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Barnsley House, Cirencester, Cotswolds
A honey-stone manor house in a picture-pretty Cotswold village, Barnsley House has stylish interiors, good food, a neat little cinema and a charming spa that backs on to a meadow. But that all plays second fiddle to its famous grounds, devised by gardening legend Rosemary Verey, who lived here from 1951 until her death in 2001. Now beloved as one of the top hotels in the Cotswolds, Barnsley House is a pricey, adults-only retreat - every inch a dreamy destination for romantic couples, garden aficionados and those seeking a rural escape.
We love the rural location - there's even a working farm next door.
The hotel is in the village of Barnsley, on the edge of the Cotswolds AONB and a short drive from Cirencester's quirky shops.
By car: The hotel is 2 hours from London and around 1 hour from Bristol and Oxford. There is free private parking for guests.
By train: London Paddington to Kemble takes just over an hour. The station is a 20-minute taxi ride from the hotel. thetrainline.com
Style & Character
Barnsley House is perfect for loved-up couples and gardening enthusiasts, who will appreciate the combination of hotel luxury and country setting.
Service & Facilities
Chatting to head gardener Richard Gately was fascinating; he was originally employed here by Verey and keeps the garden true to her ideas. Dogs may stay in the stable rooms.
- Pets allowed
- Spa and wellness centre
- Free parking
- Free Wi-Fi
- Non-smoking rooms
- Tennis court
Dogs are welcome by prior arrangement and can dine with their owners in The Village Pub.
We love The Potting Shed, in a former garden barn, and the clever lighting - there's even a chandelier fashioned from flower pots!
Elegant Room, Splendid Room, Garden Room, Stable Suite, Potting Shed Suite, Davina Suite, Rosemary Verey Suite, Secret Garden Suite, Home Farm Cottage
Facilities include: complimentary Wi-Fi, Nespresso coffee machine, ensuite bathroom, Ren toiletries, fluffy bathrobes and slippers, pantry
Food & Drink
A fireside afternoon tea with fruit scones and a gin and tonic, and Risotto with home-grown squash and candied pumpkin seeds, are foodie highlights.
The Potager: elegant, wholesome, seasonal dishes. Open for dinner to hotel guests only, 7-9.30pm (10pm on Friday and Saturday, 9pm on Sunday).
The Village Pub: country inn, hearty British dishes, produce from the estate. Open Monday-Thursday, 12-2.30pm and 6-9.30pm, Friday 12-2.30pm and 6-10pm, Saturday 12-3pm and 6-10pm and Sunday 12-9pm. Mains from £16.