My Glorious Gardens series: Tyntesfield on Fathers Day 2017.

Our son was training in Bristol this Sunday so we decided to make the most of the lovely weather and take a trip to Tyntesfield, near Bristol. We went to look at the gardens but you can’t go somewhere like Tyntesfield without visiting the house too!

Tyntesfield was bought by the National Trust in 2001 with help from the local community. It was extended as a family home in the 1860’s by William Gibbs who, at that time, was the richest commoner in England, having made his fortune from the sale of guano which was used as fertiliser. When it was sold, the owner of the time, Richard Gibbs was living in just 3 rooms as it needed so much work doing to it. The work that the National Trust has done is clear yet impressive. The house is a Victorian Gothic Revival House of wonder with over 50,000 pieces of interest. I was chatting to one of the guides who said that nothing was ever thrown away meaning that this unique property and it’s contents have been preserved in their entirety. It certainly feels as if you are stepping into a bygone age at Tyntesfield and it an absolute joy!

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Tyntesfield was used by Clifton College in the second World War-can you imagine going to school here?

As you walk towards the house, you can take the route through the Rose Garden. I was really interested to see this as we want to try to create something similar in the old house garden. It was stunning, built on a slight hill with lovely views.

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The rose archway leading to a raised terrace.
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Me walking through the rose arch.
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The view from the terrace was amazing!
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I loved the Box hedging; unfortunately some had blight so was cordoned off.
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Gothic statues at the bottom of the steps leading to the Rose Garden
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In each corner were small gazebos and beautiful Acers

We arrived quite early so missed the crowds but there were many people enjoying the classic car collection for Fathers Day.

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The main entrance with the classic car collection
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More classic cars!
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The gothic turrets and features were beautiful
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The main front entrance

We were lucky to get to see the house. They restrict the number of visitors so you do need to get here early. The house opened at 11am and we went in before the crowds!

Inside is truly a masterpiece of Gothic craftsmanship. The interiors are not to my taste but you can not fail to be impressed by all the detail. The ceilings are ornately carved and the fire places are large stone affairs. From the Billiard room, a masculine space designed for leisurely pursuits to the grand dining room with it’s table laid for dinner, it’s a beautiful place to wander.

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The ornate staircase
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Wow! What a fireplace!
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The Sitting Room

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The grand Dining Room with original wallpaper
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I was amazed to see so many pieces still in the house such as this picnic set and travelling luggage in the kitchen.
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The detail of the roof in the Billiard Room.
The family also added a grand and frankly, enormous Chapel. It was completed in the 1870’s just after William Gibbs died. It is larger than most village churches and has all the original chairs and altar furniture.

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The chapel at Tyntesfield

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The Chapel on the outside
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The Altar
We then wandered to the Kitchen garden which was huge! The garden produced enough for the entire estate and the family even had produce brought to them weekly when they were at their London residence.

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The walled kitchen garden
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The walled kitchen garden at Tyntesfield
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The herbaceous borders near the extensive greenhouses
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The orangery.
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Inside the orangery

By this time we were boiling hot and had to get back to collect our son. We stayed about 3 hours but this is definitely a place that you could stay all day. I feel I need to go back to see it all again as I expect we missed quite a lot! Being National Trust members means we can easily go back whenever we wish.

Tyntesfield has got to be the most impressive house I have visited recently. It deserves more attention and I’m so glad the National Trust have done such a great job in preserving it.

I will leave you with some more beautiful photographs of a fabulous few hours!

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The Rose Garden
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Fab gothic bench!

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View from the Master Bedroom
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Formal planting at the front of the house

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My Glorious Gardens series: Middlewick House Open Gardens in June.

At the weekend we were able to take a visit to Middlewick House in Corsham, Wiltshire. This beautiful house is owned by Pink Floyd’s drummer, Nick Mason and his family. It was once owned by Camilla, Duchess of Cambridge.

Nick opens his house for charity for a weekend in June and as we have never been, we thought we go and take a look! Hubbie came too but we left the children and Dottie at home this time.

