Old house garden round up: 6 on Saturday 21/10/17

It’s a quick round-up today of 6 things in my garden. Storm Brian is about to hit this afternoon but I took these this morning in the old house garden.

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I captured this lovely Red Admiral butterfly that seemed to follow me before settling on the wall.

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Tilly loves outside most of the time but likes to follow me when I’m in the garden as she likes a cuddle!

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The new rose garden is looking very Autumnal! I still love this new area though. My pumpkins are ready too.

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I moved this Hydrangea 3 weeks ago and was worried that it wasn’t happy but it seems to be fine now. Phew! I will trim it back in the Spring.

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The recent windy weather has blown the last of the Bramley apples off the tree!

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I took this last night as there was a beautiful sunset.

Well there we have it!

My 6 on Saturday.

This started over on the propagator’s blog

Happy Gardening! 🙂

#MyGloriousGardens October Link Party!

Can you believe it? It’s flown into October and I’m even a little late with the Link party this month! It’s been a busy, busy month with full-time work, kids, garden………etc etc

However enough of me! Let’s get linking….

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Six on Saturday

Six on Saturday is when you share six plants or things that are happening in your gardening and was started by The Propagator

I haven’t joined in before but after lots of bulb planting today, moving some perennials and sorting out the Greenhouse, I managed to take some good photographs that I am happy with.

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David Austin ‘The Generous Gardener’

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Nasturtiums

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Japanese Anemones

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Cyclamens under the old cherry tree

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Purple Asters

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Salvia Amistad

We enjoyed a cloudy yet mild day today in Wiltshire but there is a storm coming tonight so I’m not looking forward to that!

Happy Saturday everyone!

#MyGloriousGardens September Link-up Party!

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It’s time for the #MyGloriousGardens September Link up Party!

This is a link party for any posts about being outside, gardens, gardens you may have visited, garden product reviews, days out with you family to a place with a beautiful garden, summer garden posts….basically anything garden related!

The summer hollibobs are coming to an end and the children (and their teachers) are returning to school. I never know where the time goes in the summer holidays! It seems to have whizzed by!

I have visited lots of beautiful gardens in August but I have never been to anywhere as beautiful as Seville! I hope you will enjoy my post. I have also linked up a post about the jobs I plan to do this Autumn.

I can’t wait to read all your amazing posts! So get linking peeps!

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If are a new linker, the rules are simple…..just click on the blue link up button at the bottom of this screen and it will take you to a new page where you can copy and paste your posts.

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Spread the linky love by commenting on some of the other bloggers posts, including mine please. Please don’t link and run! It’s not what this party is all about. As a guide, try to comment on the post directly before your and one of the hosts post as a minimum.

I will comment on every post linked up and share on all my social media sites. I have discovered Sumbleupon this month and its directing LOADS of traffic my way! I will put all posts on Stumbleupon as well as Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook -do check out my pages. I always post a round up post after the link party has closed so that you get further traffic from that. What’s not to love!?

The Gardens of Alcázar of Seville: #MyGloriousGardens.

During a long weekend in Seville, we visited the Alcázar Palace on a gloriously hot day in August. Whilst the weather looks perfect in photographs, it was in fact 42 degrees centigrade and so our visit to the gardens was not as long as I would have liked as Siesta called! The good thing though about the boiling weather was that the palace was not crowded and we could amble around the gardens at our leisure.

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The Courtyard of the Maidens. The orange trees are a fairly recent restoration as a medieval sunken garden was discovered here. The orange blossom must smell wonderful in the Spring!

The extensive gardens have undergone many changes in the life of the palace which was declared a UNESCO heritage site in 1987. The gardens extend over seven hectares and are surrounded by walls of varying age and colours. The different areas of the garden reflect the periods of time that have passed since this glorious place was built. Over hundreds of years, areas of the palace and gardens have been extended and changed giving the whole complex distinctly different areas. In the main, the gardens are formal gardens with water being a major part of the Moorish design in the form of rills and pools. The gardens would have been planted to provide food for the palace but also for pleasure.

