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Baynton House


Baynton House is a Grade II listed 17th-century country house at Coulston, Wiltshire.


There is a slope to the south, east and west.

The house is set on the west side of a small valley, with the ground rising steeply behind it to a belt of woodland. There are two lakes, one to the south and one to the east of the house. West of the southern lake the ground rises to a hard tennis court and swimming pool within the woodland. To the west of the house is a formal courtyard and terraces. There is a lawn with flower beds, sheltered by hedges, to the south of the house.

Visitor Access, Directions & Contacts

The present house dates from the late-18th century. The lake and landscape date from the late-18th or early-19th century. Successive owners have planted many trees and established flower beds near the house.

The house was occupied by R. H. Pearson, who wrote a book named after the house which was published in 1955, recording the lives of the Pearson family.

Features & Designations


  • Tree Feature
  • Description: Arboretum.
  • Tree Belt
  • Planting
  • Description: Bog garden.
  • Tree Clump
  • Hedge
  • Lawn
  • Mixed Border
  • Planting
  • Description: Rock garden.
  • Rose Garden
  • Description: There is a small terrace of roses and a circular rose bed beside the courtyard.
  • Specimen Tree
  • Topiary
  • Planting
  • Description: Woodland garden.
  • Courtyard
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  • Loggia
  • Summerhouse
  • Description: A small thatched house of timber and brick with a tiled floor, situated beside the swimming pool.
  • Ornamental Bridge
  • Garden Seat
  • Steps
  • Description: There are grass steps with wooden risers.
  • Sundial
  • Urn
  • Statue
  • Drive
  • Terrace
  • Pond
  • Description: There is marginal planting around the pond.
  • Fountain
  • Fishpond
  • House (featured building)
  • Description: The 17th-century house was enlarged after 1781 and took on its present appearance in 1796.
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  • Balustrade
  • Description: Clipped yew 'balustrade'.
  • Water Feature
  • Description: Swimming pool.
  • Lake
  • Outdoor Swimming Pool
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  • Terrace
  • Flower Bed
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Key Information





Principal Building

Domestic / Residential





Civil Parish





  • Wiltshire Gardens Trust

  • Lady Jane Hudson

  • David Feather

  • John Catchpole

  • Gareth Slater