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Barrington Court, Ilminster

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4.3/5 based on 400+ reviews on the web
Barrington Court is a Tudor manor house begun around 1538 and completed in the late 1550s, with a vernacular stable court (1675), situated in Barrington, near Ilminster, Somerset, England.The house was owned by several families by 1745 after which it fell into disrepair and was used as a tenant farm. After repair by architect Alfred Hoare Powell (1865–1960), it was the first house acquired by the National Trust, in 1907, on the recommendation of the antiquarian Canon Hardwicke Rawnsley (1851–1920). In the 1920s the house was renovated, the stable block turned into a residence and several outbuildings, gardens and gateways constructed.The house was originally surrounded by a medieval deer park and in the 17th century a formal garden was constructed. This had largely disappeared until a new garden was laid out by garden designer Gertrude Jekyll (1843—1932) in an Arts and Crafts-style. It now contains walled kitchen gardens, fruit orchards and ornamental gardens.HistoryThe estate had been occupied since the 11th century and by the 14th century included a substantial house to the north east of the present building, where traces of a moat can still be seen. In 1446 the owner, Giles Daubeney, 6th Baron Daubeney, died at Barrington and left it to his son, another Giles Daubeney, who was a courtier, diplomat and military commander under Edward IV and Henry VII.
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  • very well laid out formal gardens and a walled kitchen garden with some of the largest and oddest vegetables you will see ouside an RHS show. The tearooms inside the Elizabethan house were impressive,...  read more »
  • 1st time visit and absolutely fascinated by this Elizabethan/Jacobean Gem. Not furnished as you would expect but left empty, which allows the house to "breath" and enables the visitor to enjoy the ama...  read more »
  • The many walled gardens and huge grounds are delightful. House is mainly empty of furniture but has some good stories to tell with rooms well maintained and good guides. Outbuildings also worth explor...  read more »
  • One of my favourite NT attractions. We especially love that the house is empty, and small children can explore it in freedom! Beautiful gardens.
  • So much to see as well as beautiful gardens and house, craft workshops excellent cafe/ restaurant. dog walks all lovingly cared for
  • Just great. Lovely gardens - wait until Spring is well underway. And amazing restoration. How did they have the energy and forsight.
  • Really friendly relaxed country house and English style formal garden.
  • What a wonderful place and how grateful we should be for Colonel Lyle! Tate made a fortune from sugar and gave us the Tate Gallery, Tate modern etc etc but up to now I had no idea that the Lyle of Tate and Lyle sugar had saved Barrington Court and the National Trust from huge debt. The Court was the largest building bought by the NT in 1907 but whilst they had secured the building they didn't have the money to restore it from it's use as a farm building and cider store. Fortunately Col Lyle had collected a great deal of panelling and wanted somewhere to install it. So in 1917 he took a long lease from the Trust. There is no furniture but the building and the panelling is just superb and thanks to Mrs Lyle who invited Gertrude Jekyll to work on the garden with their focus on plant varieties and colours are a delight for all the senses. Just a splendid day out with a fine NT restaurant thrown in to delight.
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