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Godinton House and Gardens, Ashford, Kent

Godinton House and Gardens
Godinton Lane

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This ancient house has over 600 years of history to be discovered; each room has a different style, a contrast on a theme not designed by architect or curator but for the taste and enjoyment of those who lived here and now for those who visit. Furnished with a good country house collection accumulated by its owners; some ancient pieces have been here for many centuries, including the portraits of the Toke family lining the walls of the Great Hall. The furniture, porcelain, pictures and curios on display, include pieces of the finest quality, Reynolds, Chippendale, Worcester and Sevres mixed with more contemporary items and occasional fakes, some of which date back nearly as far as the originals. The Library, Chinese Room, White Room and magnificently carved staircase lead to the Great Chamber and Gallery, all revealing their own secrets and wonders, as the house is explored and explained by one of our excellent, enthusiastic guides. The exterior is Jacobean, the compass gables added in 1620 by the great Captain Nicholas Toke.

Surrounded by the great boundary yew hedge, are twelve acres of tranquil gardens. Terraced lawns, topiary and a large lily pond make a formal area softened by curvy edged herbaceous borders, mature magnolias and willows with roses and clematis tumbling down the steps. A newly designed rose garden is a voluptuous mix of shrub roses and herbaceous planting and the Italian garden with its statuary, Mediterranean planting and gentle fountain make a perfect place to sit on a warm day. A large walled kitchen garden is home to a spectacular collection of delphiniums provided by the local Delphinium Society, fruit trees have been planted on the walls and there are beds of cutting flowers and vegetables laid out in front of a new Victorian style greenhouse

Exceptional Times:
Spring Abundance of Daffodils and wild flowers
Late June Fabulous Delphiniums and Roses


Months Open: Gardens open: 25th March to 28th October; Thursday to Monday; 2pm 5.30pm
House open: 6th April to 7th October; Friday, Saturday & Sunday; 2pm 5.30pm; Last Tour 4.30pm
Groups/Parties Welcome: Yes - Please pre-book
Admission Price: Garden only 3; children under 16 free
House & Gardens 6; children under 16 free
Catering: Tea room

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