A country house hotel with a boutique feel.
Barnsley Cirencester Gloucestershire GL7 5EE. 01285 740 000
Like its nearby sister hotel, Calcot Manor, Barnsley House, situated in the Cotswolds village of the same name, gets it absolutely right. It's a smaller, more boutiquey place than its sister on the whole, with the feel of an intimate stately home – and house party – but the standard of the guest accommodation is equally high, with 18 spacious rooms divided between the main house and a converted stable block and others in a purpose-built structure that looks out onto the hotel's fantastic landscaped gardens. All the rooms have state-of-the-art TVs and docking stations, luxurious toiletries and robes, water and snacks, and really everything you need to feel at home. The hotel also has a self-catering option, Home Farm Cottage – a three-bedroomed home-from-home that's equally well appointed, with a basket of goodies on arrival. All in all Barnsley House is a perfect place for a lazy weekend break: a lovely place to go walking, tour the surrounding countryside or just generally slob about, with lots of comfy lounges, a couple of good places to eat – the crisp and light Potager Restaurant or the deliberately cosy Village Pub – and of course the fabulous gardens, which are a feature in themselves, landscaped in the 1950s by revered garden guru Rosemary Verey and superbly maintained. Last but not least, Barnsley House has a spa, too, housed in a specially designed building lurking in the grounds and fitted with an outdoor hydrotherapy pool, a sauna and various treatment rooms that look out onto the countryside beyond. Sitting there in your fluffy robe and slippers is to enjoy the Cotswolds country escape par excellence, and makes you wish weekends were longer. And if you like it, try their country cousin, the Lord Crewe Arms, in Blanchland, the North Pennines (Northumberland), which we also love.
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18 spacious rooms divided between the main house and a converted stables.
- Docking Stations
- DVD Player
- Flatscreen TVs
- Gardens & Grounds
- Room Treats
Double rooms with breakfast from £200 a night.
The hotel is right in the centre of Barnsley village, four miles from Cirencester on the B4425 road between Cirencester and Burford. From London, take junction 8 off the M40 and follow the A40 towards Cheltenham; one mile past the Burford roundabout, turn left onto the B4425 (signposted Bibury), from where it's 11 miles to Barnsley. From the M4 (heading west), take junction 18 and follow the A429 towards Cirencester, then the B4425 towards Bibury; heading east leave the M4 at junction 15 and take the A417 towards Cirencester. At the roundabout, take the B4425 to Bibury.
Open all year.