Dating from the late 17th century, with many later additions, Goodwood is the family home of the Dukes of Richmond, the descendants of Charles II and his French mistress, Louise de Keroualle.
With unique sporting associations and entertaining facilities, including a ballroom that featured in Barry Lyndon, the house is at the heart of a 12,000-acre estate on the Sussex Downs. Paintings by Canaletto, van Dyck, Stubbs and Reynolds adorn the walls of what is essentially a large private home with a few grand public apartments. Having recently been refurbished, Goodwood’s interior now has something of a Regency feel.
By Peter Swain, 23 March 2011