Photos Copyright: Maggie May
I recently visited Tyntesfield Estate which is owned by the National Trust. I was accompanied by my friend Audrey, and my son, Sam.
Tyntesfield is about 8 miles from Bristol and overlooks the Yeo Valley. It is in lovely grounds and there is ongoing renovation being done but not in an intrusive way.
Tyntesfield is a Victorian estate and has quite a history that is worth reading about and if you have the time, you can visit here.
Unfortunately we decided to go on a Thursday only to discover that the house and the priory are not open to the public on Thursdays or Fridays. However, we decided to go round the grounds which were vast with lovely views overlooking the valley. In fact, it would be quite easy to spend a day just looking round the lovely gardens, walking along the paths that weave through woodland and countryside. It would probably not be possible to see everything in a day.
This is one of a pair of lions that stands at each side of the steps that lead up to the formal gardens.
The Priory is quite Gothic in design with many little gargoyles looking down at us. A bit far away to zoom right in with my camera.
Going back to the formal gardens, this walkway will look beautiful later on in the year when the plants and flowers will cover these archways into a solid roof. Maybe it will take a few years to get to that stage but I would definitely like to go back and see just what does grow there.
This is one of two little summerhouses that stand at each end of the formal garden and I think these were my favourite things about this garden. I loved the tiles and the benches that looked so inviting. There were plenty of little places to sit for people with weary feet.
Sitting on these benches gives one a view of the formal gardens in the picture below. It is very restful and a soothing place to be.
Yes, I would definitely go again and the weather was just perfect on the day that we visited.