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“Wonderful addition to NT portfolio” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Goddards Garden

Goddards Garden
27 Tadcaster Road, York YO24 1GG, England
01904 702021
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Ranked #20 of 116 Attractions in York
Type: Beaches, Outdoors
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Yorkshire, UK
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“Wonderful addition to NT portfolio”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013

Admittedly this property is hidden away, but it is certainly well worth a visit. We started out visit in the tea room, which is in the dining room of the Terry family. The menu is simple and delicious, the cakes are on show and are excellent. The room itself has great period decor and the view out into the garden is splendid.

We then toured the rooms, each of them offering a different insight into some aspect of the lives or family history of the Terry family. There is a good provision of information, but it is clear that this is a work in progress and more detailed leaflets are in the pipeline. However, even as is, the information provided is ample. The original furniture is all at Fairfax House (also in York), but the replacements allow for a much more interactive visit: sitting on the furniture and playing with the toys is positively encouraged. The garden is small but well maintained and makes for an interesting, if brief stroll. However, much of the interest of Goddards stems from the fact that this was a family house, so expecting Chatsworth-like gardens is unreasonable.

We spent two hours here and this is ample for a relatively detailed look around the house and gardens, plus a tea room visit. As an aside, the walk to York city centre is straightforward and modest in length (1.5 miles). It is well worth it, as although it is a main road, it offers great views of the racecourse and an assortment of very interesting properties.

Highly recommended!

Visited March 2013
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York, United Kingdom
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“Hidden away but interesting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013 via mobile

This Arts and Crafts house behind an arch on Tadcaster road was the Terry family home, and this is what it is, a large home. The original furniture is elsewhere in York but the NT have replaced it with period correct stuff, and you can sit on it! Each room has information books, some about the Terry family some about chocolate in York. Rather a 'cold' feel to the rooms but interesting enough with information displays plentifu. The gardens are being restored but are interesting,varied, and back onto the racecourse. An interesting place to visit, presumably going to develop over time. Good to see a twenties house that had been in only one families hands.

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“Beautiful house - chocolate organge cake a must!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2012

Beautiful arts and crafts house only opened this year - rooms not fully furnished but they're working on it. Good information folders and very friendly visitor guides.

Called in for tea and cake in the Terry's Dining Room - very enjoyable.

Visited October 2012
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“Friendly welcome and a great experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2012

My wife and I visited on Sunday 21st December 2012 at approximatley 12:30 expecting to just see the garden, as described in the National Trust handbook. It was a lovely surprise to find that the house, the former residence of Noel Terry, is now open to the public. It is a beautiful, homely arts and crafts house. The gardens were a beautiful formal area close to the rear of the house leading to an informal area that had a surprise viewpoint round every corner, especially with the autumn colours.
But the best bit was the delightful, friendly lady who greeted us. It was such a lovely warm welcome and she must have said the same things to every visitor yet she made you feel as if you were the first person she had spoken to. What a shame I didn't ask her name.

Visited October 2012
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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“Chocolate Story”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2012

Gorgeous 1920's house and garden. Formerly the home of the Terry family. Has been used by the National Trust as offices but now house and garden open to the public. Interesting house with old chocolate boxes photographed so brings back memories. You can walk down the garden and see the racecourse and the clock which was part of the chocolate factory. The tea room was fab, lovely cakes and a good pot of tea. Toilets are very art deco right up my street. A hidden gem. Cannot wait to go again.

Visited September 2012
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