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 acquired by the National Trust in 1907, on the recommendation of the antiquarian Canon Hardwicke Rawnsley (1851–1920). It has been described as the first house acquired by the National Trust, although Alfriston Clergy House, a more modest property, was acquired earlier. In the 1920s the house was renovated after Colonel Lyle and his wife 'Ronnie' agreed to take on a ninety-nine year repairing lease from the Trust, and work began in 1921. The stable block turned into a residence and several outbuildings, gardens and gateways were constructed.
Ray Tang | Feb 22, 2018
Great house and even better volunteers. They were enthusiastic and knowledgeable. The volunteer at the main door to the house was brilliant to explain the history of the front door and door frame. I would recommend the cafe there as well. It would be more amazing if the place was filled with furnishings though.
Christopher Benn | Feb 18, 2018
Great food in the restaurant. Worth noting that you have to choose a table plus optional cake, then go to the cashier to place your order. The apple & cider muffins were delicious.
Stuart Elks | Mar 8, 2018
Beautiful national trust property with lovely grounds, though to get the full benefit of the flower displays you are better to go in late spring/summer. Interesting house to walk around - you are free to explore it yourself.
Stuart Wright | Feb 18, 2018
A great venue for the kids to let off some steam, loads of open ground to run around and lovely food as always with the NT. It even has it's own on site artists with pottery and woodworking. There are holiday let's and a 2nd hand book shop.
Debbie | Oct 27, 2017
I took my grandsons here yesterday aged 11 and 7 to do the den making in the woods. We ended up exploring and were there for 6 hours. We all absolutely loved it. The staff were all lovely and really helpful and I just loved it that the chilldren could just be children running around and climbing trees. We all can't wait to go again. I would definitely recommend this to everyone with or without children.
Alex Lee | Apr 9, 2018
Wonderful National Trust property. Plenty of parking next to the gift shop, and also two different overflow car parks show how popular this place is. There are so many different things to do here... Second hand book barn is literally packed with a huuuge variety of books. There are artisan workshops for jewellery, wood carving, traditional chair making etc. The gardens are immaculate, with a team of gardeners keeping them in amazingly tidy condition. There are so many areas to explore, many with really old buildings attached, like cowsheds. The main lawn in front of the two main buildings is wonderful to play since. Please sports on - Frisbee, cricket, tag, rounders, etc. The main house is fantastically well kept with wonderfully large rooms with loads of information about the Lyle family who lived there. The attic corridor is amazing (imagine playing skittles or riding bicycles indoors!) Plenty of space for picnics without treading on the toes of other visitors. Well worth a visit.
Peter Gallant | Apr 11, 2018
Car park some distance from house. Be careful of uneven paths everywhere. Small tea room in two rooms, order via manned till with service to table number which you need before ordering Good food and drink though to Nat Trust standard. On a fine day lots to visit.
Jay Leeson | Apr 14, 2018
The house and grounds are amazing. A fine example of a Tudor house. The cafe is excellent and all the staff were friendly. We had an excellent afternoon there with a 9yo and 5yo
Pat Wood | Apr 17, 2018
Excellent place to visit So full of information. One of the best I have visited so far. Very well organised. Superb tea/dining facilities. It was the very first large house purchased by The National Trust on 1907. I would definately revisit.
Midas Gordon-Farleigh | May 19, 2018
The gardens here are amazing. We particularly enjoyed the white garden. A lovely place to relax and enjoy the sunshine, with good picnic space on the lawn by the house, and plenty of shade from the trees too. The house was fascinating, but nearly entirely unfurnished. We'll definitely be returning to enjoy this property again. Also, check out the incredible sundial!
Charlotte Harrison | May 29, 2018
After joining The National Trust we decided to have a local trip to Barrington Court for Bank Holiday Monday. It was much more than we expected and was absolutely stunning. Our favourite part was the kitchen garden, where most of the produce is grown for the restaurant (which is also extremely good). The book shop has a great selection of second hand books for purchase and the grounds and house are beautiful.
Tristan Sly | May 7, 2018
A lovely house (although not much inside) with outstanding gardens. Would be a wonderful place to take children and families for a picnic on the lawns. The restaurant also does some very good food, although understandably it was rammed full on a sunny bank holiday. Cake selection very good. The gardens were the standout of the visit.
Chris Burgess | Jun 1, 2018
Really good day out. Gardens stunning. Main house different experience to most other NT properties with little furniture but excellent displays and photos. Worth a visit.
Nicholas Cumisky | Jul 4, 2018
Beautiful gardens and house. Great crafts stores and coffee shop. Superb planned gardens and the open wild wooded areas for hunting Gruffalo. Enormous swing hidden in the woods, go and find it! Flat and very accessible, great use of audio spots to bring select garden locations to life.
Chris Hollow | Jul 15, 2018
Good National Trust property with great garden and grounds. House also interesting in its own right as rooms empty , deco the main features. Usual NT fair otherwise.
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