Information

2020 Prices Adult Children (under 16)
Garden Only £7 Free, except on some event days
House and Gardens £12 Free, except on some event days
Opening Times Dates Days Times
Garden CLOSED
House CLOSED
Tearoom (for House & Garden visitors only) CLOSED

Covid-19 Statement 27th May 2020

Following the Government’s announcement on Monday 25th May, I am pleased to confirm that we are planning to re-open the gardens to the public the week commencing 29th June – exact date and times to be finalised. This is on the understanding that there are no further changes to Government guidelines in the meantime. Prior to this date we will be opening for our members to check our new procedures work well. Please continue to check our website for further updates.

Sally Connolly, House Manager/Trust Administrator


COVID-19 Statement, 13th May 2020

Following the recent announcement of the Government’s road map for exiting lockdown, we start to see light at the end of the tunnel and tentatively make plans for re-opening the gardens later in the summer. We cannot confirm exact dates yet, as work needs to be carried out to ensure our visitors can safely follow social distancing guidelines, but rest assured we will welcome you back as soon as we can. New procedures will need to be implemented so it may feel different when you return, but I am sure everyone will support us in our aims to make Godinton a safe place to visit. The house and tearoom will remain closed for the rest of the season but hopefully we will be able to return to some sort of normal next spring.

Sally Connolly, House Manager/Trust Administrator


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 and the last tour at 16:00. We advise visitors to book on a tour when you arrive to avoid disappointment.


Map

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BY CAR

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).

Approximately 1/2 mile down Godinton Lane are the gates to the house. Follow the drive to the car park – parking is free, and we have spaces reserved for Blue Badge holders.

BY TRAIN

Trains run from London Charing Cross and Victoria, most Kent towns (also Eastbourne, Bexhill, Hastings and Rye in East Sussex) to Ashford International. High Speed trains now complete the journey from London St. Pancras to Ashford International in less than 40 minutes.

Taxis are always available at Ashford International station (approximately £8-10 each way), or see details of bus services below.

Walking from the station takes approximately one hour, or cycling takes about 20 minutes. Godinton is approximately 3 miles from Ashford International, and fairly direct cycling or walking routes avoiding main roads and using footpaths, Ashford’s network of cycle paths and lesser used residential roads via the Repton Park or Orchard Heights estates can be found on Google Maps.

BY BUS

Stagecoach bus 10X runs between Ashford International station and Ashford town centre (County Square stop K) to and from Maidstone town centre (Queen’s Monument) about hourly on Weekdays and about every 2 hours on Sundays and Bank Holidays. (A few additional route 123 buses run from Ashford on Monday to Friday). Alight opposite the Hare and Hounds public house on the main A20 road after about 20 minutes. It is then a short walk along Godinton Lane to the North Lodge gates.

Plan your combined journey by train and bus on www.travelinesoutheast.org.uk. Bus timetables can also be found on www.stagecoach.com.

 


Disabled Access

Partial disabled access around the garden. Disabled access to ground floor of house and tearoom but no access to first floor. Disabled WC near ticket office, please note no disabled WC in the house or inside tearoom.

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Tearoom

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

The Tearoom in the house is only available to visitors to the house or gardens Fri, Sat, Sun and Bank Holidays.

Refreshments are available from the ticket office and outside tearoom daily from 1pm – 5pm during our open season.

 


Toilets

Toilets are available to House & Garden visitors and are located near the ticket office. Please note there are no toilets in the main house or inside tearoom.


Shop

No shop, but a number of plants are for sale outside the ticket office.


Picnics

Picnics are allowed on the grass next to the car park or in the area near the ticket office but not in the formal gardens except during our special picnic evenings.


Dogs

Dogs are not allowed in the house or garden, but can be taken on leads around the conservation walk that circles the house and garden. Assistance dogs are permitted with relevant documentation.


Parking

Two large hard standing car parks and parking for two coaches (coaches must book, Monday to Thursday only).


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

No vacancies at present.


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 Estate Manager.  Licences must be applied for in advance and a licence fee paid. 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.


The Godinton Charitable Trust

Overview
A grant making trust supporting local Kentish charities, community organisations or similar good causes focused on Ashford and the surrounding area.
The Trust does not support large national or international charities or individuals in fund raising.

How to Apply
To make an application please contact Sally Connolly either by post or email.
The Godinton Charitable Trust, Godinton House, Godinton Lane, Ashford, Kent TN23 3BP.
office@godintonhouse.co.uk

Please provide a short introduction to your charity or organisation, the reason for and amount requested, brief information on finances and fund raising efforts. Please do not send long reports or sets of accounts. If further details are required we will request them.

Decisions
Suitable applications are considered twice a year by the Trustees. Generally grant sizes range from £250 to £5,000.

History
The Godinton Charitable Trust (GCT) was set up in 1974 by the late Alan Wyndham Green, who inherited Godinton House and Estate in 1952. The Trust was founded with generous gifts of land in 1974, 1986 and 1989. This land was required for development by Ashford Borough Council and Mr Wyndham Green wanted the proceeds for charitable purposes.
When Alan Wyndham Green died in 1996 the Charitable Trust provided funding for the renovation of Godinton House, Gardens and

Estate.
The charity is a privately funded grant-making charity. Trustees have discretion as to the application of its income or capital for charitable objects or purposes, it was always the intention of the Settlor to provide long-term endowment and continued support if necessary for its associated charity, The Godinton House Preservation Trust.