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"Relaxing family mini break…"
We were lucky enough to be invited by Goodwood to make a quick getaway during October half term to the Goodwood Hotel in West Sussex.
We arrived on an early check in which gave us an opportunity to have a good look around the estate and make the most of our stay. We had never been to the Sussex Downs and the drive down through the Autumnal Forests was just so beautiful. The estate is an enormous 12,000 acres and is owned by Lord March. You have probably heard of the famous events held at Goodwood including the Goodwood Festival of Speed and the Goodwood Revival.
We had two rooms with an inter-connecting door which was the perfect size for us and our two boys. After dropping off our things we headed out for a guided tour of Goodwood Home Farm with David Hird one of the farm managers. The farm is the largest lowland organic farm in the UK and runs cattle (milk and beef), pigs and arable crops. The farm supplies the restaurants at the Goodwood Hotel with milk, cheese, meat and ale. We’re pretty big on food provenance so it was great to stay somewhere which also held these values. David walked us through the farm, we even got to see the cows being milked! The boys enjoyed seeing the young calves and giving them a scratch behind the ears.
That night we dined at the Bar & Grill in the hotel. The food was excellent – we both had Goodwood Steaks which were cooked to perfection. The only thing I would suggest is arriving really early if you’re going with kids as we booked a table for 6pm, but we didn’t get out of the restaurant until 8pm by which time the kids were quite ratty. Definitely take something with you to occupy them while you wait – there was colouring in pages provided but they had run out of crayons when we arrived.
That night we had an amazing sleep – The beds are incredibly comfy! We managed to drag ourselves out of bed to head down to a breakfast which was delicious. More beautiful food sourced from the farm. There was loads to choose from, even for our little fussy eaters.
Next on the list was a swim in the hotel pool, followed by a quick golf lesson for our eldest. The pool was lots of fun, with huge windows looking out onto the Goodwood Golf Course. The golf lesson was definitely the highlight of the stay, the teacher was really patient, helpful and encouraging. Our eldest has now decided he wants regular golf lessons! Both boys were given a golf visor and a couple of balls to take home with them which was a lovely added extra.
After a late check out we headed off to the Cass Sculpture Foundation around the corner from the Hotel. The foundation is dedicated to commissioning new work from new and emerging artists and was developed as a charitable foundation by Wilfrid and Jeanette Cass in 1992. Sculptures are scattered around the 26 acre estate and it was a great way to let the kids have a run around and blow off steam. There were lots of games of chasies going on! You’re given a map to follow with information about each work – if you’re feeling flush they’re all for sale too.
Then it was time to bundle ourselves back into the car for the trip home. Although we only had a short time at Goodwood we managed to pack lots of activities in and it felt like we were away for a lot longer. Thanks for a great mini break Goodwood!Read moreLess
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