- Set in a narrow steep-sided valley, Dyrham, despite being so grand has a wonderfully romantic air, and was one of the settings for the film, The Remains of the Day. The present house was built for William Blathwayt, who married the heiress of Dyrham in 1686. He added the west front to the old Tudor house in 1671. Prospering under William III, Blathwayt built what is virtually another house, linked to the original by the Tudor Hall, this time with a rather grandiose Italianate front. The rooms have changed little since they were furnished by Blathwayt and the contents recorded in his housekeeper's inventory include many fine textiles, Dutch paintings and blue and white Delft ware which can be seen in the house today.
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