Feeling of Homeliness

One of the things that has really struck me since staring at Godinton House is the feeling of homeliness the house possesses. Many of you may already know that the last owner of Godinton, Alan Wyndham Green, intended for visitors to feel that they were stepping into his family home rather than a museum.

The house is very much alive with the memories of the individuals who have lived and worked in the house and frequently individuals will come in and share the stories of a relative who once lived or worked on the estate. Notably, this week a lady on a group visit informed us that she was in fact the great-granddaughter of the architect Reginald Blomfield who made improvements to the house and gardens at the end of the nineteenth century.

We welcome any visitors who have a connection with the house to share such memories as it enhances our understanding of this wonderful building but also aids in how we tell the Godinton story to others.

I will leave you with this picture of Alan’s bedroom which truly shows the real personal nature of the house. Items such as Alan’s hat collection, his army uniform, a travel trunk once belonging to his grandfather and a modern painting of the Teifi Valley (purchased by Alan in 1977) show that this is very much a house that was lived in and there is a reason it feels like home to those who visit.  

Alan’s Bedroom