Barnsley House

Henry VIII gave the manor of Barnsley to each wife in turn – the old romantic! More

Contact details

Barnsley House
Barnsley
Gloucestershire
GL7 5EE
England
01285 740 000

Hotel information

Bedrooms

18. 7 in stableyard, 4 in courtyard, 1 in cottage, 1 suitable for disabled.

Open

all year.

Facilities

2 lounges, bar, restaurant, cinema, meeting room, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Sky, Freeview), civil wedding licence, terrace, 11-acre garden (spa, outdoor hydrotherapy pool), restaurant and lounge wheelchair accessible.

Background music

'easy listening' in lounge and restaurant.

Children

not under 14.

Dogs

allowed in stableyard rooms, not in grounds or public areas.

Credit cards

Amex, MasterCard, Visa.

Prices

per room B&B single £181-£621, double £199-£621. A la carte £42. 1-night bookings sometimes refused.

Other reviews

Good Hotel Guide Review

Henry VIII gave the manor of Barnsley to each wife in turn – the old romantic! – before it passed to the Bourchier family, who built this Cotswold stone house in the 1690s. It is today an upmarket hotel and spa with ‘a relaxed feel and lovely setting’. ‘Beautiful bedrooms’, decorated in natural tones, come with biscuits, magazines, mineral water. Some deluxe rooms, overlooking gardens laid out by former resident and garden designer Rosemary Verey, have side-by-side baths and walk-in shower. The Rosemary Verey suite has a private courtyard, conservatory and grotto. The Stableyard suites are ‘not for the old or infirm’: ‘a steep flight of steps’ separates bedroom from bathroom and seating area. A bath ‘the size of a small swimming pool’ was a mobility challenge in itself. In the Potager restaurant, Francesco Volgo’s cooking is inspired by the seasons and produce from the kitchen garden, perhaps chicken breast, sweetcorn pancakes, bacon, sprouting broccoli. Cheaper fare is available in The Village Pub (see Shortlist). Staff are ‘polite, attentive and plentiful’, while an ‘excellent breakfast’ includes free-range eggs from the house hens. Calcot Manor, Tetbury (see entry) is a sister enterprise.

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Barnsley House
Barnsley
Gloucestershire
GL7 5EE

Guest comments

'A serene and romantic house in a lovely garden. We liked the informal style, the friendly young staff, the cosy little lounges with their wood fires. We disliked the duplex Stable Yard room but moved to a lovely room in the main building. Good food in the Potager restaurant and we liked the alternative of dining in The Village Pub. Good breakfast though we would have liked freshly squeezed orange juice. ' - Caroline Ellis - April, 2013

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