Our most recent National Trust visit was to Tyntesfield, near Bristol. The NT website describes this house as:
“A fine Victorian country house created by one of England’s richest commoners, William Gibbs, who built his fortune on fertiliser.”
To be honest you could have worded that slightly better guys! Thankfully the house itself is not (as far as I know) built on fertiliser. It’s a huge house in excellent condition and has it’s own chapel attached, as many of these houses do.
I really enjoy poking around these old houses and hearing the guides talk about the history of the house and the family that owned it. The rooms within the house have been staged to represent different stages of its history and it’s fascinating to see the paintings, furniture and other antiquities that houses like this bring together.
But even more than that I love exploring the gardens. I’m officially middle-aged now so I am allowed to enjoy gardening, my own garden has become a favourite place to enjoy, despite its small size and urban setting, but I really love huge, sprawling gardens and enjoy pinching ideas for plants and design.
Tyntesfield has a really lovely kitchen garden and a couple of small, formal gardens to enjoy. Here’s a few pics of the house and Garden, we’ll be making another visit soon. Oh yeah, Gromit was there too.