House

A late 17th-century mansion house

The beautiful home of William Blathwayt

The beautiful home of William Blathwayt

Explore how fashions changed over the centuries, from the original 17th-century Dutch-inspired interiors of founder William Blathwayt to the refurbishment by Victorian country squire Colonel Blathwayt and wartime tenant Lady Islington.

Our collection of paintings and decorative art is a unique testimony to the tastes of the William and Mary period and includes English tapestries and Dutch paintings and ceramics.

Highlights of the collection include superb examples of Delft pyramid vases, perspective paintings by Samuel van Hoogstraten and an extraordinary state bed, built for (but never slept in by) Queen Anne.

Current exhibitions

The house is currently home to a Dyrham at War exhibition, exploring the role of Dyrham Park and Dyrham Village men and women in the First World War, and art exhibition in Tenants Hall.

The art exhibition includes paintings of the house, park and beyond, all of which are available for sale with proceeds going to the Dyrham Park roof appeal, which is raising money for a new roof for the house.
 

Changes in the house

Our house team is currently working on packing up the collection in preparation for our open stores area, which will be in place during the conservation work to the roof - building work is due to start early 2015 and finish in 2016.

A much-needed new roof for the house

Broken stone on the roof at Dyrham Park

Broken stone on the roof at Dyrham Park

In 2015-16 we are undergoing a £3.5m conservation project to replace the leaking roof on the mansion house and safeguard the future of the 17th-century property and its collections.

We will remain open during the project, with an open stores exhibition, new sensory exhibition and opportunity to go up on the roof and see the conservation work taking place.

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