Hound Lodge, once the kennels for the Charlton Hunt, has undergone a complete transformation over the last two years, opening in January 2016.
Cindy Leveson and her team worked closely with Ptolemy Dean Architects to achieve the newest addition to the Goodwood Estate. Two new wings were added, making a large drawing room and a large dining room. All the original kennels have been converted into bedrooms and bathrooms downstairs, with newly restored dog enclosures outside. There are a further three new bedrooms and bathrooms upstairs.
It was a wonderful project to work on as, bar half a dozen pieces of furniture and twenty or so pictures, Leveson Design was responsible for buying every single item in the entire house down to the last piece of china.
There is no built in joinery anywhere apart from the tongue and groove in the corridor leading from the drawing room to the dining room, which houses all the china and glass. It is all about antique furniture, scores of pictures, even more books and accessories – all of which are about the Richmond family, hunting or dogs – real collections of all that is relevant to country life and to Goodwood. Beds have eiderdowns, cashmere covered hot water bottles, sheets and blankets. Even the mattresses are stuffed with wool from the Goodwood sheep.
It was a very enjoyable challenge to create a house with a lived in and understated atmosphere. It is a house in which all dogs and people are welcome.