With the picture postcard perfection of the Cotswolds at every turn, Barnsley House fits the brief beautifully as the quintessential country retreat.

Tumbling wisteria, warm stone and symmetrical chimneys – a bucolic dream.

Inside the dream continues, contemporary country chic in a palette of muted tones and light wood. Tasteful and elegant, warm and inviting. Stylishly romantic.

Let time stand still in the spa, indulge in a treatment or two and then seek out hideaway rooms and a secret garden suite. Step outdoors to the gardens, bursting into a life of their own. A classic Cotswold country garden with plenty of unique details. Designed by revered garden designer Rosemary Verey, who’s pottered with intent for the likes of Elton John. Ramble through them at leisure, they were designed with that purpose in mind.

View the Barnsley House’s entry in the Good Hotel Guide

and in the Good Spa Guide

Need to Know


Check-in at 3.00pm.


Check-out at 12.00 noon.

Also Worth Knowing

Extra bed for adult £90 per person to include breakfast

Hotel Facilities

Room facilities

Every room includes home cinema surround-sound hi-fi system, including CD player and radio, wide-screen plasma or LCD televisions in the bedrooms, bathrooms and sitting rooms, access to an extensive DVD library, bath and shower, fridge mini-bar with complimentary mineral water, soft drinks and snacks, broadband internet connection.


Expertly maintained by head gardener Richard Gatenby and his team, Barnsley House’s gardens are not grand or forbidding. Instead, they’re perfect places to unwind morning, noon and night. Featuring knot gardens, statues by Simon Verity, the Laburnum Walk, and an ornamental fruit and vegetable garden, the grounds are among England’s most famous settings.

Private cinema

Take the opportunity to relax in your own private cinema. Featuring the latest high-definition projector, the Cinema at Barnsley House is air-conditioned and can accommodate up to thirty people in comfortable two-seat pink leather sofas. Use of the cinema is complimentary to residents.


The Potager Restaurant

The Potager Restaurant with a terrace overlooks the gardens, providing the perfect place for a spot of lunch, afternoon tea or evening drinks. Head Chef Graham Grafton has worked in many top restaurants, including London’s Caprice, Bibendum and Chez Bruce. Graham and his team are passionate about using local and fresh produce from our Kitchen Gardens to create English dishes with an Italian influence.

Restaurant dress code:

Relaxed but stylish.

Restaurant opening times:

Last orders for food at 9.30pm Monday to Thursday and 10.00pm Friday and Saturday. Bar opens late for guests.

Room service:

During kitchen opening times (8.00am–10.00pm). May be able to get snacks out of hours.

The Spa

The Garden Spa:

The Garden Spa’s treatments will soothe and refresh your body and soul. Leading essential oils specialist Aromatherapy Associates has also created a selection of rituals, that capture the rejuvenating powers of plants and flowers to compliment the treatments.

Spa opening times:


Spa facilities:

The spa is fully equipped with five treatment rooms, a steam room, sauna, relaxation room and heated outdoor hydrotherapy pool.

Spa treatments:

Pedicure, Manicure, Bespoke Facial, Real Aromatherapy Experience, Traditional Swedish Massage, Express Massage and Facial, Men’s Skin Refining Facial, Aroma Reflex, Reflexology, Paraffin Infusion Hand and Feet Treatment, signature treatments and holistic treatments.



Guide price: Double room for two people per night including full English breakfast and VAT from £280.

For best available rates call 0800 089 3929



Barnsley House

Barnsley, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, GL7 5EE.

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Executive Chairman

Richard Ball

Hotel Director

Michele Mella

Offers & Packages

Our Best Deal

Barnsley House

Midweek Spa Break With Barnsley House

Enjoy a Midweek Spa Break with Barnsley House…

From £369 per room, to include:

  • Accommodation in the best available room
  • Full English breakfast
  • Dinner in The Potager restaurant
  • 2 x 25 minute spa treatments.
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Inclusive Packages

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Special Midweek Break

Enjoy a Special Midweek Break with four nights for the price of three…

Enjoy a four night break that includes:

  • Overnight accommodation in a double or twin room of your choice
  • Full English breakfast
  • Use of spa facilities
  • Fourth night is complimentary


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Christmas & NYE

Christmas & New Year at Barnsley House

Start your Christmas story here at Barnsley House.

