Category: House

Feeling of Homeliness

One of the things that has really struck me since staring at Godinton House is the feeling of homeliness the house possesses. Many of you may already know that the last owner of Godinton, Alan Wyndham Green, intended for visitors to feel that they were stepping into his family home rather than a museum. TheFind out more

Introduction to the new House Manager

I am Chloe and I will be taking over from Sally who previously held the role of House Manager at Godinton. After 3.5 years at Windsor Castle, I have moved to Kent and I am enjoying exploring the beauty of the surrounding area.  Though I am only three weeks into the role, time is already flyingFind out more

Fine Carpets and Rugs

When our visitors embark on a tour of the house led by our experienced and knowledgeable guides, they will not find any ropes or barriers and are able to study our varied and extensive collection of furniture, porcelain, paintings and objets d’art up close. Also, underfoot, are many fine carpets and rugs including these colourful stairFind out more

Archive Gems

We are lucky to have many gems in the archives at Godinton, among them is this Liberty & Co drawing of the alterations Lillie Bruce Ward made to the Gallery in 1925, opening up the west wall and creating a carved screen and gallery onto the Great Hall, giving us the impressive view we see from the GreatFind out more

Behind the scenes during winter

Visitors often ask what the staff do in the winter when the house is closed. To give one example, the building team is currently carrying out ceiling repairs around the bay windows in the Great Chamber. Although the work is very minor and will only take a few days, the House Team got to work beforehand preparingFind out more

Ashford’s Hidden Treasures

This month, Godinton has been included in Ashford’s Hidden Treasures, a series of short videos to celebrate some of the amazing objects found in museums and archives in the borough of Ashford, produced by Founder Films CIC and funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. In the video Ursula Peters, one of our experience guides,Find out more

Special Connections

We are very fortunate to have an experienced team of guides to share their knowledge and passion for Godinton with our visitors, and also newer guides who occasionally join the team. This season, one of our new recruits. Karina Sellers has a special connection with the house being related to Marjorie Sellers, creator of theFind out more

Stage 4 of the Road Map

It feels like we are almost back to normal at Godinton with the house and tearoom now open as well as the gardens. Our house tours have been very popular, with most tours filling up a week or so in advance. Please remember that these are timed tours, so visitors must arrive at the house 5Find out more

House Opening

What a pleasure to walk through the house and see that all the showrooms have been dusted, hoovered and de-cobwebbed, clocks wound and chiming the hours, flowers picked from the walled garden and expertly arranged by Manuela, one of our volunteer guides, bringing life to the house again. We are delighted to welcome our visitorsFind out more

Cream teas are returning

We are delighted that the tearoom in the house will be opening for the season on Friday 21st May. Having been closed since March last year, we have taken the opportunity to redecorate, and a fresh new look awaits you when you visit. We hope you approve! For those of you who have missed ourFind out more