Kent Life: Godinton House and Gardens

Godinton House and Gardens

I’ve found a secret gem, less than 10 minutes from my house, and I have to be honest I wasn’t sure whether I wanted to share, as I love it so much, but Godinton House really is too pretty to keep to myself. If like me, you love wandering around stately homes and their gardens, getting inspiration, taking in the wonderful surroundings, having a spot of tea and a cream cake, and purchasing one of two plants then you are going to want to visit Godinton House and Gardens, nestled in the heart of Kent, just outside Ashford.

The house is gorgeous, dating back to the 14th century, however, for me, the secret gem has to be the twelve acres of tranquil gardens that are surrounded by parkland, sheep and the most magnificent old trees.

There are many sides to the gardens, from the terraced lawn bordered by hedges and box topiary to the curvy-edged herbaceous borders, the wildflower meadow, and the stunning Italian and walled gardens, which were my favourite parts of the varied garden. Add to all that, stunning roses, beautiful sculptures and impressive water features. This place has it all, except the crowds, which possibly makes it even more wonderful.

Godington House & Gardens – 5 Highlights Not To Miss

  • The Italian Garden – my favourite spot and I got so many ideas here for my own courtyard section of my garden. I loved the tranquillity of the water feature, the vibrant hues and the aroma – this is truly a beautiful place.
  • Rose Garden – I love roses, and at Godington House they have so many different types of roses, it smelt incredible and looked beautiful.
  • The Ornamental Greenhouse & Alpine House – I love Victorian greenhouses, filled with cactus and succulents, and they have a beautiful selection here to wander through.
  • Lily Pond – every time I see lily pads it makes me think of Monet, and I think he would have loved to have painted this beautiful scene, looking out over the pond to the farmland filled with sheep that surround the gardens.
  • Walled Garden – love the idea of growing your own vegetables? You have to check out the amazing walled garden, it has a wide array of veggies growing, but also showcases gardening techniques such as growing certain flowers alongside to help with pests – it was very educational walking around.

After you’ve wandered around the gardens, try the cream teas in the old Billiard Room in the main house, the scones were amazing, and you will need a rest before heading home after all that walking.

Godington House is open generally from April to early October, while the garden is open from March 1 to November 1, and the tearoom is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday, as well as Bank Holidays when the main house is open.

Godinton House & Gardens, Godinton Lane, Ashford, Kent, TN23 3BP