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Discover the echoes of history in the heart of Somerset, in breathtaking gardens and working orchards
Discover the haunting echoes of the past at Barrington Court, a Tudor manor house free from collections and furniture. Explore using your imagination and your senses to discover a house full of memories, where light fills the rooms and you feel you can almost touch the past.
The property was saved from ruin and restored by the Lyle family in 1920s, when the court house resembled a barn rather than the proud manor house that it is. Close your eyes and you’ll almost be able to hear the sounds and see the sights of the glamorous parties held in the great hall during Barrington’s hey day. On the first floor listen out for the voices resonating from the past, of the young evacuees who called Barrington home during the Second World War.
Stroll through the Gertrude Jekyll inspired gardens, which with their focus on plant varieties and colours are a delight for all the senses. Be spurred on in your own garden or allotment by the stone-walled kitchen garden that produces a variety of delicious fruit and vegetables. Don’t just take our word for it, why not stop off in the Strode House Restaurant to taste these home-grown delights.
We are celebrating the success of the BBC drama series Wolf Hall, filmed here last year. Come and see a display of eight costumes, including ones worn by Damien Lewis as Henry VIII, Mark Rylance as Thomas Cromwell and Claire Foy as Anne Boleyn. They are all presented in the rooms where the filming took place. This fascinating display will be on show until 1 November.
Stay at Barrington Court
Relax in the comfort of Number 1 Strode House, a magnificently refurbished cottage. The lovely Ham-stone village of Barrington is only a 5-minute walk away.
- Cross the Jubilee Bridge to explore the park
- Buy a hand-crafted gift from the artisan workshops
- Pick up a bargain second hand book
- Play on the tennis court
- Enjoy a seasonal British dish