Cotswolds, United Kingdom

Barnsley House

Rates per night from$239.71

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Super-stylish manor house


Gorgeous Gloucestershire gardens

Designed by its former owner Rosemary Verey, the famed gardener, designer and writer, Barnsley House hotel – on 11 gloriously manicured acres in Gloucestershire – is one of the most stylish country-house hotels in the Cotswolds. The current owners have stripped the manor house of the old cottage chintz, but have maintained and restored historic original features. The cool modern furniture, stunning bathroom sand gleaming spa blend seamlessly with this 17th-century country pile.

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A Barnsley House cocktail each – or a glass of champagne or Pimms in the Village Pub across the road – on arrival


Photos Barnsley House facilities

Need to know


18, including 11 suites.


Noon (5pm check-out subject to availability on payment of a £75 supplement). Check-in, 3pm.


Double rooms from $239.71 (£187), excluding tax at 20 per cent.

More details

Rates include English breakfast.


There are occasionally afternoon or evening film screenings; you can also hire the cinema (for free). Consult the purple book in your room to see what DVDs are available to borrow.

Please note

The spa will be closed for refurbishment from 4 to 28 November 2018. Guests can book treatments in the hotel's temporary spa suite during this time.

At the hotel

Landscaped gardens, tennis court, helipad, holistic spa with hydrotherapy pool, private 30-seat cinema, DVD library. In rooms, plasma-screen TV with surround-sound system, CD/DVD player, iPod dock, free broadband connection, mini fridge with complimentary water and juice. Fresh fruit and tea and coffee also available. Bikes to borrow.

Our favourite rooms

Bathrooms are a big draw here, with features such as roll-top baths, twin sinks, walk-through showers and flatscreen TVs. Room 1 has two bathtubs, side by side; Room 2 has a Jacuzzi. Room 8 has a sitting room, and Room 7 has its own conservatory and garden. Stableyard Rooms are attractive duplexes with upstairs bathrooms and wet rooms.


The hydrotherapy pool in the spa is better suited to relaxing than laps.


Follow the winding pathway from the main house, through the gardens, to the beamed, rustic spa. Expect a holistic experience from start to finish – on arrival you're given a fluffy robe and refreshments, and are guided to the floral-scented relaxation room. There's a hydrotherapy pool and herbaceous sauna, and Aromatherapy Associates treatments have a calming effect: hot-stone massages, reflexology, rose-scented facials. A range of Caci treatments smooths lumps and bumps, and Delilah make-up artists take care of your visage – guests could easily spend all their stay here, so it's best to book treatments before you arrive.

Packing tips

CDs or iPod, tennis kit, swimming costume (for the spa's hydrotherapy pool).


Minimum two-night stay at weekends, including bank holiday weekends. Make sure you book ahead at the restaurant and the Village Pub.


Dogs are allowed in some rooms. See more pet-friendly hotels in Cotswolds.


This romantic hotel is for grown-ups only: leave the kids at home!

Food and Drink

Photos Barnsley House food and drink

Top Table

Table 4, in the bay window.

Dress Code

Relaxed but stylish; leave ripped jeans and elderly T-shirts at home.

Hotel restaurant

The secret of the Potager’s super-fresh Modern European dishes is home-grown vegetables, salad leaves and herbs plucked straight from the kitchen garden (when you see zucchini soup and deep-fried courgette flowers on the same menu, it’s easy to tell what’s ripe for the picking). Breakfast, 7.30am–10.30am (noon for room service). Tables are wooden-topped, linen napkins are rosemary-sprig-topped, and the general feel is relaxed and comfortable.

Hotel bar

The cosy country-style bar is warm, woody and willowy, and is open until late for guests.

Last orders

Food: 9.30pm Monday to Thursday; 10pm Friday and Saturday. Bar opens late for guests. Breakfast is available between 8am and 10am (till 10.30am on weekends). Lunch noon to 2pm (till 2.30pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday).

Room service

Food can be ordered while the kitchen is open (8am–10pm); they may be able to rustle up snacks out of hours.


