Information

2021 PricesAdultChildren (under 16)
Garden Only£7Free, except on some event days
House and Gardens£12Free, except on some event days.
Opening TimesDatesDaysTimes
Garden – Closed on Mondays (except Bank Holidays)
Pre-booked tickets only
30th Mar – 31st OctTues – Sun1pm – 6pm, last entry 5pm
House – Pre-booked tours only4th Jun – 2nd OctFri -Sat 1.30pm, 2pm, 2.30pm, 3pm, 3.30pm. 4pm
Tearoom (for House & Garden/Garden visitors only)21 May – 2nd Oct Fri – Sat1pm – 5pm


Accessibility

View map with disabled path

The staff at Godinton are always happy to help our visitors, please do not hesitate to ask for assistance and information. If you have any particular needs or questions, please call before you visit – 01233 643854 during working hours Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.

Parking – on arrival please follow the signs to the main car park where there are a number of marked parking bays for visitors with disabilities. From here a short, wide gravel track leads to the Ticket Office and accessible toilet.

Wheelchairs – there are none available on site.

Assistance Dogs are welcome with the relevant paperwork, but we regret that no other dogs are permitted.

Toilets – there is an accessible toilet situated with the public toilets near the ticket office and car park. Please note there are no toilets in the house.

Gardens – from the ticket office gravel paths lead around the garden, with grass paths through the wild garden avoiding steps to the lower level. The gardens are accessible to wheelchairs and mobility scooters, and there are a number of benches in various locations throughout the gardens. Link to map.

House & Tearoom – the ground floor rooms and Tearoom are accessible for wheelchair users and mobility scooters with wide doorways and level thresholds. There is one step on the ground floor with no handrail due to the historic nature of the building. Staff will provide a ramp for use as necessary. A wide staircase with shallow steps and a handrail accesses the first-floor showrooms; regrettably, these rooms are inaccessible for wheelchair users.

Seating is available in each room if needed.


“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 Godinton safely.


Tours of the House

Tours of the house are led by expert guides unraveling the 600 years of history and revealing an excellent country house collection of furniture, art, porcelain, and curios. The first tour leaves at 1.30pm and the last tour at 3.45pm. Pre-booked tours only.


Map

View Larger Map Godinton House is a few minutes drive from Junction 9 off the M20. From Junction 9, follow signs for Lenham/Maidstone, 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 10x 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. Any questions contact 01233 643854


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 Friday and Saturday. Refreshments are available from the ticket office and outside tearoom Tuesday to Sunday  from 1pm – 5pm April to September.


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 selection of plants and homegrown produce is sold from the ticket office when available.


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, Tuesday 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

House Manager

Godinton House Preservation Trust, Great Chart, Ashford, Kent

Godinton House is a spectacular Jacobean mansion set in formal gardens and traditional parkland, west of Ashford in Kent.   It is owned and managed by an independent charitable trust, established by the last private owner.

The house is open to the public and together with the garden attracts up to 20,000 visitors per year including guided tours and school visits.  A tea room operates during visiting hours, and the house and garden host a popular and diverse programme of events throughout the year.

The house and gardens are currently managed by a team including Estate Manager, House Manager, Head Gardener and additional staff and guides.   The existing House Manager will retire in early 2022.

The Role

The Trust is now seeking to appoint a new House Manager to perform the following role:

  • Responsibility for the management of the day visitor operation including daily visitors, booked coach tours and educational visits in conjunction with the existing team.
  • Supervision and operation of the tea room to include staffing and arrangements for catering which include in house preparation of cakes and light lunches, full house-keeping duties including cleaning and conservation of the house and extensive collection, and management of housekeeping staff and guides.
  • Responsibility for curatorial aspects related to the interior and collection, appointing and managing consultants and contractors as required.
  • Primary responsibility for care and management of the house including night and weekend duties, and supervising relief to be undertaken by additional staff.

The successful candidate will be required to live on site and will be provided with a very desirable two bedroom flat within the house.

The House Manager will report to the Estate Manager day to day and directly to the Board of Trustees as required, and will manage the existing house team.

The Individual

We are looking to recruit an experienced individual with a proven track record in house management and with the following attributes:

  • Be passionate and enthusiastic about historic houses and be physically fit and suitable for the role.
  • Ideally have experience as a House Manager of a large or historic property and supervision of staff
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with enthusiasm and confidence to engage with day visitors in a style that is welcoming and warm.
  • Experience in managing catering operations including skills in preparing and baking food, and sourcing ingredients to a budget, and an understanding of food hygiene standards would be an advantage.
  • Proven skills in administration, and have good organisational skills and attention to detail.
  • Good IT skills and an ability to use technology are essential.

The Package

  • The position is available from the 1st February 2022
  • Daily working hours are 8 hours each day but vary depending on the seasonal requirements of the role.
  • The appointed individual will be required to reside in the accommodation provided, and fulfil additional security duties such as responding to maintenance and security needs in the house at night and weekends. Relief is provided in rota with other staff members.
  • A salary of £32,000 per annum is offered, plus pension
  • Holiday entitlement is 20 days annually plus all bank holidays

How to Apply

Applications should be submitted with a covering letter to Rob Duggan (Estate Manager) at recruitment@godintonhouse.co.uk, by 31 December 2021.


Additional Information

  • Lovely walks on the estate
  • Close to the picturesque village of Great Chart
  • 10 minutes from M20, Junction 9
  • 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 the Estate Manager, Rob Duggan 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.