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The Manor House at Tintinhull The pool Garden flower Border
The small mansion house at Tintinhull was originally a Somerset farmhouse dating from about 1600. In 1722 the west front was added and this gave the house its architectural distinction. The elegant facade, constructed from mellow dressed Ham stone and with mullioned and transcomed windows, remains substantially unaltered.

Cedar Court The building is set off by a grassy, walled forecourt of the same date which incorporates piers surmounted by stone eagles. The main attraction of Tintinhull however is the formal, 20th century garden which is perfectly in scale with the proportions of the house. The garden was first developed by Dr Price, a distinguished botanist, who acquired the property in 1900. It was then enlarged by Captain and Mrs F.E. Reiss after they purchased Tintinhull in 1933. Mrs Reiss, who gave the property to the National Trust in 1954, was largely responsible for layout and planting as seen today.

The garden at Tintinhull is divided into a series of outdoor rooms. The architectural framework is defined by yew and box hedges and linked by steps and a sunken area which give the impression that the garden is on different levels. Mrs Reiss was an inspired plantswoman and used flowers and foliage, colour and texture to create pictorial compositions. None of the schemes and patterns are ever repeated.
Fountain Garden
On the north side of the house a great sweep of lawn is shaded by an enormous cedar. The stone walls of the forecourt on the west side are covered by clematis and roses. The central path of the forecourt is lined with huge domes of box and from here a box- and yew-fringed path, with shallow flights of stone steps, descends gently down past a semi-circular lawn overshadowed by a vast Quercus ilex and through a collection of azaleas to the fountain pond. To the right of the fountain pond, an opening in the hedge provides a view of a peaceful pool surrounded by smooth grass. The lawns and flower borders on either side of the pool, however, are typically English. One of the long flower beds planted with deep bright yellows, reds and oranges whilst the other is a subtle blend of softer, paler shades with grey foliage.

Tintinhull is interesting throughout the year but one of the best times to visit the garden is in July when the Regale lilies are in bloom and the air is full of their delicious scent.
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