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 2018


Gardens: open daily

01 Mar to 01 Nov 2018



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

06 April to 07 October 2018


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)

06 April to 07 October 2018


Last Orders: 17:00


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Prices 2018


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 on this website.


Download and view the 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   Newsletter


December Inspiration


With summer well behind us, autumn in full flow, our thoughts begin to head towards December and gift ideas for our friends and family.


Looking forward to something is always rather exciting especially when the days are short, cold and wet.

Why not purchase a workshop voucher for your loved ones to enjoy after the festive season, an experience not to be forgotten?

Maybe even a life changing day, as you will see from Abby who attended our ‘Autumn Propagation’ workshop.


“Thank you so much for an amazing day. I was so inspired by you both, I’ve answered my inner calling and taken the plunge to retrain as a Gardener…”


Our garden workshops are relaxed, informal and informative with the emphasis on small groups enabling individuals to have the opportunity to address their own gardening queries.

New for next year will be workshops covering Wildlife Gardening and Potager and returning our popular Sweet Pea and Topiary mornings.

Not forgetting the usual Pruning and Propagation, which our traditional and must do workshops in the Godinton calendar.


Preparations are well underway for our traditional Autumn Week starting on Monday 22 October.

Join us for a week of family fun, help the children create their own autumn dream catcher by following the garden trail and get hands on with the creepy crawlies at the Bug Roadshow on Wednesday.


We close the gates for the season on Thursday 01 November.


I hope that you have all enjoyed the gardens this year. For me the scent from the wonderful Rose Garden was truly breathtaking,

watching the dragonflies dancing over the Lily Pond and seeing the heron on an early morning fishing spree was a real delight.


With another season drawing to a close, we move indoors for the Ashford Visual Artists Winter Art Fair at the end of November.

Come and meet the artists and find that unique Christmas gift.


Don't miss our popular Christmas Carols singalong on Saturday 15 December, raising money for the dedicated work of the Pilgrims Hospices.


Enjoy the late autumn sunshine. I hope you have enjoyed another year with us here at Godinton.




Ø   Upcoming Events


Ø   Calendar / Diary


COURSES 2018/2019


Creating Beautiful Borders Course – A course to help students select and combine plants appropriate to their situation and to create the effects they desire.

The course will comprise one tuition session per month for eight months.

Each monthly meeting will be held between 09:30~13:30 on Wednesdays, as follows:

10 October 2018, 14 November 2018, 05 December 2018,

01 February 2019, 20 March 2019, 24 April 2019, 22 May 2019, 19 June 2019.

Students will learn about plants, how to use them to good effect, and will have opportunities

to draw inspiration from the gardens at Godinton by observing seasonal changes occurring through the year.

Gained knowledge and experience should help students to develop a planting plan for their chosen plot.

Course: £320 - includes tea, coffee and cake during each session.

Places are limited, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

To find out more or to book, please contact Fiona Abrahams:

E-mail: fiona.abrahams1@btinternet.com

Mobile: 07941 580613


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Christmas Carols - 15 December 2018 – 16:00~18:00

Booking essential as places are limited.

Admission £12.00.

Proceeds to The Pilgrims Hospices.


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Workshop Information


Viv Hunt, Head Gardener at Godinton House and Fiona Abrahams, Lecturer at Hadlow College, Horticulture Lecturer and Freelance Gardener

combine their vast experience and knowledge in a series of relaxed, informal and informative workshops.

The emphasis will be on small groups enabling individuals to have the opportunity to address their own gardening questions.


On arrival at the beautiful gardens of Godinton you will be welcomed with coffee and home made refreshments.

Having enjoyed a morning in and around the gardens with Viv and Fiona using the extensive variety of plants to illustrate the topics discussed,

a light lunch of soup and a roll will be provided, reviving you for the afternoon session.


Workshops £55.00 unless otherwise stated including a light lunch and refreshments.

Booking required.


Christmas Wreath Workshop - 08 December 2018 - 09:30~12:00

Join us in the Great Hall for our traditional wreath workshop.

Workshop: £45.00 - includes homemade refreshments.

Booking essential - contact Godinton: 01233 643854.


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.


Ø   Group Visits


Special Offer for 2018 Garden Groups


Garden entry, tea/coffee with homemade cake in stables tearoom £6.00 per person - Monday to Thursday during September. Booking essential.

Book an exclusive group visit to the house Monday to Thursday 09:00 to 17:00.

All tours of the house are guided by our very enthusiastic and informative guides, a tour takes approximately one hour.

Maximum group size is 53, minimum size 12.

We only accept one group booking to the house each day giving complete flexibility and plenty of time to enjoy the house and gardens.

Garden only groups and painting groups in the garden are welcome.

Guided Tours of the garden can booked at an extra cost of £2.00 per person (minimum charge £25).

Godinton is an RHS partner garden and a member of Historic House Association Friends Scheme but we do not offer discounted entry for booked groups.

The group organiser and coach driver have free entry.

All groups must book in advance.




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