Christmas with us is a relaxed country house party… Fairytale gardens surround our enchanting house, with beautiful hideaway rooms and suites, a blissful spa, delicious garden-to-plate dining and excellent wines.

We promise roaring fires, curled-up Cotswolds cosiness and ultimate relaxation in extraordinary and magical surroundings.

Christmas Eve It’s time to make the most of this very special country house hideaway… So curl up and get cosy by a crackling fire, or in the privacy and comfort of your room. Throughout the afternoon, tea, cake and mince pies will be served and the Spa will be open until 6.30pm for a little pampering. From 7:00pm, enjoy glass of Champagne, followed by a delicious dinner prepared by Chef Francesco and his team. For those who’d like to attend, Midnight Mass will be held at 11.30pm at nearby St. Mary’s Church in Bibury, with mulled wine and scrumptious mince pies on your return. Christmas Day Merry Christmas! Enjoy a Champagne breakfast in The Potager from 7:30am to 9:30am… or stay in your PJ’s, unwrap your presents and order room service until 11:00am. The Spa will be open from 10:00am to 1:00pm. (Not for treatments, but all other facilities are available).

Join us at noon in the lounges for a Champagne and canapé reception, followed by our deliciously indulgent three-course Christmas Day lunch in the festive atmosphere of The Potager, overlooking the gardens. You can then relax by the fire, take an afternoon stroll, explore our enchanting gardens… or just take a nap! Later, there’ll be a relaxed buffet from 7:00pm in The Potager and we have board games and cards in the lounges if you’d like to play… or enjoy a night cap before retreating to your lovely room. Boxing Day Do as much (or as little) as you like. Breakfast will be served in The Potager from 8:00am to 10:30am… or enjoy and lie-in and breakfast in bed until 11:00am. The Spa will be open between 10:00am and 6:30pm, or if you’re feeling a little more energetic, explore some nearby idyllic Cotswold villages and lovely local walks. Later, our cosy Village Pub across the road will be holding their Boxing Day Pie & Quiz evening!


Prices for the Christmas programme are based on double occupancy, arriving on Tuesday 24th December and departing after breakfast on Friday 27th December. Prices include three nights’ accommodation*, Champagne on arrival, Afternoon Tea and a three-course à la carte dinner on Christmas Eve, Champagne and canapé reception followed by a three-course Christmas Day lunch, buffet dinner Christmas Day night, an informal pie and quiz night at The Village Pub on Boxing Day, full English breakfast each morning, as well as service and VAT.

£500.00 non-refundable deposit at the time of booking. Full payment required by 1st November 2019 (non-refundable).

From £2215 in an Elegant room (upgrades available)




Welcoming in the New Year at Barnsley House will be a special stay you’ll never forget.

You can do as much or as little as you want… Some blissful pre-party pampering in the hideaway spa, exploring the glorious gardens and local area, indulging in our delicious food and of course, plenty of fizz and celebratory cocktails for the countdown to 2020!

Bring your nearest-and-dearest and cocoon yourselves in Cotswolds comfort, for the ultimate New Year retreat.

New Year’s Eve Hidden away in our magical gardens, the Spa will be open from 9:00am to 6.00pm for some pre-party pampering. You can stroll around our world- famous gardens designed by Rosemary Verey and then relax by the fire, or in our atmospheric cocktail bar. Explore the local area (ask us for some ideas) or Barnsley village… our very own Village Pub is just across the road if you’d like to sample a local ale and a bit of community spirit!

When you’re ready to start the festivities, we’d love you to join us in the Morning Room for a cocktail before your dinner. Then a truly wonderful feast awaits you, created by our talented Head Chef Francesco and his team, with many ingredients sourced from our own gardens and locally. There will be a Scottish piper during the course of the evening to set the mood and Champagne on the house at midnight, when we welcome 2020!

After dinner, make your way to the lounge and you will find some casino tables and a magician waiting to entertain you!

New Year’s Day A very Happy New Year! Breakfast will be served in The Potager between 7.30am and 10.30am… or if you prefer to hideaway after the festivities of the night before, it can be served there until 11:00am. The Spa will be open from 10:00am to 6.30pm, where you can choose from a variety of deeply relaxing treatments after your late night!

If you haven’t already, do take a walk around the gardens or the village and perhaps enjoy a delicious Afternoon Tea, with chef’s freshly-baked treats by the fire afterwards.


