Tyntesfield (NT)



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The family home of the wealthy Gibbs family, who made their fortune in fertilizer, Tyntesfield has seen four generations of family life pass through its doors. William Gibbs bought the house in 1843 and remodelled its exterior from an unassuming Regency house into the Gothic pile we see today, with turrets, crenellations and carvings of mythical beasts. Inside the house, the largest recorded collection owned by the National Trust is on display, with over 50,000 objects catalogued. From silverware and rare books to stationery, ice skates and picnic sets, the collection tells the story of a wealthy family's life over four generations, moving seamlessly between the ornate and the ordinary. Outside, there's a rose garden, Italianate terraces, an orangery and a kitchen garden. Coffee and snacks are available in the refurbished Cow Barn Kitchen or you can try the more upmarket Pavilion Café.

Tyntesfield (NT)
Wraxall, NAILSEA, BS48 1NX


About the area

Discover Somerset

Somerset means ‘summer pastures’ – appropriate given that so much of this county remains rural and unspoiled. Ever popular areas to visit are the limestone and red sandstone Mendip Hills rising to over 1,000 feet, and by complete contrast, to the south and southwest, the flat landscape of the Somerset Levels. Descend to the Somerset Levels, an evocative lowland landscape that was the setting for the Battle of Sedgemoor in 1685. In the depths of winter this is a desolate place and famously prone to extensive flooding. There is also a palpable sense of the distant past among these fields and scattered communities. It is claimed that Alfred the Great retreated here after his defeat by the Danes.

Away from the flat country are the Quantocks, once the haunt of poets Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth. The Quantocks are noted for their gentle slopes, heather-covered moorland expanses and red deer. From the summit, the Bristol Channel is visible where it meets the Severn Estuary. So much of this hilly landscape has a timeless quality about it and large areas have hardly changed since Coleridge and Wordsworth’s day.

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