Tyntesfield is a National Trust Property near Bristol. It consists of a magnificent Victorian Gothic Revival house, gardens and parklands. We chose to visit here in particular as we had heard it had multiple play areas, so the girls would have plenty to keep them happy. However, we didn’t imagine just how impressive the play areas were.
We started off with a visit to the house, knowing it would be easier to get the girls around the house with the promise of a playground afterwards, than it would be to get them out of a play area to visit the house. The house is an impressive building both inside and out. Going around the house, I decided immediately that I wanted to re-visit later on in the year, when the shutters on the windows would be opened up and you could appreciate the views from the windows.
What was particularly nice, was that the girls were getting on with each other really well. They do most of the time, but there is often quite a bit of bickering. Despite being pre-lunch, there was a distinct lack of arguing happening. It was lovely, but I couldn’t help thinking that this wouldn’t last much longer.
Tyntesfield has its own private, purpose-built chapel. It is attached directly onto the house so the family would not have had to go outside on a chilly day as it was today in order to go and worship.
After our lunch, we headed on over towards the Pavilion cafe. Here Rich and I could grab a hot drink to warm up, whilst the girls played on the play area here. Still, the pair of them were getting on with each other really well and enjoying each other’s company.
They continued with this behaviour as we had a wander around the gardens. They held hands, cuddled and declared that they were “best friends”. I did wonder if I had fallen asleep in the car and this was all a dream.
However, if anything was going to ruin there mood, it was a walk up afair steep wooded walk in search of another play area. Emily moaned for most of the walk up the hill, but both kept going with the promise of another play area.
We were definitely not prepared for the extent of the woodland play area. We came to a large climbing frame, with swings and a den-building area. Th girls were still best friends, so enjoyed having a swing with each other.
However, as we started to leave this area, we spotted another climbing frame in the shape of a large bird. So we stayed here whilst the girls enjoyed this area.
We moved on from here, and once again, we hadn’t gone much further when we found another play area. Again, the girls enjoyed themselves here too.
The extent of the play areas at Tyntesfield was a very pleasant surprise. I think it might be the best National Trust property that we have visited as it has plenty to please the whole family. We will definitely be back again!