Monday, 11 April 2016

Tyntesfield Manor visit

Tyntesfield Manor, Wraxall near Bristol
So we've just about settled into our new house (NOT pictured above! LOL), and I've not had much time to do a lot of quilting. So I thought that I would share some pictures of my recent trip to England. 

I got to visit this incredible Victorian mansion, called Tyntesfield Manor, near Bristol. I've known about Tyntesfield for at least 7 years, having read about it on the internet. It really captured my imagination, as it was reputed to be the most well-preserved Victorian Gothic Mansion in England, recently purchased by the National Trust after the owner, Lord Wraxall, passed away. Well, dreams do come true, on my work trip to England last year, I got to visit Tyntesfield, and I was not disappointed! 

Front view of the manor house from garden
The house has its own ornate chapel and fantastic kitchen gardens, including a beautiful orangery, massive walled-vegetable garden and formal rose garden.
Walled-vegetable garden

The orangery at Tyntesfield
Lion statue at entrance of the rose garden
Rose archway
Pergola with climbing rose and beautiful Victorian tiles
Rose Garden at Tyntesfield
Beautiful, fragrant English roses
We were fortunate enough to go on a special tour of the house, to the sections that are not usually open to the public, which included the kitchen, children's rooms and staff quarters on the upper third and attic floors. It was very interesting. Unfortunately most of the curtains are drawn in the house to help prevent sunlight damage to the furnishings, so some of my photos are not great. 

Front entrance of the house
Front view of house, showing dining room windows (ground floor), bedrooms on upper floor and chapel to the right.

View of chapel from front of house
Gothic entrance hall
Library (just off the entrance hall)
Library filled with Victorian books
Grand dining room
Dining room table
Gothic windows and ornate ceilings in dining room
Detail of dining room wallpaper
Morning room
Beautiful oak paneling and furniture in the morning room
Grand central staircase

Grand central staircase skylight
 Fireplace in central staircase hall
Formal drawing room
Formal drawing room
Vaulted ceiling in drawing room
Ante room before drawing room
Organ room
Close-up of wallpaper in organ room
Garden room
Garden room
Billiards room
Recessed fireplace in Billiards room
Electric billiards scoreboard
Ceiling in billiards room
Butlers pantry
Housekeepers pantry
Bell system for calling servants to different rooms in the house
Servants' staircase
Third floor rooms wallpaper
Head housekeepers room on 3rd floor
Detail of wallpaper in housekeepers room
Laundry drying room (borders on boilers)
Boot cleaning room on third floor
Children's day nursery on third floor
Day nursery rocking horse
Night nursery on the third floor
Close-up of quilted bed covers
Stuart bedroom on second floor
Charlton bedroom on second floor

Charlton bedroom four poster bed
Charlton room on-suite bathroom
Avon bedroom on second floor
Bedroom full of furniture waiting to be restored and returned to original rooms.
Stuffed bird display in furniture storage bedroom
Inside Tyntesfield chapel (connected to the house by a walkway on the second floor)
Chapel pulpit
Stained glass windows in the chapel
View of the chapel from the rear of the house


Carolien said...

So beautifu, so English, thanks for sharing!

Oops-Lah said...

Amazing to think how some people used to live. Fantastic photos, thanks so much for sharing. BTW; did you feel you were on set of Downton Abbey?

Nifty Quilts said...

Oh my gosh! I can't imagine living as they did in this "house." Incredible place. I wish they'd make fabric from some of those wallpapers. Thank you for sharing your photos!