Category: News

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

All change!

The last blog about the house was on spring cleaning prior to what should have been the house opening on Friday – how things have changed! We had returned the majority of the showrooms to their full glory when new measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 were announced, and it was decided that theFind out more

In Focus: Japanese lacquered travelling case

My love of all things Oriental still continues, so this month’s ‘In Focus’ piece is on the Japanese lacquered cabinet in the Chinese Room. Anyone who knows the house will know that this cabinet used to sit on a rococco gilded stand; this has been taken away for some serious restoration and stabilisation as itsFind out more

Gardens open for the season

We are very happy to be welcoming visitors to the gardens again for the start of the new season.  The wild garden is putting on a fabulous show of daffodils, primroses, fritillaries and anemones.  Almond and peach blossom is attracting pollinators to the walled garden and in the greenhouses we are busy propagating veg andFind out more

In Focus: Kate Greenaway’s watercolours

Kate Greenaway is a name which is vaguely familiar to a lot of our visitors – the Kate Greenaway Medal is a prestigious award given to children’s illustrators, with recipients including Quentin Blake, Raymond Briggs, Lauren Child and Chris Riddell. Unsurprisingly, Kate (Catherine) Greenaway was herself a children’s book illustrator. Born in 1846 to aFind out more

Spring cleaning

The worst of winter is over, and so the house re-opening is on everyone’s minds. The house gets a very thorough clean after Christmas, and the house team have recently spent many hours hoovering, dusting, buffing and window cleaning. One of Godinton’s most wonderful features is the wooden panelling and carvings found in many roomsFind out more

In Focus: Hokusai Manga

One of my favourite (re)discoveries recently has been that of 10 volumes of Hokusai’s Manga, stashed away in the Chinese Room. Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) was a Japanese artist, most famous for his piece ‘The Great Wave of Kanagawa’, which was a part of his series Thirty-Six Views of Mt Fuji. He worked extensively with printsFind out more

Promise of spring

The very welcome signs of spring have been early this year.  Crocuses, snowdrops, hellebores, cyclamen and a few early daffodils have been flowering since January. The garden birds are on the lookout for a mate and singing loudly about it and Buzzards are displaying their flying skills over the park. In the garden we areFind out more

The joys of January

Back to work in a dank, gloomy but surprisingly warm January and we’re working off those mince pies and Christmas puddings with a bit of leaf clearing. There is never a month in the garden without flowers and this drunkenly dangling honey bee is enjoying the deliciously scented Lonicera fragrans as much as we are.Find out more