Godinton House & Gardens




Godinton House, Godinton Lane, Ashford, TN23 3BP


Ø   Introduction


Visit Godinton’s Historic House and Gardens


Whatever time of year, Godinton is well worth a visit, not just for its beautiful gardens with a reputation growing far and wide,

but for the many aspects of this fascinating, ancient estate a few miles from Ashford.

All visitors are struck by the first view of the house as they round a corner of the drive, the grandeur of the ancient brick house in its parkland setting is a welcome surprise.


Godinton is a comfortable, much-loved home; each room has a different feel, a contrast on a theme,

not designed by architect or curator but for the taste and enjoyment of those who lived here over the centuries and now for visitors.


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.


Enjoy delicious homemade cakes and refreshments in the old Billiard Room.


Events, courses and workshops are run throughout the year to be enjoyed by all. Godinton is an excellent teaching resource tailored to suit individual needs.


A working estate with lovely walks, close to the picturesque village of Great Chart.


Ø   Information


Opening Times 2019


Gardens: open daily

01 Mar to 01 Nov 2019



House: open Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays

05 April to 06 October 2019


Expert guides lead tours of the house.

Visitors are advised to book a tour on arrival.

First Tour: 13:30 / Last Tour: 16:00


Tearoom: open Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays

 (for House and Garden visitors only)

05 April to 06 October 2019


Last Orders: 17:00


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Prices 2019


Garden Only: Adults: £5.00

House and Gardens: Adults: £10.00

Children (under 16): Free, except on some event days


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Godinton House Garden Map


The following link enables the Godinton Garden Map to be downloaded and viewed:


Godinton Garden Map


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Godinton Lane, Ashford, Kent, TN23 3BP


Located close to the A20 near Lenham, 3 miles from M20 Junction 9.

Two large hard standing car parks are available.

Bus route 123 from Ashford Town Centre has a stop nearby.


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Information / Contact


For more information please contact: Rachael Fagg:


Phone: 01233 643854


E-mail: info@godintonhouse.co.uk


Web: www.godintonhouse.co.uk


Twitter: twitter@godinton


Ø   Calendar / Diary


Events, Courses and Workshops


The Godinton team organise and run interesting and varied events, courses and workshops throughout the year.


Their What’s On diary pages may be accessed via the link below.

Listings are displayed by month, which may navigated by means of the selectors.


Web: http://godintonhouse.co.uk/whats-on/


Ø   News


Ø   Of Interest




Godinton House has absorbed the history and culture of its region for six hundred years.

Standing in its tranquil parkland setting, it has seen the rise and fall of a score of monarchs, uprisings, rebellions, Civil War and the threat of invasion.

Like the great oaks in the park, it has been buffeted by the occasional onslaughts of change, but has remained relatively unsullied by time.

It has been fortunate, and unusual among its neighbours, in having only two major changes in ownership in six hundred years.

It has been doubly fortunate in that its owners improved their inheritance without sweeping away what had gone before, ensuring that such a rich heritage continues.




Twelve acres of tranquil gardens are surrounded by ancient parkland studded with stately oaks and chestnuts.

Four hundred years of changing garden fashions have contributed to a landscape which is now predominantly Reginald Blomfield’s 1898 design.

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 an unusually high standard.




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