Construction of the house began around 1538 and was completed in the late 1550s. In 1907 the National Trust acquired the property. The house was renovated with architectural salvage including staircases, wood panels and fireplaces, all collected by Colonel Lyle. There is currently no furniture in the house giving the rooms a light and atmospheric feel allowing visitors to explore the property unhindered.
National Trust Barrington Court
The National Trust's Barrington Court is a Somerset estate with gardens, farm buidlings, a vernacular stable court and orchards. It was the restoration project of a derelict 16th century Court House by Colonel Lyle and his architect James Edwin Forbes in the 1920s.
PLEASE NOTE: At time of publication the house was closed. Weather conditions had caused damage to part of the roof in recent years. Scaffolding had been erected around some of Court House to allow engineering and ecological surveys to be carried out. The garden, parkland and toilets are open daily. Please check with Barrington Court for further updates.
The British horticulturist and garden designer Gertrude Jekyll designed the layout of the walled White Garden, Rose and Iris Garden and Lily Garden in an Arts & Crafts style. The gardens are colourful and filled with scented flowers and fountains. A continuing self-sufficiency is provided by the original kitchen garden which supplies the restaurant.
Pictures courtesy on the National Trust.
Address: Barrington Court, Barrington, nr Ilminster, Somerset TA19 0NQ
Telephone: 01460 241938
Email: Send email
Website: Barrington Court
Directions from A303: Take second exit (Harp Road) off the Hayes End Roundabout at South Petherton and continue onto David's Lane. Continue onto Muckleditch Lane then turn right onto Higher Road. Turn right at Silver Street and then two further rights takes to the remaining short distance to your destination.
Admission times: See website for details. NOTE: The house is closed. Weather conditions caused damage to part of the roof in recent years. Scaffolding has been erected around some of Court House to allow engineering and ecological surveys to be carried out. The garden, parkland and toilets are open daily from 10am to 5pm. Strode Café closes slightly earlier at 4.45pm and shop opens a little later at 11am.
Admission charge: Adult: £10.00, child: £5.00, family: £27.50, 1 adult family: £16.60, free entry for National Trust members. There are Gift Aid options available.
Parking: Yes, free
Toilets: Yes, located by café and restaurant.
Accessibility: Designated mobility parking in main car park. Drop-off point. Adapted toilet in Strode House.
Refreshments: Yes, at Strode House restaurant.
Gift shop: Yes
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