Information

2020 PricesAdultChildren (under 16)
Garden Only£7Free, except on some event days, no pre-booking required, except during half-term, week beginning 26th – 30th October. Contactless card payments only, no cash payments thank you
House and Gardens£12Free, except on some event days. Closed for 2020
Opening TimesDatesDaysTimes
Garden – Closed on Mondays, no pre-booking required, except during half-term, week beginning 26th – 30th October30 June – 1st NovTues – Sun1pm – 6pm, last entry 5 pm
House and TearoomCLOSED Closed for the 2020 season
Tearoom (for House & Garden visitors only)CLOSED Closed for the 2020 season


UPDATE ON GARDEN OPENING 14/09/2020

Important information for visitors from Tuesday 15th September

I am glad so many of you have been enjoying the gardens in the late summer sunshine, as well as the homemade cakes from our takeaway tearoom.

As you may already have heard, the Government has imposed restrictions on the number of people who can gather in a group, and from Monday 14th September it will no longer be legal to meet in groups of more than 6, unless from one household (and support bubble).

Also, from Friday 18 September, premises and venues where people meet socially will be legally required to request the contact details of a member of every party, record and retain these details for 21 days, and provide them to NHS Test & Trace without delay when required.

I thank you all for complying with our guidelines so far, and ask that you continue to adhere to Government advice and regulations to ensure a safe and enjoyable visit for all.

The Gardens are open Tuesday to Sunday from 1pm to 6pm (last entry 5pm) until 1/11/20.


GUIDELINES FOR VISITORS - LAST UPDATED 23/9/2020

Welcome to Godinton
Please read the following guidelines before your visit.

PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL PAYMENTS ARE CONTACTLESS, PAYMENTS MADE FOR ENTRY AND REFRESHMENTS CARD ONLY, NO CASH.

From Monday 14th September it will no longer be legal to meet in groups of more than 6, unless from one household (and support bubble).

From Friday 18 September, premises and venues where people meet socially will be legally required to request the contact details of a member of every party, record and retain these details for 21 days, and provide them to NHS Test & Trace without delay when required.

  • Please use the main gates for access on Godinton Lane (not the staff entrance further along the lane)
  • Follow the signs to the main visitor car park and park responsibly adhering to social distancing guidelines.
  • Use the track from the car park to get to the ticket office and book in with the member of staff on duty. Please queue along the track at 2m distances if necessary.
  • Please note we are operating a contactless payment system and are unable to accept cash.
  • A one-way route will be in operation when entering and leaving the gardens. Please enter the garden through the arch in the hedge by the side of the mansion house and exit via the Walled Garden gates. If you have mobility issues please let us know in advance and we can make special arrangements for you.
  • The greenhouses will not be open for the time being. We will let you know if this changes when you arrive.
  • We will be serving a limited range of takeaway refreshments. You are welcome to bring your own refreshments and enjoy these in the car park area whilst adhering to social distancing guidelines.
  • No picnics in the garden, please.
  • There will be limited toilet facilities with a one-in one-out system.
  • Should you find yourself in a queue please keep 2m apart.
  • If you feel unwell please rearrange your visit to the gardens and follow Government advice.
  • If you have children please make sure they adhere to the social distancing guidelines.
  • You will receive a warm welcome from our staff, who will be happy to answer any questions.

We are delighted to welcome you to the glorious gardens, stay safe and be aware of those around you.  Thank you for your continued support.


“We’re Good To Go”

“We’re Good To Go” is the official UK mark to signal that a tourism and hospitality business has worked hard to follow Government and industry COVID-19 guidelines and has a process in place to maintain cleanliness and aid social distancing.  We are delighted to have been awarded this official mark and look forward to welcoming visitors to the gardens for the remainder of the 2020 season.

 


Tours of the House

Tours of the house are led by expert guides unravelling the 600 years of history and revealing an excellent country house collection of furniture, art, porcelain and curios. The first tour leaves at 13:30 and the last tour at 16:00. We advise visitors to book on a tour when you arrive to avoid disappointment.


