Conserving the estate

The stone fountain in the rose garden returns... and it's heavy © NT/Tyntesfield

The stone fountain in the rose garden returns... and it's heavy

Projects, projects everywhere

Saving the main house was a massive task, but it was only part of the extensive work needed to bring Tyntesfield back to life.

Hundreds of smaller projects were completed across the estate restoring the estate and garden buildings, the garden landscaping and woodland paths. Some buildings found new uses and others just needed some tlc.

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Home Farm reborn

The interior of the Home Farm covered yards, now our restaurant area © NT/Tyntesfield

The interior of the Home Farm covered yards, now our restaurant area

Tyntesfield opened to visitors in 2002 and a complex of temporary wooden sheds and portacabins grew up in the home farm yard to welcome them. 

The surrounding farm buildings were in a very poor state of repair and plans were made to save them and bring them back to life as our new visitor facilities. The first step was to repair the roof...

Home Farm reborn

Blocked gutters had caused serious rotting in the roof timbers © NT/Tyntesfield

Blocked gutters had caused serious rotting in the roof timbers

The roof was in a shocking state. In restoring it the roofers found a graffiti note written by the original Victorian craftsmen giving their names and stating 'the bloody fool that finds this write the date'... so they did.

They worked hard to keep as much of the original timber structure as possible but water damage from blocked gutters meant that many sections had to be completely replaced.

Home Farm reborn

Our tickets and information centre is made from straw bales © NT/Steve Young

Our tickets and information centre is made from straw bales

The Home Farm buildings now house our Cow Barn Restaurant, shop, Courtyard Café, ticket and information office in a state-of the art straw bale building, second hand book shop, toilets and plant sales area.

Home Farm now welcomes hundreds of thousands of visitors every year.

The Sawmill

The Sawmill was one of the first buildings be be restored back in 2009.  It once generated electricity for the estate but the buildings had fallen into disrepair.  It is now Tyntesfield's well-used learning hub.

The woodland

To re-open the extensive network of woodland paths on the estate comprehensive tree surveys were done and the ranger team worked with tree surgeons to remove dangerous trees and push back the invasive rhododendrons.

The stables

Many of the buildings in the stable complex were in need of conservation. One section was converted into accommodation for full-time volunteers while one of the estate's best bat roosts was also carefully preserved here.

The estate cottages

While many of the cottages on the estate are rented by private tenants, three are now holiday cottages. Summerhouse Cottage is up in the woodland while Chaplain's House and Lodge overlook the formal gardens.

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