A fruitful time of year at Barrington Court

Autumn pumpkins

The flower borders are awash with hues of the season and there’s a palpable sense of mellow fruitfulness in the kitchen garden, where plump pumpkins provide bright focal points. The Court House itself takes on tones of autumn as the Virginia creeper that grows on the west wing slowly turns from green to a deep shade of crimson.

Autumn is a fruitful time of year. The kitchen garden has been producing fruit and vegetables since the 1920s and is particularly prolific during September and October. Large pumpkins, ornamental gourds, kale and cabbage are just a few of the things being harvested at the minute.  If you happen to see a gardener collecting produce, they are always happy to stop and answer questions.

The change of season is evident everywhere.  If you manage to find the tennis court, where you can play a game if you’re feeling energetic, you’ll see the leaves of the acer become yellow and the foliage of the unusual Persian ironwood tree turn to purple and deep orange.  Head out onto the estate and enjoy the crunch underfoot.  Collect some fallen leaves to create some wild art or build a den in the woods.

Whilst exploring the grounds have a go at the self-led ‘Care for Barrington’ sundial trail, which looks at birds, berries and Crimson Kings this autumn.  Pick one up in reception to find out more about nature’s cycles and the different ways we care for the landscape.

With ample outdoor space to roam, you can work up a healthy appetite before hitting the restaurant and indulging in something from our comforting, hearty seasonal menu.  Most of the delicious produce harvested in the kitchen garden is used to create tasty, nutritious snacks from warming soups and stews, to apple and berry crumbles.

Should the weather be unpalatable, you can always escape by heading indoors.  The atmosphere in the Court house is particularly special at this time of year; as the light levels dip, the autumn light accentuates the beauty and details of the interior wooden panelling, giving the rooms a warm and inviting glow.

The teams are just as busy inside as out though.  The conservation team is getting started on the annual deep clean.  There will be opportunities throughout the season to see them in action giving Lyle’s collection of extraordinary woodwork some tender loving care. 

You can find out all about the evil agents of deterioration and how to fight them by picking up one of our Deterioration Detectives trails. You’ll discover the ideal home for creepy bugs, what makes dust so dangerous and what human marmite actually is!