I’m Visiting: Tintinhull Gardens, National Trust

Another trip out, another National Trust place, and I really liked visiting Tintinhull Gardens during the past weekend. It was fully in bloom, vibrant and colourful, with a multitude of different garden areas to wander through and discover. The day wasn’t bright and sunny, but it was dry, which certainly helped the trip and my camera shots.

The gardens themselves were created by two 20th century gardens around a 17th century, Grade I-listed house. One of the designers was Phyllis Reiss, who bought Tintinhull in 1933 and left it to the National Trust in 1961 upon her death.

Reiss wanted the gardens to be impactful and tug at the emotional heartstrings, taking ideas from garden designer Gertrude Jekyll. After Reiss’s death, Penelope Hobhouse took on the tenancy of the house and garden, and she expanded on the ideas of colour and vibrancy while there. You can absolutely see the bold colours throughout, from the red and pink Poppies to the yellow Jerusalem Sage, and even the dark purple leaf and pale pink flowers of the Sambuca plant. I loved the stately aspect to it, especially stared at from the garden swing in the Pool Garden. 

Once you’ve purchased your ticket or shown your National Trust membership card, you start off by walking through a doorway which anyone over 5ft 6in has to duck (thankfully I’m under that, but some of my friends are not), and this leads into a courtyard and a pathway on to the other gardens. I very much liked the setting, with almost a secret-garden gateway on the left-hand side into the garden by the main frontage of Tintinhull House. But we didn’t go that way. Instead, we stuck to the path leading straight on, and walked into the Pool Garden.

Built in memory of Reiss’ nephew, who died in the Second World War, the Pool Garden is very tranquil. There is a garden swing and benches surrounding it, which look onto the long pool teaming with flowering lily pads. I also loved the little wildlife runner along one edge of it. At the far end of the pool garden is a covered space with benches – where we ate our packed lunch, socially distanced of course.

After the Pool Garden is another stately garden space, set-out in a cross design. There are lavender beds down the central part of the garden that are stunning. Our lavender is only just peeking out, so seeing this all in full bloom was amazing.

There’s a meadow area that leads into trees and a space with picnic benches – which we considered as our luncheon spot before eyeing the sky and thinking it best to be under cover. It didn’t rain, but it certainly threatened to. After the circle of the meadow and woodland area, we made it to the gardens in front of the house. There was a small pool in one area, and you could spy the full frontage of the house up the path.

Overall it was a lovely day out, and the gardens are quaint and tranquil. You don’t need to spend the whole day there, but if you’re up for a National Trust day out I recommend visiting Montacute House, which is nearby.

You can click here to book your visit to Tintinhull Gardens and read up all about it.

If you’d like to visit a National Trust property near you, check out their website here to find places nearby, and make sure the properties/gardens are open to viewing. Also, because of these COVID-19 times, you may need to book.

If you’re interested, you can sign up for membership either online or at the property you’re visiting. Where there are places of natural beauty, like coastlines etc., you may need to pay for parking if you aren’t a member.

Kate @ Kandid Chronicles x


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