Barrington Court (National Trust)
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.
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.
To avoid disappointment please book your visit to Barrington Court in advance, especially at busier times such as weekends, school holidays and bank holidays. If you do not book admission cannot be guaranteed.
Prices: Adult £10.00. Child £5.00. Family £15.00/£25.00. NT Members free.
Main photo credit J Orwin
Gallery photo credit C Towler
- Parking On-Site
- Cafe/ Restaurant
- Family friendly
- Credit Cards Accepted
- Disabled Access
- Group Bookings
- Baby Changing
- Open All Year