During my recent trip to Somerset I had the pleasure of visiting Barrington Court and what a gem it is! I took so many photos it's taken me a week to work through them so I could really do them justice in my blog post for the day I spent there.
Barrington Court was owned by Colonel Abram Arthur Lyle. As well as being one half of the Tate and Lyle sugar refining empire Lyle had a passion for salvaging antique woodwork. Barrington court, a Tudor manor house, became partly derelict during the nineteenth century and ended up being used as a farmhouse and cider store. It was bought by the National Trust in 1907, one of the first house in its collection. It was leased by the Trust to Lyle and, together with the architect James Edwin Forbes, he fully restored the building, using much of his salvaged woodwork to create the current interiors.
Normally it would seem very odd to visit a house like this with almost no furniture but somehow at Barrington Court it seems the right way to view the spaces Lyle and Forbes created. The lack of content draws the eye to the gorgeous oak panelling and architectural details and I found myself discovering architectural gems everywhere.
As well as restoring the interior, Lyle commissioned the noted horticulturalist Gertrude Jekyll to create the formal gardens and they provide a beautiful contrast to the buildings. I was particularly taken with the rather derelict stables which are wonderfully atmospheric and I could have spent hours there enjoying the rough hewn textures of the wood and stonework
14 May 2017