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The many trees surrounded by formal hedging in the garden Garden of Vega Inclan.

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Entrance into the Garden of Vega Inclan and English Gardens

Moving away from the Palace lay The Garden of the Poets with pools and rills of water.  The planting is of palm, cypress, myrtle, mulberries, magnolia, orange and lemon trees.

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Rills of water are a major feature in this part of the garden known as The garden of the Poets.

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Beautiful formal fountains

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Mosaic tiled places to sit and admire the surroundings and rest in the heat.

The gardens of the Alcázar of Seville have undergone many changes. In the 16th century during the reign of Philip III the Italian designer Vermondo Resta introduced the Italian Mannerist style. He was responsible for changing an old wall into a viewing Loggia to enable visitors to admire parts of the gardens. This is a fabulous spot to take photographs of the garden as you get to look down and admire the views.

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View towards the palace from the Loggia. The small orange building plays music

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The Loggia was once an old wall.

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View towards the main garden with pools.

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A lovely and welcome shady spot!

Nearest the Palace buildings lies the Mercury Pond, named after the God, Mercury. This pool was made in 1586 and as it lies higher than other parts of the garden acting as a reservoir for many of the other water features nearby. This area of the garden is known as The Garden of the Reservoir.

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The Mercury Pool in the Garden of the Reservoir

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Lots of Koi Carp in the Mercury pond.

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This section is nearest the Palace and has wonderfully decorated tiles and fountains.

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The entrance to the old wine cellars were a cool place to sit.

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The old wine cellars were stunning inside.

The Gardens of Alcázar of Seville were amazing and I would love to go back in the Spring to see the orange blossom and to visit without battling such boiling temperatures. So many kings and queens have walked in these gardens and there is so much history that one afternoon is not enough.

My advice? Take your time and visit for a couple of days.

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#MyGloriousGardens August Round-Up

Here is the August round-up post. I really can’t believe it! Where does the time go??

This month we had 21 link ups so that is amazing!! Thank you to everyone for helping to grow our community and welcome to our new linkers!

I don’t have favourites but I tend to comment on each post. I also share each post on my Facebook page and Tweet on Twitter.  I hope you are getting more views to your posts from this increased exposure.

A polite reminder that you do need to comment on other posts please. The minimum is one of my posts and the one post before yours. Don’t link and run as that is not what this community is all about! If you end your comment with #MyGloriousGardens then I can see immediately who has commented. Thank you. I have also decided to round-up using our names so that we can begin to speak to the person behind the blog!
Here’s the Round-Up

JOHN

John has linked 2 posts this week. The first is definitely a must for new bloggers; a directory of all garden blogs. This is so useful and it is how I found some of my blogging friends. If you are not on this list, you can contact John and he will add you.

The second post was John’s personal garden round-up. I love these posts as I am basically nosey! I like to see what other gardeners are up to!

RACHEL

Rachel posted a great post about her children enjoying a ‘Mud Kitchen’ outside in her garden. I am an Early Years teacher as well as a lover of the outside so this post really appealed to my playful side! I love the mud kitchen ideas that encourage children to explore their world in a different way -Bake Off using mud! Glorious!

MAINY

I loved Mainy’s post about how to use a pallet to create a vegetable garden. This would appeal to so many different people but is especially great for people with a very limited space. A simple yet easy idea and a project that you could do in a day. Thank you for posting Mainy! Check out Mainy’s linky too -it’s a one off linky for the summer.

BRIGID

Brigid is a regular linker so hello Brigid! Thank you for linking 3 posts this month. If have never read any of Brigid’s posts, my favourite was the one you are taken to when you click on her name above. Brigid will often review a garden that she has visited as I often do. The posts linked this month are stunning and I shall add them to my list of places to visit! The last post is the round-up of her own garden in May. Thank you again Brigid!

SARAH

Sarah is a new linker so thank you for joining us Sarah! Sarah’s post was about her own experiences and the effects of a garden and being outside on a person’s health. I so agree with this in every way. I am a Forest School Practitioner and have seen how being outside can be calming yet invigorating for young people. It helps to put the ‘in the moment’ where they can forget about everything else and forget the stresses of everyday life. A lovely, lovely post.

