Thursday, 12 September 2013

Tyntesfield, A Fabulous Victorian Estate

We're so lucky to have Tyntesfield on our doorstep (well, very close anyway!) It's stunning.
The estate was the home of the Gibbs family, who's fortune was founded on guano (bird poo!) The former Georgian mansion was remodelled in the Victorian Gothic style.
The estate has a fascinating history and the house was very much a family home  - if you  love English history  here's a link to find out more - or just enjoy the photos of the beautiful gardens!

Some of these were taken a bit earlier in the year,  but most on a visit a couple of weeks ago. The house is closed on a Thursday and it's much quieter in the grounds.

The exterior of the chapel, which is attached to the house.

Like the house, it has wonderful carvings.

Here's a close up.

Although you can't normally take photos inside the house, I was very kindly allowed to take a few in the entrance hall.

 This handsome chap and his friend stand guard over the Rose Garden.

How about this for a summer house?

Here's a close up  of the gorgeous Victorian tiles inside the summerhouse (sorry about the reflected light).

The Rose Garden  has recently been restored and  looks  beautiful.

Those are actually small holly trees  clipped into  mushroom shapes!

Wildlife pond, full of lilies.

The formal gardens are fabulous,  this is one of the original Victorian greenhouses.

The formal flower gardens.

The Orangery was in a very sad state, it's been restored by student stonemasons from Bath and now looks incredible.
 Lots of wildflower planting for bees and beneficial insects!

I sneaked some photos inside the Victorian tool sheds,  which  are now used by the garden volunteers.

Some rather nice old garden artifacts!

The walled kitchen garden is very  productive, and we often buy some of the produce.

This year they're even growing Gromit's Giant Peas!

This is the Mediterranean Courtyard.

Away from the gardens there are acres of woods and parkland with  many beautiful ancient trees.

A perfect spot for a late Summer afternoon.x


  1. what a wonderful place to spend a day in, gardens look like they could do with a few more visits as there is so much to see and enjoy

  2. I remember hearing about the restoration in a National Trust magazine - good to see such evidence of success!

  3. Jules, I think this one is my favorite of them all! It reminds me of "The Secret Garden". Thank you so much for sharing these wonderful places.

  4. Oooh, wow, this looks beautiful and I haven't been there yet! The orangery is particularly splendid.

  5. Hi Jules,
    We seem to both love old houses. Thank you for showing us around the Tyntesfield estate, what a wonderful place and gardens. Truly grand and magical with the carvings, I especially like the dragon. The summer house is special too with the pretty tiles.
    It was lovely to see you at my blog. Thanks for your kind words and support, I really appreciated it.
    Autumn blessings and good wishes,
    Jo. xx

  6. Oh my gosh what a gorgeous place. I know you could write many a good tale from such an inspiring spot. ;)


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