Map

View Larger Map Godinton House is a few minutes drive from Junction 9 off the M20. From Junction 9, follow signs for Lenham, A20. About a ¼ mile after the second roundabout, there is a signpost for the house on the left-hand side (opposite the Hare & Hounds public house). A taxi ride from Ashford International Railway Station takes 10 minutes and costs approximately £6. The 123 bus runs from Ashford Town Centre, County Square (Stop K) and stops opposite the Hare and Hounds public house after about 20 minutes. It is then a short walk along Godinton Lane to the North Lodge gates.


Disabled Access

Partial disabled access around the garden. Disabled access to ground floor of house and tearoom but no access to first floor. Disabled WC near ticket office, please note no disabled WC in the house or inside tearoom. View map with disabled path


Tearoom

The Tearoom in the house serves a selection of excellent homemade cakes and cream teas. We do not offer a lunch or savoury menu. The Tearoom in the house is only available to visitors to the house or gardens Fri, Sat, Sun and Bank Holidays. Refreshments are available from the ticket office and outside tearoom daily from 1pm – 5pm during our open season.


Toilets

Toilets are available to House & Garden visitors and are located near the ticket office. Please note there are no toilets in the main house or inside tearoom.


Shop

No shop, but a number of plants are for sale outside the ticket office.


Picnics

Picnics are allowed on the grass next to the car park or in the area near the ticket office but not in the formal gardens except during our special picnic evenings.


Dogs

Dogs are not allowed in the house or garden, but can be taken on leads around the conservation walk that circles the house and garden. Assistance dogs are permitted with relevant documentation.


Parking

Two large hard standing car parks and parking for two coaches (coaches must book, Monday to Thursday only).


Special Events

Many events go on throughout the year, see the What’s On page for more information or contact us.


Ownership

In 1991 Alan Wyndham Green established the Godinton House Preservation Trust with a board of Trustees, to secure the future of Godinton House and its contents, grounds and parkland ‘for the public benefit’. Mr Wyndham Green made it clear when he created the Trust that he did not want the house to become an impersonal museum after his death. The Trustees will continue to honour his wishes, incorporated in the Trust Deed, to preserve Godinton for the benefit, appreciation and education of the public; in short, to continue the sound stewardship of this fascinating and hospitable house and estate as it moves into the next chapter of its long history, not simply as a museum but as a living house, gardens and estate.


Vacancies

No current vacancies


Additional Information

  • Lovely walks on the estate
  • Close to the picturesque village of Great Chart
  • 10 minutes from M20
  • Public golf course nearby
  • Convenient for Channel crossings
  • 10 minutes from Ashford International Station
  • London to Ashford on the High Speed 40 minutes

Photography

The taking of photographs, videos, etc. for commercial purposes in this garden is forbidden without the prior permission of the Estate Manager.  Licences must be applied for in advance and a licence fee paid. The use of tripods or similar equipment likely to interfere with the viewing of other garden visitors is also not permitted. Filming and photography is not permitted in the house.


The Godinton Charitable Trust

Overview

A grant making trust supporting local Kentish charities, community organisations or similar good causes focused on Ashford and the surrounding area. The Trust does not support large national or international charities or individuals in fund raising.

How to Apply

To make an application please contact Nick Sandford either by post or email. The Godinton Charitable Trust, Godinton House, Godinton Lane, Ashford, Kent TN23 3BP. office@godintonhouse.co.uk Please provide a short introduction to your charity or organisation, the reason for and amount requested, brief information on finances and fund raising efforts. Please do not send long reports or sets of accounts. If further details are required we will request them.

Decisions

Suitable applications are considered twice a year by the Trustees. Generally grant sizes range from £250 to £5,000.

History

The Godinton Charitable Trust (GCT) was set up in 1974 by the late Alan Wyndham Green, who inherited Godinton House and Estate in 1952. The Trust was founded with generous gifts of land in 1974, 1986 and 1989. This land was required for development by Ashford Borough Council and Mr Wyndham Green wanted the proceeds for charitable purposes. When Alan Wyndham Green died in 1996 the Charitable Trust provided funding for the renovation of Godinton House, Gardens and Estate. The charity is a privately funded grant-making charity. Trustees have discretion as to the application of its income or capital for charitable objects or purposes, it was always the intention of the Settlor to provide long-term endowment and continued support if necessary for its associated charity, The Godinton House Preservation Trust.