Great Estates

Cowdray House at Midhurst West Sussex

We were recently invited by The Stafford London and Cowdray to attend a two day event at Cowdray Park and to stay for the night at Cowdray House, so that we could witness the style in which future clients of this new venue will be treated, and I can confirm that the answer is ‘very well’ indeed!

The future of Cowdray House has been secured by Lord Cowdray by utilising this imposing family home as an exclusive event venue, catering for such things as weddings, and other family celebrations, and corporate events, such as conferences and product launches etc.

The advantage of this solution is that the Cowdray family retain ownership of the property, but are able to rely on their very able management team to maintain and manage the buildings and grounds.

Overseen by Chief Executive, Jonathan Russell, this has happily resulted in a ‘Virtuous Circle’ – a recurring cycle of events, the result of each one being to increase the beneficial effect of the next!

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It was a July morning, and the first thing that I saw,

was an Audi R8 ‘Spyder’ convertible

delivered right outside my door

(with apologies to Joni Mitchell and ‘Chelsea Morning’)

We had been looking forward to this moment, having road tested several cars in the Audi range, and been suitably impressed by them, but this was the José Mourinho of the automotive world; this was ‘The Special One’!

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We were lucky enough to attend the Veuve Clicquot Polo Gold Cup Final at Cowdray Park on 21st July, and below is an excellent account of the very exciting final by Liz Higgins, PR & Communications Manager – Cowdray Park Polo Club and action shots by The Vintage Magazine’s photographer, Doug Garvie.

Final of the Veuve Clicquot Gold Cup for the British Open Polo Championship, 21 July 2013

An epic Final of the Veuve Clicquot Gold Cup for the British Open Polo Championship, with the world’s two leading players on opposing sides, saw Lyndon Lea’s Zacara  beat Rashid Albwardy’s Dubai on Sunday 21st July after four weeks of enthralling matchplay in the British Open Polo Championship.

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Zacara and DubaiTeams at The Veuve Cliquot Gold Cup 2013

Goodwood House has been home to family parties for over 200 years. This New Year create magical memories with friends and family as the Earl and Countess of March open Goodwood House for this unique event.

Once you have checked into The Goodwood Hotel, you have time to prepare before the black tie evening ahead. A welcome drinks reception will be held prior to your transfer to Goodwood House.
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The Ballroom in Goodwood House on New Year's Eve

Goodwood Estate is one of the finest lowland estates in Europe and has an organic home farm.  It occupies a beautiful corner of West Sussex with a varied landscape rising from the flat plain up to the hills on which the famous race course is sited.  This is generally regarded as the most beautiful racecourse in the world with stunning views across the Sussex Downs.  In recent years the estate has also become famous for its two major motoring events each year namely the Festival of Speed and the Revival Meeting.  The estate also boasts a motor racing track and an airfield and is the home to Rolls Royce Motor Cars whose factory is sited on the estate.  Other attractions include the Goodwood Hotel and the Goodwood Golf Club which boasts two beautiful 18 hole golf courses.  It is also home to  one of the best shoots in the country.

Goodwood House

The sell-out 2012 Goodwood Revival achieved a record 146,000 attendees over the three day event (14th-16th September) in glorious Autumn sunshine.  Motor sport enthusiasts and retro-fashion fans flocked to Goodwood  to join in the fun and celebrations at the world’s largest historic motor race meeting, firmly establishing the Revival as the ‘must attend’ event of the year.
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AC Cobras credit Giles Babbidge