Photos Barnsley House location
Barnsley House
Barnsley, Cirencester
United Kingdom


London Heathrow is the closest major airport – it's around an hour and a half from the hotel, following the M4 west to Swindon, Cirencester and eventually Cheltenham.


The nearest train station is in Kemble, around 20 minutes from the hotel. Direct trains go from here to London Paddington in an hour and 20 minutes.


Driving distance from London is 80 miles. From the M4, exit at Junction 15 and use the A419 towards Gloucester, exiting when you spot the B4425 for Bibury. Alternatively, you’ll need to take the A40 towards Cheltenham once you’ve left the M40 at Junction 8.

Worth getting out of bed for

Grab a pair of gumboots and a walking map from reception and explore the countryside (if you’re really keen, ring ahead and reserve wellies in your size). A walk through Coln Valley, just 10 minutes away by car, is very enjoyable. Staff can also arrange fantastic activities from rowing along the Thames with a picnic hamper to side-saddle riding lessons. Have a picnic and watch a game at Cirencester Park Polo Club or Beaufort Polo Club, favoured by the Prince of Wales and his sons. Horse-riding and fishing can be organised by the hotel. Try ballooning with Balloon Flights in Cheltenham, or shooting at Ian Coley.

Local restaurants

Jesse’s Bistro in Cirencester is a small, relaxed restaurant with its own cheese shop, serving fresh fish and meat roasted in a wood-burning oven. You’ll find it in a stableyard behind the highly regarded butcher’s, Jesse Smiths. The Bell at Sapperton near Cirencester, where most ingredients of its gastropub menu are locally sourced. With two Michelin stars, Le Champignon Sauvage in Cheltenham serves English and French cuisine.

Local cafés

Deli-café The Rectory Kitchen & Cellar at 2 Templar Mews off Black Jack Street in Cirencester (01285 644700) is a foodie’s paradise, with locally sourced produce and fresh, delicious home cooking. Eat in or take away for future enjoyment. Squirrel away some freshly baked biscuits for the car journey home, or a jar of the Rectory's lemon curd as a souvenir.

Local bars

Lively Montpellier Wine Bar in Cheltenham. With polished-wood tables, crackling fires and exposed beams, The Village Pub, across the road from Barnsley House, is not only a wonderful place to nurse a pint (or a Pimm’s), but also does fantastic food. On Tetbury’s Cirencester Road in a converted jail, Trouble House Inn is an option for country-pub grub. Just outside Cirencester in Ewen, 16th-century Wild Duck Inn is a step-back-in-time treat, with oak panelling, an enormous fireplace and ancestral oil paintings. It's a lovely place for a few drinks; there’s real ale on tap and a killer wine list, but the big draw is the canopied courtyard with an ancient apple tree at its, ahem, core. 


Photos Barnsley House reviews
Jim McNulty

Anonymous review

By Jim McNulty, Travelling tour manager

I sail boats, and I live by the sea in Brighton. In fact, when I’m reborn, I’d like (karma willing) to come back as a pirate. With that in mind, you’ll understand that when I’m not living and breathing the buccaneer’s life, I’m probably dreaming about it. So imagine my bewilderment as, roused from my seafaring slumber, I find myself being bundled into a car – and not a boat. No cutlasses or pieces of eight here. Just three large weekend bags, two Ms Smiths, and one very bleary-eyed, hung-over would-be pirate. While I’m fighting off the waves of nausea from a stag do the night before, Mrs Smith gently reminds me of our mission: to review the luxury hotel Barnsley House in the Cotswolds, with our four-month-old daughter Delilah. Now, if I can only stop my stomach churning like I’m about to walk the plank, we might make it there in one piece.
Although many manor houses have an unfortunate tendency to be inland, they have always seriously impressed me, and, pulling up at this 17th-century Gloucestershire skyline-loomer, I’m not disappointed. By the time we’ve disembarked at the ivy-hugged, hilltop mansion, I’ve completely recovered my land legs. There’s something about the aged Cotswold stone and manicured setting that sends me back to childhood summers at my grandmother’s Ireland home, and it takes the sultry French tones of a Barnsley House staff member to pull me out of my nostalgic reverie. Dispensing with the formality of check-in, she guides us straight to our room. We’re in the new Stable Yard, with a split-level suite. The ground floor consists of a marshmallow-comfy double bed and a sleek, spacious lounge area with windows overlooking the courtyard.
Now is the moment of truth. Mrs Smith is a fashion stylist and has a laser-guided eye for the tiniest design flaws. As she conducts her silent survey, I await the inevitable ‘tsk’ that greets even the most invisible aesthetic faux pas. But, miraculously, none comes. I sigh with relief, and a smiling Mrs Smith disappears up the wrought-iron staircase into the crow’s nest of our suite – a bathroom on a floor all of its own. Running up to join her, I find a glass wall that gives a perfect view of our bedroom below. A claw-foot roll-top bath presides over the space, partnered by a freestanding shower with a frying-pan-sized head, a TV set into the wall and a soapstone basin almost a metre in length.
The courtyard below boasts a waterfall surrounded by a medley of meadow flowers: pansies, foxgloves and heather – but it’s the beautiful main gardens that have caught our eye. So, having transferred Delilah from armchair to pushchair, we set off for the formal lawns.

