Information

2022 PricesAdultChildren (under 16)
Garden Only£7Free, except on some event days
House and Gardens£14Free, except on some event days.
Opening TimesDatesDaysTimes
Garden – Closed on Mondays (except Bank Holidays)
1st Mar – 30th OctTues – Sun1pm – 6pm, last entry 5pm
House – Friday & Saturday1st Apr – 1st OctFri – Sat 1.30pm, 2pm, 2.30pm, 3pm, 3.30pm, 4pm
Tearoom (for House & Garden/Garden visitors only)1st Apr – 1st 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.


RHS Partner Garden

Please note that as of 2022 Godinton is no longer an RHS Partner Garden.


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 1.30 pm and the last tour at 4 pm.


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. 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 mile and 1/4 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

Internship at Godinton House, Ashford, Kent – 2022

 

A unique opportunity to spend a year living and working on a small, historic estate learning about the care, running, maintenance and workings of a country house open to the public. Run by the Godinton House Preservation Trust, one enthusiastic house intern is employed each year in order to develop knowledge and skills that will prove useful in developing a career within the heritage sector. You will join a small, friendly, passionate team, and have opportunities to learn a broad range of skills as well as the chance to pursue your own projects and interests.

 

Job Title Intern
Responsible To House Manager
Works with House Team, Volunteer Guides, Estate Manager
Contract Fixed term – 1 year
Location Godinton House & Gardens, Godinton Lane, Ashford, Kent TN23 3BP
Hours 40 hours per week (including weekends and evenings)
Holiday 20 days plus bank holidays
Salary £19,094-£19,760 per annum
Start Date August 2022

Please note that this position is for graduates/education of Level 5 or above.

 

Day to day work will consist of assisting the staff in all aspects of running Godinton including, but not limited to:

 

  • Opening the house to the general public
  • Taking tours around the house
  • Visitor interpretation
  • Selling tickets and giving information
  • Security of the house and Trust’s property
  • Cleaning, care and conservation of the house contents and collections
  • Cleaning of visitor and general areas including kitchens, tearoom, etc.
  • Catering for group visits
  • Archive work
  • Functions and events
  • Marketing and market research
  • Social Media
  • Promoting and assisting with educational visits
  • Advertising
  • Estate office support
  • General administration including telephone and public enquiries, banking and statistics

 

Other duties will be at the discretion of your supervisor. As a key-holder and duty supervisor, being a trained First-Aider is a requirement of the role. First-Aid training will be provided by the Trust.

 

This is a live-in training position: you will be a key-holder and therefore accommodation is provided on-site. The accommodation is shared with the Garden Trainee, and consists of a private en-suite bedroom, and shared use of a kitchen and sitting room. Godinton is situated a few miles outside of Ashford, and having your own transport – whilst not essential – may be beneficial. The charge for accommodation charge is £263.90 pcm inclusive of bills.

 

The Trust encourages external visits and training courses, and will make every effort to ensure time is given during working hours to attend relevant courses and visits where possible. The Trust will endeavour to provide opportunities to work with conservation specialists, visit other properties nearby and encourage development of particular areas of interest.

 

Previous interns have gone on to work for the Royal Collections Trust, National Trust, Royal Household, and pursue postgraduate qualifications in specialist areas, amongst other things.

 

If you have any queries/questions, or wish to discuss the role further, please contact Chloe at house@godintonhouse.co.uk or on 01233 643854. To apply for the role, please send a CV and cover letter to Chloe Hearn, at house@godintonhouse.co.uk by 5pm on Monday 30th May. Interviews will be held in early-mid June.


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