Visiting the house at Tyntesfield

The house at Tyntesfield is open Thursday-Monday 11am-2.15pm. We are delighted to welcome people back safely and we hope you enjoy spending time together inside the house.

The doors were closed and the windows shuttered for the longest period since the Trust took on Tyntesfield in 2002 in the first, and subsequent lockdowns. 

A skeleton team of staff have been caring for the collection throughout the recent lockdown. Their daily tasks included vacuuming the miles of corridors, dusting fire and security sensors, controlling pests and ensuring the house and collection are kept in best possible condition, ready for the day we reopen to visitors again. 

We greatly appreciate the support of our members, visitors and donors throughout this pandemic which has made all the difference to being able to continue our conservation work and looking after the places that we all love.

Safety is the priority for visitors, volunteers and staff. We will be operating a first come, first serve basis, and entry is included with your admission to the estate. As a result of this, not everyone will be able to visit the house. We expect the best time to visit the house will be in the afternoons as visitor numbers are usually lower later in the day.

The new visitor route

Visitors walking through the cloisters at Tyntesfield

The Vestibule

After you step through the ornately carved porch (look out for plants still found on the estate), into the cloister, look at the coatstand with the ornately carved wooden armoires.

The library

The Library

With thousands of books, Tyntesfield's library would be the perfect place to spend a rainy afternoon. The family used to love the children putting on plays in the bay window at the end. Look up, the motto above, ‘In God my refuge and hope’ epitomises the beliefs of the family.

The Study at Tyntesfield

Mr Gibbs' Room

A place of retreat for the master of the house; both for pleasure and business.

The Dining Room at Tyntesfield

The Dining Room

The single door at the far end of the room is a few feet away from a serving hatch to the main kitchen. This meant that food would still be hot when it reached the dining room, a convenience not often found in similar country houses where kitchens were far from dining rooms to prevent noxious kitchen odours. Architectural details include the fine oak ceiling and panelling, with a frieze of heraldic lions, and Antony Gibbs’ initials and family motto ‘Tenax propositi’ (tenacious of purpose) carved into and above the Peterhead granite columns in front of the windows.

The Ante Room at Tyntesfield

The Ante Room

An otherwise seemingly unassuming room, the Ante Room is home to one of Tyntesfield's finest paintings, The Madonna and Child with St. John the Baptist.

A visitor in the Drawing Room at Tyntesfield

The Drawing Room

The Drawing Room was one of the principal rooms of the house, intended as a grand reception room, where guests were welcomed and entertained. The ceiling extends to two storeys, giving it a grand and impressive feel. At present, the Drawing Room is used as studio space, where pieces of the house’s collection are cleaned and conserved.

Visitors in the oratory

The Oratory

The Oratory was used for the family's religious services until the purpose built chapel was created. Anthony subsequently built an impressive organ that went right across the breadth of the room.

A view of Tyntesfield house from the estate's parkland in spring

The Garden Lobby

Look out for the extensive collection of 17th and 18th century, largely Kangxi, Chinese ceramics in the Garden Lobby. The staircase lead from Lord & Lady Wraxall’s bedroom (now the house office) down to Mrs Gibbs' Room.

The panels in the Boudoir

Mrs Gibbs' Room

The room forms part of the original 1820s house but redesigned by architect John Norton for Matilda Blanche Gibbs, when the family bought the house. The arched door led into an elaborate and grand Conservatory until it was demolished in 1917 and the garden porch built in its place. The conservatory measured 80 feet long by 50 feet wide and almost double the size of the Drawing Room.

The view from the Garden Porch at Tyntesfield

The Garden Porch

Following the demolition of the conservatory a porch was added allowing access to the gardens beyond. As you leave the house take care on the steps down.

The Chapel interior at Tyntesfield

The Chapel

Following the completion of the house, in 1873 William commissioned a new chapel by Arthur Blomfield (1829–99), modelled on the flamboyant Gothic architecture of the Sainte Chapelle in Paris. It was nearly complete in 1875 just before William’s death. The chapel was licensed for family services, used daily for prayers, but was never consecrated. William and Antony employed Chaplains who conducted many of the services. (Unfortunately there is no accessible route to the chapel. Entrance is up a narrow spiral staircase.)

" 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 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 also 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.

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Tyntesfield view to the East Front in the early morning sunshine

Visiting Tyntesfield: what you need to know

The grounds, Cow Barn cafe, shop and bookshop at Tyntesfield are open. The house is open Thursdays-Mondays. Find out what to expect and plan your visit below.