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

An unique opportunity to spend a year living and working on a small, historic estate learning about the care, running, maintenance and workings of a country house open to the public. Godinton House is situated in the heart of Kent. Run by the Godinton House Preservation Trust, one enthusiastic house intern is employed each year in order to develop knowledge and skills that will prove useful in developing a career within the heritage sector. You will be join a small, friendly, passionate team, and have opportunities to learn a broad range of skills (such as visitor-facing work, publicity and marketing, event planning and management, conservation and archive work, educational visits, management of farms, woodland, residential and commercial property etc.), as well as the chance to pursue your own projects and interests.

Please note that this position is for graduates / education of Level 5 or above.

Job Title Intern
Responsible To House Manager
Works with House Team, Volunteer Guides, Estate Manager
Contract Fixed term – 1 year
Location Godinton House & Gardens, Godinton Lane, Ashford, Kent TN23 3BP
Hours 40 hours per week (with occasional weekends and evenings)
Working Days Normally Monday – Friday, 08:30-17:30. Some variations depending on house openings.
Holiday 20 days plus bank holidays
Salary Estimated monthly salary of £850 (inclusive of accommodation & all bills and internet)
Start Date August 2020

 Day to day work will consist of assisting the staff in all aspects of running Godinton including, but not limited to:

Security of the house and Trust’s property

Cleaning, care and conservation of the house contents and collections

Opening the house to the general public

Taking tours around the house

Visitor interpretation

Catering for group visits

Cleaning of visitor and general areas including kitchens, tearoom, etc.

Promoting and assisting with educational visits

Selling tickets and giving information

Functions and events

Marketing and market research

Social Media

Estate office support

Advertising

Archive work

General administration including:

        • Telephone and public enquiries
        • Banking
        • Statistics

Other duties will be at the discretion of your supervisor. It is intended to provide a broad over view, including opportunities to work in the gardens and on the estate. Being comfortable working from height is an advantage, as is a positive attitude and a desire to get involved!

This is a live-in training position: you will be a key-holder and therefore accommodation is provided on site. The accommodation is shared with the Garden Trainee, and consists of a private en-suite bedroom, and shared use of a kitchen and sitting room. Both trainees are expected to be tolerant and responsible in sharing accommodation and the day-to-day household duties. Overnight visits by friends and/or family should be agreed in advance with the Garden Trainee. Please note that Godinton is situated a few miles outside of Ashford, and having your own transport – whilst not essential – may be beneficial.

A salary of £850 per calendar month will be paid to cover day-to-day living expenses and cost of training courses, visits to other organisations etc. and travel. The Trust encourages external visits and training courses, but time taken on such courses and visits must be made up by weekend, evening working or taking holiday. The Trust will endeavour to provide opportunities to work with conservation specialists, visit other properties nearby and encourage development of particular areas of interest. Past interns have visited Leeds Castle, the National Archives, Ightham Mote, Historic Houses, Hatfield House, Chatham Dockyard and Belmont House, as well as specialist conservators and restorers.

Previous interns have gone on to work for the Royal Collections Trust, National Trust, Royal Household, and pursue postgraduate qualifications in specialist areas, amongst other things.

If you have any queries/questions, or wish to discussion the role further, please contact Sarah at intern@godintonhouse.co.uk or on 01233643854.

Otherwise, please send a CV and cover letter to Sarah Roller, at intern@godintonhouse.co.uk by 5pm on Sunday 19th April 2020. Interviews will be held in late May / early June.


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.