The gardens at Goddards

View of Goddards from bottom of orchard with early spring flowers

Explore the five acres of garden rooms on a walk in the private haven of the Terry family on the outskirts of York city centre.

The secret garden 

The first impression of the house is it peeking through the foliage and pollarded chestnut trees as a secret escape for the Terry family in the centre of York. Hidden away from the busy street set amongst glorious gardens.

As you approach the house and look down across the orchard, the clock tower at Terry’s chocolate works can be seen over what is now the County Stand at York Racecourse, linking the Terry home to the heart of the Terry chocolate empire.

Garden rooms 

The gardens are divided into rooms as a nod to the arts and crafts style inpiration. The idea behind the rooms was that of a continuation of the house extending beyond the walls and into the garden. The outdoor rooms, similarly to those in the house, each perform a separate function with hedges and shrubs providing the structure.  

Goddards secret garden, a view from the terrace
Goddards arts and crafts garden
Goddards secret garden, a view from the terrace

The herbaceous borders

Running across the back of the house is certainly one of the most spectacular rooms of the garden, coming alive with Delphiniums, Sedums and brightly coloured Rudbeckia blooms in late summer.

Bowling green and tennis lawn

It was always a garden to be lived in as well as looked at and guests, along with the family, enjoyed several sports in the garden. Firm family favourites that you can play when you visit are tennis, clock golf and croquet. The Terry children were known for racing up and down the gardens on their bikes, speeding down the hill and attempting to get back up to the top in one go.

The terrace 

The elevated position of the house allowed the Terrys to look down on their once bountiful rose garden and now allows you to appreciate the garden as Dillistone intended - perhaps with a refreshing drink in hand.

The fragrant garden

The latest garden room for you to explore using the original 1928 design as inspiration and it will grow in the coming years filling out as the plants bed in, creating a pocket of space filled with floral scents from late spring into summer.

Take a walk on the wild side 

The pond is hidden away and a haven for wildlife
Two women and a man sat near a pond
The pond is hidden away and a haven for wildlife

Explore further into the garden for a clear change in design and feel. The formality and precision of the borders, hedges and lawns ebbs away and what is left is a much looser and natural display. 

The rock garden 

Is a hidden and peaceful retreat with the wildlife pond adding a different feeling to the more formal pond in the lawn. After a particularly wet spell look out for water cascading over the limestone. It's the perfect place to pause a while and watch wildlife.

A working garden... 

The kitchen garden

Now only taking up part of the lawn, but once responsible for feeding the Terry household and supplying the kitchens with vegetables and other staples. The kitchen garden is a prime example of what can be done with a small space. Noel Terry’s favourite apple variety, James Grieve, grow in the newly planted orchard looking out across the racetrack. 

The greenhouse

From the exotic to the delicious, step inside to see for yourself the varieties taking seed. You might even find a gardener pausing over a brew and happy to have a chat.

Dogs at Goddards

Dogs on short leads are welcome in the gardens and assistance dogs are welcome in the house. If you would like to dine with us and have your furry friend with you, we suggest sitting on the lavender terrace on a sunny day or under the veranda on a rainy day where your dog can be with you while you enjoy your meal. The team will be happy to bring a bowl of water out too.