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March 2021

Local National Trust properties - Barrington Court

Continuing my articles on local National Trust properties, this week is Barrington Court. I appreciate that we are still not able to travel far but, once we are out of lock down, these may give you some ideas.

Barrington Court is in Barrington, near Ilminster, TA19 0NQ – see link -

There are a number of formal gardens - The walled White (my favourite), Rose and Iris and Lily gardens, all influenced by Gertrude Jekyll. There is a large working kitchen garden which supplies the restaurant with fresh produce. You will also find parkland and orchards to explore.

One of my favourite times to visit is in October where I have been amazed at how many flowers are still blooming in the gardens – presumably because they are so sheltered. All the attached photos were taken in October (a few years ago), where there were still dahlias in bloom, wild flowers and the trees in the orchards were laden with apples. Not to mention the unusual shaped gourds and rich orange coloured pumpkins in the kitchen garden.

Please see the link below for details of where dogs are permitted -

The house is a restored Tudor House and is unusual in that it does not have any furniture inside. For me, part of the atmosphere of a house is the furnishings, so I find it quite cold. However, the National Trust describes it by saying “The absence of a collection allows you the space and perspective to discover the soul of this house….” I am possibly lacking in imagination! They sometimes use the empty spaces for art exhibitions and also have country dancing displays.

You could combine this visit with a trip to Montacute House, which is about ten miles away from Barrington Court. Montacute House will be my next article.

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