Category: House

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

Winter cleaning

Now that we are closed for the season, the house team are starting the winter cleaning and conservation programme. Work has begun in the attics cleaning and re-organising stored items, and this week Angie and Sara gave what we call the “Maids Room” a complete overhaul. This room is part of the tour for schoolFind out more


This English marble statuette of “Lilith” by Alfred Drury (1956 to 1944) is a favourite piece in the house but sadly sits in darkness while the house is closed. We hope you are able to enjoy her beauty from this photograph. Mr and Mrs Bruce Ward purchased the statuette directly from Alfred Drury in JuneFind out more

Trust’s clock expert, returns

We were pleased to welcome the Trust’s clock expert, Duncan Greig, back to the house to continue servicing the clocks. During Duncan’s last visit he dismantled the James McCabe Bracket clock in the Dining Room to allow Eveliina Peltola, the Trust’s furniture restorer, to repair the case of the clock, including stabilising loose veneers andFind out more