Corfe & Tyntesfield – jewels in all their Christmas glory!

As a THANK YOU to you all for reading these adventures and thoughts, here are two galleries of our recent visits to two National Trust properties – Corfe  & Tyntesfield. The National Trust certainly utilises it’s properties well when it comes to dressing and lighting them for the Christmas season. 

TyntesfieldCorfe & Tyntesfield

This is a Victorian Gothic revival house in Somerset. It hasn’t been in the National Trust’s catalogue for long but they have worked hard to bring back some of its former glory. 

For the Christmas season, visitors are encouraged to arrive about 5pm and walk down from the car park to enjoy the magic through the trees and gardens as you approach the house. We hadn’t followed the advice to bring a torch so were moving quite gingerly in the darkness. It meant that shapes like the red tree were really striking. 

Can you see a cabbage leaf?


The house

Even in the daylight, the gothic architecture does give Tyntesfield a sinister feel, but at night it really comes into it’s own.

Corfe & Tyntesfield


Step inside for a Victorian Christmas

Once inside, each of the rooms takes you back to the age of splendour and opulence with trees, garlands, potpourri and sparkles. There were even tree decorations made of sheet music and silvered hydrangeas!  


Real Gothic at Corfe Castle

Each year, hubby and I go on a ‘Staff Do’. We are both retired but work hard at our various interests so feel we do a good days work. When it comes to Christmas, we do miss the idea of a staff get together so have introduced our own ‘Staff Do’. 

Last year, we were in Kent and treated ourselves to a wonderful meal at a special restaurant. When we told the waiter that this was our Staff Do, he looked very worried as he had only got a booking for two people and surely ‘staff’ implies more and there just wasn’t room in the restaurant. He was much relieved when we explained.

This year we decided to explore another National Trust property that we frequently visit – Corfe Castle. Just like Tyntesfield, the trust had lit the ruin and created a very spooky, surreal atmosphere. We were very lucky with the mild evening and it was just breath taking.

We were greeted with mulled punch and spicy cinnamon biscuits before crossing the bridge to begin our climb. A small tent had been erected to house some lute players which just added to the medieval feel. 



Our membership of the National Trust is certainly one of the best subscriptions we have. It gives us so much pleasure throughout the year and as the seasons change so do our experiences. We will certainly be ticking off a few more Christmas light properties next year after our Corfe & Tyntesfield visit in 2016! 

Thank you all for your company in 2016 and I hope to see you next year! 


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