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.
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