At the start of the year, my husband and I said that we would try and get away at least once a month, and this month we decided to treat ourselves to a stay at The Goodwood Hotel in Chichester, which is near to where our close friends live, so we could spend a little time with them, while also exploring the area with Falcon.
When you think Goodwood, you might be thinking of the stunning grand country house, Goodwood House, or the historic motor circuit or racecourse, or even the golf course. Well The Goodwood Hotel is nestled in the heart of the Goodwood Estate, close to the South Downs national park, making it a beautiful place to relax and enjoy the countryside as well as being 10 miles from the stunning coastline of West Sussex.
For us, visiting friends who live in Chichester it was the perfect location, less than 10 minutes in the car, it is also super dog friendly, meaning that Falcon got his own bed and treats, as well as being able to eat with us at breakfast, and for dinner at the Farmer, Butcher, Chef, a fabulous sustainable restaurant, which we just loved so much that I think it actually deserves its own blog post (so keep an eye out for it, especially if you are a meat lover).
The Goodwood Hotel
The staff are welcoming, accommodating and friendly, they pointed out a great walk through the woods that they thought Falcon would like, they booked us tables at their restaurants, and they gave Falcon lots of fuss every time they saw him, so he was very happy.
Plus, this is a hotel just waiting for you to relax, from the comfortable room to the gorgeous little nooks around the place, I loved how it really mixes contemporary modern with character filled personal touches that showcase all that the estate has to offer.
The thing with the Goodwood Estate is that it runs on exclusivity, each area from the health club to the golf course, flying and motor racing has their own private membership and I love that as hotel guests you effectively become members for the duration of your stay, and that includes your dog, meaning you can go to The Kennels, the central clubhouse that once housed the Duke of Richmond’s hunting hounds.
This is a stunning social club, beautifully decorated, and you can pop over here to simply relax, have a drink by the fire, or grab something to eat, and if you are here on a Sunday definitely make time to go over for lunch as I’ve heard their roast dinner is amazing. I just love the fact that if you are full member and have a dog your pooch gets a personalised dog bowl for when they are there, seriously how cute is that.
Our Garden Room at The Goodwood Hotel
We were staying two nights so we opted for a little extra room and went for the Garden Room that opened onto our own terrace, which I would imagine would be the perfect spot for an alfresco breakfast in the summer, however, as it snowed on our second day there not quite the right weather.
Falcon got his own bed, which he loved, he even got a toy and treats, while the humans got fair-trade chocolate bars and the most incredible selection of teas, coffee and hot chocolate, which is always the first thing I do when I’m settling into a hotel. The bathroom wasn’t anything special, but it wasn’t dreary either, I did appreciate that they use Ren products though, especially as I totally forgot to bring shampoo and conditioner.
This was the second price-point room, The Goodwood Hotel has 90-odd rooms starting with their signature bedrooms, around £100 a night, where dogs are also allowed, as well as characters rooms situated in the historic 18th Century part of the hotel, which I would have loved to have stayed in but they don’t allow dogs in these room, and suites, which have a separate lounge area perfect for relaxing after a busy day, again not dog-friendly.
Eating at The Goodwood Hotel
There are lots of options, from field to fork dining at restaurant Farmer, Butcher, Chef, which showcases organic, home-grown meat dishes with its sharing Butcher’s Boards being its signature dish to bistro dining at the Bar & Grill, which is more of a gourmet pub with burgers, steak, and fish and chips on the menu. What I loved about both places was how they showcased on each dish that the beef, pork and lamb came from the Goodwood Estate, as well as the milk from the dairy. Not enough options for you, there is also The Kennels, just don’t forget to get the hotel to book you a table.
Also, did I mention, all three options, the Farmer, Butcher, Chef, Bar & Grill and The Kennels are dog-friendly so you can take your dog to dinner with you.
There are so many things I loved about our visit to The Goodwood Hotel, the staff, our room, the incredible surroundings, and how Falcon really had an amazing time, but if I had to pick just one thing that makes this country hotel stand out it would be the excellent breakfast.
As you know, I love a good hotel brekkie, and like with everything about The Goodwood Hotel it is thought out, excellently prepared and filled with local produce, my husband was quick to point out that the sausages, which are made from meat from the estate were delicious, and I love that the waitress even brought out Falcon one as well. While my husband opted for the full breakfast I had the most incredible avocado on toast. There is also a buffet filled with pastries, cereal, fruit and meats – they haven’t forgotten anything to start your day off right.