Barrington Court is Grade I listed 16th Century Tudor House based in Barrington near Ilminster. It remained derelict until the early 1900s, when Colonel Lyle (Of Tate & Lyle) leased the property and began its restoration which was finished in the 1920s. Today, it is a National Trust property that is open to the public 7 days a week.
The rooms have been restored with a combination of the original decor and other antiquities from rescued historical buildings – for instance, did you know one of the Fireplaces was rescued from a century’s old Scottish Castle? Enter the Great Hall which you can enter or view from the Minstrel’s Gallery and let your mind wander back to Tudor Times. Barrington Court boasts multiple bedrooms and bathrooms that have much of the original beautiful hand-painted tiles still in place. One of the more interesting locations within the Manor is the Long Gallery – beautifully crafted with artisan crafted wall panels. Look out for the Skull and Crossbones and the Axeman’s block engravings within the wood panels – Can you find anymore secrets within the wall panel?
If you’re feeling peckish why not visit the Cafe Diner situated within the grounds of Barrington Court? The cafe is supplied by the original bespoke Tudor kitchen, giving it that little extra bit of authenticity. From handmade cakes and sandwiches to main courses, they’re sure to have you covered.
If the great outdoors is something you desire Barrington Court can deliver this requirement. Barrington Court has a wide variety of gardens including the Walled White Garden, Rose and Iris Garden and the Lily Garden. The gardens are maintained all year round making it the perfect stop for nature and fauna lovers. Come and explore the beautiful gardens and fountains at Barrington Court.
Before you leave, be sure to visit their unique gift shop. They’re well stocked with souvenirs, local award-winning cider, plants and juice. They also have an independent crafter’s stall that sells a quality range of handcrafted items, from pottery, jewellery, patchwork and woodcarvings, providing one of the most unique gift shop stalls of any heritage site.
Make Barrington Court a unique day out for you and your family.