Indulge country comforts in the Cotswolds at Barnsley House Hotel nr Cirencester offering a contemporary spa, 11 acres to explore and their very own kitchen garden restaurant to give your stay just the right amount of gluttony…
Belonging to the Calcot Collection, grade II listed manor house Barnsley House Hotel near Cirencester is recognised as one of the top UK luxury hotels and 5 bubble spa retreats in the Cotswolds according to The Good Spa Guide. Offering 18 utterly unique rooms, private garden suites and two-storey stable dwellings, original features are seamlessly combined with a tasteful modern palette. Beautiful furnishings, cool colour schemes and open plan living will see you ease into your stay at Barnsley from the word go!
The added contemporary Barnsley House spa is private and petite making use of undulating rural views of the neighbouring cotswolds farms right from the steaming waters of the outdoor hydrotherapy pool to the glass facade relaxation room. Inside the spa, the outdoor elements are carried throughout with exposed cotswolds stone work, wicker and stylishly comfortable rattan furnishings. A select menu of restorative ELEMIS treatments will take you to the lower level of the spa where cosy, dimly-lit treatment rooms await through ochre stone tunnels. A post-treatment chill out zone also on this level is cleverly designed to hub the illusion of nature and is constructed of curvaceous wicker woven walls, oversized individual sofas and plenty of plump mocha fleece blankets.
Aptly named after the french term for ‘kitchen garden’ Barnsley’s in-house restaurant The Potager brings the tranquility and elegant wilderness of the Rosemary Verey gardens inside – scouting a provencal-style olive palette throughout. Fruitful pots dress the dining room while herbaceous sprigs stylishly accent intimate candlelit tables. Floor-to-ceiling windows right the way around romanticise the view of the gardens at dusk – if you look hard enough you’ll be able to see soft illuminations of the Gothic summer house.
Among the ornamental fruit and vegetable plots, the gardens not only offer innumerable pleasure for mild meandering, they also provide a considerable quantity of the key ingredients that inspire Barnsley’s menu with seasonality at the forefront of every single dish. ‘Crop favourites’ of the season like russet apples and beet varieties are updated inside the menu and whet the appetite for a choice of cleverly cultivated dishes to take your fancy. Not to mention the potted elixir of salty herbed homemade salsa verde’ for anointing to heavenly artisan breads.
Head Chef Francesco Volgo will serve up the most exquisite interpretation of meat and two veg (showcasing their ethos to serve quality by simple cooking of fewer ingredients) including 36-hour pork belly & loin, choucroute, chorizo & heritage carrot. For the seafood lover – lemon sole, nut brown butter & brown shrimp. If it hasn’t been grown in the kitchen garden it will have come from the wealth of surrounding local farms (which Barnsley add you will probably be able to hear from within the grounds!) All washed down with a speciality wine list and all-too-tempting drinks menu featuring Barnsley House’s very own gin which can be spiced up with caramelised and/or floral aromas of ginger and elderflower.
While the gardens hum with thriving wildlife at the height of the summer months aswell as milder autumns, The Potager’s floor-to-ceiling orangery-style doors are opened out onto the grounds welcoming warmer climes for alfresco dining morning, noon and evening.
Exclusive Barnsley Weddings
As far as weddings go, you won’t find a more picture-perfect setting for your alfresco ceremony (fairy-light strewn trees and all) Barnsley House only offer exclusivity quite simply to ensure maximum privacy for your wedding party and the utmost indulgence of the house and outside space. Make the most of the what Barnsley House have to offer by checking the bride and her girls into the spa the afternoon before the big day followed by a private cinema viewing for up to 30 guest – we’ll even supply the popcorn! Send the boys to our resident village pub (run by us!) which is finished to the same contemporary country cosy standard no less for the perfect pre-wedding supper. Get more bespoke weddings ideas here – exclusive to Barnsley House.
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