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.

Storytelling tours

Weekdays, Thursday 3 January - Friday 1 March 2019

On weekdays in January and February, entry to the house is on a guided storytelling tour which follows in the footsteps of some of Tyntesfield's Victorian residents from both above and below stairs.

Tyntesfield front of house Nov 2016

Storytelling tours around Tyntesfield house in January and February

Visiting Tyntesfield in January and February 2019? Entrance to the house on weekdays is on a 'Play Hard' or 'Work Hard' guided storytelling tour only.