Category: News

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

Lilith

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

Autumn at Godinton

The seasonal changes in the garden are moving on apace now with deciduous trees and shrubs dramatically colouring to beautiful reds, oranges and yellows. Mushrooms and fungi have appeared with the rain and geese have been flying over in long, noisy skeins. You may have noticed that the red colours are particularly strong this year.Find out more

Preparing for our first event

Gardens are now open Tuesday to Sunday.  Tickets must be pre-booked during office hours Monday to Friday.  See booking form on contact page. We are excited to be preparing for our first event this season – Sculpture in the Gardens – with 16 artists displaying work around the gardens.  Some are new names and someFind out more

Garden re-opening

Garden Opening from Tuesday 30th June We are delighted to be able to offer pre-booked tickets for the garden from Tuesday 30th June. The garden will open Tuesday to Sunday from 1pm to 6pm (last booked entry 5pm). Please complete the on-line form on our website with your preferred date and time, you will then be sentFind out more

Covid-19 Statement, 5th June 2020

Friday 5th June 2020 It has been heart-warming to welcome our Garden Season Ticket holders back this week and at last be able to share the beautiful gardens again – albeit on reduced opening hours. We thank them for their feedback, which has helped us improve our procedures for opening safely. From Tuesday 9th June, openingFind out more

In Focus: Last Days in the Old Home

In the Great Chamber, there’s a small framed reproduction of the picture ‘Last Days in the Old Home’, by Robert Braithwaite Martineau. This is Martineau’s most famous painting, and hangs in the Tate today. So why do we have a copy? Well for those who look closely, you might recognise the panelling in the pictureFind out more

The Mystery of the Missing Fireplace…

Godinton possesses some spectacular fireplaces, mantelpieces and overmantels, and one of the mysteries that has been haunting me since the start of the year has been that of a ‘missing’ set. One of our volunteer guides, Karina, and her daughter Claire came in to share some of Claire’s research with me, including the fact she’dFind out more