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MikeyG53
Emersons Green, UK2 203 contributions
oct. 2021
This was the tenth National Trust property that we have visited in the last six months (further justifying the cost of our membership), and this one was just stunning!

Henbury is a district of Bristol, located about 5 miles north-west of the city centre out towards the Severn Estuary. It is the location of Blaise Castle. The castle, which dates back to the mid-18th century, and the 19th century mansion house, sit together in the extensive landscaped grounds of the Blaise Castle Estate (now owned by the Bristol City Council). On another day, maybe next summer, we do intend visit the castle and the house, but today it was all closed down for the winter. The mansion house encompasses a (mostly) art and costume museum.

We had not visited specifically to see the Blaise Castle Estate, but to visit Blaise Hamlet. The hamlet is a 19th century retirement development: having been built at the time that Napoleon had already suffered defeat at Waterloo, then escaped exile, and proceeded to regain the French Crown. In 1809 (three years before Trafalgar), when these 9 cottages were being built, Napoleon was defeating the Austrians to take Vienna.

Tha hamlet comprises of nine cottages encircling a central green (one cottage is a ‘double cottage’ with two residences). The cottages were built, by the Quaker, banker, and philanthropist John Sandrell Harford (who owned Blaise Castle and mansion) to provide accommodation to his retiring employees. These very picturesque cottages, designed by John Nash, are extremely well preserved, and are simply stunning in this setting. This almost secret hamlet is so at-odds with the newer local developments, but being surrounded by woodland and walls, it is so peaceful, and all-but invisible to the passing traffic.

The entrance is best approached on foot, and I strongly recommended you park in the village carpark, to avoid taking spaces that residents need to use. As you walk along the B4057 there is a turning into Castle Close, further down the hill there is a gate into the hamlet grounds with National Trust signage to confirm. Step-through, and you are turning back the clock by over 200 years.

You cannot enter any of the, mostly occupied, cottages; but you can walk around and look at them. Well worth the visit for us, as this is ‘living history’.
Écrit le 17 octobre 2021
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Petesail
Super Weston Mare, UK38 contributions
févr. 2020
Wonderful picture postcard old cottages. Used in many a film set..
Make sure you visit Blaise Castle museum near by.
Écrit le 12 février 2020
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Adrian
Bristol, UK260 contributions
févr. 2020 • En solo
So quaint. What lovely picturesque cottages. Seems like a step back in time. Lovely photo opportunities. Wish I lived there!
Écrit le 11 février 2020
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gamain
Inverell, Australie1 278 contributions
juin 2019
Just 6 miles north of the Bristol CBD, but found Blaise Hamlet difficult to find on a quiet Sunday. We could not not find any signage to this National Trust location, though I'm sure it must have been there. I had a voice in a TomTom telling me where to go, but the GPS is not alway right, as occurred on this occasion. Yes it was visually very English and we would had enjoyed more time to wander, but did not want to intrude on looking too hard, as residents live in the homes. Visually impressive.
Écrit le 8 décembre 2019
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Kalliope
2 contributions
oct. 2019
Was a little bit hard to find, but so worth it! Beautiful houses that are currently occupied, we ran into a sweet old couple who showed us how to get in. They knew people who lived there and shared with us that no homes front door faces each other to give the upmost privacy within close quarters. Took some amazing pictures.
Écrit le 4 novembre 2019
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Enderlibearth
Zurich, Suisse36 contributions
oct. 2019
lovely place which takes you back to the 19th century.
It can easily be reached by bus.
I really loved it.
Écrit le 23 octobre 2019
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powdies
Bristol, UK31 contributions
août 2019
A set of designer cottages purposely built to look rural and cute. They are, but they are privately owned and although you can look at the outside, that's really it. Interesting to see, but not an afternoon out.
Écrit le 10 octobre 2019
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H & R
Bristol, UK100 contributions
juil. 2019
Blaise Hamlet is simply magical, the inspiration for Christmas cards, another example of the wonderful buildings and places Bristol constructed in the past. It is the place to take visitors, it never fails to impress and enchant my foreign friends. It's one of those places I wish I could keep it secret and avoid having it trampled by too many visitors... Please treat it with respect.
Écrit le 16 août 2019
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lover of food
63 contributions
mai 2019 • Entre amis
Surrounding a green are 9 beautful little cottages all different.They were built for pensioners and are all lived in.The Hamlet near Blaise Castle is owned by the National Trust.
Écrit le 23 juillet 2019
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Visit Blighty
2 751 contributions
avr. 2019 • En solo
I think via the National Trust’s Instagram I saw a picture of Blaise Hamlet and it caught attention due to it being so picturesque and it was easy to combine with my road tripping, it’s less than 20minutes from Tyntesfield.

I was not convinced I was in the right place as from all the pictures I had seen I thought it was a country hamlet but in fact is a real hidden gem among suburbia and right by a traffic bottleneck which makes it even harder to believe you are at the right spot. I’m not quite sure where people should park if they are with car but I just parked on the road and went in through the wrought iron gate.

It very much is a picture perfect enclave, almost like a film set but real. It sounds very twee but it is very sweet and surreal with the 9 quirky cottages (each unique) around the idyllic green with its stone sundial and water pump. It’s certainly a worthwhile pocket to go and visit but in combination with something else or if you are walking though town etc.
Écrit le 4 juillet 2019
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