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 1st March – 1st Nov, every year Daily 1pm – 6pm
House 3rd Apr 2020 – 4th Oct 2020 Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Bank Holidays 1pm – 5pm Last Tour 4pm
Tearoom (for House & Garden visitors only) 3rd Apr 2020 – 4th  Oct 2020 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 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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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 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

Visitor Services Co-ordinator

Enthusiastic and well organised person required to join our friendly team at Godinton House & Gardens to ensure our visitors enjoy a warm welcome and the highest standard of customer care. Excellent communication and administrative skills are essential as well as a personable and approachable manner.

Please email your CV and a covering letter to admin@godintonhouse.co.uk. Closing date for applications 14/2/20.

Job Title Visitor Services Co-ordinator
Responsible To House Manager
Works with House Team and Volunteer Guides
Contract Permanent
Location Godinton House & Gardens, Godinton Lane, Ashford, Kent TN23 3BP
Hours 40 hours per weeks including some weekends and occasional evenings
Working Days To be agreed
Holiday 20 days plus bank holidays
Salary To be agreed
Start Date March 2020

Main Responsibilities

Administration

To assist the House Manager with visitor administration including:

  • Preparing guides’ weekend and group booking rotas
  • Preparing staff rotas
  • Preparing weekly planning sheets including cleaning schedules
  • Preparing monthly Diary Dates sheets
  • Checking guides’ expense sheets before passing for payment
  • Event administration including emergency procedures, check lists etc.
  • Dealing with Group Booking enquiries
  • Event planning

Catering

  • Regularly check catering and cleaning stock and order/purchase as necessary
  • Purchasing food for group lunches
  • Food preparation including group lunches and baking cakes for the tearoom
  • Serving in tearoom as necessary including occasional weekends

House Opening/Events

  • Welcoming visitors and groups to the house and dealing with their requirements
  • Managing volunteer guides
  • Cash handling – ticket and tearoom sales
  • Assisting with events including occasional weekends and evenings

Any other duty reasonably requested by the House Manager.

 

Person Specification

Personality

  • Someone who genuinely enjoys working with the public and as part of a small dedicated team.
  • Well organised with good timekeeping.
  • Energetic and enthusiastic.
  • Able to work to deadlines and cope with changing priorities.
  • Punctual, trustworthy and reliable.
  • Friendly and open character. 

Qualifications

Essential: Good general standard of education, proven computer and administration skills, clean driving licence.

Desirable: Food Hygiene/Catering qualification, First Aid Certificate.

Experience

Essential: Experience of working in a customer facing environment.

Desirable: Experience of working in a similar visitor attraction.

 


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.