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Chaplain's Lodge

Wraxall, Somerset

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Chaplain’s Lodge, a beautifully restored mid-Victorian gate-lodge, provides all the comforts of a country retreat. During their stay, guests can enjoy exploring the 500-acre Tyntesfield estate, plus complimentary entry to the main house. Just seven miles from Bristol and within easy reach of the M5, Tyntesfield offers the perfect retreat, but is within easy reach of local attractions and amenities. There is an interconnecting door with Chaplain’s House, enabling large parties (up to 11) to holiday together. (This remains locked unless otherwise requested).

The cottage's layout

Ground floor
entrance porch, kitchen/dining room, sitting room, bedroom (single) and steps down to the bathroom with mixer-tap attachment over bath.
First floor
two bedrooms (1 double with 5' bed and 1 twin).
Other floor
Lower ground floor: utility.
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 available for two 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 House.

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 Lodge 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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Special offers
  • June 2015 15% Discount - Offer from 01/06/2015 to 30/06/2015 Save 15% 15% Discount 1 to 30 June
  • Garden appeal
  • Celebration
  • Cot
  • 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

  • David Godfrey
    • November 2013
    • Wiltshire
    Quiet retreat

    A quiet retreat for the weekend

  • Anthony Crosby
    • August 2013
    • Cornwall

    After hours access to the garden and grounds was wonderful. Over all great.

  • Tim, May and baby Sam
    • March 2013
    • Hampshire
    Warm accommodation on a beautiful estate

    Excellent, well equipped and warm accommodation on a beautiful estate. Even though it was just above freezing for the duration of our stay, the lodge was warm and had extremely hot water. The kitchen has everything you need and you'll find tea towels/washing up sponge/washing up liquid waiting for you, we'd even been left tea and coffee and a pint of milk! As well as a few books and walking guides, there's Monopoly, Scrabble and some jigsaws in addition to the TV/DVD/hifi. The estate is magical and having free reign to roam as you please and come and go out of hours feels really exclusive. We made use of the free entrance to the house and found the conservation work fascinating. We also enjoyed some beautiful (if hilly!) runs. The visitor center is a short walk from the cottage and contains the beautifully restored cow barn which houses both a restaurant (cooked mains about £8) and cafe, it also has free wifi. Beware that the staircase is a steep and winding and has restricted head height at the top, so if you're tall you'll need to bend a bit! We would love to return.

  • Caroline, Anna & Becky Gemnoll
    Particularly cosy

    We have stayed in several NT cottages and they all have a wonderful 'England as it should be' feel! This one is particularly cosy. So much to see in Bristol!

  • Gail Gee and Family
    Peaceful and very tranquil

    Excellent three night stay at this cosy and well planned cottage. Beautiful stately home grounds for walking - especially when you have them all to yourselves in the evening. Peaceful and very tranquil and yet close the the vibrant city of Bristol with it's excellent shops and restaurants - well worth a visit here.

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Prices include:

  • VAT, Linen, heating and electricity (except where shown in the cottage details)

Special offers

  • June 2015 15% Discount - Offer from 01/06/2015 to 30/06/2015 Save 15% 15% Discount 1 to 30 June
  • 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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