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“Sublime Gardens, Interesting Buildings”
Review of Barrington Court

Barrington Court
Ranked #1 of 11 things to do in Ilminster
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed March 24, 2013

Had a wonderful day out here mid summer when the gardens were at their best. They were wonderful and a real treat for those who are garden lovers and interested in planting schemes, but also anyone who just wants to stroll amongst our wonderful history. The white garden laid out by Gertrude Jeykll was stunning.
The buildings are very interesting, especially as this was the very first house purchased and saved by the NT. It almost bankrupt them! Even the car park was pretty enough to picnic in. There are some craft workshops and a 2nd hand bookshop as part of the complex, the restaurant looked very nice and easy to spend a whole day here if you are so inclined.
I would not recommend a visit during school holidays (unless you have children) as it was very busy when we went and must be heaving in August. We found some quiet corners and even spotted some rare birds flitting amongst the gardens. Combine this with nearby Lytes Cary Manor and you have a perfect long weekend in this part of England.

Thank Historylovergirl
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Reviewed January 19, 2013

Come here often for lazy afternoons. Its a great place to wonder around and get lost in the history or the beautiful gardens and grounds. Have brought my two nieces her and done the treasure trail which is brilliant even for us adults. The grounds outside also provide enough space for the kids to burn off some energy meaning a quieter afternoon. Have also been with my partner and brought a picnic which we ate overlooking the ornamental ponds to the front approach of the house and it was truly a great afternoon. I'm a national trust member so cant comment of the cost but it is such a large place and they often have addition exhibits at no additional cost so i would suggest its good value. The house its self is vast and a beautiful example of why preservation for these buildings is so important it would be such a shame not to have this place to visit.

Thank Richieb123456
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Reviewed January 19, 2013

A wonderful 'stately home' and grounds run by the National Trust, one of the better ones. We visited in November but it was still very interesting and the guides were all extremely helpful and friendly. It was formerly the home of Colonel Lyle - of Tate and Lyle sugar fame - and although the house is devoid of furniture, the building and architecture are marvellous, great chimneys. The grounds are spectacular - even better in spring and summer, but very colourful at any time. There is some shaded parking available because dogs are not allowed.

1  Thank Jacqueline H
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Reviewed January 15, 2013

Although devoid of main furnishings it is an atmospheric house to visit. activities like historic dance give a real feel of the life of the house. Disappointed that there was no Mistletoe fair this year

Thank pipershaunt
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

Maybe not at its best in November as the gardens would be beautiful in spring through to early autumn but it was a fascinating place. Personally i found the fact the rooms were empty made it more interesting and it was easy to imagine how things had been.
Lovely dodecahedron sundial in the garden -my 8 yr old was as interested as we were. Also child trails around the house and garden. Extra good was the fact there were some lovely craft shops andsecond hand book room

Thank FrankieBI
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