ANN

Ann has linked before and always has posts that are both helpful and informative. This month’s post reminded us that we can plant vertically as well as in the ground and she had some great ideas that would suit any garden. One idea I loved was the little baskets that can be hung from a wall or would equally work on a balcony or conservatory. Thank you Ann for linking this post.

DEBORAH

I love a bit of Whimsy in a garden! I have old chimney pots full of flowers and a tin bath with my bedding in it so this post about using an old chair as a planter was right up my street! It is a very easy project and could be adapted in any garden. Thank you Deborah for joining us this month.

HELENA

Helena is another new linker -hello! Helena has a crafty, lifestyle, parenting blog and linked a super post about creating stone ladybirds for the garden. I love to include little ones in gardening. These are super cute and easy to make! In fact, it reminded me of painting stones with nail polish when mine were young! So lovely to keep too.

NOLEEN

Hello to Noleen; a new linker from Cape Town. Noleen’s post was about how to create a herb garden over a weekend. Her husband made her a herb box using an old pallet which looked amazing! I also loved her photographs of her trip to the local garden centre; it looked very much like my local one her in the UK. Her daughters helped her to plant it up and voila! It looked great. Thanks again Noleen.

JOSHUA

Joshua linked 2 posts this month and both included his cute little girl! I love that Joshua is blogging about gardening but everything he does has a link back to wildlife, hence the title of his blog. His second post talks about his new favourite gardening tool called a ‘Hori Hori Knife’ and how it basically does everything! It looks amazing; I may have to get one. Thank you also to Joshua for writing a link back post about this linky. That was very kind of you!

KAREN

Karen wasn’t sure whether to link her post about helping to bathe her horse from her wheelchair but I think it’s a lovely post and you are very welcome Karen. The love of horses never leaves you I don’t think. I’m not sure I could have washed this massive horse sitting down though! Thank you Karen and hope to see you again.

MICHELLE

Michelle found me but we actually live very close to one another in Wiltshire! How funny this internet malarky is! I love Michelle’s post about finding a frog in her garden. We have hundreds of tiny frogs in the old house garden but I didn’t know that they take 2 years before they breed -thanks Michelle! Lovely wildlife post. Thank you for linking.

THOMAS

Thomas is a professional  horticulturist and gardener from Hampshire. He has rather a lot of expertise so his post, about how to prune our roses, is very welcome! As a newish gardener I can never remember which part to leave and which part to prune. Thank you to Thomas for linking this informative post. Do pop over to his blog. I also learnt about sawfly larvae by reading his blog.

JANE

Jane is a regular linker but funnily enough also linked a post about pruning roses. The only difference is that Jane lives in Australia so is pruning in the Southern Hemisphere! Interesting to see the differences and similarities with the post Thomas posted. Jane offers great advice; she really knows her roses as she has so many in her beautiful garden!

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Thank you again for linking up for the August #MyGloriousGardens Link party. I have really enjoyed reading all of your posts.

Sophie

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#My Glorious Gardens: Painswick Rococo Gardens.

For our Anniversary this year we decided to take a trip to The Painswick Rococo Gardens in Gloucestershire. When we were first married we lived near Painswick in a cute little cottage called Squirrel Cottage so have lovely memories of this area but have never been to the gardens.

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Our wedding anniversary visit….

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The Painswick Rococo Gardens

The Painswick Rococo Gardens are the only Rococo gardens left that are open to the public. Built in the 1740’s, they were created for the Hyett family to impress and entertain guests. Gardens at that time were in transition from the formal to the more frivolous with the idea that the garden was somewhere to enjoy and hold lavish garden parties. The garden has seen a significant restoration programme since the 1970’s based upon a painting of the original garden from 1748.

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One of the fanciful garden building called The Eagle House which had to be totally restored.

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One of the gorgeous gothic buildings to explore.

