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Barrington Court, Ilminster
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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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  • We visited 5/11/16 on a lovely crisp autumnal afternoon. As a young looking couple, we often find we are treated oddly at National Trust places, but this one was different. All staff/volunteers we met...  more »
  • It was a shame it was school bank holiday as some parents have no regard for other visitors. Many did and it was a pleasure seeing them instruct and excite their children in the fascination of history...  more »
  • Friendly staff, wonderful gardens and the house is beautiful even though it is empty. Looking forward to returning in a different season. 
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  • We did a lovely walk around the area first, well described from the website, then spent a pleasant few hours in the extensive gardens and house. Staff very polite and friendly as in all NT properties. The cafe menu was extensive, and uses produce from the gardens where possible. I had the smoked haddock with leeks, mash and an egg, a favourite of Col Lyle's. A wonderful experience.
  • Coming home from a holiday in Somerset, we were stuck in traffic so decided to spend some time here. What a beautiful place! Lovely gardens, interesting house, nice tea room. Fabulous surprise to cap off our holiday.
  • We only spent a couple of hours to split a journey up but it is a lovely place to visit. Lots of lawn games for you to enjoy, nice gardens and a nice restaurant to get some lunch. I'd go back to have a bit more of an explore.
  • Fantastic National Trust day out.Huge estate with a fantastic country house. Spent around 3 hours here with 4 year old grand daughter. Lots to do including visiting the house ,gardens,large veg garden and upmarket cafe. Big mix of couples and families ranging through the ages. Outside there was games for the little ones and swings in the little wood - a proper childrens adventure we even found a bear cave!!! Staff were really friendly and helpfull and there was lots of free parking.
  • One of my favourite NT attractions. We especially love that the house is empty, and small children can explore it in freedom! Beautiful gardens.