A stay at Barnsley Resort is perfect for a special celebration, a time to be with family, or a relaxing getaway alone or with friends. The golf course, pool, spa and firepits are great amenities, but the lodging, dining options, shooting grounds and the historical setting put it over the top.
An inn and cottages provide lodging options
Barnsley Resort offers a variety of lodging options to meet the needs of its guests. The cottages are spread out around the grounds, and each one has a unique exterior and decor. Some have two separate one-bedroom suites, each with a living room and a porch. The Arbor Cottages contain a one-bedroom suite that is very private, and the Manor Cottages have four bedrooms, a shared living room and porches, making them perfect for a family or group traveling together. Estate cottages go a step further offering sleeping accommodations for 6-18 people and kitchens with full-size appliances.
The most recent addition to the resort is a 55-room inn without the cookie-cutter approach of most chain hotels.
Well-appointed guest rooms in the inn
The three-story inn has guest rooms with crown molding, high ceilings, luxurious bedding, a chaise lounge, and a table and chairs for in-room dining. The furniture, lamps, and mirrors are high quality. Rooms also include a flatscreen TV, mini fridge, soft bathrobes, iron, ironing board, bottled water and a safe for valuables.
Guest bathrooms with thoughtful touches
Tile flooring, granite countertops, heavy doors leading to the en-suite bathroom, fully tiled step-in showers and plenty of thirsty towels contribute to the feeling of luxury. The signature lavender-mint toiletries, lighted magnifying mirror and hairdryer are also helpful touches. The bathroom is spacious and two sinks are very welcome sights for couples.
Dining options at the resort
Before the pandemic, there were three restaurants operating at Barnsley Resort - Rice House, Beer Garden, and Woodlands Grill. Two of those have now reopened. The Beer Garden is a fun, open-air spot near the inn strung with twinkling lights. It offers snacks, barbecue sandwiches, and 30 craft beers.
Because of high demand and social distancing requirements, Woodlands Grill offers room delivery of meals from the restaurant. It is similar to room service but better because of the sanitary delivery methods and full menu choices. If you wish to dine inside the restaurant, it is strongly advised that you make a reservation as soon as you arrive. If you feel safer eating outdoors, Woodlands Grill has a very nice screened-in porch overlooking the golf course that is very popular.
Executive Chef Nicolas Lebas and his team serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner at Woodlands Grill. I am partial to breakfast when I visit Barnsley Resort and highly recommend the ricotta pancakes.
Firepits are a distinctive feature
Throughout the grounds of Barnsley and particularly along the central corridor separating rows of cottages, fire pits surrounded by Adirondack chairs await guests who enjoy gathering each evening. Wood supplies are replenished often, and the makings for s'mores are available in the living room of the inn during certain evening hours. It is a distinctive feature that sets a relaxing tone.
Acclaimed golf course and spa
Jim Fazio designed the golf course at Barnsley Resort, which is renowned for its beauty. It encompasses 378 acres (152.9 hectares) and makes creative use of the resort’s lakes, forests, gardens and mountain views. It was ranked as the number one golf course in Georgia in 2018 and has earned a number of other high honors as well.
The spa at Barnsley provides a wide variety of body treatments and is open by appointment only seven days a week.
Resort fee includes many great amenities
Barnsley Resort charges a fee of 40 USD per day, but guests receive a number of privileges and perks along with that fee. Use of the swimming pool, walking/biking trails and Fit Trail, plus permission to use the canoes on the lakes or enjoy catch-and-release fishing are included. WiFi, parking and admission to the historic Barnsley gardens and ruins of the manor house also enhance the experience for each guest.
Beretta shooting grounds
Said to be one of the top facilities for sporting clays in the United States, the shooting grounds at Barnsley is an outstanding part of its appeal. The Beretta brand of rifles along with High Adventure Company have teamed up to offer this opportunity for skeet-shooting enthusiasts. Private instruction is available for first-timers. The covered five-stand pavilion is particularly popular for corporate team-building exercises. Be sure to use the ear protection provided and follow every safety precaution carefully.
Ruins of a family manor house
The story of Godfrey and Julia Barnsley is both beautiful and tragic. Godfrey came to America from England in 1824 and quickly became one of the most influential men in the south. He married Julia in 1828, and a few years later he purchased 4000 acres (1618.7 hectares) to build her a grand and glorious mansion. Julia and Godfrey had six children, then she died of a lung ailment, so Godfrey stopped the project. In 1846, Godfrey returned to the estate and had a dream of Julia asking him to complete the home and the gardens to be enjoyed by their children and grandchildren. So, in 1848, the beautiful mansion and formal gardens were completed, featuring indoor plumbing, elegant furnishings and marble shipped from Italy and France. In 1906, a tornado did extensive damage to the house and tore off the roof, so the remaining family members moved into the nearby kitchen building. By 1942, ownership of the estate was out of Barnsley family hands.
The gardens have been well-preserved, and the ruins of the manor house now provide an elegant event venue.
Barnsley Resort provides a complete experience
A couple, a group of friends, a family or business acquaintances will find accommodations, dining options, and numerous recreation opportunities during a stay at Barnsley Resort. It is located in a secluded, rural setting which is perfect for unplugging and unwinding in an upscale, unique environment. For an overnight or a weekend, you will definitely want to park and stay without leaving the grounds. For longer stays, nearby Cartersville, Georgia offers a number of world-class museums and a variety of dining choices to explore during the daytime before coming back to your spot by a fire pit that night.