Godinton's Timeless Gardens

Predominantly Sir Reginald Blomfield’s design of 1896, the twelve acres of tranquil gardens surrounding Godinton House are enclosed by a vast yew hedge and showcase features added by different owners over time.

Historically, the early park was centred to the northeast of the house, with the farmyard and barns to the north. It was only in the late 18th century that High Sheriff John Toke began to restructure the gardens, creating an open landscape with a carriage drive that offered views of the house. He also created the walled kitchen garden that remains in use for growing produce today.

It was during the 19th century that the most significant alterations to the garden took place, when Mr and Mrs Ashley Dodd employed Sir Reginald Blomfield to overhaul both house and gardens. Blomfield’s 1896 plan formalised the gardens with terraces, a pond and rose garden, all encircled by one of the longest yew hedges in the country.

Past, Present, and Future

The Hon. Mrs Bruce Ward made further transformations throughout the 1920s, creating a walled Italian Garden alongside the existing Kitchen Garden. Home to the memorial bench to the last owner of Godinton, Alan Wyndham Green, it offers a peaceful retreat.

Following the passing of Mr Wyndham Green in 1996, the estate has been cared for by the Godinton House Preservation Trust, who have overseen a scheme of restoration and replanting. Visitors can now see seasonal planting across the formal, walled, and wild gardens, alongside sculptural pieces such as Emily Young’s Tempesta.

Godinton hosts an annual Sculpture in the Gardens event showcasing pieces from talented artists from across the South East of England. If you would like more details on this and other events, please see our events page.

Garden Spaces

  • Walled Garden
  • Rose Garden
  • Herbaceous Borders
  • Lily Pond
  • Italian Garden
  • Wild Garden

The twelve acres of gardens are surrounded by ancient parkland studded with stately oaks and chestnuts.

Terraced lawns bordered by a vast yew hedge and topiaried box have been softened over the last century by the addition of long, curvy-edged herbaceous borders and ornamental tree and shrub plantings. All areas of the garden continue to be restored and maintained to a high standard.

Enjoy the changing seasons in the garden with our Garden Season Ticket, purchase online or at the Ticket Office during the open season.