A beguiling collision of the landscaped and the wild, the grounds of Barnsley House are the stuff of period-drama fantasy. Shaded paths weave around hidden statues, curvaceous topiary and bountiful berry bushes. We find ourselves resting in an ivy-draped gazebo, looking out onto a lily-capped carp pond. We can see why horticulturalites from around the world head to this garden of delights (although presumably they don’t get presented with delicious apple martinis by a passing barman while they’re inspecting the cabbages).
Arriving at seven o’clock on the dot, the hotel’s babysitter enables us to enjoy an aperitif before dinner. Sinking into red tulip chairs beside a marble-topped bar, I order monkfish tempura with Barnsley House-grown vegetables. Mrs Smith announces she is not hungry – a claim belied a few minutes later when most of my monkfish has fallen victim to her scavenging fork. I order another, then top it with a delectable helping of fresh strawberries, rich cream and crumbly shortbread. Happy, we saunter to our enormous bed (post-nightcap, of course), tuck the snoozing little one between us, and sleep the sleep of the fabulously stuffed.
After waking to a leisurely 11 o’clock breakfast in bed (muesli, yoghurt, jams and croissants), we’re tempted to linger longer in the linens, but also determined to squeeze every last drop of grade II-listed glamour from this hotel. We take the path to the new spa building – all glass and Cotswold stone – under the shadow of the neighbouring farm. There’s a steam room and sauna (as well as bowls of crushed ice on hand for the necessary post-steaming facial cool-down) and a massage menu that’s relaxing just to read, but it’s the heated outdoor hydrotherapy pool that really gets me excited. Then I realise I’ve forgotten my swimming shorts (why would I need them this far inland?). Not to worry; the staff seem only mildly alarmed at the sight of a man in his boxers bottle-feeding a baby.

Alternately wallowing and being pummelled by the giant overhead jets of water, I feel a million miles away from the hung-over pirate of yesterday. Shuffling into the relaxation room, we find ourselves reclining on black leather loungers and sipping ginger tea, against a backdrop of inimitable Cotswolds countryside spied through floor-to-ceiling glass walls; it’s a drop-dead delicious denouement to our already perfect day.

It’s tempting to skip dinner, but the Village Pub (Barnsley House owners Tim and Rupert’s other baby) has a reputation not to be resisted. Rupert himself provides a spot-on wine recommendation to suit our gourmet pub supper, and Richard, the head gardener, regales us with a lesson in veg-growing that reminds me that sometimes the land does have its advantages over the ocean – after all, you can’t grow cauliflower on a catamaran.

We’re scheduled to leave Barnsley House tomorrow morning, and normally I’m straining at the moorings to get back to my beloved marina, but – shiver me oak-beamed timbers – I never thought I’d be this reluctant to return to the sea.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel or villa, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Barnsley House’s Guestbook below.

