We are big National Trust fans and like to visit as many properties as possible, we love the variety of all the historic houses and they’re the perfect place to take inquisitive children to learn a bit more about British history.
We took a late summer trip to Tyntesfield house and gardens, just outside of Bristol, for a picnic in the grounds.
Tyntesfield is a 19th century house in the Gothic style and was owned by the Gibbs family who made their fortune selling guano as a fertiliser to South America…my children love this since, in case you don’t know, guano is essentially bird poo!! Nice. But it certainly made the Gibbs family a lot of money – Tyntesfield is stunning.
The grounds here are just perfect for running around and are a real mix of manicured and formal lawns and also just rolling hills with trees to stomp through.
We were really lucky to be reviewing a Carluccio’s picnic on our trip which meant none of the usual preparing of all the food and packing it up, we simply turned up at our nearest Carluccio’s and picked up the cooler bag full of delicious goodies and were on our way!
This is definitely the way to do picnics! We had olive bread, antipasti, beautiful salads bursting with fresh veggies and some lovely little savoury and sweet tarts. They even have individual picnics for children, full of calzones, soft cheese, crudites, bread sticks and on and on it goes. In fact we had so much food we ate it all for dinner too!!
And there were some delicious puddings…and even a bar of chocolate. Yummy!
And with full tummies we were all able to properly explore the beautiful grounds at Tyntesfield. We didn’t go into the house this time but lapped up the last of the late summer sun and spent some more time as a family. Perfect Sunday!
Carluccios provided us with a picnic for the purposes of this review but this is an unbiased account.