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“Great - but not perfect for the price”
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Barnsley House
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Barnsley
Certificate of Excellence
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Great - but not perfect for the price”
Reviewed 27 May 2014

A beautiful country home in an adorable village in the Cotswolds. We stayed in a junior suite which was a short walk from the main house. In the main house is the bar, lounge area and the main restaurant. The spa is a 1 min walk across the gardens.

This hotel is stunning - but it is also very expensive! Personally think it would have been better value for money to stay at the pub down the road - it's connected with the hotel and has lovely rooms, and as you have to go outside to get to the restaurant & spa anyway, it wouldn't make much difference!

Our meal at the pub was much better than our meal at the hotel restaurant - probably bad luck, but there was gravel in the bread and the staff charged us for 2 bottles of wine rather than 1 by accident. When we told the waiting staff they didn't react very well, but when we told management on check out they took the first bottle of wine off the bill which we appreciated. The spa is lovely - small outdoor plunge pool (bit on the chilly side), large lounge area, sauna and steam room. Lovely views. A jacuzzi/hot tub would make it perfect! Room service breakfast was fantastic.

This review sounds more negative than I intend it to be... this is an incredible place and we had a great weekend, but for the price I would have liked perfection!!

Room Tip: Our junior suite was outside the main house so if you want to be in that double check with the hotel...
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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barnsley_house, General Manager at Barnsley House, responded to this review, 30 May 2014
Thank you for your feedback which we will share with our Team. We always strive to improve our offering and we are grateful of your contribution. We hope to have the pleasure of your company again
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Abergavenny, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 24 May 2014

Just an old fashioned way of saying that it's pretty memorable. Whether you're a celebrity parking your Porsche by the front door or an ordinary soul putting an old Honda in the car park the greeting and service is always most welcoming, the food very good,and the whole venue splendid.The ongoing restoration and the revival of the gardens is great .If only a rich uncle or two could make visits more frequent!

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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barnsley_house, General Manager at Barnsley House, responded to this review, 30 May 2014
Thank you very much for your kind feedback. We hope to have you back sometime soon
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 23 May 2014 via mobile

In the area for a conference and sadly, could not stay overnight but came here for afternoon tea. The weather was perfect so took tea on the terrace and if you are a gardening enthusiast, you will be in paradise here. Great selection of teas on offer, little sandwiches, scones, cake and homemade sausage rolls in the most lovely of settings. Service was great and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves here.
Will return someday and definitely stay.

  • Stayed May 2014
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barnsley_house, General Manager at Barnsley House, responded to this review, 30 May 2014
We are very pleased you enjoyed our afternoon tea and hospitality. Hopefully you can find and "excuse" to work in the area again. We will be delighted to have you stay
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Leafy Hertfordshire
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Reviewed 17 May 2014

From the moment we arrived - and discovered that we had been given an upgrade - it was a case of stepping into the dream. Our room was wonderful, with the thickest, fluffiest towels ever. The service couldn't have been more helpful. I couldn't get a signal on my phone to speak to a client? Then why not take over reception, and treat it as my office? Our little dog wasn't well? Of course, they found an emergency vet in no time flat. But, then, the entire staff seemed to know and want to know how he was doing. Breakfasts were excellent, and the dinners... surprisingly delicious. The Moroccan orange cake is to die for. Barnsley House is, truly, flawless.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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barnsley_house, General Manager at Barnsley House, responded to this review, 30 May 2014
Delighted my Team looked after you and your pet well. We are really looking forward to having you all back soon
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 10 May 2014

we stayed here in August 2013, for a close friend's wedding. we had the most amazing stay. i still have a picture from the garden area as the background on my iPhone. the ground are immaculately kept - quintessential English garden. the rooms - all distinctly unique (you even get a flashlight on your room key for any late night walks in the garden). we had a cute porthole in our room. i just couldn't get enough of the room/hotel. breakfast was included in the morning - simply delicious.

rooms are more like suites (ours had a complete living room area in it's own wing). the room/suite was bigger than our NYC apartment. there were delicious little teas and treats awaiting our arrival. wish we could've stayed longer.

bathrooms - i wish i had taken a picture to use for inspiration in my dream house. the toiletries - amazing, biggest regret not buying some of the shower gel/lotion to take home.

if you can stay here - do it!!! cannot say enough good things about the Barnsley House.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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barnsley_house, General Manager at Barnsley House, responded to this review, 30 May 2014
We are delighted that you enjoyed our hospitality and the Wedding at Barnsley. We hope to have you back for a leisurely stay in future
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London
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 May 2014

Having not been able to fit in a longer holiday for some time we were really in need of a genuine break at somewhere special. Having stayed last year at the excellent Calcott Manor we thought we would try the sister hotel Barnsley House and it delivered 100%. The service was superb and spot on at every turn and what made it special was the way all the staff keep things feeling relaxed and genuinely personal. We stayed in one of the cottages away from the main building which was stylish, spacious and one of the most comfortable beds we have ever slept in.
The spa is focussed on treatments, steam room, sauna and areas for relaxation which are excellent, rather being a swimming pool and gym type.
The food in both the main restaurant and the village pub (which is part of the hotel) were both faultless and great to have the option of the different vibe in each.
Can't recommend it highly enough.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank TerryKewLondon
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barnsley_house, General Manager at Barnsley House, responded to this review, 30 May 2014
Thank you so much for your lovely review. We are delighted that you had a great time and very grateful that you would recommend us
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London
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Reviewed 28 April 2014

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.

Room Tip: Get married immediately before hand!
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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barnsley_house, General Manager at Barnsley House, responded to this review, 29 April 2014
We are delighted that you had such an amazing experience with us and well deserved on your wedding night. We look forward to having you back soon for more pampering and relaxation
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Property: Barnsley House
Address: Barnsley, Cirencester GL7 5EE, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Cotswolds > Cirencester > Barnsley
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Barnsley
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:4 star — Barnsley House 4*
Number of rooms: 18
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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