New Year Tariff 2019 Prices for the New Year programme are based on double occupancy. Prices include two nights accommodation*, a pre-dinner cocktail reception, a four-course celebratory New Year’s Eve dinner in The Potager, a glass of Champagne at midnight, a three-course à la carte dinner on New Year’s Day in The Potager Restaurant or in The Village Pub, full English breakfast each morning. They also include use of the spa facilities, early morning tea / coffee, a daily newspaper, service and VAT.

A two-night package is available: Either 30th & 31st December or 31st December & 1st January.

From £1356 in an Elegant Room (upgrades available)

Available until 30/12/2019

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By Road

From London: exit M40 at J8 (signposted Oxford and Cheltenham) and follow A40 towards Cheltenham. One mile past the Burford roundabout, turn left onto B4425 (signposted Bibury). After 11.5 miles, you'll reach Barnsley. The hotel is on your left. From M4 West: exit M4 at J18. Follow A429 signposted Cirencester then Stow. Then follow B4425 signposted Bibury. After 2 miles, you'll reach Barnsley. From M4 East: M4 at J15, follow A417 to Cirencester. At round about take third exit signposted Bibury B4425. After 2 miles, you'll reach Barnsley.

By Air

50 miles from: Bristol Airport. 90 miles from: Heathrow Airport

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Attractions Near Barnsley House

Barnsley House Gardens

During your stay at the hotel, the famous gardens can be explored and enjoyed and you don’t even have to take a step outside of the hotel to enjoy them. The sunny terraces and formal lawns are all maintained by head gardener Richard Gatenby and his team. As a guest you will get to experience the gardens beauty free of charge, non-guests will need to pay membership of £25.00.

Gloucester’s National Westonbirt Arboretum

Managed by the Forestry Commission, the internationally recognised Westonbirt Arboretum is a 15 minute drive from the hotel off the A433. Here you will find a fantastic location for playing, walking, relaxing and learning about nature and its species. Throughout the year live concerts are also held here as part of the Forest Live programme. For more information visit the Forestry Commission website.

Hidcote Manor (National Trust)

If you’re looking for something further afield, then Hidcote manor is the place to visit. Near Chipping Campden it is a famous arts and crafts garden made c.1905. The exquisite garden rooms, rare shrubs and trees from around the world and sweeping views of the Vale of Evesham make it a worthwhile visit at any time of the year. The Manor is owned by the National Trust.

Weddings at Barnsley House

Barnsley House was built in 1697 and having gained international acclaim as a place of remarkable beauty, the house and gardens provide the perfect backdrop for a traditional country wedding.

Need to know

Facilities & Features

There are 18 individually designed bedrooms, The Potager Restaurant, a cinema and Barnsley Spa & Skincare Centre. The hotel also owns The Village Pub which is across the road and has an additional 6 bedrooms. Due to the small and intimate size of Barnsley House, the perfect wedding requires taking sole use of the hotel and its facilities for a minimum of one night. This means all the staff are available to take care of your every need – it’s just like having your own country house party.

Rooms available


  • The Potager Restaurant & The Gothic Summerhouse – Wedding vows and rings can be exchanged here, both can seat up to 100 guests
  • The Temple – Perfect for a more intimate affair
  • Barnsley House – There are 18 individually designed bedrooms, The Potager Restaurant, a cinema and Barnsley Spa & Skincare Centre.


On any day the Barnsley House gardens are a lovely place to enjoy a Champagne and canapé reception after the ceremony, otherwise the lounges and bar area of the hotel could be used for the drinks reception before the celebration breakfast.


Barnsley Spa & Skincare Centre is a place to unwind and relax before your big day. It has an outdoor hydrotherapy pool, steam room, sauna, relaxation room and 5 rooms for treatments and massages, manicures and pedicures.

Menu Options

We can cater for up to 60 people for a wedding breakfast in our restaurant or up to 120 people in a marquee erected in the grounds. The menu will be tailored to your specific requirements by our Head Chef.


Please call Barnsley House for more information.

Civil Ceremonies

Barnsley House is licensed for civil ceremonies.

Planning Services

Planning services are available.

Meetings at Barnsley House

Day delegate rate: £85 excl. VAT 24hr delegate rate: £300 excl. VAT Maximum number of delegates: 30