Ok - so where to begin. Our experience of Barnsley House was amazing.
It was my wedding night - my new wife & I arrived to be told by the manageress that we had been upgraded to their best available room. Their best available room was a palace - up in the eaves of the old stone Cotswold manor house with views over the destination garden to the countryside beyond.
The first thing we did was go for a walk through the famous gardens, which are genuinely stunning - unique, original and tasteful. On returning to the house I ordered some champagne to be sent to our room - when it arrived a few minutes later we were promptly told it was complimentary as a gift from Barnsley House. Nothing tastes sweeter than free premier cru champagne - we are amazingly grateful, it totally wasn't necessary but really added to our great day.
The style of Barnsley house is the epitome of englishness; understated and very individual with eclectic, original art, tasteful furnishings, lots of fires, staff who are people not just faceless automatons. In short it feels like a genuine, welcoming home - albeit a home with every mod con and conceivable luxury at hand. Ditto the staff - everyone we spoke with was extremely well presented, intelligent, knowledgeable and charmingly courteous.
We had a great meal in the Potager restaurant - the truffle and porcini lasagna is absolutely exquisite and worth a star alone, which we washed down with a really rather reasonably priced bottle of vintage Chambertin.
The bed we slept in was i think the most comfortable bed i have ever slept in, the bath (which i didn't get to try out) was a fantastic, freestanding piece of design, centre-stage in the magnificent bathroom. The shower (which i did try) was piping hot with amazing pressure for the top floor of a centuries old building.
Breakfast was great and the finale was our visit to the Barnsley Spa for some massages and relaxing in the hydrotherapy pool. It was like LA has come to Gloucestershire - very slick, in an eco-chic kind of way.
Without a shadow of a doubt we will be back - my best ever hotel experience.
Thank you Barnsley.
- 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