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A honey-stone manor house in a picture-pretty Cotswold village, Barnsley House has stylish interiors, good food, a neat little cinema and a charming spa that backs onto a meadow. But that all plays second fiddle to its famous grounds, devised by gardening legend Rosemary Verey, who lived here from 1951 until her death in 2001. Now beloved as one of the top hotels in the Cotswolds, Barnsley House is a pricey, adults-only retreat, every inch a dreamy destination for romantic couples, garden aficionados and those seeking a rural escape.



We loved the rural location - there's even a working farm next door.

The hotel is in the village of Barnsley on the edge of the Cotswolds AONB, and a short drive from Cirencester's quirky shops.
By car: around 1 hour from Bristol and Oxford, and 2 hours from London. Free on-site parking.
By train: London Paddington to Kemble takes just over an hour. The station is a 20-minute taxi ride from the hotel.

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Style & Character

Barnsley House is perfect for loved-up couples and gardening enthusiasts, who will appreciate the combination of hotel luxury and country setting.

Service & Facilities

Chatting to head gardener Richard Gately was fascinating; he was originally employed here by Verey and keeps the garden true to her ideas.

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Spa
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi

Dogs may stay in the stable rooms and are allowed in The Boot.


We loved The Potting Shed in a former garden barn, and the clever lighting - there's even a chandelier fashioned from flower pots!

Cotswold, Laburnum, Garden, Barnsley, Stable Suite, Potting Shed Suite, Davina Suite, Rosemary Verey Suite, Secret Garden Suite
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom with Ren toiletries, bathrobes and slippers, Nespresso machine, pantry, free Wi-Fi

Food & Drink

A fireside afternoon tea with fruit scones and a gin and tonic, and risotto with home-grown squash and candied pumpkin seeds, are foodie highlights.

The Potager: fine dining, locally sourced produce, seasonal menus. Open daily for dinner. Sunday lunch served 12-2pm.
The Boot: traditional country pub, Cotswolds ales and seasonal ingredients. Open daily from 12pm.

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