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“A homely feel to this National Trust property” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Goddards House and Garden

Goddards House and Garden
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The York Pass Including Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
Ranked #20 of 199 things to do in York
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“A homely feel to this National Trust property”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2013

Up until recently only the gardens had been available to visit but the house now has a few rooms open as well. We started with tea in the dining room which belonged to the Terry family and it is marvellous to sit and eat a cream tea with the views that the Terry family would have enjoyed as this was the original dining room for the family. The staff are most knowledgeable and their passion for the house comes through strongly.
The furniture isn't original (that being in Fairfax House in York) but the items are in the appropriate style and you are welcome to sit and touch and invited to take part in the chess game or pop in a few pieces of the jigsaw on the table. We felt like family friends; staff came in to smile at our energetic and noisy game of table tennis and bagatelle in the Terry's family play room. I have to say that we are in our late 50s!

There are lots of family photographs and comments and information about the growth of the Terry's chocolate business.

On going out to the garden we were given a photocopied sheet written by the gardener with information about current chores, delights and disasters in the gardens. This intimate sheet all adds to the feeling of visiting friends and we stretched out on the cane lounge chairs in the autumn sunshine and relaxed. We had to tear ourselves away. Do go and visit. We shall certainly be going again.

Visited September 2013
Thank Tina F
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Scarborough, United Kingdom
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“First-class National Trust House & Garden”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2013

This newly-opened National Trust property is a delight. It is the home of Noel Terry, of Terry's Chocolate Orange and All Gold fame. Built in the 1920s by Terry, whose intention was to have the perfect family home, it is an Arts & Crafts gem and the NT have excelled themselves in its presentation. They were keen for it to retain its atmosphere as a family home and they have definitely succeeded. Visitors are warmly welcomed by the knowledgeable staff whose love of the building succeeds in making you feel as though you are a friend of the family popping in for a visit. This is not one of those places where you can't touch a thing. You can sit on all the chairs and settees, open the photo albums and play table tennis or bagatelle in the children's games room. The family's dining room is open for refreshments where you can enjoy the same view of the attractive garden as they did and the food is of the usual high NT standard. Keen gardeners will be thrilled to read the monthly bulletin about the garden that is so helpfully provided by the head gardener for you to take away and digest. Photos without flash may be taken and everything is beautifully displayed. I will certainly be returning with more friends when next visiting York.

Visited September 2013
1 Thank LesleyScarborough
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Dudley, United Kingdom
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“Turning back time...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2013 via mobile

This trust property really gets you involved it allows you to play with the old school games and sit on the old furniture. If you like Chocolate you need to come here.

Visited September 2013
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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Visit to House and Gardens”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2013

This is the home of the Terry family the makers of the famous chocolate orange. The guides in each room are full of information and you are welcome to sit on the furniture. Noel Terry donated all the Georgian furniture of which he was an avid collector to the City of York. Many pieces can be found in Fairfax House another excellent attraction in York. The garden and the grounds are large and a tranquil experience.
The house is now administered by the National Trust and has a tea room.

Visited September 2013
Thank Malcolm C
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Crewe, United Kingdom
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“Work in progress?”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2013

I have been pondering how to review this property. Despite it being the regional HQ for the National trust it has no decent signage to help locate it. Parking is restricted to disabled visitors. The exterior of the house and the gardens are lovely. However the interior is remarkably sterile as the original furniture has been moved into Fairfax House in York. There are interesting insights into the lives of the great Terry family and their chocolate factory but somehow it was like eating half a bar of chocolate: I wanted the rest of it too! The exhibits brought back childhood memories of "Saturday night treat" when my father would come home with a bag of choc bars. The visit felt like a work in progress. The staff were really helpful, the tea rooms up to usual NT standards and the gardens enjoyable. However that indefinable something that takes it up a notch seemed missing. If you do visit also have a look at the nearby church where the Terry family were regular worshippers.

Visited June 2013
2 Thank Sue B
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