Welcome to Goodnestone

Visitors to Goodnestone are always surprised to discover such a haven of beautiful tranquillity hidden away in south-east Kent. The gardens have many centuries of history behind them and have been created by generations of the FitzWalter family who have lived here since they built the house. The gardens have been brought to their present level of acclaimed quality during the last forty years. They are full of gardening quality at all times of the year, from early spring to late-autumn, but they are just as enjoyable for a peaceful family day out or a walk in the Kent countryside. The gardens also provide the setting for special events, including concerts, plant fairs and wedding receptions. We hope that you will enjoy visiting us.

Telephone 01304 840107

Please find below our 2016 information

Gardens open on the following dates:


Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday


Sundays 12 noon-4pm


Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 11am-5pm and Sunday 12 noon-5pm


Sundays 12 noon-4pm


Open all Bank Holidays March-August 11am-5pm


Open for the National Gardens Scheme on Saturday 4th June and Sunday 2nd October.




Following a period of extensive refurbishment, we are very pleased to announce that the Mansion is now available to let. For further details please, click here or ring 01227 806987.

Walk in Jane Austen's Footsteps and follow the newly reinstated 18th century Serpentine Walk. To find out more, click here