The elements to the perfect night away – fun things to do, excellent food, great company (or a great book on a solo trip) definitely pivot around somewhere delicious to lay your head – and the Goodwood Hotel is a great place to stay on a Chichester staycation.
Set in an enormous estate (12,000 acres of park and woodland – complete with golf course, it’s hilarious how I keep up ending at golf hotels) the Goodwood Hotel is 4* and was mid-refurbishment – stalled thanks to the pandemic. My stay was a lovely tonic to being at home just so much.
Last year, The Goodwood Hotel was named one of the UK’s top hotels, in the prestigious The Times and The Sunday Times ‘Best Places to Stay’ guide.
“Set in the heart of the South Downs and within easy reach of the West Sussex coast, The Goodwood Hotel offers seasonal dinning at its field to fork, organic restaurant Farmer, Butcher, Chef.
Activities include children’s forest school sessions, farm tours, and guided woodland walks in the 12,000 acre estate.”
I visited whilst Covid restrictions were in place, and that’s my only disappointment of the stay. There’s something deliciously delightful about a leisurely drink in a lounge – and obviously with everything going on, alas we couldn’t enjoy them as thoroughly.
But we knew that when booking – next time…!
The team there dealt with everything so well – from the hilarious ‘cow’s length apart’ social distancing notices, to the remote check out with an incredibly cheery letter.
The room was really nice – they’d had to remove a lot of the usual soft furnishings and touches like books that are normally in the room – but it was a great base whilst exploring Chichester and the surrounds.
My room was spacious, well kept and had a well appointed bathroom (always tough to photograph well…)
…lovely Ren bathroom minis…
…and all the usual hotel amenities.
I loved the glimpses of history…
…and I’m curious to pop back and try their spa.
My socially distanced breakfast was really nice (and I’m not going to lie, the less talking to other humans pre-coffee the happier I am, it’s safer that way for everyone, especially a bleary eye-d Emma.)
These signs cracked me up, behind my mask obviously.
This was the letter.
And this was one of my guides for my Chichester staycation – the cutest of all the Shibas in England. Fact.
It was so nice to be out of the house – we definitely did not appreciate the world enough that we had before this global pandemic. It makes me all the more determined to enjoy outings like this. We walked for miles exploring Chichester and then the estate (tap that link for what we got up to.)