Visit to Goldophin
GD and I spent a lovely few hours over at Godolphin House yesterday, the weather was harsh and the rain kept turning to hail, marbles of ice sending everyone scuttling for shelter, non the less in the in between moments I managed to catch some images of the grounds and house to share.
Goldolphin is well sign posted and easy to find, parking is ample and a short walk from the main house, with over flow spaces nearby. At the edge of the carpark leading to the footpath to the estate are information boards and route maps.
Across a little bridge, at this time of year the grounds have simple rustic Christmas decoration and this was evident at the bridge.
Such a friendly House. Love the welcome feel about this entrance.
Looking back outward to the circular courtyard.
At the side of the courtyard by the far left wall are the horse mounting steps.
The door to the old wagon house and stables behind, which run under the side of the house. Below just two of the wagons to be viewed.
Part of the stables that run under the house.
Nowadays the house is let out privately three weeks of the month with one week open to visitors. The air is one of friendly quiet but in its heyday the guide was telling us over three hundred men worked within a mile of the main house and it would have been a bustling hive of industry and community.
In the reception area I spied this feature, a ‘pistol loop’, which showed the tumultuous times the house has seen.
Each room has A4 laminated guide leaflets so you can read what the room is all about.
There are also people guides to greet you and are happy to talk about the wonderful features and history of the house. I love this fire plate with emblems and the date of 1618 stamped into it.
The house is awash with delightful delicacies, sculptured covings and worked woods, dragons and unicorns, the green man, all subtly featured in fire surrounds, furniture and the house itself.
There is a small kitchen in the house where you can get a cuppa and some food or there is a separate gift shop and cafe where you will also find very clean toilets. In the main house, presently all decked out with real Christmas trees and natural decoration the warm living room invites you sit on comfortable sofas to watch a documentary all about the house.
Below are some of the rooms in the house. The Kitchen below.
Two of the bedrooms.
One of the living rooms. (not the documentary living room).
One of the staircases.
To be honest my photos do not do this house justice they just don’t show the workmanship that is here.
Outside you can wander among the gardens, go off to the cider house, where yesterday crafts had been set up for the children on the ground floor, you can take the steps up or there is a disability lift to the floor above to see another display room with a seated area to watch the documentary on the cider house and the gardens.
Outside there was a mud pie area for the children
GD and I took a walk up to the Kings Garden passing the potting shed.
The Kings Garden, my favourite place, a little haven in the middle of everything , I liked the hives in the wall and the lavender scented borders, the tree with its feeders and all the bird life, just lovely.
There was so much more to explore but it was a freezing cold day not conducive to wandering outside, I am definitely looking forward to a return trip to Godolphin in warmer weather.