Southern Living magazine recently featured this resort first in their Hotel Collection so we (ahem, my girlfriend) had to give it a try. We fell in love.
My girlfriend surprised me with this weekend getaway. I had no idea where we were going until literally we were pulling into the grounds. But hidden in northwest Georgia was this gem.
First, the staff was outstanding. I can overlook a lot of things, but friendliness is free. And this place has it in droves.
The rooms/lodges/cottages/bungalows....whatever you wanna call them, are spotless and charming. They have all the character you would expect from the old south. They are appointed nicely and clean, clean, clean. The beds are so comfortable you'll likely want to spend the day there, But don't! Read on....
The grounds were meticulously maintained, and nothing short of what you would expect. Don't miss visiting the ruins of Barnsley Manor, ESPECIALLY at night. Amazing. Speaking of night...throughout the resort you'll find fire pits and Adirondack chairs for making S'mores. This place even has the S'mores necessitates available at the hospitality house, and complimentary. There is something for everyone here. Golf? Check. Swimming? Check. Horseback riding? Check. Canoeing? Check. The list goes on. Everything in the resort is convienant. Park your car when you arrive, and bury the keys in your suitcase. You won't be needing them. I would encourage everyone who visits to walk and enjoy the sights, but if you can't or just don't feel like it, they even have that covered. Golf carts are readily available for rent.
Dinner at the Woodland Grill was excellent. We started with the cheese tray that featured local cheeses. Now normally I don't go on and on about an appetizer...but if you're into the cheese course thing, you must try it. Then it was onto jumbo scallops with lobster ravioli. It was just as good as it sounds. Service was once again friendly and prompt.
This is the part of the review where I'm supposed to offer some small constructive criticism. But I really can't. We enjoyed every aspect of our stay. I've been to Calloway, Brasstown Bald, Lanier Islands, and Blackshear. This place has them all beat. This will be our first choice the next time we're looking to get away. And for that reason alone, maybe I'll subscribe to Southern Living.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Just 60 miles north of Atlanta, Barnsley Resort welcomes guests into a storybook setting enhanced by genuine Southern hospitality. Encompassing 3,300 acres, the historic Barnsley Gardens offers a unique experience. Accommodations at Barnsley Resort are located within 36 unique guest cottages inspired by the architecture of Andrew Jackson Downing. There are 90 guest rooms and suites, or you may also reserve an entire cottage. Whether looking for a relaxing getaway weekend, strategic meeting or an elegant wedding, guests will discover a retreat of privacy and perfection. Amenities include regionally inspired dining, a boutique spa, and exciting recreational choices such as world-class golf,horseback riding, hiking, biking, paintball, tennis, barnyard visits and more. SpringBank Sporting Club offers a 26 station sporting clays course and upland bird hunting at SpringBank Plantation. Guests may also visit the iconic 19th century manor house ruins and historic gardens of the original Barnsley home. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Barnsley Gardens Hotel Adairsville
- Barnsley Gardens Adairsville
- Barnsley Gardens Resort