After spending a night in Bristol we decided to stop by Tyntesfield before heading back to London. This house was on my National Trust wishlist and we had originally planned to stop off here on the way to Cornwall last summer but ended up taking a different route.
Luckily Tyntesfield is open 364 days a year so we were able to visit in January. Entry to the house is via a timed ticketing system and booking in advance via the Tyntesfield website is advised. I tried to do this before our visit but their website was down. Fortunately the dreary weather kept people away so we were able to get our house ticket upon arrival and didn’t have to wait long for our time slot.
Even though Tyntesfield is only a 20 minute drive from Bristol the weather changed dramatically en route. It was incredibly foggy when we arrived at the house.
At the time of our visit it had been a year since the Sherlock episode The Abominable Bride had aired on the BBC. Parts of this episode were filmed at Tyntesfield and they had set up the rooms as they were used in the show to mark the anniversary.
The Dining Room pictured below was used for a flashback scene of Lady Carmichael’s Dining Room.
The Drawing Room was re-imagined at Sir Eustace’s Study. Props were left out so people could recreate some of the scenes themselves.
The Hall is my favourite part of Tyntesfield. This was used in a few different scenes during the show.
Although Tyntesfield was primarily used to represent the Carmichael’s home, The Boudoir was actually used as John and Mary’s breakfast room in their London house.
The Chapel wasn’t actually featured in the episode but was used for taking the publicity stills of the principle cast members.
You may notice the shutters and blinds are closed in some of these photos. This is part of the National Trust’s ongoing conservation work. Since the house is open almost every day of the year they no longer ‘put the house to bed’ for winter. Light causes irreversible damage to everything from wallpaper to leather-bound books. Keeping the shutters and blinds closed during the winter means they are able to keep them open longer during the rest of the year.
The fog was starting to clear outside once we’d finished our tour of the house, so I was able to get a few clearer photos before we had to start making our way back to London.
- Tyntesfield is open in some way every day except Christmas Day.
- National Trust members can visit and park at Tyntesfield for free. For non-members there is a car park charge of £3 per vehicle and entry to the house is £14.80. Tickets to the garden and estate only are £9.10
- Visits to the house are by timed entry and pre-booking via the Tyntesfield website is advised.
- The easiest was to get to Tyntesfield is to drive however they offer a 20% off voucher for the café and shop if you’re arriving by bicycle, on foot or by public transport.