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The Grand Folly Hotel
Halnaker, West Sussex
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The Hotel

Welcome to The Grand Folly Hotel

Specially created for those visiting The Festival of Speed and The Revival, providing the perfect base for guests who appreciate both comfort and convenience, just one mile from Goodwood Estate.

Set in the private ten acre parkland grounds of The Folly, nestled at the foot of the South Downs. We have fused the romance of British motor racing with exceptional hospitality, all housed under canvas beneath the stars.

Here’s what you can expect during your stay with us:

  • 5m luxury Bell Tents with real beds.
  • The Grand Folly Lounge with restaurant, bar and room to relax.
  • High quality pressurised showers and washroom facilities
  • Free shuttle to and from Goodwood
  • Free on-site parking with 24hr security
  • Glass of champagne on arrival
  • Evening entertainment
  • A full cooked and continental breakfast included in the price of your room
  • Optional extra - Three course evening meal available when booking

We look forward to welcoming you and your guests.

Live well, eat well and sleep well at The Grand Folly Hotel – an event in itself!

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The Rooms

Whilst we hold heritage close to our hearts, the interiors are anything but dated, and we appreciate the essential need for comfort after a day of walking around the pits and paddocks of the Goodwood events.

Laura Audley, co-founder and owner of Portobello Tents has a decade of experience in the interior design world, before she turned her hand to boutique camping, spurred on by her love of the great outdoors. As a result, Portobello Tents are regarded as the byword in luxury by guests and industry peers alike.

Inside Your 5m Bell Tent

  • Bed
  • Memory foam mattress
  • Blanket box
  • 13.5 tog duvet & pillows
  • Clothes rail
  • 200 thread count linen
  • Eye masks & ear plugs
  • Blanket
  • LED lanterns
  • Bedside tables
  • Flowers
  • Bedside lights
  • Toiletry hamper
  • Vanity mirror
  • Towels
  • Table & chairs
  • Cushions
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The Food

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Included in the cost will be a full breakfast each morning with both English and continental options. A three course evening meal with wine, and a different world theme each night is available at extra cost. Food will be prepared on site by local Goodwood institution, The Anglesey Arms. Landlord George has been providing five star dining to visitors and locals alike for many years.

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Local History

Halnaker is a tything in Boxgrove parish. The manor was given by Henry I to Robert de Haye, and since 1872 has passed though a number of families including the St. Johns, the Poynings, the Delawarrs and then the Morleys. It now belongs to the Duke of Richmond and is attached to Goodwood Estate.

Halnaker falls within the district of Chichester, West Sussex. It lies on the A285 road 3.5 miles (5.6 km) northeast of Chichester, where it follows the line of the Roman road to London called Stane Street. There is a traditional pub, The Anglesey Arms and a blacksmith’s shop.

Goodwood House is southwest of the village. Halnaker windmill stands 128m up on Halnaker Hill, to the North of the village. A beautiful structure, it is considered a southern outpost of the South Downs. Halnaker is also mentioned in the Domesday Book under Sussex in the lands belonging to Earl Roger.

FAQ

What are the facilities and layout?
We don’t want you to feel uncomfortable at any point during your stay so we have installed high quality showers and washrooms with a continuous supply of pressurized hot water.

We have reserved parking available on site with supercar access.

24 hour stewards and security will ensure you have no cause for concern whilst on site or out at the events.

Our concierge desk will be on hand to help you if you have any requirements during your stay – Just ask!

The Folly Lounge with restaurant, bar and a place to put your feet up
What is The Folly Lounge?
Dining, entertainment and room to relax are all housed in The Folly Lounge, our centrepiece at The Grand Folly Hotel. Kick back after a long day in the paddocks with a drink from our licensed bar, chill out in the lounge or feast on a fabulous three course evening meal in our restaurant.
Can I book for specific nights?
Yes. We have packages available for one to four nights to select at checkout. All prices include VAT and are for two guests with bed and breakfast in tented luxury.
What is a bell tent?
Our bell tents are beautiful chino canvas, 5m in diameter with a central pole. American military officer Henry Hopkins Sibley invented the first version of the Bell Tent, the Sibley Tent, in the 1850s. Shortly after conception they were brought across the pond and the British cavalry used them during the Crimean War in 1855, then the British Army in the Zulu War of 1879.
What are the layouts of the beds?
Beds are arranged as a king size double but may be made up as a twin if you would prefer, please let us know your preference.

Up to two extra single beds are available in your room for children for £75 each including breakfast. Please email rooms@thegrandfollyhotel.com with your enquiry
What are the check-in and check-out times?
Rooms will be ready for check in from 2pm on the day of arrival, and check out is before 11am on the day of departure. Please advise your intended arrival time, if possible, so that we can personally welcome you at The Grand Folly Hotel.
Is there transfer and transport to Goodwood?
There are regular transfers arranged by the hotel to take you to and from Goodwood. These transfers leave from outside the southern entrance in Tinwood Lane, which is clearly marked. The free transfer is by tractor and trailer to the Goodwood events, or alternatively if you are seeking something more personal and bespoke to your needs, the concierge will be happy to arrange special transport just for you.

The Grand Team

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Charles Audley

After studying Creative Music & Sound Technology at Leeds, Charles launched London based event production company Bassline Productions. Now in their 7th year trading, Bassline are regulars in the events industry, producing jobs for the likes of Coca-Cola, Pol Roger and Bacardi, taking their expertise to places such as Belgium, Nevada, and even a trip to Chequers to light up the grounds.

At the same meeting in 2011, Charles and his colleagues founded Noisily Festival of Music & Arts. From humble beginnings in it’s beautiful wooded valley in the grounds of Leicestershire’s Noseley Hall, Noisily now plays host to some 3,500 guests each July. It has been voted in the top 300 festivals on the planet.

More recently Charles and his sister Laura founded Portobello Tents, using their respective industry knowledge and exceptional interior design skills to create what is now widely regarded as the byword in luxury boutique camping across the industry.

Charles is a keen photographer, avid music fan, and surgically attached to his mint 1989 BMW 325i E30 Cabriolet.

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Stephen Moore

Stephen started his business career in 1984 in the events industry, with Bojollys and BJ Event Hire, supplying private events, large corporates, media companies including Saatchi and Saatchi and their infamous Christmas party.

More recently as Chairman of 8 Northumberland Avenue, London’s most central venue, Stephen oversaw the growth and development of one of London’s top venues from startup to over £7m revenues today. Heavily involved in innovation, Stephen has been the brainchild at the forefront of events both physically and digitally all of his career, from virtual reality, holograms, event media, and data.

The Grand Folly Hotel, running from the grounds of his family home in West Sussex is the next step in his extensive career as an event professional.

Charles Audley Photograph

Laura Audley

Laura has a background in interior design, having worked for a number of independent companies, notably Fairfax Interiors in the Cotswolds, and Lord and Vella in Belgravia.

She has an acute attention for detail, and a style that ties in classic British with innovative design, along with contemporary twists and influences from around the world. Laura has the spirit of a Grand Tourer and the sensibilities of a quintessential Brit; fun loving, wine loving, dog loving.

As a result of her design tutelage, the interiors of the Portobello bell tents are more akin to those of a luxury hotel room than classic festival accommodation. Each and every detail has been carefully considered, all the way down to the ingeniously simple design of the hardwood beds and custom memory foam mattresses. As a business owner and designer, her attention to detail is reflected in Portobello’s exceptional product.