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“Lovely place for a romantic weekend in the country”
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Barnsley House
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Barnsley
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
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“Lovely place for a romantic weekend in the country”
Reviewed June 12, 2013

Beautiful Cotswold stone house with stunning gardens in which we could wander at will.

We had a friendly, helpful welcome, and the room in the Stableyard was well-equipped, stylish and comfortable,with a beehive-shaped mini-bar and a jacuzzi on the mezzanine level.

The design was contemporary rustic, and cows could be heard mooing from the nearby farmyard. The only thing that spoilt the decor was that there were a few bootmark mud stains on the rug in the room that clearly couldn't be removed.

The terrace at the hotel was still sunny in the early evening, and was a lovely spot to drink in the gardens and a cocktail at the same time.

We went down the round a couple of hundred yards to the Village Pub for a drink before dinner, and, whilst it was done nicely, the pub was more of a place to go for a meal rather than a drink. It was full and we were the only non-eaters there, having to perch on stools at the small bar area as the tables were all for eaters rather than drinkers.

We went back to the hotel for dinner,and the dining room was simply but elegantly decorated.

The menu looked well-crafted, and food was mostly fine, but not special. We heard 2 sets of people at 2 different tables complaining about their meal and soon discovered why; our main course took an hour to arrive, and had clearly been forgotten. There was no apology; just a remark about it taking a bit longer than expected as we were getting fresh rather than frozen pasta!

I had the popcorn and toffee ice-cream for pudding, which was a pleasant taste, but let down by having about half a dozen un-popped bits of popcorn which were unpleasant to bite into suddenly. When I complained the waiter said vaguely that it didn't sound very good, and that he would talk to the chef. He didn't mention it again however, and overall didn't seem very troubled by our less-than-stellar dining experience.

By contrast, the cooked English breakfast on the sunny terrace the next morning was possibly the best I've ever had; bacon and sausages were of incredible quality and taste, and were cooked to perfection. Croissants were also excellent.

It was a lovely place and we would love to return, but would definitely be clamouring for better restaurant service.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 7, 2013

I was lucky enough to be taken here for our first year's wedding anniversary. The location is gorgeous, it's like a chocolate box town, with a pub and a church for having a wander. The house itself is stunning. The staff very helpful. The room we had was a two-storey apartment in a walled garden area, and it was beautiful. The bathroom was huge, the bed was very comfortable and the room service was impeccable. There is no extra charge for breakfast delivered to your room. The food is fantastic, the restaurant and bar both high-end but without any pretentiousness. Nobody is looking at you, so you can just relax and eat, drink, be merry. The cocktails are really good, too! There are plenty of spots to unwind, such as a few tree swings. Very romantic. A walk around the grounds is a delight as the gardens are gorgeous. The spa is a lovely peaceful retreat, with the minimum you need to de-stress: sauna/steam, hydro pool and relaxation room. We also sampled the treatments, there were amazing! I had the 'holistic time out' and it was fantastic! Two nights here felt like longer. It felt secluded and special and watching our wedding DVD for the first time in the hotel's huge private cinema with some bubbly is one if my most cherished memories. Loved it!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 1, 2013

We had my mother in laws 90th Birthday at Barnsley House. A lovely afternoon tea for 16 family members. Absolutely couldn't fault the food, the service and the staff. Nothing was too much trouble and the house and gardens lovely. Would have loved to stay longer and will be back for an overnight stay soon!

  • Stayed May 2013
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Reviewed May 30, 2013

This was a special occasion trip to London, then on to Barnsley House in the Cotswolds. From the moment we were greeted at the reception; everything was perfect. The weather was lovely we chose to have a light lunch in the garden, with very attentive service.
Spa treatments were wonderfully relaxing, the small but great spa, again was superb.

Our room did not disappoint either-we had a stable yard suite, with an upstairs lounge and bath, so peaceful.
The food continued with the same excellent standard, attentive service, that genuinely cared about its customers. Locally sourced food, including from there own garden; I couldn't find any fault with this hotel and would recommend it wholeheartedly .

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 30, 2013

Very accommodating, hospitable, and enchanting!
Delightful martinis in pub setting bar. Dinner was artfully served with local vegetables, fruits, and meats. It has the modern conveniences, yet the spirit of the past!

  • Stayed May 2013
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Reviewed May 29, 2013

What a wonderful stay. Fabulous and generous public rooms. Really a dream spot for a weekend /vacation. Thanks to Emma for extra help with the driver & dinner order from late train. LOVELY Staff, relaxed, happy, inviting. The Village Pub leaves such a great memory. Don't change a thing at Barnsley House!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed May 28, 2013 via mobile

My husband took me to this hotel as a surprise for my 29th birthday and also as a treat as we are expecting our first child. He arranged a pregnancy full body massage in the hotel spa which was so relaxing. I have been to many hotels and have had a few massages but this one was the best by far. I highly recommend the spa and the hydro pool. After our spa he had arranged to go into the Barnsley house private cinema. The cinema was very lovely and we were given drinks and biscuits ready to watch the film with.
After all this it was then time to check in. The lady who showed us to our room was very kind and so was the reception staff, nothing was too much trouble. The room itself was stunning! Four poster bed,twin baths with tv, beautiful decor very classy. The complimentary mini bar was fantastic and had everything that you could want in a room. Biscuits,all different choices of teas,all different coffees with percolator. Then you have your soft drinks,water and fruit juices.
The bed was so comfy and the baths were so relaxing I didn't want to leave them.
We ate at the hotel restaurant and the food was delicious. We have been to michelin star restaurants before and I'd say this was on par with many of them. The chef was lovely and made sure my fillet of beef was cooked through to perfection knowing I was pregnant. Nothing was too much trouble.
The next day it was such lovely weather that we walked around the pretty well kept gardens that the hotel has. We then stayed for afternoon tea on the terrace.
Overall this hotel is one of the best in the uk I have been too and we have been to some lovely hotels. The hotel grounds are stunning and the staff are extremely friendly. I don't have any faults about this hotel whatsoever. Everything was perfect. So if you truly want a romantic getaway or just some time to relax and unwind I could not recommend this hotel highly enough.
We only live 20mins away from this hotel and we will be back sometime soon.

  • Stayed March 2013
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Additional Information about Barnsley House

Property: Barnsley House
Address: Barnsley, Cirencester GL7 5EE, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Cotswolds > Cirencester > Barnsley
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center 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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