After a hearty brunch in Scarletts on Clevedon sea front, and a stroll along the prom, we headed off for a wander round Tyntesfield. You could be forgiven for thinking it was designed by the owners of Bletchley Park - ie bits stuck on the building at varying times with scant regard for what went before :)
Tyntesfield is a Victorian Gothic Revival house and estate. The house is a Grade I listed building named after the Tynte baronets who had owned estates in the area since about 1500. the Georgian mansion was built in the 1830s. 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. Tyntesfield was purchased by the National Trust in June 2002.
Whilst the house and the heat exchange complex has much interest, and some fabulous trees on display, it also has an aviary with no birds, a lake with no water and a rose garden with barely any roses - as I say work in progress. To compensate there was a display of classic cars and motorbikes.