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Barrington Court is an attractive 16th-century house built in the engaging "E" shaped style of the period in mellow Ham Hill stone. At the time of its inception this house was one of the grandest in Somerset.
Later, it was left to fall into disrepair, and was notably restored by the Lyle family in the early part of the 20th-century, when its gardens were taken into hand by Gertrude Jekyll.
The Tudor Manor House is let to Stuart Interiors as a splendid backdrop for the sale of antique furnishings. Thus visitors to the house (owned by the National Trust) get a two-fold experience. They are able to explore lavish interiors whilst buying antique pieces, and afterwards visit the garden which Gertrude Jekyll laid out in a series of room-like settings. These include a White garden, Rose garden, Lily garden and Iris garden. There is a working Kitchen garden with apple, pear and plum trees growing against high stone walls.
Visitors are also able to see the Stable Block of the 17th-century.
On a note of historic interest; When Barrington Court came into the possession of the National Trust in 1907, it was the first country property of a notable size to be purchased by them, and it was not until it was leased to Colonel Lyle in 1920, that the building was finally restored.
The house is remarkable for its gracious appearance, it crowns the wonderful Somerset horizon with deep gables, splendid chimneystacks and intricate finials.
Barrington Court is open to the public from April to September - it is well worth a visit.
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