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.
James Brown | Feb 23, 2018
Interesting grounds and interesting house. Staff are really friendly.
john twaite | Aug 6, 2017
This is the most peaceful place I've been. It was a busy day according to the gentleman who greeted us on arrival, yet I sat on a bench and couldn't hear a sound. The house is great, old and because it's empty, you're not restricted to standing in the corner of I room to see the grand splendour as you have to in so many other National Trust houses. The staff are enthusiastic, knowledgeable and are happy to leave you alone if that's what you want. The highlight is the gardens it's worth visiting just to see the well designed beds of colour, the formal garden with the koi pond and a huge kitchen garden. Basically it's a great day out to a fantastic location.
Alex Collins | Aug 19, 2017
Excellent walled vegetable garden, welcoming staff and plenty of space for children to run around as a break during a long journey.
Neil Harper | Sep 25, 2017
Beautiful tudor mansion and gardens. It is a shame there is not and detailed history going back before the Lyle family.
Derek Wotton | Aug 28, 2017
Great day out for the whole family. Loads to see and do.
Rob Robinson | Apr 19, 2018
Great NT property. We enjoyed it thoroughly. The local artists in the separate workshops were a big draw for us and we weren't disappointed.
Justine Jones | Mar 26, 2018
Great place to visit. Free guided tour well worth joining, lasts approx 1 hour. Great tea room with a room filled with cake.
Maz | Apr 12, 2018
Great place to take young children as plenty of outside space. Overall a nice place to go
Andrew C | May 20, 2018
Barrington Court is a peculiar trust property, in that a lot of the buildings surrounding the house are privately owned. However this does aid to the sense of community. Upon entering Barrington, you're greeted with a vibrant collection of meadows to the right. Along with stunning views of the local fields. Good signage leads you to the house and upon turning the corner onlooking the frontage a mock moated area separates you. The view of this magnificent Tudor restored house is utterly stunning. However upon entry, each room is really a bare shell, but don't let this distract you from the fascinating panelling. Each room still demonstrates character and there are little details here and there that really add to the charm of this place. Leading your way out is the NT restaurant. An aptly named cake room, presents it's wonderful cakes! A tad pricey, but none the less tasty. There are a number of rooms you can enjoy tea and cake in and an outdoor area with stunning views of various beach trees and people enjoying the games available to play. The gardens though are the jewel in the crown for Barrington, they are simply stunning. A beautiful variety of natural landscaped areas and more appointed gardens are on offer.
wilkinson669 | May 22, 2018
Great place for a day out. Our visit was over 4 hours enjoyed both house & grounds with a visit to the onsite craft shops.
John Ashworth | Jun 16, 2018
The house, which was the very first large house the National Trust took over is a lovely Tudor building which all though empty of furnishings is still a very interesting place to visit due to Colonel Lyles' restoration and its role in the BBC series Wolf Hall plus the gardens, originally designed by Gertrude Jekyll. The house is full of wonderful panelling rescued from other properties in the early 20th century. There is a wonderful staircase and a very atmospheric long corridor upstairs. The bathrooms of the house are filled with early Dutch tiles including some with tulip motives. The gardens are excellent, full of traditional English garden plants with different parts focusing on particular colours including a lovely white garden. The kitchen garden is very large with some wonderful large fig trees.
Rob Forster | Jul 2, 2018
Beautiful gardens to start with, no furniture in the house which I kind of liked, still found very interesting and informative, for us a lovely day out...
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