Things to do and see on the estate at Barrington Court
The estate at Barrington Court is a patchwork of different spaces. There are orchards, avenues and parkland, as well as spots for recreation, such as the tennis court and cricket pitch. Most of the different areas across the estate are still used today, including the farm buildings where you will find artisan workshops, and the tenanted, private cottages.
The avenues form an axis through the estate, with one arm leading up to Court house. The meadows along the avenues (and in the orchards) are left to go a bit wild during the early summer, not only creating a home for wildlife but also a soft and beautiful display of long waving grasses, orchids, clover and buttercups. These are normally cut in the middle of the summer months using traditional methods to make hay.
There are plenty of apples at Barrington Court and the trees in the orchards are a joy year-round. They are filled with blossoms in the spring before the apples come through. With several orchard areas (Front Orchard, Goose Orchard and East Orchard) harvesting starts at the end of August and takes up to 12 weeks to complete.
The cricket pitch
You'll find the cricket pitch by passing through Goose Orchard and over the moat. It's no longer used for cricket, but it makes the ideal spot for having fun and games, and the steps of the old pavilion are a useful resting spot after lots of running around. You can find some shade in the small woodland adjacent to the pitch where there's space for den building.
The parkland at Barrington Court can be accessed via the cricket pitch. Although not the biggest park, a walk to the top affords a wonderful view back down to the South Lawn and the house.
In early spring the parkland is home to sheep and cattle graze there through the summer and autumn months. There are a few fallen trees in the parkland, which have been left as deadwood to help encourage insects which make it a home. It also provides food and shelter for a wealth of wildlife such as bats and birds.
Explore the garden of Barrington Court throughout the seasons. See the fruit and produce growing in the Kitchen Garden or enjoy the tranquillity and beautiful borders of formal, walled garden areas.
Fuel up at Barrington Court’s café, find a souvenir at the shop, browse pre-loved page turners at the Book Barn, and discover local artists at the craft studios.
Barrington Court is a two pawprint rated place. Find out where to walk your dog through the country estate and parkland at Barrington Court Walk and where the dog bins are located.
Barrington Court is an ideal place to visit as a group as there’s something for every to enjoy and discover. Find out how to organise a group visit and the available perks.
Barrington Court is a beautiful Tudor mansion that was restored in the 1920s, resulting in a home full of mystery and fascinating details. The house is currently closed.
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