Tyntesfield House is a fine Victorian Gothic Revival country house created by one of England’s richest commoners, William Gibbs, who built his fortune on fertilizer. Spiraling turrets and pinnacles adorn the roof, ornate stone carvings and thick mullion windows complete the whole Gothic look, giving the house the feel of a mysterious, faerie tale mansion. Terraced lawns give way to spacious parkland filled with hundreds of trees collected by the family, and a glorious walled kitchen garden beyond. The rolling Somerset hills in the distance create an atmospheric backdrop at any time of the year.
Although Brumley Hall is a combination of many British stately homes and my own imagination, this “faerie tale” mansion perfectly captures the spacious elegant old-world feel of Brumley Hall. Magic mingles with daily life and one can almost hear the grandchildren noisily going about their day, classes in literature, math and science, followed by music and art lessons along with breaks for elevenses and tea. Supper is served at the Spike and Crown where Mr. Armstrong reigns supreme behind the pub’s bar (serving the grans only non-alcoholic beverages, of course). Mr. Harrington and Mrs. Ainsley, with occasional help from dust faeries, keep the Hall running smoothly, while Gran deals with all sorts of wacky and vexing interruptions. Queen Victoria roams the upper hallways and big cats pace nervously about the great hall’s domed ceiling ready to pounce at a moment’s notice. All one big happy magickal (and somewhat chaotic) family living in this country manor house hotel.
More information on Tyntesfield House: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/tyntesfield/.