We stayed at Barnsley House the night after our wedding. There was some confusion regarding our spa treatments (the system was showing these as cancelled!!) and I was sent an email at 8.30pm on the Friday (2 days before our stay, and the night before our wedding!)
I wasn't best pleased to have to be trying to sort this out at an already stressful time. I was told that reception would contact me at 9am the following morning once they had spoken to the spa. As it was, I had to chase them but they confirmed all was ok regarding the treatments.
Anyway, moan over and onto why I gave Barnsley House 5 out of 5....
The location is beautiful and the entrance into the house is lovely, especially when the fire is going on a rainy Sunday afternoon.
We were welcomed at reception by Peter and shown up to our room (4). It was simply stunning. A huge bedroom area, gorgeous and spotlessly clean bathroom and a lovely lounge area.
As we'd had such a busy day the day before we decided to relax on the bed for a while (my new husband wanting to watch the Liverpool match - sky is available in both the lounge and bedroom). The bed was so comfortable I fell asleep for a while.
We were going to have dinner in the restaurant but after having a lovely bath we decided to just stay in our robes and have room service.
This was no problem at all and our seperate orders (for starters/mains, then dessert) were handled brilliantly by Abi. As well as this, on ordering drinks, a congratulatory bottle of champagne was sent up which we felt was a lovely touch.
There is only one word for the food....INCREDIBLE. Every dish was brimming with flavour and colour, and the use of seasonal/local ingredients was evident. Breakfast the next morning continued this theme.
We had our massages in the morning as well as use of the facilities of the spa.
Yes the spa is small but it's well thought out with all you could need for a couple of hours. The hydrotherapy pool outside is fab as are the relaxation areas, sauna, herbivarium etc.
My massage has to go down as one of the best I have ever had, my back still feels great now. My husband also commented on how good his was. Yes there is a fan on in the room but after a few minutes I barely noticed as I was so relaxed. I often find it difficult to properly relax during a massage but at Barnsley House I felt like I melted into the bed. Just amazing.
The price for the package isn't cheap but we felt it's worth it for the quality and special touches you experience. We're planning to return for our first anniversary, or possibly try out the sister hotel, Calcot Manor.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Barnsley House is your very own (fully staffed) country house set in extensive landscaped gardens near Cirencester in Gloucestershire. The Hotel has a dedicated spa, private cinema and 18 large and luxurious bedrooms to choose from. The Potager restaurant looks out to the gardens and is quite lovely. Sprigs of rosemary and linen napkins dress the tables with menus inspired from the Barnsley garden seasonal crops and local produce. If you tire of the daily home baked bread and crumbly shortbread biscuits with your afternoon tea, you can always nip across the road to our village pub. It's actually called 'The Village Pub' and delivers everything you want a village pub to deliver - open fires, papers, pints and delicious food! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Barnsley House Hotel Barnsley
- Barnsley Hotel
- Barnsley House Cotswolds