We’ve been visiting the National Trust’s Tyntesfield House, near Bristol in England, and its beautiful gardens since it first opened to the public in 2002.  Prior to National Trust ownership, Tyntesfield had been due to be auctioned off. The Trust intervened and bought it, saving the estate and its huge collection for the nation. It’s been a pleasure to watch the National Trust’s work here expand from a portakabin in the courtyard to the painstaking renovation of the Orangery, the development of the gardens, the installation of kids’ play areas, the opening of the saw mill and the renovation of parts of the house.

Tyntesfield was the home of the Victorian Gibbs family, an entrepreneurial bunch who made their fortune from guano. Brace yourselves, that’s bird poop. Poop obviously pays well as the fertiliser fortune the family accumulated enabled them to build the house, chapel, stables, a lake, the vast garden and the many outbuildings. Sadly the estate fell into decline with the last Gibbs owner living in just a few rooms on the ground floor of the house. The family were hoarders and they amassed a vast collection of 60,000 items. The House is a Victorian treasure trove and whether you are visiting the woodland, house or gardens we find there is always something new to see.

I’ve previously written about geocaching at Tyntesfield but today we were there to admire the wonderful Spring colour and enjoy the gardens.



I love the Victorian summer houses in the Rose Garden. The National Trust restored the original Victorian tiling, remaking the tiles where necessary. Today these little houses shine with the colour of the Victorian glazed tiles.

A focal point in the garden is this young monkey puzzle tree, surrounded by bright yellow daffodils of an unusual variety.

Tulips had started to flower throughout the Estate.  I can’t imagine how many bulbs they must plant here!

My children stopped to admire the fabulous palm tree at the back of the House, no filter – the sky is so blue this palm could be on the French Riviera rather than Bristol!

Our absolute favourite of the day, in the wonderful Orangery, was this beautiful pink flower that smelled of vanilla and baking. Who doesn’t love a flower that smells of cake!

Spring has come to Tyntesfield via the hard work of a huge number of gardeners and volunteers and it was a joy to experience the rainbow of colours so early in the season.


Where Jo Goes other National Trust Suggestions

Geocaching/Ham House, Richmond, London/Lacock Village, Wiltshire/ Ilam Park & Dovedale Steps, Peak District/ Tredegar House, Wales  

Wilderhope Manor-Stay in an Elizabethan House

This post is in no way endorsed or sponsored by any of the organisations mentioned.


  1. April 10, 2017 / 12:09 pm

    Tyntesfield looks like a wonderful place to visit, especially in Spring with all the lovely blooms. I’d love to smell that pink flower.

  2. April 10, 2017 / 2:20 pm

    How wonderful to have seen this beautiful estate restored. And what a brilliant story about how it came about…maybe I should look into selling bird poo?! 🙂 Thanks so much for linking up with #MondayEscapes

    • April 10, 2017 / 4:25 pm

      I’m in the wrong job, bird poop is where it’s at 🐦

    • April 10, 2017 / 6:31 pm

      I know! If only I had thought of that! 🐦

  3. April 10, 2017 / 6:36 pm

    Ah this looks lovely! I always see the signs for Tyntesfield from the motorway and it tempts me, I might have to visit! xx

  4. April 11, 2017 / 1:49 pm

    If I’d known there was money in guano, I would have collected the stuff that landed on my car yesterday!
    What beautiful gardens and I’m intrigued by the cake-smelling flower – must be one of Mary Berry’s favourites.

    • April 11, 2017 / 2:03 pm

      Where there’s muck there’s brass! Apparently it was rather stinky, the opposite to the fragrant garden!

  5. April 15, 2017 / 4:30 pm

    It’s clear Spring is one of the perfect times to visit Tyntesfield, look at all those beautiful blooms throughout the gardens! I don’t blame the kids for stopping and taking in the beautiful scene by the palm tree, I bet they could easily convince themselves they were on holiday somewhere exotic. It’s great that the National Trust saved such a fab house and gardens, I bet you can’t wait to see what else is to come as the years go by.

    Thanks for linking up with me on #CountryKids.

    • April 15, 2017 / 9:04 pm

      Thanks Fiona for hosting 🌻

  6. April 17, 2017 / 9:16 pm

    Stunning photos of a beautiful NT estate. I wish I lived closer! #countrykids

  7. April 20, 2017 / 7:56 am

    We have National Trust membership and I love discovering new places we can use it. We are hoping on coming down to visit releatives soon so I am adding this one to our list. Thanks for the inspiration! X #Countrykids

  8. April 20, 2017 / 10:27 am

    This is the nearest NT site thats near me! I remember going but they are under renovation when we visited and then I forgot all about it.

    Thanks for showing how pretty the place is! I love your photos and how its shows lovely details of the area and of course the lovely blooms!


    • April 20, 2017 / 7:10 pm

      You must be near me then! It’s so lovely at all times of year, well worth a visit!

  9. April 20, 2017 / 12:39 pm

    What a great place to visit. The colours of the plants are beautiful and growing palm trees in this country really surprises me. #CountryKids

    • April 20, 2017 / 7:10 pm

      Yes I think the palms are specimens brought back from the travels of old but still going!

  10. April 26, 2017 / 2:32 pm

    Those gardens are stunning. I love the look of the pink and white flowers and I’m intrigued by the fact they smell of cake! Makes me want to know what they are and where I can find some too. Love the monkey puzzle tree too and the house sounds like an interesting place to explore. Who knew there was money to be made in bird poo? #countrykids

    • April 26, 2017 / 5:33 pm

      I know why didn’t I think of harvesting bird poop!

  11. April 29, 2017 / 10:29 am

    The Tyntesfield estate looks lovely and worth saving and restoring. With 60,000 items, there must be a lot to furnish and display on the property. I’ve only seen a monkey puzzle tree once before. I’m not sure how they got their name but they are odd.

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