As we arrived, we could not believe that there were so many people! We just couldn’t work it out until we walked up the drive to see this…

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Middlewick House, Corsham
Nick had also decided to let the public see his car collection! What a very clever man! Beautiful gardens, a classic car collection, plants to buy, a BBQ and drinks.  There were people with picnics, dogs and young children were running around and of course, everyone were very interested in the cars!

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Hubbie would like this Ferrari please!

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I know nothing about cars but I did like this one!
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Notice the guy taking a photo of the wheels!! 🙂
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This Ferrari is a hybrid apparently…..
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Hubbie also liked this one…he was in the air force once….maybe that’s why?
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So tiny!
And now for the gardens….

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There was a fabulous kitchen garden within a walled area with a cute gate.
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It had a traditional rose archway in the centre with paths around large beds.
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View back towards the house with lovely herbaceous borders.
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“Stand there so I can take a photo!”
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The central pond with fountain (and fish!)
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The central rose arch with roses in full bloom.
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The vegetables
Apart from the kitchen garden you could also roam around the rest of the garden.

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There was a cute little traditional caravan (yes, that’s me in wedge sandals….and a coat!)
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The back of the house. In the conservatory they have an indoor pool and Nick’s drum kit was on display.
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Half way across this lawn was a Ha-Ha wall linking the view to the fields beyond (with horses)
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Beautiful pond with bridge and Swan sculpture
It was a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon raising money for The Wiltshire Air Ambulance.

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Classic cars and gardens.
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The cute gate keepers cottage called Mermaids Cottage.
I will leave you with some lovely flowers…

#MyGloriousGardens Round up Post

 

WEEK 2 ROUND UP

Thank you to the 9 link ups we had this week! That’s amazing! Thank you to all who linked up. I really enjoyed reading all of your posts. I do hope to see you again. x

Thattravelladyinhershoes

Thank you Cady for linking for the second time. This post was about The Charleston Farmhouse in Sussex once owned by Virginia Woolf’s sister, Vanessa Stephen Bell. I love a bit of history don’t you? So combining this with a beautiful garden was a perfect read for me! Thank you Cady.

DIYHome&Garden

This post from Deborah’s site was very useful at this time of year! Especially the use of different plants to stop those pesky mosquito bites! I love all the different plants she suggested, so thank you”

growingself

This post really warmed me as Road talks about when she was little girl and how she was fascinated by small things. Being inspired as a child stays with us doesn’t it? I used to sit for hours watching my pond as a child so may be that’s why I love nature so much!  Thank you Roda for the beautiful photos too! Roda also linked up a post about a visit to the Chicago Botanic gardens. More stunning photos and I loved the paper bark maple as I’d never seen one before.

30daysofwildparenting

I just love this idea followed by fellow teacher, Joshua with his family including his adorable little girl, Alice (who is too cute!). Thank you for linking and I will look forward to reading your blog in the future.

rivendell blog

Thank you to John for linking for a second time with a post about his stunning roses, some of which I haven’t come across before. The “Rhapsody in Blue” rose looks so pretty so hopefully he will share more pictures of this one in the future. My roses never seem to do well so I will be looking to him for more advice!

SultanaBun

This was one of the first blogs I found. I love all the recipes you see! Lynda has linked a fabulous post about all things Elderflower! Yum! I even tried the Gooseberry and Elderflower jam and its delicious. Thank you for linking up.

MSnubutterlies

Again, Shannon linked up last week as we saw how her garden was her daily motivation in her battle with MS. This was the second garden post (and I know that there is a 3rd!) and although Shannon lives in a very hot place, her garden is thriving. So glad to see how it’s going, Shannon. Thank you for posting again.

Watchingthedaisies

The lovely Brigid! Thank you for linking for the second time. Brigid linked a post about her own garden which although fairly new is looking as if it has always been there! I love seeing what people have in their garden through their photographs don’t you? Maybe I’m just nosy!

After a little thought over the weekend. I have decided to postpone the linky and have it once a month instead. I am writing reports at the moment and its all a bit bonkers at school. I hope everyone understands. x
#MyGloriousGardens will be back.

