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A luxury retreat at the heart of the Goodwood estate

27 March 2019

April French Furnell

Hound Lodge lies at the heart of Goodwood’s spectacular 12,000-acre Estate. A sense of solitude and peace is found here, deep in the Sussex countryside. This magnificent 10-bedroom sporting lodge is yours to experience in its entirety, offering a rare opportunity to spend time away from it all and escape the hectic pace of modern life.

The antithesis of a hotel, Hound Lodge offers guests an experience that they simply can’t get anywhere else. Beds that demand the deepest of sleeps, the reassuring warmth and crackle of an open fire and a sense of an old-fashioned world in the best possible way: when Hound Lodge opens its doors and lets you in, we hope you won’t ever want to leave.

 

History

As the home of the world’s first major foxhunt and the very reason the first Duke of Richmond bought a house at Goodwood in 1697, The Kennels, and later Hound Lodge were considered to be the most luxurious dog houses in the world. In a manner typical of English aristocracy, the Duke was renowned for spending far more time and money on his hounds and horses than on his friends and guests. He even famously installed central heating in the kennels 100 years before the human owners were able to enjoy it at Goodwood House. Hound Lodge has recently been completely restored for humans to enjoy, but hounds are warmly welcomed here, not only do they form part of the heritage and history of the building, they provide a source of inspiration for much of the interior.

 

Sporting Experiences

All the sports for which Goodwood is famous come from the passions of various members of the family, who have always welcomed friends and guests to share in their love of sport: horseracing, motor racing, golf, flying, shooting and cricket have all been introduced by enthusiastic family members.

Whether you wish to drive the renowned motor circuit, like the legendary motor racing heroes before you, explore the estate off-road in an original 1960s Land Rover, take to the skies with a flying experience in a historic aircraft, play a round of golf on one of our Championship courses, spend an afternoon clay-pigeon shooting or simply enjoy the stillness of an early morning walk across the South Downs; you will find countless sporting pursuits right on your doorstep.

A Masterpiece of Entertaining

The Dukes of Richmond have been entertaining friends and guests at Goodwood for over 300 years. The Hound Lodge butler and chef will make sure you and your guests are well looked after at all times and it’s all about country house service rather than the stuffy formality of fine dining.

The Georgian dining table dates from the late eighteenth century and was previously used at Goodwood House for banquets in the Ballroom. It is perfectly at home in the more relaxed surroundings of Hound Lodge and offers the ideal centrepiece to a relaxed evening, accompanied by good food and excellent wine. The Hound Lodge chef will design a seasonal menu that reflects the preferences and tastes of you and your guests, while making the most of the organic estate-reared and home-grown produce from Goodwood Home Farm.

The drawing room is the heart of the lodge where guests can relax surrounded by original paintings that reflect Goodwood’s sporting heritage and splendid antiques, many of which were reclaimed from the attic of Goodwood House. Piles of books, board games, a card table and a well-stocked bar provide plenty of distraction. Tea and homemade cake are served here mid-afternoon, followed later by delicious pre-dinner treats including Goodwood’s own ale nuts or the delicious pork crackling bites. After dinner you can relax and play games, dance or simply listen to your favourite music, enjoying your favourite drink.

 

All About the Dogs

As an important part of the history of the lodge, dogs are warmly welcomed. Whether it’s long ambling walks through the fields and surrounding woodland, special food and treats, or grooming and pampering, your dog will be treated to the very finest experience. Hound Lodge has comfy dog beds, personalised bowls and a dog sitter to make sure your hound has the very best attention.

The Rooms

Each bedroom is individually designed and named after each of the 10 hounds from the famous chase of the 1739 Charlton Hunt, the ‘Greatest Chase that ever Was’ as they galloped for ten hours over 57 miles of Sussex countryside. The rooms are decorated with this sense of history in mind, with quirky ornaments and antiques to reflect Goodwood’s sporting history and referencing Gordon Castle and Glenfiddich lodge in Scotland, where the family would escape every summer to enjoy the partridge and grouse shooting, stalking and salmon fishing. The fish decorating the wall lining the bedrooms are a nod to those leisurely days spent on the banks of the Spey and the Fiddich rivers.  The style is of a private house with understated luxury and a healthy dose of nostalgia: the rooms feature high ceilings, beds made up with eiderdown quilts and proper blankets, mattresses stuffed with wool from sheep grazing on the estate, and homely touches such as mini decanters of whisky and hot water bottles to warm the bed whenever the weather is cool. That under-rated pastime, sleep, is positively encouraged and an afternoon nap de rigueur.

The luxurious bathrooms feature deep roll-top baths and huge showers with natural bath products from Gordon Castle itself. Vintage-style glass bottles hold the comforting pine bath oil, ideal for a long, relaxing soak. The abundance of books and comfy armchairs create a peaceful atmosphere, where you can enjoy taking time dressing for dinner or simply getting ready for bed.

 

A Country Escape

Outside Hound Lodge the surrounding gardens are delightfully wild; poppies, lavender, daisies and all kinds of natural flowers and grasses grow throughout the summer. Go through the flint and brick arches of the courtyard and take the path to the Valdoe; an enchanting ‘ancient’ woodland where you can search for The Devil’s Ditch, an entrenchment believed to have been built for defence purposes during the Iron Age. The centre of the Valdoe has eight radial paths, originally used for exercising the hounds at the Kennels, and which provided the perfect gathering point for the start of the day’s hunt.

 

Exclusive use is available from £10,000 per night.

For further information: https://www.goodwood.com/stay-dine-relax/hound-lodge/

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