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Goddards House and Garden is an Arts and Crafts house in Dringhouses, York, England. It was built in 1927 for Noel and Kathleen Terry of the famed chocolate-manufacturing family Terry's with the house designed by local architect Walter Brierley and the garden by George Dillistone. The National Trust acquired the property in 1984 to use as regional offices and the garden and parts of the house are open to visitors with displays telling the story of the family and their confectionery business. The house is a Grade I listed building and the carriage entrance to the property is Grade II* listed.
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We had a family get together and took time out to visit this lovely house. The gardens are beautiful and had a great picnic luckily the weather was perfect. The story of the Terry family is very interesting and the house is very well preserved.
We spotted the archway entry to this house when leaving York last weekend. We decided to turn back and see what it was. We had a delightful surprise. The house belonged to the Terry's Chocolate family. It is now with National Trust. It is not a large house but very quaint and shows the history of the Terrys chocolate business. There are cards in each room written by one of the daughters describing her life in the house when she was a young girl. We strolled through the lovely quiet gardens and hot house. They have a very nice cafe for sandwiches, small cooked meals , cakes and drinks. We ate our lunch out in the garden looking at the fountain area. A very nice afternoon and we'll worth a visit.
Interesting Arts and Crafts house and garden, the former home of the Terry (chocolate) family. Pleasant tea room, peaceful garden bordering the York racecourse. Near the A1M - a good place to break a long journey from one end of the country to the other. No parking in the grounds but the website has parking suggestions.
Can't see how anyone visiting this place would give anything other than 5 stars. Lovely gardens ideal for a picnic. Interesting house with guides who obviously love the place. Tennis court, croquet lawn outside and a games room inside mean the kids will be entertained. Can't wait to go back.
Family home of the renowned 'chocolate' Terry family. Very welcoming and interesting property. Unusually for a National Trust property the majority of the contents and furniture are accessible to the visitor. There is a very nice tea room and some interesting social history exhibitions. The gardens are pretty and varied and there are opportunities to immerse oneself in a game of lawn tennis and other recreational activities of the period. Despite the lack of car parking this property is worth making the effort to visit and I do not think you will be disappointed.
Very well laid out, not a typical look but dont touch home. Lovely gardens, we even snuck in a game of tennis on the lawn.
This is a hidden gem! The house is delightful and the gardens are fantastic. An oasis of calm on the outskirts of York, right next to the racecourse. Everything about this place is lovely.
A family home,albeit a very comfortable family,not flashy but well built and solid. A change from the typical English country house with the added interest of the story of the family who lived here.
What a beautiful house! Staff fantastic and full of information, and grab something to eat too. Garden beautiful... Even In the rain
We were most impressed by the enthusiasm and knowledge of all your volunteers. The Terry's story is most fascinating and very interesting. We had a most enjoyable lunch in the cafe. All in all a really lovely visit.
A fascinating hidden gem with wonderfully engaging staff around the house and in the cafe. We've learned lots about a very interesting York family and the history of Terry's factory.
Visited on a lovely sunny day. One of the best 'lived in' houses we've visited...the family could have just gone out for a walk. Beautiful house, lovely gardens. Very friendly and helpful staff. Food in restaurant excellent.
Second time of visiting Goddards.Each time you visit you hear different stories about the history of Goddards from different guides.Very interesting place to wander around at your leisure.As the furniture isn't original you can sit and read about the place.The garden gets better with each visit, nice to wander around even on a coldish day as it is sheltered in parts.Parking is at a premium ,states in information disabled parking only as there are offices in use on site for another company.Recommend visiting, excellent tea room as well!
Superb National Trust property. All.the volunteers were very knowledgeable. Food was also very good. Didn't get to see the gardens due to the snow.
Lovely little known National Trust property about the Terry chocolate family. I like NT property that has been a home with photos of the family. Cafe very nice. Gardens bigger than they look. A great place for an afternoon out. Well worth a visit
This is in my family's top 5 places to visit and revisit locally. It is such a peaceful, tranquil place with beautiful grounds presented within "rooms". The house is lovely too and the National Trust guides are very welcoming and knowledgable making the whole tour special. A wonderful insight into life in the early 1900s and an interesting story of the family who lived there. Finish the visit off with tea and cake on the terrace for a perfect afternoon.
Lovely cream tea overlooking the very wet garden. Thank you Will return on a better day to see the lovely outside and interesting inside.
The perfect setting for the MVC studios Christmas do.......
Today we visited Goddards House and what a wonderful house it is, only surpassed by the gardens. The ambience of the property was one of charm and a pleasure from the moment we walked down to the house along the flower bordered drive. We had a wonderful lunch served by young people who were exceptionable with their delivery of excellent customer service. The volunteers in every room were very knowledgeable and answered all questions with interesting additions of further information. Sadly the visit was spoiled by a small group of all I can call them feral children. Yes they were accompanied by two mothers but they were just allowed to climb over furniture and window sills, to be met by the comment 'oh are you climbing'? May I suggest to the Trust that a few gentle reminders, in the way of signage, for parents such as these two woman to keep their children under control when in the house. There were many families with children there today and they were delightful, with respect for the house, the gardens and other visitors.
Lovely arts and craft house and garden, packed with local chocolate related history. However, please be aware that is not a huge NT property so take a close look at the website before planning a family day out there.