A working estate
To this day, Tyntesfield is a working estate, home to the Somerset Bodgers, grazing animals, and a Kitchen Garden that produces the ingredients used in our restaurant and cafe.
A working Kitchen Garden
The Kitchen Garden has been providing fruit and vegetables for the Tyntesfield estate since the 1860s. Today, the majority of the produce is used in the Cow Barn restaurant, with the rest available to take home, for a donation, from our produce table.
The produce is freshly picked by our harvesting volunteers and walked up the drive to the Cow Barn restaurant kitchen, less than a mile away. It doesn't get much more local than that!
Sheep at Tyntesfield
Every year, the local sheep return to the Tyntesfield estate.
Some of the sheep graze in the Orchard, while the rest can move around different fields on the estate. The sheep and their lambs help to keep the grass under control and encourage the growth of wildflowers by giving the flowers room to grow and trampling the seeds into the ground.
If you, or your dog (on a short lead), are not used to walking through fields with sheep and would like to avoid them, please ask at the ticket office when you arrive and the team will be able to direct you to the best route.
Angus cattle on the estate
You may also see local Angus cattle grazing in fields across the estate, continuing one of Tyntesfield's Victorian traditions.
As well as keeping the grass under control, the cattle contribute to attracting the various wildlife we are fortunate to support, as their dung is a vital food source for the beetles and bats to feed on.
The cows can be curious, and may come over to say hello. If you find them coming towards you, hold your ground and walk confidently past. You can also clap your hands if you need to and they should disperse.
If you, or your dog (on a short lead), are not used to walking through fields with cattle and would like to avoid them, please ask at the Ticket Office when you arrive and the team will be able to direct you to the best route.