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Chaplain's House

Wraxall, Somerset

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Chaplain's House offers a unique experience to live in Victorian style, as well as enjoying all the comforts of this restored house. It was built as a residence for the Gibbs family's chaplain, a prestigious role as demonstrated in the quality of the original features, many of which are also found in the main house at Tyntesfield. Built between 1889 and 1891 in the dramatic Gothic Revival style, this imposing building is set on the edge of the formal garden and wider estate, which guests are welcome to enjoy, along with a complimentary visit to the main house. Set over three floors, this fine and spacious house has been beautifully restored, with the guidance of the National Trust's Curator, to provide a rare opportunity to live in style on a country estate. Just seven miles from Bristol and in easy reach of the M5, Tyntesfield offers the perfect retreat for you to enjoy, but is within easy reach of local attractions and amenities. There is an interconnecting door between Chaplain's House and Chaplain's Lodge enabling larger parties (up to 11) to enjoy these beautiful properties. (This remains locked unless otherwise requested).

The cottage's layout

Ground floor
entrance hall, sitting room with open coal fire, dining room, one double bedroom with 5' bed and separate lavatory.
First floor
two bedrooms (1 double with 5' half-tester antique bed and 1 twin) and bathroom with bath and separate shower cubicle.
Other floor
Lower ground floor: breakfast room and kitchen.
Visitor notes

Heating: Gas central heating included.

Garden: The large sloping garden to the rear of the cottage has a grass area with mature shrubs.

Parking: Parking is available for 2 cars. Cars are not permitted on the estate past Chaplain's House and Lodge.

Offers: A 15% discount is available when booked with Chaplain's Lodge.

Holiday cottage guests have free access to Tyntesfield House during opening hours and to the garden and estate grounds out of hours. Discounts are available in the National Trust shop and restaurant upon showing your confirmation invoice.

Open Days: Chaplains House is available all year round except for public open days. In 2013 these are:-

13 Jul - 17 Jul 2013

14 Sep - 18 Sep 2013

Cottage details
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  • Open fire / stove
  • Garden appeal
  • Celebration
  • Cot
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Television
  • Tumble dryer
  • Washing machine
  • Double bed
  • Microwave
  • Radio


Things to see and do nearby

Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire
Exterior view of Portland House © Mike Henton

No two days are the same across these three beautiful counties; from Wiltshire's dreamy downland and the stone circles of Avebury and Stonehenge, Dorset's coastal beauty and bucolic charms, and the wilds of Exmoor and Quantocks in Somerset – their wide open spaces and historical sites draws people back again and again.

Geological features at Cheddar Gorge, Somerset. Cheddar Gorge is a limestone gorge in the Mendip Hills near the village of Cheddar, Somerset. © Ross Hoddinott

Bristol may not seem an obvious holiday choice, but National Trust Cottages in this area give visitors the chance to experience the many attractions of this historic city and its surrounds. Just outside Bristol and overlooking the beautiful Land Yeo Valley is the spectacular Victorian country mansion of Tyntesfield, an extraordniary Gothic revival extravaganza bristling with towers and turrets. Closer to the city itself is the unique Blaise Hamlet, designed by John Nash to accommodate the Blaise Estate pensioners and now a collection of nine different picturesque cottages around an enclosed lawned area. Not only does a stay in this area provide the opportunity to visit bustling Bristol and elegant Bath, but also the depths of rural Somerset, glorious Gloucestershire and the rolling Cotswold hills. National Trust properties in the area include Dyrham Park, Tyntesfield, Clevedon Court and Prior Park Landscape Gardens. Other attractions include Bristol and Bath for their well-known sights, shopping at Cribbs Causeway, Bristol Zoo, Cheddar Gorge, Wookey Hole caves, Slimbridge Wildfowl and Wetlands and Badminton Horse Trials.

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  • shopping and sightseeing in Bristol and Bath
  • Wookey Hole
  • Slimbridge Wildfowl and Wetlands
  • Bristol Theatres
  • Bristol Ice Rink
  • Walking
National Trust places to visit
Tyntesfield Spectacular Victorian Gothic Revival country house with gardens, arboretum and rolling parkland
Clevedon Court
Clevedon Court Outstanding 14th-century manor house and 18th-century terraced garden
Blaise Hamlet
Blaise Hamlet Nine rustic cottages around a green
Westbury College Gatehouse
Westbury College Gatehouse 15th-century gatehouse
Cheddar Gorge
Cheddar Gorge
King John's Hunting Lodge
King John's Hunting Lodge Wool-merchant's house of c.1500

Visitor comments

Comments from past visitors

  • Goodall
    • September 2015
    • ...
    Made enjoyable...

    Staying in an historical building and being on an estate that gave us acess to a NT property and access to the grounds out of hours. We loved the quirky nature of the house . Freindliness of the NT volunteers was appreciated. Better lighting in the property - it was a bit gloomy! Energy saving bulbs can be a bit brighter.

  • Gail, Mike, Zoe & Jasmine Taite
    Beautifully restored

    Beautifully restored, great attention to detail, a lovely place to stay - the children loved it!

  • David & Janet Martin
    A fascinating house

    A fascinating house - like stepping back in time. We have really enjoyed our stay

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Prices include:

  • VAT, Linen, heating and electricity (except where shown in the cottage details)
  • We cannot accept website bookings more than 15 months in advance. Please call 0344 335 1287 or email to enquire about future bookings and reservations.
  • The National Trust reserves the right to move cottage prices up or down and to alter date breaks. We also reserve the right to charge supplements for cottages for specific dates covering special events, e.g. Rosetta Cottages on the Isle of Wight during Cowes week. We will notify you of any special event supplements at the time of booking.

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