The annual coach trip was a bit later this year but well worth the wait. After a smooth journey, courtesy of Brian, our Stewart's driver, we arrived at Tyntesfield near Bristol where most, if not all, descended on the cafe for refreshments (RRC members know where their priorities lie). Strangely, we then had to leave the cafe by going upstairs to the ticket office to enter the property.
Then we were faced with the conundrum of where was the house? We ambled through the grounds, passing the biomass boiler housed in the old pig unit, to the rose garden. There in front of us was the Victorian house, built on the proceeds of the guano trade (hence the title) and extensively extended by later owners.
After a short delay our timed admission tickets allowed us into the house where we were able to wander round the ground floor in no particular order before ascending to the first floor where our route was more organised, finishing in the impressive chapel. Then it was explore the gardens which revealed many assorted squashes and a superb display of dahlias in and around the walled garden.
Back to the cafe for tea and cakes before another smooth journey getting back to Reading at about 6:30 PM. Thanks to Pauline for finding such an interesting venue and for her efficient organisation.