inaccessible and are legally protected bat roosts.
Beside the old railway tunnel at dusk in late summer is a magnet for bat enthusiasts' You may hear or glimpse bat species including brown long-eared, whiskered, greater horseshoe and Brandt’s bats.
Drovers is all about being on a less trodden path with a mix of habitats and a blend of open views and woodland trails. You can enjoy circular walks or just explore freely, the choice is yours.
Woolbeding countryside is quietly tucked away in the tranquil Rother Valley. With its wide horizons and intimate secluded places, this huge estate has an extraordinary blend of habitats.