Spa break in the Cotswolds

I’ve followed Barnsley House on Instagram for a while now, swooning over the stylish interiors, stunning gardens and inviting looking spa. So when our seventh (!) wedding anniversary rolled around and I spent the actual day half way up Scaffel Pike on a charity challenge, I thought it would be a good time to go.

Country house hotels without a spa are a no go for me, I just don’t see the point, so Barnsley House was the perfect fit for me. Country chic is how I’d describe it, tweed, Barbour jackets and wellies by day but enough glamour to get dressed up in the evening without feeling out of place.

In the picturesque Cotswolds the hotel is close to Cirencester and part of the Calcot collection which boasts Calcot Manor, The Painswick, The Lord Crewe Arms and of course, Barnsley House which also boasts The Village Pub.

I booked a mid-week spa break which included room, breakfast, a 25-minute spa treatment each and £40 each to spend at dinner. This package starts at £419 but I chose the Garden Room which increased to £509. There are a variety of packages on offer if the spa isn’t your thing.

Upon arrival we were met by the friendliest staff who showed us to the spa as our room wasn’t quite ready. We had a tranquil afternoon using the outdoor hydrotherapy pool, sauna and steam room, relaxing in the glass house and enjoying our spa treatments. Surrounded by the beautiful Cotswold countryside it’s the perfect place for a bit of time out.  

We were delighted to find our room had kindly been upgraded to the Rosemary Verey suite which was twice the size of our first flat. This is a service they offer on certain room types, subject to availability. Named after the designer who created the wonderful gardens at Barnsley house it come with its very own ‘greenhouse’ (note this is not where your Mum tends to her tomatoes), huge bathroom, lounge and separate bedroom. Amenities were of an excellent standard, with Ren products in the bathroom as well as a Nespresso machine and Teapigs tea bags. My three main priorities. Oh, that and a decent hairdryer which they delivered on too.

Dinner was available at the hotel restaurant, The Potager or at the Village pub. We chose the former and weren’t disappointed, one the best meals we’ve had in some time. Most of the herbs and vegetables come direct from the garden and the menu changes seasonally. Highly recommend are the twice baked soufflé and pea panna cotta followed by the pork belly and fillet of beef for mains. The dinner allowance was a realistic amount unlike some packages at rival hotels where £25 gets you half a main course.

The next day we had breakfast sent to our room and then spent some time exploring the gardens which are beautiful, as well as heading back to the spa which you have access to on check out day.

Barnsley House is undoubtedly beautiful, the room one of the most impressive I’ve stayed in, the food exceptional and the spa just right for the hotel. But it was the staff that made it for us, attentive without invading personal space and knowledgeable about the service they could offer. I’d like to try Calcot next but it’ll take some beating.


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