Visit Barnsley House and, above our garden door, you’ll find ‘1697’ and ‘BB’ carved into the Cotswold stone. The carvings mark the date Brereton Bouchier, Barnsley village’s squire, built the property.
Centuries later in 1952, architectural historian David Verey and his wife Rosemary Verey, fell in love with the house and moved in. As keen gardeners, both spent many hours transforming the grounds into a place that enjoys international acclaim for its beauty.
Rosemary passed away in 2001, and her son, Charles, took care of the property until private owners bought and converted it into a luxury Cotswolds hotel. In 2009, we too fell for the hotel’s charms and, inspired by its potential, bought it as a sister hotel to Calcot Manor.
Barnsley House has gained the following awards and accolades since its 2010 relaunch:
Condé Nast Johansens Traveller Reader Choice Awards 2014: Barnsley House ranked number 8 in 'UK Holiday Hotels'
Condé Nast Johansens 2013 Awards for Excellence for UK & Ireland:
Barnsley House named the 'Most Excellent Hotel’.
Conde Nast Traveller magazine’s ‘Gold List’, January 2012 issue:
Barnsley House appears within the ‘Best Hotels for Rooms - UK’ category of the annual ‘Gold List’ guide to the 'World’s Best Hotels.
Condé Nast Johansens 2012 Awards for Excellence for Great Britain & Ireland, Europe & the Mediterranean:
Finalist in the ‘Best Country House’ section.
‘Sunday Times Virgin Fast Track 100’:
Calcot Health & Leisure - owner of Calcot Manor and Barnsley House - the only hotel operator to be included in the 15th annual listing.
Tatler Spa Guide 2012:
Appearing under the tag, "Love is in the air”, Barnsley House is included in the guide’s section on 'National Treasures’ that focuses on the UK spa scene.
Conde Nast Traveller Magazine’s 2011 Readers’ Travel Awards:
Barnsley House appears within the top 10 ‘UK Leisure Hotels’.
Conde Nast Traveller magazine’s Readers’ Travel Awards 2010:
Runner up ‘Spas in UK Hotels’
Cotswolds and Forest of Dean Tourism’s inaugural ‘Cotsie’ Awards 2010:
Barnsley House named Gold Award winner in the ‘Hotel of the Year’ category”.
Tatler Spa Awards 2010: 'Best British Bolthole'
Zest magazine Spa Awards 2010 - ‘Best for Relaxation’: 3rd place for The Garden Spa