Godinton House & Gardens

Godinton House & Gardens, Ashford: Hours, Address, Godinton House & Gardens Reviews: 4.5/5

Godinton House & Gardens
4.5
Historic Sites • Gardens
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Friday
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
About
Discover a Jacobean house with a Medieval hall and lose yourself in the incredibly beautiful gardens and ancient parkland. Fabulous events and workshop programme throughout the year. Gardens open Tuesday to Sunday: 1st March- 31st October 1pm-6pm. Visit website for House and visitor Tearoom opening times.
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TimL
Somerset, UK144 contributions
Wonderful summers day visit
Jun 2021 • Couples
Our visit was no doubt coloured by the glorious warm weather. We had due to Covid pre booked our visit. We visited just the gardens which were quite beautiful and well laid out in a mix of traditional formal and modern less formal styles. There was a good variety of flowering plants . We had a throughly enjoyable 2 hours in the gardens following by an drink and snacks outside.
I’d love to come back and visit the house another day.
Written July 17, 2021
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Lady S
Westcliff-on-Sea, UK37 contributions
Lovely house and gardens, terrible guided tour
Jun 2021
I agree with Tess1 who wrote in 2016 - Don’t visit the house with children.
The guides were rude, condescending and officious. I had to tell Clive ( the guide)to stop treating me like I was a naughty school child. We had the long list of what you can’t do too, fine but temper the tone of the delivery please. You don’t have to keep repeating ‘ don’t touch’ in every room especially when we are all on our best behaviour. If It is wasn’t for my husband wanting to go around the house I would have told Clive what he could do with his poor manners and left the tour within the first 5 mins. We were lectured at, not allowed to look at what we wanted and not allowed to ask questions. It did feel like they were begrudgingly taking us around their house. Clive loved his pocket light pointer so that he highlighted the bits were were to occurs on. A little power can corrupt some people! I know that guiding is a skill but they did not have it and clearly this is an ongoing issue since 2016.

The house are gardens were lovely and the afternoon tea was ok too so sort out your guides!
Written June 4, 2021
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I am very sorry to read your review and how unhappy you were with your guided tour, however, I am confused as we do not have a guide called Clive, and I have spoken to the four guides on duty last Friday and no-one in their groups mentioned being treated like a naughty school child. If you could contact me and let me know what time you had your tour, I will certainly look into this further. Sally Connolly, House Manager. My number is 01233 632652.
Written June 11, 2021
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Fiona G
United Kingdom1 contribution
A lovely mix of natural and formal.
May 2021 • Couples
This was my first spring, I visited late summer last year. I love it. Very peaceful meandering through the wibbly wobbly old box hedging, the twisted birch supports are gorgeous, the staff are lovely, the house is glorious. I bring home so many ideas and feel inspired. Thankyou all of you who are doing a great job.
Written May 9, 2021
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Thank you for taking the time to review the gardens. Glad you enjoyed a different season.
Written June 11, 2021
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Barbara A
Canterbury, UK68 contributions
Congratulations to the gardeners - immaculate gardens
Mar 2021 • Solo
The gardens are superb in spring. I felt safe visiting as numbers are limited. Home-based cakes are delicious.
Written March 21, 2021
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We are glad you enjoyed your visit to the garden. Thank you for supporting the National Garden Scheme. We look forward to seeing you again when the gardens open to the public.
Written March 22, 2021
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Jaseszymon
1 contribution
Peaceful clean tranquility
Sep 2020 • Friends
Wonderful place, and thank god dogs are not allowed !, makes the experience so much better without worrying about dog foul and barking mutts .
Written January 9, 2021
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jackier59er
Brighton, England, United Kingdom3 contributions
An afternoon delight
Sep 2020
My daughter and I spent a such lovely afternoon enjoying the gardens, and then taking the circular walk around the estate. The staff we met were really friendly and so helpful, and the homemade cake delicious! Loved wandering around the different areas of the garden, with my favorite, admittedly, being the huge kitchen garden. Being able to then buy a bag of their Russet apples to bring away was an unexpected bonus! Thoroughly recommend a visit to this oasis of calm in a mad world.
Written September 20, 2020
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The Walled Garden has been very well received by the public this year, our garden team has enjoyed growing far more produce this year. With the house currently due to the COVID pandemic closed to visitors the demand for cut flowers was greatly reduced. Our visitors have also enjoyed homemade cake using the produce from the garden, both our Intern and Trainee were passionate about sustainability and ensuring the house team used the produce from the garden in the baking. Delicious raspberry brownies, beetroot and chocolate cake, along with a blackberry crumble cake have been enjoyed by many. We look forward to welcoming you back to Godinton.
Written September 24, 2020
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jskinner930
Bury St. Edmunds, UK8 contributions
Visiting with a dog
Sep 2020
We had an enjoyable circular, lead walk with dogs. However, dogs are not welcome in the gardens, house or tea shop. On arrival my friend and I were even told to move to outside a gate when we were waiting for 2 members of our party to ask for information at a reception area. Apparently our being only 10 yards inside the banned area would upset resident’s dogs. Be aware that if you are visiting alone with a dog, you would not have access to a toilet. Dog walkers can visit for an estate walk but don’t expect a welcome or facilities.
Written September 15, 2020
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I am glad you enjoyed the circular walk around Godinton with your dog. It is the Trust’s policy not to allow dogs in the gardens or around the ticket office and takeaway tea area. Sadly, in the past we have had problems with dogs on the premises, and although most dog owners are responsible, we made the decision to make the gardens dog free to allow visitors and children to enjoy the gardens without fear of treading in something nasty or having dogs taking a dislike to each other. The car park, toilets and refreshment area at Godinton are available to all visitors who purchase tickets for the garden, or the house when open. I hope you are able to visit again and enjoy the gardens.
Written September 25, 2020
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Anne Koerber
London, UK62 contributions
A true hidden gem
Aug 2020
What a gorgeous place to visit! The staff are super friendly and welcoming and the gardens are stunning. Every corner I turned there was something to discover: gorgeous flowers, little ponds and gorgeous sculptures scattered around in the beautifully maintained gardens. There's also a little cafe (outdoors right now due to Covid), the cakes are yum!

I'm not good with words, will let the photos speak instead. I can highly recommend the place and will definitely be back soon.
Written August 24, 2020
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We are glad you enjoyed your visit and enjoyed exploring the gardens. It is always good to enjoy a piece of homemade cake and a cup of coffee. We look forward to welcoming you back to the gardens.
Written August 28, 2020
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Latte Lover
5 contributions
A little bit of paradise
Aug 2020 • Family
There are surprises around every corner. The family particularly liked the sculptures and the beautiful ornamental lily pond that rivals RHS Wisley. The children loved exploring. Keen gardeners like myself will be enthralled by the large kitchen garden & wide flowering borders. This house & park is in a truly idyllic spot. We had a wonderful day out. The takeaway refreshments were lovely too. A real antidote to Lockdown!! The gardening team and reception staff are a real credit to the House.
Written August 21, 2020
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Dave D
Kingsclere, UK74 contributions
Fantastic garden
Aug 2020 • Couples
What an excellent place to visit. The staff here are really welcoming from the minute you arrive. The gardens are lovely and the cake at the yea shop is the die for! Highly recommended place, will visit again.
Written August 12, 2020
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