We loved

We loved the gorgeous spa, with it's outdoor hydrotherapy pool, wood burning fire and plenty of loungers facing the countryside. The gardens around the hotel are beautiful and the staff are charming.

Don’t expect

Don't expect complete luxury – our king bed in one of the Stable rooms was made up of two mattresses attached together, so there was a ridge down the middle of the bed.


Stayed on 15 Aug 2018

We loved

We loved the room, particularly the bathroom! Room 5. The spa was lovely. The restaurant was very good - the Vincigrassi pasta dish was out of this world! Really great dinner! The Village Pub is lovely!

Don’t expect

The check out process was sloppy, which left a bad taste unfortunately:-( Although our bill was "ready" it was completely wrong; someone else's meal at the Village Pub has been added to our bill, the management team (all three of them) were convinced we booked Bed Breakfast so they added our dinner when in fact we had booked Dinner, Bed and Breakfast, they didn't deduct the amount I had paid for the Dinner, Bed and Breakfast so tried to charge me in full - all very disappointing! They need to pay more attention to getting bills right - its just not something they can afford to get wrong!


Stayed on 28 Jun 2018

We loved

The food and drink in the Village Pub, the very friendly service, the relaxed feel of the whole hotel.

Don’t expect

The pool was closed for repairs, the stairs to the bedroom in our split level suite were very noisy, and it took a long time to coax any cold water out of the taps (presumably a quirk of the plumbing).


Stayed on 11 Feb 2018

We loved

The welcome – from the email you receive a few days before your visit, with a lovely reminder of your up and coming stay, which says just drive to the front door and we will do the rest. They mean it, there isn't a reception desk, just someone to welcome you, show you to your room, and sort your bags and park your car. The rooms – everything you need is there – comfortable, luxurious and spacious. The service – nothing is too much trouble, and plenty of available staff to help out. The food – fabulous. The attention to detail – it was our anniversary, we not only had a personalised anniversary card with chocolates waiting in our room, we also received a glass of champagne and happy anniversary on my dessert plate. I had booked months before and not mentioned again...great personalisation. A chilled time – it is just so relaxing. We didn't visit the spa and it was snowing, so didn't enjoy the gardens very much, but the log fires which are well tendered, the selection of DVDs, up to date magazines in your room, as well as books to read...

Don’t expect's so chilled. A big hotel – it has 18 rooms. Children – under 14s are not allowed. A cheap stay – it isn't but it's worth it: two days felt like a week.


Stayed on 19 Jan 2018

We loved

The feeling that we were guests in a beautiful country house. We were upgraded to a fabulous suite called The Secret Garden, but all the rooms looked wonderful. Nothing was too much trouble for the friendly staff and there was absolutely nothing I would change. There's a fab fish and chip restaurant in Cirencester called Fish and Fizz.

Don’t expect

Not suitable for children or disabled guests.


Stayed on 6 Dec 2017

We loved

Everything was perfect from the welcoming staff to the beautiful suite with the comfiest bed ever. We really enjoyed the spa each day for a steam sauna dip in the outdoor hydro pool and treatments. Our meals were first class as were the staff. This was not our first visit to Barnsley House and we look forward to the next time.


Stayed on 5 Nov 2017

We loved

The rooms. We stayed in the Stables number 14, which was split level with great bathroom upstairs. The food was excellent in the restaurant. There are so many beautiful places to visit in easy reach from the hotel; you can't go wrong.

Don’t expect

Not a great bar area. Didnt use the spa facilities so can't comment.


Stayed on 1 Oct 2017

We loved

Spa, peace and relaxation, local pub, friendly staff.

Don’t expect

Lively nights.


Stayed on 17 Apr 2017

We loved

Standard room

Don’t expect

The suite to be the same standard as standard room it's not as good


Stayed on 31 Mar 2017

We loved

A charming property in a fantastic location with great views. Friendly and helpful staff. Great place for cyclists keen to attempt Mt Ventoux. For those staying several nights, there are some alternative restaurants outside of the hotel but within walking distance.

Don’t expect

Party nightlife.


Stayed on 10 Mar 2017

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