The garden at Barrington Court

White garden tulips at Barrington Court

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

Home grown

Traditionally the kitchen garden was the larder of any country house. Our kitchen garden is a working gem and still fulfils its original function of providing fresh fruit and veg, for our restaurant.
 

A house with a moat

The wisteria in full bloom hanging over the moat
Barrington Court Somerset

A renovation project was completed last year, to remove the build-up of heavy silt that had accumulated in the moat, causing a build up of weed and eroding the grass bank. Now the water is much clearer and enjoyed by the wildlife, you are likely to see ducks and ducklings and the most wonderful dragonflies in the summer.

Rose and iris garden

There is a little bridge over the moat that leads you through a carved and weathered oak door in to the beautiful walled garden. The spaces here are arranged almost as a connected series of individual gardens each with it's own theme and focus. During June and July you will be greeted first by the subtle musky scent in the air coming from the four beds of shrub roses in the rose and iris garden. Each year the floriferous displays never cease to astound us, the varieties planted include: Rosa 'Felicia', 'Buff Beauty', 'Cornelia',' Penelope', and the grandly named 'Blanche Double de Coubert'.

Renovation of the rose beds will take place during February 2017, the new rose plants will be planted into sturdy cardboard boxes, then placed in to the border. Our gardeners are taking this course of action as a precaution as it has been proved to be an effective method to prevent the occurance of the rose replant virus.

The scent from the roses is delightful
Rose and iris garden at Barrington Court

The pergola walk

The brick and wood pergola was designed by our current head gardener, Christine Brain, with Andrew Lyle in the 1980's. This lovely feature covers the path from the Bustalls to the White Garden, and there are many well established and delightful climbing plants that grow over it including honeysuckle, jasmine, hop and clematises.
 

Goose orchard

Come to Barrington Court for a relaxing stroll in the country
Barrington Court estate, Somerset
Formley known as the Old Orchard. The fruit trees provide a lovely display of blossom in the spring. The apples are harvested and used in our very own apple juice and cider, which you can try in the café.