Tintinhull House & Garden

Tintinhull garden in Somerset is described as one of the most harmonious small gardens in Britain which surrounds an equally charming manor house.

Amateur gardener Phyllis Reiss designed the garden in 1933 when she and her husband, Captain F.E. Reiss, bought the house. Her vision was greatly influenced by Hidcote, which I showed here last November 2012, and also the Arts and Crafts style of garden.

White and blue Anemone blanda en masse

The house was built in the 17th century of honey coloured Ham stone, and reshaped in the early 18th century. It is rightly designated as a Grade l listed building.

Having no family of their own they had intended to leave the property to their nephew, but he was sadly killed in WWll, so in 1954 she gave the house and garden to the National Trust.

Initially the Trust let the house to tenants, including the garden designer and writer Penelope Hobhouse, but now it can be rented as a holiday let from the Trust.

This round window in the apex of the pediment showing a grotesque head at its centre is an intriguing design, both sides of the window can be opened.

I do have a weakness for door knockers, and this one is a fine example

This photo shows the original 17th century part of the house.

When we visited last weekend many of the borders were only just beginning to show some life. The long pool was looking particularly bare, but in a few weeks time the borders should be a riot of colour, the water lilies will be covering the pond and the trees will be wearing their new spring growth.

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8 comments

    1. Hope that you enjoyed it.

  1. How lovely! I wish I’d known about this place back when I was in England in the 1980s; I’d have most definitely added it to my “to be visited” list. I especially like the round window, the wooden gate, and the waterlily pond–I can envision the flowers that will be covering it later in the season. 🙂 Thank you for sharing this!

    1. Glad that you enjoyed seeing the house and garden.

  2. Another tour de force, Rosemary. What a beautiful place. I have heard of it but never been there! Your pictures are stunnning.

    1. The house would be a great place to rent for a family gathering Kate.

  3. I love this place. We had friends who lived nearby in the village and often visited when we were there. Stunning pictures indeed.

    1. Thank you for your kind comment re the photos – I am pleased that you have been reminded of your visits there.

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