The Garden Landscape Guide

Godinton House and Gardens

A Jacobean house with an Arts and Crafts garden set in a park with ancient trees. The garden was designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield in 1902. It has a Rose Garden, an Italian and Walled Garden, Delphinium borders, a Wild Garden and Ponds.

Head Gardener's Comment

Much of the garden is now restored but still one of the best kept secrets of Kent, without the crowds who besiege other gardens. You are encouraged to walk on the grass, dabble your fingers in a pond or spend the afternoon reading in the Italian garden. The Rose Garden and Delphiniums are magnificent in late June.


Reginald Blomfield's strongly architectural 1900s design provides the backbone of the garden. Views out to the 18th century parkland with its ancient trees and the varying brickwork around the gardens give clues to the development of the gardens over four centuries.

Plants of note

A stunning Japanese Wisteria (Wisteria floribunda 'Multijuga') over the entrance to the Italian Garden. A fine specimen Tulip Tree (Liriodendron tulipifera) in the wild garden. A collection of Delphiniums provided by the local branch of the Delphinium Society in the walled garden.

Godinton Lane, Ashford, Kent, England, TN23 3BP

Late March to late October. Garden opens Thursday to Monday 2pm to 5.30pm.

Adult £4.00

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  • almost 6 years by Charlotte 5 / 5

    A really wonderful find, away from the crowds!
  • over 6 years by Marian Boswall 5 / 5

    To quote the Times: 'An ancient estate in a magnificent park with thrilling formal gardens now splendidly restored'. The Italian garden is wonderful, the walled kitchen garden lovely and home to the National Delphinium Collection. Sculpture exhibitions, pumpkin days, archery, gardening courses.. lots going on but still a homely non NT feel.

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Godinton House Garden Photograph © Godinton House
Italian Garden, Godinton House Photograph © Godinton House
Godinton House, Ashford Photograph © Godinton House
Godinton House Garden, Sepember 2007 Photograph © C.E. Bourke/The Art of English Gardens