Hound Lodge is a traditional sporting lodge that showcases the best of Goodwood all year-round. Set in the midst of the spectacular 12,000-acre Estate, this magnificent luxury retreat has been designed as an exclusive-use venue for family gatherings and parties.
Guests are encouraged to unwind completely and enjoy the many British country pursuits on offer, while being looked after by a dedicated butler. The Estate’s award-winning produce plays a central role in the delectable dishes that are cooked by the Lodge’s personal chef, who creates a bespoke menu using seasonal ingredients. Carefully selected fine wines provide the perfect accompaniment and a Classic Bar is a must after dinner, complete with cigars in the courtyard.
Hound Lodge, originally a luxurious home to the dogs of the famous Charlton Hunt, was immaculately restored in 2016 to create a retreat filled with the finest comforts for both humans and hounds alike. Guests have every rural pastime at their fingertips: shooting, walking, foraging and even star-gazing can be arranged. For the more adventurous, there are plenty of adrenalin-packed experiences to choose from, such as flying alongside a Spitfire or roaring around the historic Goodwood Motor Circuit in a sports car. If relaxation is on the agenda, that can also be arranged, whether it is a dip in the pool at the Health Club or an indulgent treatment at the Waterbeach Spa.
The Lodge’s ten individually designed bedrooms are named after the hounds of the ‘Glorious Twenty-Three’, owned by the 2nd Duke of Richmond in 1738. From the Dido room, the avowed leader of the pack, to the Drummer room, Dido’s unofficial deputy, each bedroom is unique with exquisite details and the finest interiors. The mattresses are filled with wool from the Goodwood flock and the walls are adorned with eclectic artefacts. In each of the rooms are dog bowls and baskets, as well as original paintings and prints that reveal the significance of Hound Lodge and its pack.
The first Duke of Richmond, a keen fox hunter, first came to Goodwood with the Charlton Hunt. He bought the house in 1697 and it has remained the seat of the Dukes of Richmond ever since. For over 300 years, friends, family and guests have been visiting Goodwood to enjoy the myriad sporting events it has become renowned for, including the Festival of Speed, the Qatar Goodwood Festival and the Revival.
And yet there is so much more to Goodwood than horses and cars: two championship golf courses, the very best shooting, cricket matches on one of England’s oldest grounds and a celebrated Battle of Britain Airfield provide plenty of amusement for visitors from around the globe.
Today, Goodwood is becoming increasingly famous for its food. The Estate’s organic farm, one of the largest in Europe, raises rare-breed cows, pigs and sheep that are the envy of the region. Goodwood beef, pork and lamb are served in some of London’s top restaurants, including The Ritz, and its organic, non-homogenised milk has a huge following with coffee lovers.
This incredible food heritage is celebrated across the Estate. Goodwood’s latest food venture Farmer, Butcher, Chef, is a sustainable restaurant that aims to showcase the lesser-known cuts of meat, using every part of the animal to bring nostalgic cooking back to life. Meanwhile, The Kennels, Goodwood’s sporting members’ club, houses a sensational restaurant that also celebrates Goodwood produce. Hound Lodge is the final piece of the puzzle, representing the ultimate in attention to detail and giving guests exclusive access to the entire Goodwood experience.
Passionate, proud and loyal, Goodwood really is a unique British country estate that remains pioneering in everything it does.
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