New holiday homes offer unique gothic experience

Helen Bonser-Wilton, the National Trust’s Programme Director at Tyntesfield, said:

‘Tyntesfield is gradually being brought back to life and is evolving month by month as restoration work takes place. The completion of these cottages marks an important step in the project and it’s going to be fantastic to see people enjoying these wonderful homes once again.’

Located on the northern edge of ‘Paradise’, Tyntesfield’s arboretum deep within the estate, these two significant domestic buildings once housed key figures of the Tyntesfield estate.

Chaplain’s Lodge – a fine example of a picturesque mid-Victorian gate lodge – was once home to the estate gate keeper and even retains the lobby which housed the original gate-opening mechanism; the larger Chaplain’s House – a Gothic Revival house dating from towards the end of 19th century – was specifically built for the family chaplain of the Gibbs (the owners of Tyntesfield).

The National Trust’s team of experts put every effort in their renovation work to blend original Victorian features with modern fittings but also antique additions; and the final results are a wonderful fusion of all three. Each property is built over three levels and contains features including original Gothic fireplaces, built – in dressers, original wooden flooring, and timber and stone mullioned windows.

Original Victorian stained glass windows of bright green, red and yellow leaf motifs highlight Chaplain’s House, which also has large, intriguing servants’ quarters on the lower ground floor with eight servants’ bells.

Chaplain’s House is a fine example of a late Victorian estate house provided for one of the most important figures in the life of the Gibb family’s estate. The property’s intricate architectural details illustrate that the Gibbs spared no cost on this building, with its timber framed gables, decorative tiled roofs and elaborate brick chimneys. An interconnecting door enables large groups of guests to enjoy both houses as one home for the duration of their stay.

These most recent additions to the National Trust’s holiday cottage portfolio offer six and five guests respectively, the opportunity to experience living on the Tyntesfield Estate in two historic domestic houses within a captivating country domain, yet just a few miles from the city of Bristol.

Experiencing life at Tyntesfield this year also gives guests an amazing opportunity to witness a pivotal time in Tyntesfield’s history as the rest of the estate is lovingly restored and repaired.

Giving credence to its considerable architectural quality and historic interest, the Trust will also open Chaplain’s House to visitors two weeks each year, supporting the vision for Tyntesfield estate to be enjoyed by as many people as possible: ‘A 19th-Century Estate for the 21st-Century’.

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