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Barrington Court, Ilminster

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Barrington Court is a Tudor manor house begun around 1538 and completed in the late 1550s, with a vernacular stable court (1675), situated in Barrington, near Ilminster, Somerset, England.

The house was owned by several families by 1745 after which it fell into disrepair and was used as a tenant farm. After repair by architect Alfred Hoare Powell (1865–1960), it was the first house acquired by the National Trust, in 1907, on the recommendation of the antiquarian Canon Hardwicke Rawnsley (1851–1920). In the 1920s the house was renovated, the stable block turned into a residence and several outbuildings, gardens and gateways constructed.

The house was originally surrounded by a medieval deer park and in the 17th century a formal garden was constructed. This had largely disappeared until a new garden was laid out by garden designer Gertrude Jekyll (1843—1932) in an Arts and Crafts-style. It now contains walled kitchen gardens, fruit orchards and ornamental gardens.
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  • Worth seeing, but probably won't return. The garden is pleasant, but a little unimaginative in layout and planting. A nice enough place for a stop, but unless you are members of NT it will seem a bit....  more »
  • We pre-booked a ticket due to Covid regulations and received a very warm welcome on arrival. Only takeaway drinks and snacks available at current times. There was a one way system round the gardens....  more »
  • Amazing national trust place. Lots to do for children, and such beautiful history and architecture for adults. Lovely gardens and ponds to stroll around. Will definitely come back here again. Staff are very friendly and knowledgeable about the estate. I highly recommend this place for everyone
  • Couple in early 60s. Guided tour of house interesting. Guide very knowledgeable. Grounds and gardens were a joy to visit- real feeling of peace and calm. Cafe food good with helpful staff. Plenty of activities and games for children. A good day out.

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