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This moated 16th century mansion was constructed of honey-coloured Ham Hill stone. Its design combined pure Gothic style with a French Renaissance influence. The Tudor house was built to an E-plan and the south (originally the entrance) front is remarkably symmetrical. The simple vertical lines of the house lead the eye up past the mullioned windows to the gabled roof where the twisted chimneystacks and finials look like enormous chess pieces.
The builder of Barrington Court is uncertain; it was either Henry, 2nd Lord Daubeney or William Clifton, a prosperous London merchant. The Daubeney family, who had owned the Somerset estate since at least 1236, were ambitious members of the Tudor court. In 1552 the 2nd Lord sold the property to William Clifton to support his expensive lifestyle at Court. After Clifton's ownership the house passed through several hands before it was acquired in around 1623 by the Strode family. They lived at Barrington Court for 150 years and in 1670 William Strode built the fine brick stable block that adjoins the house.
During the 19th century Barrington Court changed hands on numerous occasions and it gradually fell into disrepair. In 1907 the property was purchased by the National Trust, the first sizeable country house to come into its possession. It was not until the house was leased to Colonel A.A. Lyle in 1920 that the building was completely restored and refurbished.
The Barrington Court Garden was laid out in the 1920's by the Lyles to a structured design influenced by Gertrude Jekyl - especially evident in the graceful Lily Garden.
The garden is divided into several sections with a stunning white garden and white flowering and silver leaved plants in outer and inner borders, Pergolas support wisteria, clematis and honeysuckles.
There is a central pool garden with surrounding beds of annuals. Large kitchen garden. You will see fabulous displays of sweetpeas which add great colour to the gardens at Barrington Court.
Well worth a visit. The house is also open to the public.