EstateThe estate extends to about 900 acres. It is a mixture of farmland, forestry, houses and cottages, small business units and craft workshops.
There are public footpaths across the estate and permissive paths connect these to make a circular route of the park. (See link to map)
You are welcome to enjoy these walks but please help us to protect the historic parkland and wildlife by:
- Keeping to the way marked paths
- No camping
- No fires
- No fishing
- No cycling
- No riding
Please pick up any litter and take it home with you.
Please keep dogs under close control at all times and on a short lead while around livestock.
The land and woods are private and this is a working estate so be aware of grazing stock and farm machinery.
The historic parkland is maintained by a regime of tree planting which will ensure the longevity of the landscape.
Wildlife and Conservation
The wildlife is encouraged to thrive in the park and woodlands with bird, owl and bat boxes. Areas are managed to provide habitats that are safe and undisturbed.
The River Stour, crossed by the footpath, runs through the estate and is now undergoing a conservation project to improve the river. It is a haven for a huge range of wildlife: insects, amphibians, fish and birds. Please do not disturb their habitats by swimming or paddling.
The woodlands of the Godinton Estate are traditionally managed to ensure they are healthy. Native tree species are favoured, dead wood is left where appropriate.
Most of the woodland on the Godinton Estate is sweet chestnut coppice.
Coppice is a way of cultivating fast growing, sustainable timber which can be harvested every 12-15 years. The majority of the timber is turned into wood chip which fuels the Estate’s biomass boilers, providing heat and hot water to the House and buildings. Better quality timber is used for fencing and saw logs.
The Godinton Estate and its farms continue to use the land for its intended purposes of grazing for livestock and arable fields. Cattle graze the park throughout the summer months while sheep move on for the winter.
Properties to let
3 bedroom detached cottage in Great Chart village
For enquiries about rental, please contact the Godinton Estate Office on 01233 632652
There is a Members Only Caravan Club CL campsite offering basic facilities and five pitches at:
Kent, TN23 3DA .
Leave M20 at junction 9 (signposted A20 to Ashford); within 0.5 mile at roundabout continue onto A28 towards Tenterden; within 1 mile turn right at roundabout to Great Chart; in 0.5 mile turn right at crossroads. Site is on the left in 0.5 mile
Opening times: 01 March – 31 October
Prices: Contact campsite direct
Contact: 01233 620908