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09/08/2009


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BARRINGTON COURT

Barrington Court, an attractive 16th century house, came into the possession of the National Trust in 1907. Set in Somerset countryside, this property is well worthy of a visit.



Take a stroll along basket weave paving, with fragrant lavender edging.




Walk past electric blue salvia, which makes a statement. One of many herbacious borders being influenced by Gertrude Jekyll.

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Discover a spectacular White Garden, just one of a series of walled gardens.
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A lovely feature, the 17th century stable block, adorned with rambling roses.
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Barrington Court is built in an E-shaped style of the period, in Ham Hill stone. This side of the house is faced with meadow, a great natural habitat for all insects, especially butterflies.
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The practice of forcing rhubarb didn't start until the early 19th century when a Chelsea gardener made a chance discovery by leaving a chimney pot over one of his plants. He found that depriving rhubarb of light made the stems shoot upwards, searching for light, which made for a more succulent-tasting product.
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Looking down from the Tudor manor house which was restored in the 1920s by the Lyle family (of Tate & Lyle fame).
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Espaliered fruit grows against high stone walls in the working kitchen garden with apple, pear and plum trees, as well as cherries.
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A view from the kitchen garden. Sweetcorn is wind pollinated, and best planted in large blocks.
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Another herbacious border, with swathes of planting.
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Let's hope these bee hives are playing a part in helping to restore our dwindling bee population.
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6 comments:

Sal said...

I went to Rosemoor today and, funnily enough, I overheard someone mention Barrington Court!
Lovely pics!
Must pay it a visit! ;-)

nikkipolani said...

Oh Louise.... these are gorgeous images. What a delight it must have been to be there in person -- beautiful gardens against a picturesque setting.

Glo said...

I enjoyed looking at these lovely photos of an enchanting looking place! Looks like you had a wonderful visit!

pebbledash said...

Oh I love this, the house, the grounds, all of it....and especially the stable block!

kcjewel said...

i would love to visit this beautiful place some day! your photographs are lovely!!

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Wow...loved your pictures. Thanks for sharing!

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