Barrington Court (National Trust)

Barrington, Nr Ilminster, TA19 0NQ

Barrington Court (National Trust)


Barrington Court offers an atmospheric fragment of old Somerset: an empty Tudor manor house, beautifully restored in the 1920s, with farm buildings, abundant flowers and orchards.

Colonel Arthur Lyle rescued the partially derelict 16th-century Court House in the 1920s, undertaking an ambitious restoration and surrounding it with a productive estate. A keen collector of architectural salvage, Colonel Lyle filled the house with rescued panelling, fireplaces and staircases. His fortune came from the colonial sugar industry; he was the founder’s grandson and Director of what became Tate & Lyle.    

Now without furniture, the light, empty spaces provide atmospheric opportunities to explore freely. The walled White Garden, Rose and Iris Garden and Lily Garden were influenced by Gertrude Jekyll, with playing fountains, vibrant colours and intoxicating scents. The original kitchen garden remains productive; supplying the restaurant and continuing the Lyle family's vision of self-sufficiency.

Gift shop. Cafe and Restaurant.

Accessibility/ Disabled Access/ Wheelchair information:

Designated mobility parking in main car park, Drop-off point, Adapted / disabled access toilet in Strode House. Please refer to the website for detailed accessibility information or call directly. 

Dog friendly: 

Dogs are welcome on the estate and in the parkland, but aren’t allowed in the formal and walled garden areas.

Whilst exploring the estate, please keep your dog on a lead and stick to the paths.

Barrington Court is closed for the winter. It will reopen again on 4 March 2022. The artisan workshops remain open, but please check their websites for opening times.

More Information here

Please check website directly for up to date prices. 

Main photo credit J Orwin

Gallery photo credit C Towler


  • Parking On-Site Parking On-Site
  • Cafe/ Restaurant Cafe/ Restaurant
  • Family friendly Family friendly
  • Credit Cards Accepted Credit Cards Accepted
  • Disabled Access Disabled Access
  • Group Bookings Group Bookings
  • Shop Shop
  • Toilets Toilets
  • Baby Changing Baby Changing
  • Open All Year Open All Year

Contact Details

Barrington Court, Barrington, Nr Ilminster, Somerset, United Kingdom, TA19 0NQ

Check website for details.

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