WP_20150911_14_11_48_ProSo, we were on our way home from Northumberland and stopped off for a lunchtime visit to Goddards, a National Trust property on the outskirts of York.

This one time home of Noel Goddard Terry, owner of the famous chocolate-making firm Terry’s of York was designed by architect Walter Brierley in the Arts and Crafts style and is complemented by four acres of gardens, designed by George Dillistone.

The house has selected rooms displayed to give glimpses into the family home and workings of a chocolate factory. You’ve probably heard of (if not eaten) a Terry’s Chocolate Orange (traditional for a British Christmas!), but did you know there was also once a Chocolate Apple?!

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The garden includes yew-hedged garden rooms, a bowling green, wilderness gardens and plants for every season; it is also an oasis for wildlife.

On our visit we met an enthusiastic Garden Volunteer, whose role was to engage visitors among other things. The gardens were delightful, and obviously a lot of work is going into bringing them back to their Arts and Crafts roots. I particularly loved the classic terrace overlooking the garden, with its wicker chairs ready for a Sunday afternoon doze in the sun. Oh, and we had a lovely lunch in a traditonal style restaurant in the house too.

Further Information: National Trust website

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