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.
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