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Wednesday, 13 March, 2002, 19:09 GMT
'Remarkable' house for sale
Tyntesfield house
Gothic Tyntesfield was built with profits from guano
An historic country estate near Bristol is to be sold in April following the death of the owner, Lord Wraxall.

The National Trust says it is trying to find a way to preserve Victorian Tyntesfield house, its contents and the estate.

The estate includes 1,000 acres of farmland, 650 acres of woodlands and 30 houses and cottages.

The main house, built in 1875, contains many original features.

The National Trust recognises the importance of this remarkable house, collection and estate

National Trust spokeswoman

They include painted and papered walls and furniture with its original upholstery.

The interior decoration at the house, including painting and stencils, was largely done by John Crace, who redecorated Windsor Castle for the state visit of the Emperor Napoleon III in the 1850s.

The expected price of the estate will not be revealed until 19 April when details of the sale are announced.

Guano imports

Tyntesfield is being sold following the death last year of its last owner, Lord Wraxall.

He was the great-grandson of William Gibbs, who made his fortune importing guano from Peru to be used as fertiliser.

The sale is being handled by FPD Savills.

Mark Syrett, director of the Bristol office said: "This is probably the most important estate to be brought to the market in recent years."

Auction sale

A National Trust spokeswoman said:" The National Trust recognises the importance of this remarkable house, collection and estate.

"The trust is talking to other conservation bodies in order to find a heritage solution for the future of Tyntesfield."

Auctioneers Christie's is planning a sale of the contents of the house in September.

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