Category: House

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

House Preparations

Over the last few weeks, the House Team has been busy working through the house making preparations to welcome visitors back in June. The two adjoining Libraries on the ground floor are now looking their best once again. These cosy rooms, separated by luxurious velvet curtains, are a peaceful place to sink into the comfortableFind out more

Gardens Opening 30th March

We are pleased to confirm that the gardens will open for the season on Tuesday 30th March. Angie will be back in the kitchen baking cakes for the takeaway tea room, starting with Rhubarb Crumble cake using the early rhubarb from the walled garden. You will be able to book tickets from the middle of March usingFind out more

Fantastic Fireplace

The fantastic fireplace in the Great Hall at Godinton House has a surround made of Bethersden marble, which is a limestone quarried from the Weald Clay around the village of Bethersden, situated approximately 4 miles from Godinton. The stone is made up of the shells of freshwater snails and winkles, which leave a clear outlineFind out more

The Four Georges

We tend to concentrate on the Tokes when talking about the history ofGodinton, as this family owned the estate for 400 years. However, Iwould like to shed a little light on George Ashley Dodd,who purchasedthe estate in 1896 and was responsible for carrying out the mostextensive structural alterations for 100 years, employing architectand garden designerFind out more