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A house with a different perspective

South Front of Barrington Court in Somerset

South Front of Barrington Court in Somerset

Enjoy the freedom you will feel on a visit, which with the absence of collections, allows you the space and perspective to discover the soul of this house and feel the love and passion that went into the restoration by Colonel Lyle.

Is this the grandest stable block?

Believe it or not Strode House started life as a stable block.  This grand red brick building, dated 1674, bears the initials of William Strode II and once housed his horses and carriages.

Beneath golden stars

The Great Hall, Barrington Court in the 1930s

Picture a room full of laughter, music and dance, with golden stars shimmering in a midnight blue ceiling.  People gathering to celebrate a family occasion, or perhaps a weekend party with friends, maybe even a fancy dress ball. 

The Great Hall resonates with an atmosphere of parties past. You can just picture people gazing down on the room from the minstrels' gallery, gossiping and sharing secrets.

Don't be flushed

One of the period toilets at Barrington Court in Somerset

During your visit, you will be able to see, but sadly not use, many period conveniences. From the earliest, the guard robe, to the more sophisticated Victorian flushing closets.

Hidden sign and symbols

Wood carving in the Long Gallery at Barrington Court

Wood carving in the Long Gallery at Barrington Court

The gallery has many secrets but some of the most intriguing must be the hidden symbols and signs inlaid within the panelling. Look out for the skull and cross bones and an axeman's block. There are many more to find and see, what do you think they are trying to tell us?

A saving passion

Wood carved panel at Barrington Court in Somerset

Colonel Lyle had a passion for collecting historic woodwork, salvaged from houses that were in neglect. Items include a staircase, saved from a Scottish castle and installed in the entrance hall.

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