Godinton House and Gardens, Ashford. Hand Picked Places to Visit in Kent, England
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Godinton House and Gardens, Ashford

Godinton House and Gardens

Godinton Lane
TN23 3BP
Tel.  +44(0)1233 620 773
Fax. +44(0)11233 647 351

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Godinton House and Gardens set in extensive parkland are a joy to discover. Approached through the park, the house with its mellow brickwork and distinctive gables, nestling in a hollow surrounded by a magnificent yew hedge, gives an initial impression of a rather modest stately home; calm, intimate, timeless.

It is however one of the most important and fascinating houses in Kent. From its medieval origins many generations of Tokes and subsequent owners have embellished and added to Godinton and the result is a charming house whose history is revealed through the variety of its style, taste and furnishings from the 14th century to the present day.

A wealth of carved panelling of great quality is evident, and the exceptional collection of porcelain, pictures and furniture adds to the friendly and welcoming feel of this much loved house.

The gardens too reflect the care and influence of successive owners. The yew hedges, formal topiary, pond and lawns were Sir Reginald Blomfield's first garden design in the 1890's and have been softened and enhanced by subsequent plantings. In contrast are the Wild Garden, with its carpet of daffodils and spring bulbs under a canopy of trees, the intimate 1920's Italian Garden and the 18th century Walled Garden.

The garden affords views across the park, and to the South the parish church of Great Chart can be seen on the horizon. Here are buried many members of the Toke family and their memorial and tombs dominate the north chancel of the church.

Godinton House and Gardens, Ashford

Historic House, Gardens, Tea Room, Picnic Area, Children, Car Park, Private Group Tours, School Tours Available,

Godinton House is a few minutes drive from Junction 9 off the M20. From Junction 9, follow signs for Lenham, A20. About a

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