Information

2017 Prices Adult Children (under 16)
Garden Only £5 Free, except on some event days
House and Gardens £9 Free, except on some event days
Opening Times Dates Days Times
Garden 1st March – 1st Nov 2017 Daily 1pm – 6pm
House 14th Apr – 1st Oct 2017 Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Bank Holidays 1pm – 5pm Last Tour 4pm
Tearoom (for House & Garden visitors only) 14th Apr – 1st  Oct 2017 Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Bank Holidays 1pm – 5.30pm (Last Orders 5pm)

Tours of the House

Tours of the house are led by expert guides unravelling the 600 years of history and revealing an excellent country house collection of furniture, art, porcelain and curios.

The first tour leaves at 13:30 with subsequent tours leaving at 14:00, 14:30, 15:00, 15:30 and 16:00. We advise visitors to book on a tour when you arrive to avoid disappointment.


Map

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Godinton House is a few minutes drive from Junction 9 off the M20. From Junction 9, follow signs for Lenham, A20. About a ¼ mile after the second roundabout, there is a signpost for the house on the left-hand side (opposite the Hare & Hounds public house).

A taxi ride from Ashford International Railway Station takes 10 minutes and costs approximately £6.

The 123 bus runs from Ashford Town Centre, County Square (Stop K) and stops opposite the Hare and Hounds public house after about 20 minutes. It is then a short walk along Godinton Lane to the North Lodge gates.


Disabled Access

Partial access for the disabled is available around the garden. Access in the house is restricted due to steep steps. (Disabled WC) .

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Tea Room

The Tea Room in the house serves a selection of excellent homemade cakes and cream teas. We do not offer a lunch or savoury menu.

The Tea Room is only available to our House & Garden ticket holders.

Takeaway refreshments are available from the Stables Monday to Thursday when the gardens are open.

 


Toilets

Toilets are available to House & Garden visitors.


Shop

No shop, but a number of plants are for sale in the walled garden.


Picnics

Picnics are allowed on the grass next to the car park.


Dogs

Dogs are not allowed in the garden, but can be taken on leads around the conservation walk in the park that circles the house and garden.


Parking

Large hard standing car park and separate coach park.


Special Events

Many events go on throughout the year, see the What’s On page for more information or contact us.


Ownership

In 1991 Alan Wyndham Green established the Godinton House Preservation Trust with a board of Trustees, to secure the future of Godinton House and its contents, grounds and parkland ‘for the public benefit’. Mr Wyndham Green made it clear when he created the Trust that he did not want the house to become an impersonal museum after his death. The Trustees will continue to honour his wishes, incorporated in the Trust Deed, to preserve Godinton for the benefit, appreciation and education of the public; in short, to continue the sound stewardship of this fascinating and hospitable house and estate as it moves into the next chapter of its long history, not simply as a museum but as a living house, gardens and estate.


Vacancies

Internship
September 2017 to August 2018
Enthusiastic graduate required. This is a fantastic opportunity to learn all aspects of running an historic house and garden open to the public dealing with visitors, publicity, events and the management of its associated estate of farms, woodland, residential and commercial property.
You will be part of a small team in the house reporting to the Estate Manager and working closely with the Administrator and House Keeper. You will be involved with opening the house for the public, with tours, school visits and events, social media, some financial work and general office administration. You will gain a broad overview of the business of a small historic estate, including in the gardens and estate management.
You will have the chance to work with specialists, visit other properties nearby, attend training courses and encourage development of particular areas of interest.
This is a live-in position for a period of one year starting September 2017. You will be provided with a private bedroom and bathroom. The kitchen and sitting room is shared with the garden trainee. A training grant of £700 a month is paid.
Average of 40 hours a week including some weekends and evenings, hours will vary depending on house opening, events etc.
20 working days holiday per annum.

Requirements
Relevant graduates e.g. interest in history, conservation, tourism, heritage property and estate management preferred.
A practical, flexible person willing to take responsibility, learn new skills and develop a particular interest or specialism related to an aspect of the work at Godinton.
A quick learner, with a can-do attitude with the ability to work independently and as part of a team.
Car driver preferred.

Please email your C.V and covering letter to Sally Connolly – admin@godintonhouse.co.uk


Additional Information

  • Lovely walks on the estate
  • Close to the picturesque village of Great Chart
  • 10 minutes from M20
  • Public golf course nearby
  • Convenient for Channel crossings
  • 10 minutes from Ashford International Station
  • London to Ashford on the High Speed 40 minutes

Photography

The taking of photographs, videos, etc. for commercial purposes in this garden is forbidden without the prior permission of the garden owner.  The use of tripods or similar equipment likely to interfere with the viewing of other garden visitors is also not permitted.

Filming and photography is not permitted in the house.