Hound Lodge, Goodwood

Stay in the newly refurbished sporting lodge on England's premier country estate 

 

  • Goodwood estate in West Sussex is famous for its sporting history, with its own motor-racing circuit and hillclimb, begun by the 9th Duke of Richmond and host to legends such as Sir Stirling Moss, Sir Jackie Stewart, Mike Hawthorne, Jim Clark and Graham Hill; one of the country's oldest cricket grounds; an historic racecourse, high on the South Downs with views to the sea; two golf courses; and an airfield famous  for  its role in the Battle of Britain, from which Spitfires aircraft still fly

  • Goodwood is host to the renowned automobile events the Festival of Speed and the Goodwood Revival, together with horse-racing highlight Glorious Goodwood

  • Country sports flourish on the estate, from where the fashionable Charlton Hunt enjoyed the famous 57-mile run in January 1738, described as 'the greatest chase that ever was' by the 2nd Duke of Richmond 

  • Clay- and game-shooting days can be arranged as they have been for hundreds of years, with both pheasant and partridge

 

  • The Hound Lodge: 'It's a dog's life!'

    • The kennels and hound lodge at Goodwood were considered by 18th-century aristocracy to be the 'most luxurious dog house in the world'

    • Now beautifully restored, the lodge is an even more luxurious home-from-home for both dogs and their humans

    • The illustrious history of the lodge is commemorated at every turn, with paintings and prints of favourite hounds, as well as dog baskets and biscuits in every room

    • The 10 bedrooms, each named after a hound from the 'Glorious Twenty-Three' of 1738, are individually furnished with hand-picked touches

    • Dedicated butler on hand to grant your every wish 

    • Afternoon tea on arrival, as your luggage is whisked to your room

    • Dinner prepared to your choice from seasonal produce grown on the estate's organic lowland farm, cooked by your private chef and served in your own dining room with carefully selected wines

    • Picnics prepared for you to enjoy after a long walk in the Goodwood parkland

    • Equipment, including guns, cleaned and polished after a long day in the open air

    • Indulgent spa treatments in your own room

    • Cosy firelit corners to curl up in with a good book and a little something 

    • After-dinner drinks and cigars in the courtyard

    • Guests may arrive at the estate by air, landing at Goodwood Aerodrome 

    • As befits the former home of the Charlton hounds, dogs are welcome! 

 

  • Aviation experiences available to Hound Lodge guests include

    • A flight in a Cesna 172SP Skyh awk, during which you will take control above the South Downs, with breathtaking views of the English coastline

    • Fly in a 1943 Harvard 2B, known as the 'Pilot Maker' for its role in training hundreds of fighter pilots in the Second World War. Your Warbird flying instructor will let you experience steep turns, loops and rolls, take control of the 550hp aircraft and finish with a victory flypast of the airfield

    • All aviation experiences include a hangar tour 

 

  • Motor-racing experiences available to Hound Lodge guests include

    • Drive the famous Goodwood Motor Circuit in a high-powered BMW, with instructors who will teach you how to drive the perfect fast lap and how to master power slides on a special low-grip circuit

    • Set off into the depths of the 12,000 acre estate on ancient woodland routes and navigate an off-road adventure of a lifetime

    • Learn to drive to the highest standards at the Goodwood Academy

    • Enjoy the best of motoring heritage with a Classic Car Experience, learning the historic circuit from top instructors before driving it yourself in three cars, from
      a selection that includes an E-type Jaguar, Mk2 Jaguar, 1966 Ford Mustang, Aston Martin DB4, Lamborghini Gallardo and an Aston Martin Vantage

    • Choose exactly how to spend your day with a bespoke package

 

  • Golfing experiences available to Hound Lodge guests include

    • The chance to play on two distinctive 18-hole golf courses

    • The challenging Downs Course, with its fast-running fairways, hills and undulating greens, was designed by five-times Open Champion James Braid in 1914. The variety of holes is unusually rich, laid out across 7,104 yards

    • Drive Woody buggies, designed by the present Lord March's grandfather in the 1930s, which come equipped with wicker baskets for sandwiches and Champagne

    • Relax in the Kennels clubhouse, with walnut lockers and full attendant service

    • The more gentle Park Course was designed by the world-renowned Donald Steel to take full advantage of its setting around Goodwood House itself

    • Tree-lined fairways require accuracy rather than brute force, and all levels of golfing ability will be delighted by the variety and views

    • Wind down with a swim in the indoor pool at the Health Club within the Goodwood Hotel and a meal at the informal Bar & Grill

 

The Hound Lodge sleeps 20 in 10 double rooms and can be booked for private use, with tea on arrival, dinner, breakfast, butler and chauffeur service, for £12,000 ($17,000) a night