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“Beautiful Garden”

Goddards House and Garden
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The York Pass Including Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
Ranked #22 of 200 things to do in York
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Hockley, England, United Kingdom
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64 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Beautiful Garden”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2014

Visited on Monday so House not open but still worth a visit as gardens are beautiful and, despite being so close to a main road, very tranquil. Loved the pond area just south of the house. Peaceful place with formal garden, croquet lawn, wooded garden and shady dell so you can spend an hour or so wandering round here

Visited July 2014
1 Thank Maureen B
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Preston, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Arts & Crafts style in an Art Deco period - Stunning”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2014

How I loved this place! It was built for Noel Terry of chocolate fame for his family and completed in 1928. Classically Arts & Crafts style with a gate house and a long drive leading to the mellow bricks and tall chimneys of Goddards. The Terry's brought up their 4 children, 3 boys and a girl here and it didn't take much thought to imagine the life lived here. Not all the rooms are open as it is also an office for the National Trust so we could not see the kitchen or any of the bathrooms. The sitting room that overlooked the garden was lighter than many of the era and it was flooded with sunlight on our visit. I thought it was stunningly beautiful. Throughout the house were photos of the family where sport was encouraged and enjoyed. There is a 1930s tea room but as it was warm and sunny we chose to take our tea and scones on the terrace overlooking the main lawn. After that we explored the gardens. The Terry children must have had great games of hide and seek in there, that's for sure! As well as flower borders, shrubs etc there was also a tennis lawn, a large and shady dell as well as a large greenhouse of the era, still very much in use today. You could also see the tower of the Terrys chocolate factory in the distance. There is some parking on site and admission is free if you are a member of the National Trust. We were probably there over 3 hours because the day was so warm and sunny. Oh to have lived the life there in it's heyday!

Visited July 2014
3 Thank Carol M
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“good value for money attraction”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2014

This is a well priced York attraction. The guides in the house are very knowledgeable about the Terry family. Gardens are extensive, beautiful and a joy to walk around. You can have tea on the terrace which is a nice touch.

Visited June 2014
Thank jangYork
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“Arts and crats house with a lovely small garden”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2014

A little difficult to spot on the road into York since the signage is not at all well displayed. The house is a typical example of the movement, with not a lot to see inside, but the small garden is very pretty.

Visited June 2014
Thank LindylooCleveland
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“Doesn't take long ”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2014 via mobile

The house is an interesting example of how a millionaire lived during and after the great War. There are only a few rooms available to the public but the house in its decoration and design is enough to depict life for the Goddard family. The gardens are something out of this world.

Thank Graham T
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