The house at Tyntesfield

In 2002, Tyntesfield was saved by your contributions, the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

A Victorian Gothic home

After buying Tyntes Place for his growing family in 1844, William Gibbs went about making it his own. He remodelled the exterior of the simple regency house into the Gothic extravaganza that exists today and had the interiors richly decorated and furnished by the country's leading craftsmen.

Each of the following three generations left their mark on Tyntesfield, adding to what had been done before and incorporating the latest advances in technology to create a family home that was comfortable and efficient.

" I feel quite confident in saying that there is now no other Victorian country house which so richly represents its age as Tyntesfield."
- Mark Girouard in 'The Victorian Country House'

A bounty of treasures

Four generations of family life, a love of beautiful things and the accumulation of useful bits and bobs made Tyntesfield a treasure trove of objects.

Over 60,000 pieces have been catalogued, including everything from priceless paintings and ornate furnishings to ice skates and picnic sets. It is the largest recorded collection owned and cared for by the National Trust and tells the story of a hundred and fifty years of wealthy family life.

Today, our team of conservation assistants and volunteers are constantly working to care for the house and its collection. You can find out more about our conservation work here.

Admiring the Victorian decor in the Library at Tyntesfield
Visitors in the Library at Tyntesfield, Somerset
Admiring the Victorian decor in the Library at Tyntesfield

The Chapel

Very few Victorian houses had private, purpose-built chapels, especially on the scale and grandeur of Tyntesfield's. William Gibbs, who was deeply religious and a passionate supporter of the Oxford or High Church Movement, commissioned the building of the chapel in 1873.

Inspired by the flamboyant Gothic architecture of Sainte Chapelle in Paris, every aspect of the Chapel is decorated; from the beautiful mosaic floor to the flowering brass chandeliers, which is typical of the Oxford or High Church Movement.

The Chapel was licensed for Gibbs services but never consecrated for burials, so we cannot hold weddings there. It is used on special occasions by the local parish church, on request by other churches, and for events - like our carol concerts at Christmas.

Tyntesfield Chapel
Chapel
Tyntesfield Chapel

Behind-the-scenes

Butlers, housekeepers, nursery maids and gardeners were all needed at Tyntesfield in its heyday, and in the 1891 census nineteen servants were recorded living here. One butler, Hemmings, clocked up over forty years of service.

Today, Tyntesfield is cared for by the National Trust team of staff and volunteers who help with all aspects of the estate.

Fire and wire

In 2018, we are working on a major conservation project to replace the fire alarm system in the house.

Instead of closing the house during the work, we wanted to keep it open so that you can see behind the scenes and the conservation work we do to look after a house like Tyntesfield.

From January through to November, the house at Tyntesfield will look slightly different as rooms are opened and closed to make way and many of the 60,000 items in Tyntesfield's collection are moved to make way for the work.

Fire hose at Tyntesfield

Pre-book your visit to the house

During our project to replace our fire alarm system, you will need a site pass to visit the house. These are available for time slots throughout the day and can also be picked up on the day from the Ticket Office, but please be aware that numbers are limited.