Autumn sunshine, colours and textures make magical days out
With hips, haws and berries to spot as you wander through the gardens, the flower borders look stately and elegant. As the flourish of summer comes to a close, the colours are more muted, with formed seedheads swaying in the breeze.
Mellow autumn days in the gardens
The trees and shrubs are getting ready to lose their leaves, and there's a riot of colour to observe on a sunny afternoon: sparkling yellows, oranges and russet tones blaze against a clear blue sky. The changing light at this time of year seems to throw everything into sharper relief. As you look up, see the sixteenth-century architecture of the Court and notice the finials and twists of the chimneys outlined against the sky.
In a quiet area of the gardens, tucked away by the tennis court and enclosed by a tall conifer hedge, you'll see a variety of sumptuous autumn colour. The planting here includes acers and an unusual Persian ironwood tree, whose foliage turns purple and deepest orange. The leaves of the acer cappadocicum on the south lawn (one of the specimen trees planted by Ian Lyle) also turn the most beautiful glowing shades of yellow - a cheery and uplifting sight.
Harvest time in the kitchen garden
The kitchen garden here at Barrington is remarkable. In constant production since its creation in the 1920s, autumn is one of the best times to visit and see what’s being harvested. There are usually huge pumpkins, curious ornamental gourds, kale and cabbages, and if we're lucky, some late raspberries and all of our wonderful apples and pears. Most of the delicious produce is used to create tasty, nutritious snacks and meals in our restaurant and tearoom, so if you’re feeling hungry, call in and see what’s on the menu. From warming soups and stews, to apple and berry crumbles and everything inbetween, there'll be quite a few things to tempt you.
Restoration and creation
On a cool and hazy autumn day, there's a palpable sense of mystery as you wander through the Court, and a story unfolds through a mix of audio, visual and tactile elements as you make your way from room to room. The Lyles found the Tudor house almost derelict and being used as a farmhouse and cider store, but they remade the building with new floors and staircases, and exemplary craftsmanship can now be seen everywhere.
Find out how harmony was created between the old and the new as Colonel Lyle undertook the incredible restoration project with a team of skilled craftsmen and workers, transforming the Court into a comfortable, elegant home, suitable for a wealthy family of the 1920s. There are three fascinating unfurnished floors to explore at your own pace, and the presence of the past surrounds you as you take in the timeless views from the windows out over the surrounding countryside.
The creativity and skill of traditional craftsmanship still endures at Barrington, as there are five independent artisan workshops located in the old farm buildings along the avenue. Here you'll find Barrington Pottery, Jozef Mesar - Master Woodcarver, Holland Chairs, Andrew Clarke - Goldsmith and Barrington Patchwork. With an inspiring selection of quality handcrafted goods to browse through and buy from each of these unique studios, it’s the perfect way to complete your day.
" It has been to Colonel Lyle a labour of love and expense has not been stinted."