The gardens have a wonderful feeling of tranquility and are such a fabulous place to wander. There was a wedding taking place whilst we were there but it was not busy for a Saturday. It’s a garden to wander around or to take children to as they had a great trail looking for wildlife. There was a brilliant woodland walk and playground which younger children would love. Well behaved dogs are also welcome so next time Dottie is coming!

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Duck pond with cute little white ducks.

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The large duck pond was full of colourful dragon flies.

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Part of the woodland playground

The kitchen garden was amazing and we loved the espalier fruit trees.

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Views up towards the white gothic arch.

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Espalier fruit trees.

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Views across the kitchen garden

There was a delightful Plunge Pool where the water was crystal clear and looked so inviting! It was surrounded by shade loving plants such as large ferns and hostas.

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Reflections in the Plunge Pool

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The grotto in the shady garden

The large, white gothic arch is the star of the whole garden in my opinion; a photographers dream! It stands at the top of the hill looking down the valley over the garden. It’s certainly dramatic and I loved it!

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The gothic, white Arch.

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Hubbie looking out across the garden. I love the reflections in the pool.

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What a place to spend an anniversary!

 The anniversary maze -how apt!

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The Anniversary Maze

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The rain was coming!

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Painswick Rococo Gardens.

I would definitely go back here again as the heavens opened and our visit was cut short. It’s supposed to be beautiful when all the snowdrops are out In February so I would love to come back then.
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#MyGloriousGardens August Link up Party!

Can you believe it? It’s August! It’s time for the #MyGloriousGardens August Link up Party!

This is a link party for any posts about being outside, gardens, gardens you may have visited, garden product reviews, days out with you family to a place with a beautiful garden, summer garden posts….basically anything garden related!

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I will comment on every post linked up and share on all my social media sites.

#My Glorious Gardens: The Monastery of Saint Gerasimos, Kefalonia.

 

During our stay in Kefalonia, we would often leave the teens to sleep and go out, just me and Hubbie. One morning, we woke up really early so we decided to take a drive into the hills around where were staying to see the vine yards and also The Monastery of Saint Gerasimos. To get there you must pass a garden with 40 wells!

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The church was rebuilt after the earthquake in 1953

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We went early on a Sunday so there were very few people there.

Saint Gerasimos lived in the 1500’s and is considered the patron saint of Kefalonia. Many believe that he will protect them from harm and cure their illnesses. Hence, there are many men named Gerasimos after him. The body of Saint Gerasimos is at the monastery. Kefalonians throughout the world still revere and pray to him. In 1953, immediately after a powerful earthquake on the island of Kefalonia destroyed 90% of the island, there were many claimed sightings of Saint Gerasimos throughout the island who is believed to have comforted and tended to the injured trapped inside homes and buildings.

It is a fascinating place and we were lucky to be able to go inside the small church that has been built over the cave where he set up the original monastery and where his relics are kept.

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Inside where the relics of Saint Gerasimos are kept. Notice the beautiful frescos on the walls.

There is a hole in the chapel floor to the cave where Gerasimos lived.

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Even though we were visiting early, there were still a few people there. Ladies have to cover their arms, legs and heads.

 

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The entrance to the Monastery complex was stunning.

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Beautiful Flowers.

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The entrance.

The gardens were beautiful and lovingly tended by the nuns.

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This tree was planted by Gerasimos himself in the 1520’s (you can just see the 40 wells in the distance)

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During his feast day on August 16th, his coffin is moved under this tree.

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The nuns keep lots of pots.

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The nuns were watering their gardens whilst we were there.

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Lovely gardens in the Monastery complex

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More terracotta pots.

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The view towards the various vineyards in the area.

 

I have no idea what species of bee or wasp this is but it was jet black! Kefalonia is known for its Thyme tasting Honey which is delicious. We saw some hives on our travels too…

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Hives in the distance in the mountains.

This is a Hummingbird Hawk Moth. We weren’t sure what it was at first! I admit I had to Google it!

It’s a beautiful and serene place to visit if you ever go to Kefalonia. We absolutely loved it.

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My Glorious Gardens series: Tyntesfield on a beautiful Spring day.

 

On a beautiful spring day 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

Part of #MyGloriousGardens series.

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