The garden at Barrington Court

Barrington Court summer

The famous garden designer, Gertrude Jekyll, was consulted by Colonel Lyle’s wife, Elsie, on the layout and best planting schemes for the garden. At the time, Jekyll was well into her seventies and almost blind, but she was able to advise what would grow best in the limy earth just by crumbling the soil, which was sent to her in biscuit tins. Elsie Lyle visited Jekyll to discuss the plans for the garden in person, and much of what you see today was inspired by these earlier plans.

A house with a moat

Pausing for a minute and peeking into the moat can be very rewarding as you’re likely to spot plenty of wildlife, from ducks to dragonflies. 

Goose orchard

The apples trees in the orchard are a joy year-round. They are filled with blossoms in the spring before the apples come through. Harvesting starts at the end of August and takes up to twelve weeks to complete - everyone usually pitches in.

Home grown in the Kitchen Garden

Traditionally the Kitchen Garden was the larder of any country house and it still produces fruit and vegetables each year. The herbaceous borders that run down the orchard side of the Kitchen Garden are full of colour starting with blossoms in the spirng, all through summer and heading into autumn when the asters and michaelmas daisies look especially joyful.

Spring blossom in the Kitchen Garden
Spring blossom in the Kitchen Garden at Barrington Court
Spring blossom in the Kitchen Garden

Rose and Iris garden

A bridge leads you over the moat and through a carved and weathered oak door to the beautiful walled garden. The spaces here are arranged as a series of connected individual garden 'rooms', each with its own theme or focus. 

The Rose Garden was replanted in the 1990s following Jekyll's original scheme. Renovation of the rose beds took place during 2017 and they are now firmly established, with the fantastic floral displays of Rosa 'Felicia', 'Cornelia' and ' Penelope' (to name but a few) at their height in the summer. These were originally bred in the early 1900s by rosarian and clergyman, the Rev. Joseph Pemberton.

Lily Garden

The largest of the gardens and the first to be planted, the Lily Garden remains closest of all to Gertude’s designs for Barrington Court, with planting that is rich and changing through the seasons. 

The pergola walk

The brick and wood pergola was designed by our current Head Gardener, Christine Brain, along with Andrew Lyle in the 1980s. This lovely feature covers the path from the buss stalls to the White Garden, and there are many delightful, well-established climbing plants growing over it.