Hotel review: Barnsley House for a weekend, without the kids
It’s not often we get a break without the kids. Hearing that the hotel was adult only and had availability, I confirmed the booking before they’d finished their sentence.
Why the Cotswolds?
We usually holiday abroad but due to work commitments over the Christmas period, we went to the Cotswolds, and it’s true what they say.
8th March 2019
We arrived in the tiny village of Barnsley and pulled up the sweeping drive to this quaint little hotel called Barnsley House with its 18 rooms, small spa, private cinema room and beautiful views and gardens.
Being used to larger, more family orientated hotels, the first thing I noticed was a lack of reception desk or concierge.
Then a chirpy Amelia appeared from the basement office wearing tweed as if to remind us to slow down and experience the country way of life.
She welcomed us with a brief tour of the lounge, bar and restaurant. There was no formal check-in, and Barnsley House wouldn’t take a credit card insisting that we should pay on checkout. I knew they had my AMEX details from the booking, but it still felt somewhere between uncomfortable and refreshing.
The room facilities were more than adequate although just shy of a 5* deluxe property.
King size bed
Sofas and armchairs
Sky TV and DVD player
Minibar and safe
I opted for fillet of beef, carrot purée, sprouting broccoli, peppercorn sauce, chips (£32) and the wife had Dover sole, tartare sauce and fries (£30)
A short walk down the road and you'll find the hotel's Village Pub with equally excellent food and a must for Sunday lunch if you're in the area.
9th March 2019
We headed into the closest town, Cirencester for a mooch and found some lovely shops and the most delicious homemade chocolate infused raspberry fudge.
A perfect present for the in-laws as a thank you for hosting our three children, aged nine, eleven and thirteen.
Despite a chilly disposition, we took a dip in the outdoor hot tub and a nap in the spa's relaxation room.
The previous night’s dinner was so delicious that we repeated it, this time adding a starter but still finishing with the melting chocolate pudding and clementine sorbet.
10th March 2019
The morning came around too quickly, but we will always have memories of sitting in separate bathtubs and waking up in a bed without kids’ feet in our faces.
What did it cost and what did I think of it?
The total cost for two nights in a junior suite, two spa treatments, two dinners and all the snacks from the mini bar was a little over £1,400 - some will consider it pricey for a UK break but compared to Four Seasons Hampshire, Coworth Park and The Grove, it felt like fair value to me.
You can find the latest pricing and availability and make a booking here.