Friends of Blaise

Conserving, Improving, Promoting

Blaise house

Blasie house Museum

the current blaise house dates from 1796-1798 and stands next to the site of the previous blaise house. the house is now owned by Bristol city council and is currently used as a museum and a wedding venue. 

the picture room was added between 1832 and 1833 and has been restored to its former glory.

its walls are decorated with a sumtuous red flock paper and hung with pictures from the fine art collections from artists William James Muller, james curnock, charles branwhite, james baker pyne and henry hewitt.

Blaise Dairy

the dairy was built between 1803-1805 and is grade II* listed. it was designed by fashonable architect john nash, the cottage style is similar in style to the cottages in blaise hamlet also designed by nash. the dairy provided butter and possibly cheese for the house. cows and sheep were grazed on the estate and it's likely the milk of both was used in the dairy.

it's been suggested that the decorotive appearance of the dairy means that it was intended more as a fashionable amusement for it's wealthy owners than a working dairy.

however the building has many of the practical features which were recommended at the time for a dairy and in some respects was progessive.

Dairy Garden

the dairy garden was once the site of the original manor house. it was demolished after 1798 when blaise house was completed. the planting designs in the garden have evolved over time. what's here today includes plants and shrubs that would have been known and used at the time the house was built and the estate was landscaped.

The Amphitheatre which is used for outdoor events was created as part of a heritage lottery fund project in 1999 which saw many areas of the estate restored and redeveloped.

orangery

the orangery is located between the house and the dairy garden. it was built to a design by john nash in 1806 and is different to the deisgn orginally proposed by humphry repton. today it's filled with hothouse plants that were purchased by the friends of blaise. 

Behind the orangery is a large laundry room and beyond that is the service wing for the house. the siting of the orangery was designed to hide the more modest parts of the house from view, so that the family and their guests could enjoy the gardens.

blaise house & Dairy