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Barrington Court, nr. Ilminster, Somerset.

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Somerset has a wealth of National Trust properties and gardens, one of which is Barrington Court, a Tudor manor house thought to have been completed in 1560.
The now empty house was restored in the 1920’s, at a huge cost, by the Lyle family. Colonel Arthur Lyle, co-founder of Tate and Lyle, took over the lease of the property, undertaking the huge task of refurbishing the interior. The wood panelling, featured in most rooms, is truly something special. It has been called “The house that nearly died” as it stood empty for so many years.

Outdoors, what were once cow yards, pens and fields became flower gardens, their design influenced by Gertrude Jekyll.

The working stone-walled kitchen garden produces a variety of fruit and vegetables which can be enjoyed in the restaurant. The warm walls have apple, pear and plum growing against them.

Lots of companion planting in the vegetable garden

All the produce looked very healthy

The White Garden is stunning, even at this time of year, planted with white flowers and silver-leafed plants.

Planting every space available !

Pergolas covered in Wisteria, Clematis and Honeysuckles

Not forgetting the Rose garden

A last look at the house exterior and the plant sales area

Through the orchard

and time to leave another beautiful National Trust property in Somerset.

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Lovely blog.. well done :o)))

11 Sep, 2010

 

Smashing!!!!!

11 Sep, 2010

 

Thanks Tt and Alice, I think I've fallen in love with Somerset ... lol ! !

11 Sep, 2010

 

The white garden has got to be my favourite...it looks lively, yet serene. Thanks for sharing another part of your visits in Somerset, Shirley.

That's some apple crop...and the pumpkins seem to be growing up a frame....I've never seen that before. When our children were young we tried to grow pumpkins (this was in Canada) and they all rotted from the excessive rain. Had we a frame as pictured here perhaps that would have worked better. It'll soon be the season for pumpkin pies....yummy :) ....with a dash of whipped cream of course.

11 Sep, 2010

 

Lovely blog. Its nice to hear that people care enough to try and keep these old properties going. It looks like a lovely house set off by a very homely garden. I especially like the idea of companion planting in the veg plots. I am not keen on the white garden but maybe if I could see it in real life I might 'get' the atmosphere. That is a great crop of apples. We have a good crop in the garden along with some very nice Victoria plums this year. Thank you for sharing it with us.

11 Sep, 2010

 

Wonderful....love that white garden!

11 Sep, 2010

 

Thanks Shirley, I really enjoy visiting places like that myself, I`ve always had a fascination for these grand old houses and if there`s a garden as well then thats me a happy bunny. That white garden looks a bit sugary but I like it,lol........

11 Sep, 2010

 

Whistonlass, on our visit the gardeners were giving talks on the vegetable plot to a coachload of visitors ! I was tempted to stand with them and pretend I was with their party ... lol !
Scotsgran, the house is empty right now, people were invited to write their comments on cards and pin them on a board. Very mixed views on should the house be furnished or not !
Ks, the White Garden was even better in real life than a photo. It was a really calming effect after the riot of colour in the vegetable plot and the Rose Garden.
Lincs, the interior walls of the house were fantastic, when you think how chickens had run around inside for years ... lol !

11 Sep, 2010

 

Beautiful blog Shirley gorgeous gardens and veg/flowers there and what a wonderful building, and that wood is fantastic thanks for sharing your outing.

11 Sep, 2010

 

that white garden in fantastic, nice blog thanks Shirley :-)

12 Sep, 2010

 

Lovely blog Shirley tulip I did like the white garden and the fruit and veg ,thanks for sharing your visit.

12 Sep, 2010

 

6d, the pamphlet about the place actually says, please feel free to touch the wood panelling in the Court House !
Grindle, I was unsure of the White Garden at first, after all the colour we'd seen before, yet it was a very beautiful garden.
Mavis, glad you liked the blog, there's so much to see in this small island we live on !

12 Sep, 2010

 

Great pics Shirley ... of course the MGs are the best but it was a lovely tour!

12 Sep, 2010

 

Confused me there for a moment, Fluff, I don't remember any MG cars, you mean the Morning Glories obviously ... lol !

12 Sep, 2010

 

Of course!! ;o)

12 Sep, 2010

 

lovely blog shirley and beautifull gardens and house, glad you enjoyed it ;o))

13 Sep, 2010

 

Thanks, Sandra, just nice to get away from the old routine for a few days. We shan't be going away until next year now. : o ((((((

13 Sep, 2010

 

yes it is nice to escape for a few days shirley, weve got lampeter soon so that will be it for us this year to ;o(

13 Sep, 2010

 

Very interesting blog - I love the wood panelling and the fireplace, beautiful. The gardens definitely look something special too. Sounds like you had a good time. I wonder if you bought any of those lovely heucharas?

16 Sep, 2010

 

Gee, I was loitering around the plant sales area for a while but OH didn't take the hint ! I think the cost of our garden make-over has stretched the gardening budget to its' limit this year. : o ((((( I've been potting up Penstemon cuttings today, cheaper than buying from a GC, so long as they thrive !

16 Sep, 2010

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