What are five things I should know about dining at Rice House?

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There are many interesting things about Rice House. Here are the five you should know:

1. It’s a restored 1854 farmhouse. The restaurant used to be home to the Fleming Rice family in Rome, Ga., (hence the name) and was brought to Barnsley Resort and restored by Prince Hubertus Fugger of Germany in the 1980s.

2. It’s only open part of the year. Winter and weekday visitors might be disappointed to learn that the restaurant is only open for dinner Thursday through Saturday from April to October.

3. The menu changes seasonally. The chef features fresh, local ingredients whenever possible, some of which comes directly from the Forbes Travel Guide recommended hotel’s own hunting plantation, developed to suit wild game such as pheasant, quail, duck, turkey and deer.

4. It’s romantic. The historical details (a timber-beamed ceiling, redbrick porch floor, fireplaces) create an intimate and charming environment, and two small private dining rooms allow for secluded two-person meals.

5. It’s perfect for a party. The two main rooms can comfortably seat 80 guests, making it an ideal location for wedding receptions or special celebrations. 

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The intimate and historic Rice House welcomes guests with Southern hospitality. Here are five unique features that you should know about while dining here:

1. Chef Charles Vosburgh has created an American regional menu with elegant Continental flourishes. The Rice House menu, with its well-thought-out presentation, sets the tone for an intimate dining experience at Barnsley.

2. Our Rice House servers are armed with boatloads of sincerity, rural Southern manners, charm and an innate sense of hospitality. Service is both elegant and understated.

3. Our historical ambiance is unmatched. Rice House, built for the Rice family around 1850, was moved to Barnsley in 1993 in an effort to save the building. Its comfortable rural Southern charm creates a warm dining experience.

4. Our wine list is easily labeled as “extensive” and includes affordable — yet delicious — selections. We have obscure and unknown (but up-and-coming) wines featured alongside several of Robert Parker’s 100-point wines.

5. Set as punctuation at the end of Barnsley’s beautiful central lawn, Rice House has an unmatched location. It is the grande dame watching, in that special Southern way, over the exciting comings and goings that are inherently Barnsley.

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