Goodwood, Southeast England
At a Glance
An exclusive-use lodge perfect for parties, celebrations or a family getaway
Relax in plush armchairs and sofas around the roaring fire
Round-the-clock butler service ensures your every need is taken care of
Seasonal produce and local organic ingredients are used to create the very best of home-cooked meals
Located on the Goodwood estate, there are many opportunities to try unique activities such as motor racing or flying
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It is very difficult to predict the weather in the United Kingdom - in the summer from May to late September is generally seen as the most pleasant time to visit. Rainfall is difficult to predict - but the UK does not receive as much as many are led to believe! In the winters, temperatures do fall, but there is nothing better than finding a remote pub with a roaring fire to sit beside after a long walk in the country.
To start planning your vacation to Hound Lodge
A 10-bedroom lodge located in the grounds of the famous Goodwood estate, Hound Lodge is the perfect place for celebrations or family gatherings. A real home away from home, here you'll experience the quintessential English countryside retreat.
Purchased by the Duke of Richmond in the 17th century and home to the first major foxhunt, Hound Lodge has since been transformed from palatial kennel to luxurious country retreat. Although the main focus is now on human guests, dogs are still very much welcome and are integral to the history and fabric of the lodge.
With the elegance and style of a traditional country house, Hound Lodge has also been designed with comfort in mind, from the sheep's wool eiderdowns to the hot water bottles waiting in beds at the end of the day. Each of the individually-decorated rooms is a haven of tranquillity, complete with plush armchairs and miniature whisky decanters. Guests need simply ring the bell in their room and the private butler will be on hand for any requests, large or small.
The drawing room is the warm and welcoming heart of Hound Lodge, where afternoon tea is served on arrival and guests can relax on comfortable sofas beside the roaring fire in this home away from home. Pictures depicting the history of Goodwood and Hound Lodge line the walls and dogs can be found throughout the room in ornaments, statues and paintings. This is the perfect place to sink into an armchair with a good book, a board game or a pre-dinner tipple from the drinks trolley.
In the dining room, enjoy meals sat around the impressive Georgian dining table. The menus consist of classic, home-cooked fare which makes the most of seasonal produce and ingredients from Goodwood's own organic farm. The homely meals are enhanced by wine pairings and followed by cheese, port and after-dinner coffee in the drawing room.
Hidden away on the Goodwood estate, Hound Lodge is surrounded by picturesque woodland, where there are several paths offering delightful countryside walks. Guests looking for a more active stay can try their hand at clay pigeon shooting, golf or even racing around Goodwood's famous motor circuit before returning to the lodge to unwind in the utmost style.
The ten bedrooms at Hound Lodge are individually decorated, each in a fresh and light country style with antique furnishings throughout. Each of the ten charming rooms is named after one of the Duke of Richmond's dogs and provides homely touches such as hot water bottles and mini whisky decanters. Cosy eiderdowns and plush armchairs ensure each guest's stay is of the utmost comfort, and some rooms offer private outdoor terraces. The bedrooms are all en-suite, each bathroom offering free-standing roll-top baths, large walk-in showers and natural products from Gordon Castle.
Children are more than welcome at Hound Lodge, however there are no specific childcare facilities.
Hound Lodge benefits from a private chef and round-the-clock butler service.
Meals are served in Hound Lodge's elegant dining room, where guests sit around the long Georgian dining table used by royalty. The lodge's chef serves up simple yet delicious home-cooked fare using estate-reared meats and seasonal produce from the Goodwood Home Farm, one of Europe's only self-sustaining organic farms.
As Goodwood estate is known for its sporting events and outdoor pursuits, the activities are endless at Hound Lodge. Speed around Goodwood Motor Circuit in a classic racing car or take to the skies in your own private flying lesson, or for something slower-paced enjoy a round of golf on one of the estate's Championship courses. Alternatively, guests looking for something a little more relaxing can explore the estate's picturesque woodland or make full use of the leisure facilities at the nearby Goodwood Hotel.
Jules Maury (Staff)
Sometimes a place takes you completely by surprise. Hound Lodge is just such a place. From the moment the intricate wrought iron gates open onto a magical little oasis of peace you feel you have found a haven to hide from the modern world for a few blissful moments. Everything about Hound Lodge is tailored to transport you back to a bygone age. A butler ministers to your every need. Staff serve meals by candlelight, the light flickering off burnished mahogany tables laden with silver and beautiful china. If you wish, take breakfast in bed (for the married ladies) or be wowed by the perfectly balanced breakfast dishes offering the most delicious of fare. Relax into the wonderful drawing room sofas whilst sipping cocktails by the fire after a day out exploring, an afternoon clay pigeon shooting or perhaps a historical flight in a legendary Spitfire over the Sussex Downs Everything you wish for is possible here. You just simply need to turn up.
Fly in a spitfire over the Battle of Britain site
Take to the skies in Britain’s most iconic aircraft as you visit the sites where the Battle of Britain took place during the second World War.
Flying at Goodwood
Take to the skies with a Goodwood instructor to learn the basics of flying. Hop into one of the estate's aircraft where you'll be taught how to control and manoeuvre the plane while admiring the beautiful views below.
Gin experience at Hound Lodge
Enjoy a private gin tasting in the comfort of your very own home away from home at Hound Lodge. Your expert gin master will guide you through the tasting, teaching you about the gin making process and fantastic pairing options.
Revival racing at Goodwood
Discover classic motor racing at Goodwood Motor Circuit, a historic track dating back to the 1940s. The golden era of racing will be brought to life as you speed around the track in classic racing cars from the 1960s.
Stargazing at Hound Lodge
Relax in the tranquil courtyard at Hound Lodge and gaze up at the night sky with an explanation from Dr John Mason, founder of the Chichester Planetarium. The country skies make for fantastic stargazing and you'll be taught all about the wonders of space.
Location & directions
Goodwood, Southeast England
Hound Lodge is located at the edge of South Downs National Park in southern England, within the renowned 12,000-acre Goodwood estate.
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