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 pictures, photographs, quirky ornaments and antiques to reflect the family's sporting heritage. It's not only the eiderdown quilts and plump mattress, filled with wool from the sheep that graze on the Goodwood Estate, that encourages you to rest that little bit longer, each of your ten rooms includes those special homely touches such as mini decanters of whisky and hot water bottles for the colder months. That under-rated pastime, sleep, is positively encouraged and an afternoon nap de rigueur.
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. The drawing room is a mix of old and new, splendid yet comfortable, with authentic personal flair. Piles of books, board games, a card table and a well-stocked bar provide plenty of distraction. Afternoon tea is served here, followed later by delicious pre-dinner treats including Goodwood’s own ale nuts or the unbelievably-good pork crackling bites. After dinner you can relax and play games, dance or simply listen to your favourite music, enjoying your favourite drink, perhaps even chatting until dawn breaks over the Estate.
The Dining Room
The seemingly endless 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 for an exuberant evening, with good food and excellent wine. There is a comfortable, laid-back atmosphere which belies the sense of occasion the room bestows. 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 luxurious bathrooms feature deep roll-top baths and huge showers with natural bath products from Gordon Castle. 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.
The Boot Room
After a day spent driving, flying, shooting, playing or walking in the Goodwood Estate, drop your boots on the flagstone floor and leave your things on the baize table to be collected and returned clean, taking the time to enjoy fabulous teas, or something a little stronger, prepared by your butler. As your dogs shake off the mud and bound indoors you can look forward to sinking into your favourite sofa or retiring to your room before dinner is served.
The walls of the 'loo' are hung with framed handwritten extracts from the hunting journals of the 7th Duke of Richmond, describing some of the most glorious days out riding.
For more information and to book please call Neil Georges