Tyntesfield is a fine Victorian country house created by one of England’s richest commoners, William Gibbs, who built his fortune on fertiliser.
Tyntesfield cost £25 million in 2002 when the National Trust bought a sprawling gothic pile near Bristol.
It was rumoured that Kylie Minogue considered snapping it up before the Trust, however, it opened to visitors in 2004.
The house is a Grade I listed building named after the Tynte baronets, who had owned estates in the area since about 1500.
The location was formerly that of a 16th-century hunting lodge, which was used as a farmhouse until the early 19th century.
In the 1830s a Georgian mansion was built on the site, which was bought by English businessman William Gibbs, whose huge fortune came from guano used as fertiliser.
In the 1860s Gibbs had the house significantly expanded and remodelled; a chapel was added in the 1870s. The Gibbs family owned the house until the death of Richard Gibbs in 2001.
Only in 2011 was Tyntesfield restored to a state that allows it to be open every day of the week.
Spiralling turrets and pinnacles adorn the roof, ornate stone carvings and church-like windows complete the Gothic look of this National Trust property, giving the feel of a mysterious, fairytale mansion.
Terraced lawns give way to spacious parkland filled with hundreds of trees collected by the family, and a glorious walled kitchen garden beyond.
Distance from Nunney
35.0 miles (56.3 km)
1 hour 8 minutes
The estate and gardens are open every day. The house is open Saturday – Wednesday.
Please note: At weekends and during busy periods access to the house is by timed ticket (limited numbers). Please arrive early to avoid disappointment.
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