House

A spectacular baroque mansion

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 William Blathwayt to the refurbishment by Victorian country squire Colonel Blathwayt.

Our collection of paintings and decorative art, much of which has been in the same place for over three hundred years, is a unique testimony to the tastes of the William and Mary period and ranges from English tapestries to 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.

Explore Dyrham's collections

The National Trust now has a website devoted to the hundreds of thousands of objects in our care across hundreds of properties. Find out more about Dyrham's  rich and varied collections by following the link below:

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Take a trip back to the early 1700s...

Admire William Blathwayt's A-list acquisitions

Ceramics

Some of the spectacular pieces of 17th-century delftware at Dyrham Park 

Dyrham has a superb collection of late 17th-century delftware, made fashionable in England by Queen Mary II, who filled her Hampton Court apartments with luxury items brought from Holland when she came to the throne with her Dutch husband, William of Orange.

Paintings

Can you identify all the birds in this painting by Hondecoeter? 

Highlights include two important works by 17th-century Dutch artist Samuel van Hoogstraten, famous for his extraordinary skill in the use of perspective. There are also fine paintings by Hondecoeter and a beautiful genre painting by Bartolomé Murillo with an intriguing identical twin.

Furniture

Part of a set of 18 Dutch-inspired chairs in the Great Hall © National Trust

When it came to furnishing his new mansion, William Blathwayt had an astonishing eye for high quality craftsmanship. Many of his original purchases are still at Dyrham today, including a set of 18 elaborately carved walnut chairs.

A hands-on approach is welcomed in the Victorian Kitchen

A hands-on approach is welcomed in the Victorian Kitchen

Life below stairs

Dyrham has a wonderfully preserved set of domestic rooms and passages that evoke the intriguing world of cooks, maids, butlers and footmen - that army of servants who looked after the Blathwayts and their guests and kept the house looking its best.

Highlights include the Victorian kitchen, complete with all the paraphernalia for cooking in a large country house, and the bells passage, with its vast system of chimes and pulleys.

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