Dyrham Park is situated in it's own valley on the edge of the Cotswold escarpment, a few miles north of the city of Bath.
17th C plans for the house and park
|Dyrham is the late 17th C baroque mansion built by William Blathwayt, a hard working civil servant who thrived during the political upheaval of three monarchs. Because of Blathwayt's royal connections, in particular William III of Orange, it became a showcase of Dutch decorative arts. The collection includes delftware, paintings and furniture. The extensive collection of delftware tulip vases has led to an annual Tulipmania being held at the house every Spring.|
The extraordinary high cost of a single tulip bulb in the 17th C led to these vases being made. Some of them are several tiers high and can hold up to 40 individual tulips.