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.
- 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