National Trust- Tyntesfield, Bristol
Tyntesfield is a Victorian Gothic Revival house and gardens owned by the National Trust.The National Trust only bought the property 10 years ago.Therefore much of the work is still in progress in terms of conserving the estate.Upon arriving at Tyntesfield, the taxi driver mentioned that the house had been used in a Sunday night drama, later on I discovered it was used for last Christmas’s Sherlock, The Abominable Bride.As much of the Victorian building and it’s contents needs preserving, many of the rooms were darkened with blinds and used soft lighting.In the upper part of the house, many of the rooms are cordoned off. These rooms are in the process of restoration to how they may have looked in Victorian times.It really brings home how much work National Trust puts into bringing history to life.
The Rose Garden
This was my mum’s second visit to Tyntesfield but she hadn’t seen the rose garden as back in March it was closed.Like all National Trust properties you always want to return at a later date to see the change of seasons.As I didn’t get to see the dried up lake, the sunken gardens and stables, this is what we have to do.There was something for all the family, including Kieran, who spent most of his time outside Pokemon hunting. I did insist that he looked around the kitchen garden with me first.I think he secretly enjoyed being my point focus for my photos.
Tea Rooms and Picnic Area
The dark lighting required to preserve many of the rooms meant my photos were awful.But I can vouch that the house is simply gorgeous, with many rooms to visit.The staircase is typical of this era, with an over looking veranda onto a large lobby space.Once outside, we headed to the tea rooms and picnic area.The views are outstanding behind the tea rooms.There is a small adventure playground on the other side.After we had our picnic lunch, we headed to the Orangery and gardens.The borders were full of colour and the dahlias were definitely are the show stoppers of the whole garden.There are greenhouses were full of vegetables and hot climate loving plants.
Orangery and Kitchen garden
Tyntesfield also has a well stocked kitchen garden, where the tea rooms uses its produce.There’s every soft fruit and vegetable you’d expect to be found.Mia enjoyed running around identifying them.In a small corner there was a table set up with boxes of fruit and vegetables on sale.We brought home some green beans and wind fall apples.Whilst walking around the squash patch (this can be seen from the back of the tea rooms in the picnic area), I got chatting to one of the gardeners.He told me how they grow several varieties of squash.This seemed like a never-ending bed of large leaves and tendrils.We had a good look underneath to find an array of coloured gourds.
It was after exploring the gardens, everyone except me had an ice cream. Mia had some time to play for half an hour.We then went out separate ways.My mum and the girls headed up to the stables to see if they could find some horses. Me and Kieran headed back into the kitchen gardens to catch Pokemon.We all met up again 10 minutes before our taxi was due back.
Adventure PlaygroundCan you spot it?
I always take time to take in the different stations we go through. They are normally are huge stations serving many lines.Nailsea and Backwell’s had stunning views and scenery to compensate our time waiting for our train back to Bristol Temple Meads.We travelled by train from Chippenham to Nailsea and Backwell, via Bristol Temple Meads.As the Tyntesfield is a a 10 minute drive, my mum pre-arranged a taxi from the station.
Tyntesfield opening times.
It’s worth noting that parts of the house and gardens may close due to filming.Please check before you visit.General opening times are below, with changes on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve.
- House 11:00 – 17:00
- Café 11:00 – 17:00
- Estate 10:00 – 18:00
- Garden 10:00 – 18:00
- Restaurant 10:00 – 17:30
- Shop 10:00 – 17:30
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