About Us

As a family business in every sense, Woodhall Estate integrates diverse people, communities, industries and enterprises. We apply cutting-edge approaches to traditional principles – and always set the highest of standards with the long-term future at the heart of every decision.

Our diverse business brings together heritage and property management, farming and land management, nature conservation and regeneration, events and hospitality. Enterprise, innovation, research, education and charitable activities also form an important part of what we do.

Our Ethos

Learn about our values and how we integrate cutting-edge practices with tried and tested principles

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Woodhall Farming Team in a field of wheat

Our Team

The estate is managed by an in-house professional team with a mix of backgrounds and skills

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Forester in a bluebell wood at Woodhall Estate

Our History

The estate has evolved over centuries. Learn about its history

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Woodhall Estate main stairwell showing historic elements

Research & Innovation

We partner with several organisations to perform cutting-edge research in the rural sector, and we never stop innovating

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Research on butterflies

Heath Mount School

The Main House and campus is let to Heath Mount School. Learn more about the school and our working partnership

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School children in front of building

Learning & Inspiring

Woodhall has a long history of providing and supporting education. Learn more about how we are continuing this legacy

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School children at a farm in rural Hertfordshire

Community & Charities

The estate’s heritage is intertwined with its local communities. It continues to support them in many ways, whilst also supporting local and national charities. Learn about what this involves.

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Community event in woodland at Woodhall Estate


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Our roots

Woodhall has been owned and managed by the Abel Smith family for over 200 years. Today the family traditions prevail. Whilst the business is managed professionally, it is done so with the personal oversight and direction of the family. The family both lives and works on the estate and is here to stay; making continuity, enduring high standards and long-termism distinguishing features of the business.