A renowned 12,000-acre estate , a rich history , a packed calendar of events , adventure , escape , and food that has travelled less distance to the table than you do … here ’ s to ‘ great British hospitality ’ at ... The Goodwood Hotel . BY SAMANTHA READY
Nestled in the 12,000-acre Goodwood Estate , stretching across the Sussex countryside near to Chichester , mention that you ’ re ‘ off to Goodwood ’ and there tends to be an instant recognition , your intention met with either fond memories of events attended – unsurprising as the estate is home to iconic fixtures such as the Festival of Speed and a myriad of other motorsport and horseracing favourites ; recollections from a visit to the statuesque Goodwood House ; or , very likely , an exclamation of “ oooh I ’ ve always wanted to go there !”
My guest fell into the first category having attended a fair few motorsport events at the estate , while I fell into the third , my enthusiasm only buoyed as we pulled up to the entrance of the hotel as dusk fell on a late winter afternoon .
The Goodwood Hotel prides itself on offering classic British style , comfort and great service – the epitome of old fashioned manners – and they deliver . Check in was swift and friendly , and we were led directly to our room via glimpses of comfortable lounges with an efficient commentary on where to find everything we needed , breakfast arrangements and a reassuring departure of “ anything you need just ask ”.
Our room was bright and modern with cosy home-from-home touches of soft blankets and coffee table books .