#MyGloriousGarden Linky week 2.

Hello and welcome to #MyGloriousGardens Linky week 2.

Thank you so much to the Linkers from last week.
We had 8 linkers. All posts were fabulous so I wont be picking favourites!

Crummymummy wrote about the development of her wildlife garden with Homebase plants. I loved her homes for hedgehogs and the way she involved her children. I will be following her new garden with interest.

wildaboutnauture linked her photography post about her garden. I love seeing what people plant don’t you? I loved her globe alliums.

CadyLuckLeedy shared her visit to The Gardens of Mainz in Germany. She and I have bonded over our visits to different gardens I think! Again, photos tells more than words sometimes and this post was all about that Magnolia in my opinion! Stunning.

Rivendellgarden This is John Kingdon’s site. He is a brilliant man in that he collates all the gardening blogs in one place for us all! I’m featuring this month so thank you John. Do pop over to his site to find out more.

OfftheEdgeGardening A lovely post about Gill’s revisit to a garden from her past with her Plant Heritage group. I love the way she has captured the weeping Irises.

Sowhatnow768 A fun post about the Linkers (I know her name but I think she would like to stay anonymous!) introduction of her chickens with fabulous names! I read this blog often and she always makes me laugh!

Msnubutterflies Such a fabulous post. How a garden became the daily inspiration for Shannon as she battles with MS. I love how uplifting this post was and how it made me see that the little things are as important. There is a part 2 to this post so I hope Shannon links again!

Watchingthedaisies posted 3 posts and all were Glorious! Thank you Brigid! I particularly love her post about The healing Power of Gardens and seeing her garden that she has transformed into a paradise! I agree that gardens and outdoor spaces can be so rewarding and calming. Brigid has a book out so she knows her stuff!

Thank you all again. I love all your posts.

Now for this week! You may link all garden related posts.It may be a post about a great day out with your family, a garden you have visited, your garden or an outdoor place you have visited. I don’t mind anything as long as it is celebrating a Glorious Garden! No posts about other Link parties please.

If you have never been to a Link party before it’s easy!

Just link up your post by clicking on the InLinkz button below.  Then press on the blue link button when it redirects you. Copy and paste your post or photo in the link. It will run for a week.

There are minimal rules.

1. Add the #MyGloriousGardens Linky button to the bottom of our post.
2. Tweet me @oldhouseinthes1 for a Retweet if you are on Twitter.
3. Follow me on Twitter, on the blog and on Instagram.
4. Comment on my post and one other of your choice.
5. Spread the Blog love and I will read all posts and comment.
6. Have fun!

Or you can join me on Instagram with your photos using the hashtag #MyGloriousGardens

Here is my Linky button to add to the bottom of your posts. Just select the code and paste it when you are in HTML on your post.

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Click on the link below to link up

A new Link party to celebrate all things Garden! Come and join in with the party!

Hello and welcome to #MyGloriousGardens Linky!

As many of you know, I love my Gardens and Gardening! Spring is definitely here and it’s time to celebrate all things garden related!

This Linky is to celebrate all garden photos and posts. Anything garden related can be posted. It may be a post about a great day out with your family, a garden you have visited, your garden or an outdoor place you have visited. I don’t mind anything as long as it is celebrating a Glorious Garden! No posts about other Link parties please.

If you have never been to a Link party before it’s easy!

Just link up your post by clicking on the InLinkz button below.  Then press on the blue link button when it redirects you. Copy and paste your post or photo in the link. It opens Bank Holiday Monday at 7am and will run for a week.

There are minimal rules.

1. Add the #MyGloriousGardens Linky button to the bottom of our post.
2. Tweet me @oldhouseinthes1 for a Retweet if you are on Twitter.
3. Follow me on Twitter, on the blog and on Instagram.
4. Comment on my post and one other of your choice.
5. Spread the Blog love and I will read all posts and comment.
6. Have fun!

Here is the Linky button.

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Or you can join me on Instagram with your photos using the hashtag #MyGloriousGardens

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