The reason for staying was to see Rosemary Verey''s garden, to have some nice walks, good food, bit of luxury with a spa. The hotel itself is nicely presented, we stayed in one of the deluxe garden rooms which was a good size and comfortable. It was extraordinarily hot during our stay so a fan was provided but even so as there was no air conditioning it still proved to be difficult to get a good night's sleep. The hair drier was antiquated, heavy and it took ages to dry hair, I know this sounds picky but every second counts when you are on a break! We arrived at lunchtime, ordered a vegetarian juice but were told not possible as they had some other rather demanding guests .... ? First dinner was nice in the garden. You could not book the garden. It was first come first served, so second night we had to eat inside. This was disappointing as we had come Specifically to experience the garden. It was v hot so had to ask for a fan. The pastry was uncooked in our starter, they apologised and gave us a free drink. I think the tables would be better outside with umbrellas in the middle of the table instead of to the side, I saw so many people trying to get shade at breakfast without success. It was also a shame that tables were not dotted around the garden for drinks, how Romantic that would have been. Take an ordinance survey map with you, the walking instructions are v poor, we had to cut short A 5 hour walk as we got so lost, also one was v overgrown with brambles, nettles etc. We are experienced walkers so I don't think it was our poor navigation! The spa is nice and very professional. All in all, we had a nice time, but not as special as we hoped. Ah before I forget the garden was interesting with some good planting but not maintained to a high standard. Would I recommend it to a friend for a special place to go? No there are better places!
- 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