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.
The Hound Lodge butler and chef will make sure you and your guests are well looked after at all times. Everything about the experience is relaxed and special; from the comfy beds, with mattresses stuffed with wool from sheep grazing on the Estate, to dinner, which is all about country house service rather than the stuffy formality of fine dining. Time and space are modern luxuries and, at Hound Lodge, there is the chance to really enjoy them. A sense of solitude and peace is found here, away from it all, deep in the Sussex countryside.
The antithesis of a hotel, Hound Lodge offers an experience that you simply can't get anywhere else. This supremely comfortable place offers peace and respite from the world. 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.