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Tintinhull Garden

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The delightful two-acre Somerset garden at Tintinhull is a fine example of how small can still be beautiful. It packs some unique features into its small area and shows how, by creating a series of garden rooms, the Arts and Crafts style gardens appear much larger than they really are.

This Grade II English Heritage Garden is on the Register of Historic Parks and Gardens. Tintinhull Gardens were created in the 20th century around a traditional 17th century manor house which is now used as an appealing holiday let. The Grade I hamstone farmhouse was owned by the Napper family in 1630 and was passed down through the generations until it was sold in 1814.

The elegant
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house looks down on the beautifully landscaped gardens from its mullioned windows, and provides a natural starting point for exploring the gardens.

The flagged path from the Tuscan columned porch leads enticingly down between clipped yews and manicured lawns. The old red-brick walls with eagle-topped piers are perfectly in keeping with the garden's elegance.

Carefully divided by yew hedges and open "doorways" the harmonious garden is divided into seven individually themed gardens. They were first laid out by Dr Price, a knowledgeable botanist, who lived at Tintinhull from 1900.

The gardens were further enlarged and developed by the later owners, Captain and Mrs F.E. Reiss, in the style of Hidcote Manor Gardens. They then donated the property in 1954 to The National Trust and continued to live in and care for the gardens until Phyllis Reiss's death in 1961. Later tenants included writer Penelope Hobhouse. As a keen gardener she continued to experiment and rejuvenate Tintinhull Gardens from 1980 until 1993.

The gardens have a number
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of ponds which offer havens of tranquility and encourage wildlife. In the summer they are covered with the colourful pointed blooms of water lilies and the fountain garden is particularly idyllic.

The warm old brick walls of the garden provide support and a protective backdrop for colourful borders which are brimming with spring bulbs, flowering shrubs and perennial flowers.

Secluded lawns, which are kept short by a flock of geese, have well-placed garden seats offering a host of different viewpoints of this beautiful garden.

As well as a kitchen garden and an orchard, which disguises the car park, there is a pleasant woodland walk. The apples from the orchard are harvested and used to make the National Trust's own Somerset cider which is sold at various properties in the area.

The picture-perfect gardens are complemented with a charming tearoom which serves cream teas both indoors and outside. Plant sales and postcards are also on sale for visitors to take home a small memento of this gardener's paradise.

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Bus Services:
First 52 Yeovil Bus Station-Martock (passing within ¾ mile Yeovil Pen Mill ).

View local cycle routes on the National Cycle Network website.

By Road:
5 miles north west of Yeovil, ½ mile south of A303, on east outskirts of Tintinhull. Follow road signs to Tintinhull village.

By Train:
Yeovil Pen Mill 5½ miles; Yeovil Junction 7 miles (bus to Yeovil Bus Station).

Ordnance Survey Reference;

Tintinhull Garden Postcode for SatNav: BA22 8PZ


+44 (0)1935 823 289
+44 (0)1935 826 357

Farm Street
BA22 8PZ

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