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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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  • August 20, 2017
    It is wonderful to see a house unfurnished so that the beauty of the rooms is there for all to enjoy. The picture of the rooms with Lyle furniture showed that they knew how to do this to their advanta...  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    We had a lovely visit here today, my 6 year old lived looking round the house for the artefacts on the trail sheet. We found all but 1. The gardens are beautiful, we enjoyed a leisurely stroll followe...  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    The first house bought by the National Trust, they could work out how to renovate it until one of the Lyles from Tate and Lyle took on a lease and offered to renovate it at his won cost. This house, a...  more »
  • Brilliant location with two houses in in one. Very good restaurant and selection of food. Plenty of walks and scenery. Other N.T. sites close by to fill up your whole day. Huge used book shop and crafts centre. Lovely gardens and plant sales.
  • Large grounds. Tea rooms are spacious. Order at till after you found a table and got the table number. Lovely gardens and house. Not much furniture but this adds to the charm. One of the first large houses purchased by the National Trust. Well worth a visit. Expect to stay for a few hours if you are just looking at the house and having a drink. Or expect to stay longer if you want to explore the grounds. Very nice property. Well worth a visit.
  • One of the most beautiful places I have been to with a lovely surrounding countryside walk and views really a magical place
  • Beautiful gardens, especially in the summer months! Spent many days here wondering around exploring the grounds and visiting the local craft shops which are located on the grounds! The cafe is excellent one of the best I have visited In a NT property!
  • Great place for kids to run around (climb a tree or two) and wear themselves out, lovely house and gardens. We always enjoy a picnic on the lawn.

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