Pavilion progress

Seems like we have been away from our blog for ages. Facebook, Twitter and our website have been keeping us busy.

Looking out at progress on our Pavilion tea room was so exciting however, it inspired a post. This lovely little building which is nestled down near the kitchen garden used to play host to family tennis matches. We're now bringing the building back to life and converting it into a tea room. It is the first time we will have permanent refreshment faciltiies down in the kitchen garden so I think it will be much appreciated. Always good to have a pleasant loo stop and a nice cup of tea before heading back up the hill!

With stunning views across north somerset fields it will be the perfect spot for a cream tea in the sunshine in the summer. However, if this chilly weather continues we'll be equally happy as we've installed a couple of cosy woodburners in there for the winter months.

It is due to open in a few weeks time - we can't wait to show everyone!

Here are a few before and (almost) after pics of work in progress:

Imagine this once restored!

A (rather bad - sorry!) pic of the pavilion before work started

Taking shape...

New windows...

...and lovely new glass doors.


200,000 visitors!

What an amazing year - we've just clocked 200,000 visitors! The highest we've seen in one year and we're still counting!

This puts Tyntesfield in the top 5 most visited attractions in Bristol and in the top 10 in the West of England. Wow!

We surprised our 200,000th visitor Sheila Fox and her husband Richard from Portishead with a little gift of vouchers to spend in our shop. Lucky them! They then went off to have a nice stroll around a rather windswept estate.

Just a reminder, if you like this blog, don't forget you can keep up to date with more news on Tyntesfield’s Facebook site too.


Season's greetings!

We've officially entered the festive season! The decs have gone up at Home Farm and it seems that cast iron cattle stalls, timber roofs and feeding troughs are perfect for hanging baubles and garlands on! We're kick starting our festive events this weekend with expert Sarah Pepper who is holding a series of workshops showing you how to make beautiful festive decorations. A few spaces are left so book now by calling 0844 249 1895. From then on it is a bountiful mix of festive treats... Father Christmas weekends, concerts in the chapel, kids craft sessions, lots of delicious seasonal food and, of course, we're open every day for wintery walks.

Our retail team have done us proud and the shop is looking amazing. Better than trudging around a packed high street! Check out the pics:

We're also pretty excited about our christmas tree delivery. Frenchay Forestry will be selling trees in Home Farm courtyard from the beginning of December. A perfect dayout - pop in for walk around the estate, some warming food and then pick up a fine specimen of a tree to take home.

Check out our website for more christmas inspiration !


We won!

A big round of applause for our amazing orangery project team and our team mates at City of Bath College and Nimbus Conservation - we have just won the English Heritage Angel Award in the 'people's choice' category for our rescue of this great building. This means that lovely Telegraph Subscribers and English Heritage Members thought our project was the best - hooray! The team went off to a fancy awards ceremony yesterday to hear the good news and rub shoulders with a few celebrities. Well done team - we are all so very proud.

Our team with the judges and presenters.

See more about the winners on the Telegraph website.

The orangery project continues with a new intake of students and lots more work still to do. Tours of the orangery and hands on stone masonry taster sessions will be taking place so come and see progress. Call us on 01275 461900 for more information.


Pumpkins at the ready

Our gardeners, the Brandon Trust and our lovely volunteers have been hard at work perfecting their legendary pumpkin display. Come and see the dislay in the kitchen garden and if you are real pumpkin fan why not come along to our pumpkin weekend on 22 and 23 October.