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Published June 25th 2017
Place of beauty, gardens and family space
Tyntesfield House and Gardens celebrate Victorian design and eccentricity at their finest. 14 miles from Bath and only 3 miles from Bristol, the estate is a superb example of Victorian 'Gothic Revival' architecture, set in beautiful landscaped grounds. The house is open to look around and packed to the rafters with treasures, but this article will focus on the grounds and facilities around the building. I went there yesterday for a family get together, and had a fantastic time walking, eating, exploring and enjoying being outside. It is the perfect place to while away a Saturday or Sunday, however large or small your gathering.
The house itself is adorned with towers, turrets and a Gothic chapel that looks a little like a fairy tale castle. Looking different from every perspective, it is a Rubik's Cube of a house, peeping around tall trees and sweeping gardens that begin as soon as you pass through the informative and friendly reception area. The parking facilities are immense, and the whole site thoughtfully equipped with disabled parking and mobility equipment, should any be needed. There is even a 'shuttlebus' service that takes people from reception, past the house and down to the estate Kitchen Gardens and play area.
With sweeping lawns and woodland paths, the grounds around the house are very pretty and contain a rose garden, aviary and bushes with all manner of topiary. Perfect for picnics, there are also trees that are tailor-made for climbing and exploring. A gentle downhill walk past the house entrance reveals even more wonders though, and is absolutely ideal for family groups. With a reconstructed orangery, gardens teeming with fresh flowers and vegetables and an adventure playground with its own vintage tractor, it is a wonderful place to be. There are also cafe and seating facilities, serving snacks, beverages and light lunches.
This is a very special place, and its National Trust owners continually enhance and beautify all of the many beautiful aspects of the place. There is a sense of pride amongst the staff and volunteers who work there, and it is always great to see how their plans and projects are developing. The Tyntesfield website is also very informative, and details the many events and activities on offer at the site; everything from wild camping and running events to Arts and Crafts Markets and theatre productions. With a site that occupies many miles in its entirety there is such a lot to discover, and this is perhaps what I love most about it.