MOTHER’S DAY IS RAPIDLY APPROACHING, HOW TO TREAT DARLING MAMA THIS YEAR? THE NEW GENTRY ARE ADVOCATING A MOTHER’S DAY WITH A LITTLE MORE PANACHE, WE’RE RENDERING THE STANDALONE BOUQUET PASSÉ THIS YEAR AND MOVING ONTO MOTHER’S DAY EXPERIENCES WITH A LITTLE MORE WELLY. BECAUSE LET’S FACE IT; IF SHE’S WITHSTOOD THE ENDURANCE TEST OF RAISING YOUNG WHIPPERSNAPPERS, SHE WILL DEFINITELY APPRECIATE A MOTHER’S DAY GIFT WITH A LITTLE MORE CLOUT THAN A BUNCH OF SNOWDROPS. THIS YEAR GOODWOOD HAS STEPPED UP TO THE CHALLENGE OF MASTERMINDING A MOTHER’S DAY FOR THE ACTION MUM.
Goodwood Estate; the spectacular 12,000-acre pile bought by the first Duke of Richmond in 1697 as a country retreat, so he and his mistress, a keen huntswoman could enjoy the cathartic charms of the Great British countryside away from the hustle and bustle of London.
It was Charles Lennox the 3rd Duke of Richmond (1735-1806) who is mainly accredited for laying the foundations of Goodwood, enabling the Estate’s magnificence to endure to this present day. The Duke commissioned architect James Wyatt to extend Goodwood House and design the kennels to accommodate his bustling throng of hounds. Today guests and members can enjoy the splendour of the Georgian architecture 365 days a year and can choose to recline in the tranquil setting of the drawing room, dine in the restaurant or muse on the elegant terraces.
Indeed, the 3rd Duke’s passion for visual splendour are evident in every corner of the estate, visitors can take advantage of the extensive range of tapestries, furniture and porcelain on display in Goodwood House today.
However his vision for the estate was not purely based on aesthetic grace, his love of horse racing led him to reform the landscape on top of the Sussex Downs culminating in the creation of a racecourse which is internationally acclaimed as one of the most beautiful racecourses in the world.
Throughout the centuries the Dukes of Richmond have continued to build on the 3RD Duke’s pioneering spirit, the extensive acreage that surrounds the house now stages a carnival of prestigious, high-octane events such as The Goodwood Festival of Speed and Glorious Goodwood (which now goes by the name of the Qatar Goodwood Festival, as if we needed to be reminded that half of Mayfair is now owned by solid gold Bentley-driving Sheiks.) Meanwhile punters can enjoy aviation related pursuits and golfing. Those who simply want to get back to nature can sample the Tess of the D’urbervilles-esque pastoral bliss of the farm by watching the dairy cows being milked on a guided farm tour.
Take your mama out to Goodwood this Mother’s Day – you won’t be disappointed.
Spin and Slide
Because your Mum was the no1 fan of those school-boy handbrake turns that you so loved to surprise her with during those ‘just passed’ jaunts to Sainsbury’s. Certainly, the adrenaline filled experience at the Goodwood Motor Circuit will take you back to whence your favourite past time was to carve intricate patterns in previously manicured gravel. Now it’s Mum’s turn to practice the art of ‘drifiting’. The guide will instruct you how to perfectly execute the ‘powerslide’ on the special low grip surface and this time you can swap out that rust bucket of a field car for the high performance M-series BMW.
Goodwood Aviation Experience:
If Mother is more partial to aerial views than burning rubber on the race track then the Goodwood Aviation Experience is the Mother’s Day excursion for you. Soar above the clouds in a state of the art Cessna plane as the rolling Sussex Countryside passes beneath you. After a a casual afternoon spent splicing through air space retire to the Goodwood Hotel for an indulgent lunch; with a plethora of delicious cuts of meat to choose from such as Roast Goodwood Beef raised on the estate and accompanied with Yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes and vegetable roast followed by Lemon Verbana and buttermilk pudding with raspberries and lemon shortbread.Or to really push the plane out this year, gift your mother with the Go-Solo course, the course which will enable her to fly independently in as little as 15 hours of tuition. (POA)
Off Piste Thrills
If your childhood ski holidays were spent soaring down mogulled coloir valleys en France then perhaps an off-road experience might be the ticket for you and mother dearest. Climb into a luxurious BMX5 and belt up to commence your off-road adventure through the 12,000 acre playground. Bounce through rugged terrain and venture through boundless woodland in your premium vehicle before swapping petrol for pastries at Goodwood Hotel’s afternoon tea.