Explore the rooms at Barrington Court
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?
Strode House was originally built as a stable block, this grand red brick building, dated 1674, bears the initials of William Strode II who was keen to display evidence of his wealth by housing his horses and carriages in style. It was remodelled and restored in the 1920's for use by the Lyle family, who also built a connecting corridor from it to the Court House, and today it's where you will find our dining and tea rooms.
A saving passion
Colonel Lyle had a passion for collecting historic woodwork, salvaged from houses that were abandonned and neglected. The items he saved included linen fold panneling, fire places and surrounds and a staircase, saved from a Scottish castle and installed in the east hall. Together with his architect E.F. Forbes, Colonel Lyle was able to use his collection during the restoration of the Court House betwen 1920 and 1925.
Beneath golden stars
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.
All the most modern conveniences
During your visit you will see several period bathrooms and conveniences, including a glimpse of the Tudor garderobe as you ascend the east stairs. Once you reach the master bedroom, you will discover a much more sophisticated en suite bathroom with Edwardian flushing closet. All of the 'modern' bathrooms also have the most beautiful hand painted tiles selected by Mrs 'Ronnie' Lyle.
Hidden sign and symbols
One of the most stunning features of the court house is the the long gallery, it runs the whole length of the attic floor and in Tudor times would have provided a space for indoor exercise. When Canon Rawnsley visited the house in 1907 he described the long gallery as being full of holes, providing a great home for owls.
Colonel Lyle restored the walls using his incredible collection of panelling and many pieces contain wonderful examples of marquetry, some of the most intriguing seem to be 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?