Fiction Book Reviews

Book Journeys – Tyntesfield

Tyntesfield Title

There are some places that just Need to be in a book!

This gothic revival manor house is one that has found its way into many books as a model for its fictional counterpart. One of the authors whose book I’ve read most recently that used this beautiful estate as a muse is Carrie Turansky. In her novel, A Refuge at Highland Hall, Tyntesfield IS Highland Hall. (It is also featured in the previous two books, The Daughter of Highland Hall and the Governess of Highland Hall).

I’m sharing a few of Carrie’s photos from her trip to this estate, but also including some other photos so you can just appreciate the utter awesomeness of this home. I suppose, much like Haddon (the inspiration for Lornegrave Hall in Just the Way You Are), the allure of Highland Hall is its ‘feel’ of stepping back into time.

As I researched this amazing house for a book I’m currently writing, I fell in love with the ‘mystery’ of it, but in all honesty, it’s true history is fascinating in its own right. As a gothic revival house, the home was built later than the era its architecture emulates.

Tyntesfield Gardens by Slybacon, via Flickr:

The house was built in the early 1800s and at one point was owned for five generations by the same family. William Gibbs, the son of bankrupt trader in Madrid, rose out of obscurity and became one of the richest men in Victorian England. He was a family man devoted to his much younger wife, Matilda, and their seven children. Out of his riches, he purchased the country house and transformed it into the amazing castle-like structure it is today.

Within its myriad of turrets, stone, spires, and windows, are magnificent rooms and hundreds of told and untold stories. Christian faith was so important to the Gibbs family that William added a chapel to his country house along with other transformations.

The library at Tyntesfield, a Victorian Gothic Revival estate in Somerset, England. The library contains one of the largest collections of Victorian books in England.:

The library is my favorite room! And the gardens? Amazing.

As you read Carrie Turansky’s book, you’ll get some glimpses into how this house inspired her estate in her Highland Hall books. Her newest release, Shine Like the Dawn, is my favorite of Carrie’s books so far and reveals such a beautiful story of romance, courage, and hope. I’ll feature the manor house she used as inspiration for THAT book sometime soon.

In the meantime…

To learn more about Carrie’s books, check out her beautiful website HERE.

If you’d like to take a ‘virtual tour’ of Tyntesfield, check out this video. (Long video but so informative.)


About Carrie Turansky

CARRIE TURANSKY is an award-winning author of more than a dozen novels and novellas. She has been the winner of the ACFW Carol Award, the Crystal Globe Award, and the International Digital Award, and was a finalist for the Inspirational Readers Choice Award and the Maggie Award of Excellence. A prolific writer of contemporary and historical romance, women’s fiction, short stories, articles, and devotionals, Carrie lives in central New Jersey with her husband Scott. They have five adult children and four grandchildren.

12 thoughts on “Book Journeys – Tyntesfield”

  1. What a fun surprise to open up my email and see this lovely post about Tyntesfield ~ Highland Hall and my Edwardian Brides novels. Thank you, Pepper, for sharing this with our reading friends. I loved visiting Tyntesfield and highly recommend a visit to anyone who happens to be near Bristol on their next vacation in England!


    1. I was tickled to get to share about your stories!! 🙂 And, of course, Tyntesfield is beautiful!! I’d love to visit some day!!!


  2. Fascinating! Going to watch the video now while I work on a project. I have at least 5 of Carries’ books that I’m hoping to get to soon. I love her book covers!


    1. Hi Becky, I hope you have a chance to read the Highland Hall novels! I love the covers too. It was fun to give input on the costumes and settings. We are working on the next cover now for Across the Blue. It comes out early next year. Happy Reading!


  3. Wonderful pictures! I love Carrie and love to read novels with this setting. Looking forward to more of the same!


    1. Hi Paula, thanks for your encouraging words about my books. I loved visiting Tyntesfield. It’s a truly amazing place. The Chapel and the great hall were my favorite areas of the house. Oh, the gardens are very pretty tooo.


    1. Thanks so much, Anne!! Carrie writes some beautiful novels – and…how can a place like this NOT be inspiring, right?


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