Barnsley House.. what an absolute little slice of heaven in the Cotswolds. I continue to be amazed at the incredibly beautiful towns and villages that creep up on us in the area which I live in, there is so much to explore, and I feel so lucky to have it all on my doorstep. You might recall I turned 30 fairly recently, and my goodness has life been busy since then. It was the most incredible weekend, I celebrated with all of my close friends and family, and then D whisked me away for a night of pure luxury at Barnsley House, just 30 minutes down the road from Cheltenham. And boy were we looked after!
I have to admit, I enlisted the help of a lovely friend who I’ve met through Instagram – Amelia – who is one of the managers at Barnsley House, and organised us a special rate, and ensured the staff looked after us. So thank you Amelia! But regardless, the place is truly special.
Upon arrival, we headed to reception where they informed us that as it was my birthday, they had been able to upgrade us to one of their suites. We had lucked out! The friendly reception team gave us a quick tour of the hotel, a cosy, inviting Cotswold Manor House which made you feel warm and fuzzy, and instantly happy. She then took us up to our bedroom, where we were both in awe, not only of the views from the window, but the sheer size of the room. We had a huge, comfortable bed, lounge area (perfect for opening all of my cards & gifts) and even some little truffles and a birthday card laid out on the bed.
When we headed into the bathroom, I had instant bathroom envy. It was the epitome of the perfect bathroom. We had 2 – yes 2!! – baths adjacent to each other, along with his and hers sinks, and a room I could dance around. Not only that, but you could sit in the bath (with a glass of prosecco of course) and watch TV! There was a TV in the bathroom!
Barnsley House is lucky enough to boast an on-site restaurant – The Potager, as well as The Village Pub over the road. We were only there for 1 night, so we only had the chance to sample one of the 2 venues, and headed to the hotel restaurant. We did, however, walk past the village pub, and it’s most definitely somewhere I’d like to try out.
We had dinner included in our stay – they have some great offers you can get which include bed, dinner and breakfast, and in the beautiful setting of Barnsley, it’s the perfect place for a cosy night in, where you don’t need to leave the hotel (although we did go out for a walk).
We decided to skip the starters (and save a little room for dessert) and head straight to the good bit. I ordered venison (my absolute favourite) with creamy mash potato, whilst D opted for the Duck Breast. The meat was tender, cooked to perfection and flavoursome. The vegetables were beautifully cooked, sourced from their very own garden (which we checked out the next day). I really enjoyed the delicious, high quality food which was served, in an un-fussy restaurant, where I was able to enjoy a good, hearty meal.
I was full after the main meal, but I knew I didn’t want to miss out on dessert! D had the cheeseboard (and I got to try some) and I had an apple tatin, with caramel sauce and ice cream. It was deliciously light and flaky, and I managed to squeeze the whole thing in!
You can’t talk about the restaurant without mentioning the incredible breakfast we were treated to in the morning. An amazing spread of fruit, yoghurts, and fresh pastries, followed by a delicious hot breakfast cooked to order. D had his usual – eggs Benedict (great for me to take photos of!) and I was feeling simple, so ordered a tasty sausage sandwich.
Following on from our sunny afternoon walk, we were a little peckish, so ordered a plate of cakes & a pot of loose leaf tea. The tea was fresh and delicious, and the cakes were light, moist and fluffy. The perfect treat before we headed home.
The Spa at Barnsley House is incredible. It’s a quiet, peaceful haven away from the hustle and bustle, and I would challenge you to find somewhere more relaxing. It backs onto the beautiful rolling hills and fields of The Cotswolds, and it is truly a little slice of heaven.
A particularly small spa, what I loved about it was that they don’t have members like some hotels allow, and they don’t allow day guests (unless they are really quiet) – so it is available exclusively to hotel guests. And the hotel is relatively small, so you can enjoy a relatively small selection of people, in fact for a couple of hours one evening D and I were the only ones there – bliss!
We both had an incredible treatment (I opted for a facial, D had a massage) and felt totally and utterly spoilt. I couldn’t get over how beautiful it was, sitting in the March sunset, enjoying the warmth of their outdoor hot tub. If you go to Barnsley House, you need do nothing more than simply sit back and relax at The Spa.
If you are looking for a little Cotswolds getaway, where you will feel spoilt, relaxed and wanting for nothing, then this should feature high on your wishlist. Everything about it screams luxury, but with a touch of homeliness about it. I will definitely be back!