Tyntesfield is a flamboyant example of a Victorian estate and well worth a visit.
Enjoy the Rose Garden with its magnificent views towards Blagdon and the Mendips.
Below the house is the terrace with steps down to the lower terrace with colourful borders.
Explore the woodland and the magnificent trees in the Park.
Don’t miss the Kitchen Garden complex. Loggia, Jubilee Garden, Orangery and Kitchen Garden – everything is on an extraordinarily grand scale.
If you have time, visit the house. The historian David Starkey described the house as ‘a time capsule on an extraordinary scale that is gently faded and frozen’.
Dogs are not allowed in the Walled Garden.
National Trust members visit for free.
The Reverend George Turner Seymour commissioned Robert Newton to build a Gothic villa in 1836.
On his death in 1843, William Gibbs purchased the estate. The Gibbs family had a highly lucrative business of trading in guano and later nitrates, from South America.
William and Blanche Gibbs commissioned John Norton to enlarge the house in 1860s. It had 43 bedrooms with the baize on the billiard table heated so the balls would run true.
Gibbs commissioned Walter Cave to restore the Kitchen Garden in time for the Jubilee of Queen Victoria.
In 2001, the 3rd Lord Wraxall died. With no children and 19 beneficaries, no one could afford to buy the estate. Through fundraising, enough money was raised and the property was given to the National Trust.