The garden at Barrington Court
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. The moat needs regular raking to keep the water clear.
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.
Leave plenty of time for a summer stroll around the Rose Garden to appreciate the variety and beauty of the flowers in bloom.
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.
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 busstalls to the White Garden, and there are many delightful, well-established climbing plants growing over it.
The trees in the orchard are a joy year-round. The harvesting of the apples starts at the end of August takes up to twelve weeks to complete - everyone usually pitches in.
Traditionally the kitchen garden was the larder of any country house. The kitchen garden is a working gem, and it still fulfils its original function of providing fresh fruit and veg for the restaurant.
The herbaceous borders that run down the orchard side of the kitchen garden are a riot of colour particularly heading into autume when the asters and michaelmas daisies look particularly joyful.