The 9th Earl of Northumberland built this house in 1616 but it soon passed to the Dukes of Richmond, who added Regency and Palladian features to the building. The 11th Duke of Richmond still lives there with his family.
Goodwood House was built around 1616 by the 9th Earl of Northumberland. In 1697, the 1st Duke of Richmond, Charles Lennox, bought it and it’s been in the same family ever since. Charles Lennox’s grandson commissioned James Wyatt to design the Kennels for the house, which are now used as a golf clubhouse. Wyatt also added Regency-style State apartments to the Palladian south wing in 1800, embellishing the flint towers on this wing with copper turrets.
The Dukes of Richmond have an extensive art collection that has been collected over the years, including pieces by Canaletto, Van Dyk and Stubbs. They’ve also got a good collection of 18th-century French furniture and Sèvres porcelain which was - unusually - ordered straight from the factory in 1765. You’ll spot all of these on a guided tour of the house, which includes a luxurious afternoon tea at the end.
However, Goodwood has much more than just the house. There has been a racecourse on the estate since 1802, and a golf club there since 1901. There’s also a farm shop and brewery if you’d like to pick up a little taster of your visit, and opportunities for Driving and Flying Experiences if that’s your kind of thing. The 11th Duke of Richmond, who lives there with his wife and their three children, founded the Festival of Speed in 1993 as a testament to his hopes that Goodwood House can blend both old and new.
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