Category: News

NO PRE-BOOKING REQUIRED

Important information for visitors from Tuesday 15th September I am glad so many of you have been enjoying the gardens in the late summer sunshine, as well as the homemade cakes from our takeaway tearoom. As you may already have heard, the Government has imposed restrictions on the number of people who can gather in aFind out more

Preparing for our first event

Gardens are now open Tuesday to Sunday.  Tickets must be pre-booked during office hours Monday to Friday.  See booking form on contact page. We are excited to be preparing for our first event this season – Sculpture in the Gardens – with 16 artists displaying work around the gardens.  Some are new names and someFind out more

Garden re-opening

Garden Opening from Tuesday 30th June We are delighted to be able to offer pre-booked tickets for the garden from Tuesday 30th June. The garden will open Tuesday to Sunday from 1pm to 6pm (last booked entry 5pm). Please complete the on-line form on our website with your preferred date and time, you will then be sentFind out more

Covid-19 Statement, 5th June 2020

Friday 5th June 2020 It has been heart-warming to welcome our Garden Season Ticket holders back this week and at last be able to share the beautiful gardens again – albeit on reduced opening hours. We thank them for their feedback, which has helped us improve our procedures for opening safely. From Tuesday 9th June, openingFind out more

In Focus: Last Days in the Old Home

In the Great Chamber, there’s a small framed reproduction of the picture ‘Last Days in the Old Home’, by Robert Braithwaite Martineau. This is Martineau’s most famous painting, and hangs in the Tate today. So why do we have a copy? Well for those who look closely, you might recognise the panelling in the pictureFind out more

The Mystery of the Missing Fireplace…

Godinton possesses some spectacular fireplaces, mantelpieces and overmantels, and one of the mysteries that has been haunting me since the start of the year has been that of a ‘missing’ set. One of our volunteer guides, Karina, and her daughter Claire came in to share some of Claire’s research with me, including the fact she’dFind out more

All change!

The last blog about the house was on spring cleaning prior to what should have been the house opening on Friday – how things have changed! We had returned the majority of the showrooms to their full glory when new measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 were announced, and it was decided that theFind out more

In Focus: Japanese lacquered travelling case

My love of all things Oriental still continues, so this month’s ‘In Focus’ piece is on the Japanese lacquered cabinet in the Chinese Room. Anyone who knows the house will know that this cabinet used to sit on a rococco gilded stand; this has been taken away for some serious restoration and stabilisation as itsFind out more