|2020 Prices||Adult||Children (under 16)|
|Garden Only||£7||Free, except on some event days, no pre-booking required. Contactless card payments only, no cash payments thank you|
|House and Gardens||£12||Free, except on some event days. Closed for 2020|
|Garden – Closed on Mondays, no pre-booking required||30 June – 1st Nov||Tues – Sun||1pm – 6pm, last entry 5 pm|
|House and Tearoom||CLOSED||Closed for the 2020 season|
|Tearoom (for House & Garden visitors only)||CLOSED||Closed for the 2020 season|
UPDATE ON GARDEN OPENING 14/09/2020
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 a group, and from Monday 14th September it will no longer be legal to meet in groups of more than 6, unless from one household (and support bubble).
Also, from Friday 18 September, premises and venues where people meet socially will be legally required to request the contact details of a member of every party, record and retain these details for 21 days, and provide them to NHS Test & Trace without delay when required.
I thank you all for complying with our guidelines so far, and ask that you continue to adhere to Government advice and regulations to ensure a safe and enjoyable visit for all.
The Gardens are open Tuesday to Sunday from 1pm to 6pm (last entry 5pm) until 1/11/20.
GUIDELINES FOR VISITORS - LAST UPDATED 23/9/2020
Welcome to Godinton
Please read the following guidelines before your visit.
PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL PAYMENTS ARE CONTACTLESS, PAYMENTS MADE FOR ENTRY AND REFRESHMENTS CARD ONLY, NO CASH.
From Monday 14th September it will no longer be legal to meet in groups of more than 6, unless from one household (and support bubble).
From Friday 18 September, premises and venues where people meet socially will be legally required to request the contact details of a member of every party, record and retain these details for 21 days, and provide them to NHS Test & Trace without delay when required.
- Please use the main gates for access on Godinton Lane (not the staff entrance further along the lane)
- Follow the signs to the main visitor car park and park responsibly adhering to social distancing guidelines.
- Use the track from the car park to get to the ticket office and book in with the member of staff on duty. Please queue along the track at 2m distances if necessary.
- Please note we are operating a contactless payment system and are unable to accept cash.
- A one-way route will be in operation when entering and leaving the gardens. Please enter the garden through the arch in the hedge by the side of the mansion house and exit via the Walled Garden gates. If you have mobility issues please let us know in advance and we can make special arrangements for you.
- The greenhouses will not be open for the time being. We will let you know if this changes when you arrive.
- We will be serving a limited range of takeaway refreshments. You are welcome to bring your own refreshments and enjoy these in the car park area whilst adhering to social distancing guidelines.
- No picnics in the garden, please.
- There will be limited toilet facilities with a one-in one-out system.
- Should you find yourself in a queue please keep 2m apart.
- If you feel unwell please rearrange your visit to the gardens and follow Government advice.
- If you have children please make sure they adhere to the social distancing guidelines.
- You will receive a warm welcome from our staff, who will be happy to answer any questions.
We are delighted to welcome you to the glorious gardens, stay safe and be aware of those around you. Thank you for your continued support.
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.
View Larger Map 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.
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. View map with disabled path
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 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.
No shop, but a number of plants are for sale outside the ticket office.
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 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.
Two large hard standing car parks and parking for two coaches (coaches must book, Monday to Thursday only).
Many events go on throughout the year, see the What’s On page for more information or contact us.
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.
Role: Estate administrator at Godinton House
Hours: Full Time (40 hours – Monday to Friday)
Holiday: 20 days (plus 8 days bank holidays)
Start date: as soon as possible
Job Description: Godinton House and Estate is managed by a small busy team responsible for the management of the historic house, open gardens and collection of estate farms and properties. We are looking to employ an experienced administrator to work within our team, principally supporting the Estate Manager. The role will include administration of property management, health and safety and general co-ordination of routine tasks within the house and estate. The role offers an opportunity to work independently and with initiative, but within a small friendly team in a uniquely special historic environment. The applicant must have own transport.
- Providing secretarial and administrative support to the Estate Manager including correspondence and general record keeping, and managing property files
- Co-ordinating and liaising with property tenants
- Taking and directing telephone calls to the estate office
- Administering and co-ordinating health and safety on the estate
- Ordering materials as required
- Carrying out routine requirements independently such as arranging insurance renewals, managing service contracts
- Supporting wider team as required, such as with customer ticketing, historical archiving, raising invoices etc.
Desired Skills and Experience
Excellent personal skills including ability to communicate positively and proactively with estate tenants, staff and members of the public, and a good telephone manner
- Strong administrative skills and proven experience at office administration
- Ability to learn new systems and requirements relating to property management
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office essential, including Outlook, Word and Excel. Typing of correspondence will be necessary; audio typing experience or an ability to learn would be an advantage
- Willingness and ability to grow the role
Deadline for application: 5 pm 9 October.
Applications: Please send CV and covering letter to firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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
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
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 Nick Sandford either by post or email. The Godinton Charitable Trust, Godinton House, Godinton Lane, Ashford, Kent TN23 3BP. email@example.com 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.
Suitable applications are considered twice a year by the Trustees. Generally grant sizes range from £250 to £5,000.
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.