Barnsley Resort

Classic style in the Blue Ridge foothills
Tucked away on 3,300 acres in the rural foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Barnsley Resort offers low-key relaxation in a uniquely historical setting.

Thirty-six English cottages, outfitted with private porches, copper claw-foot tubs, wainscoting and wood-burning fireplaces, are arranged in the style of a 19th-century pedestrian village. The secluded comfort creates a casual ambiance at the Forbes Travel Guide Recommended resort, and a polo shirt is sufficient for nighttime dining at the Woodlands Grill.

Civil War ruins of the home and walking garden that Godfrey Barnsley built in the 1840s for his beloved wife, Julia, have been beautifully restored and lay just beyond outside the village, providing a rich glimpse into an era long gone, and adventure seekers will find plenty of entertainment on the expansive grounds, including a Jim Fazio-designed 18-hole golf course, riding stables, fly-fishing and an 1,800-acre hunting preserve.
Our Inspector's Highlights
• The resort's property was once home to Cherokee Indians, a wealthy businessman from Liverpool, England and then eventually purchased by a wealthy Bavarian prince. Barnsley Resort is filled with stories of romance, lost love and the Civil War, and the restoration and rebirth of the property as a luxury resort.

• Barnsley Resort is very accessible. Located in the scenic foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, it's only a short drive from Atlanta; Birmingham, Alabama; or Chattanooga, Tennessee.

• Famed Southern author and journalist Kathryn Tucker Windham wrote a series of ghost story books, including 1973’s 13 Georgia Ghosts and Jeffrey, which features Barnsley Resort. Her stories about ghosts and living in the South earned her many accolades during her life, including recognition on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered.

• The golf course at Barnsley Resort was designed by Jim Fazio, who has more than 40 years creating award-winning courses worldwide. Fazio’s golf course has some of the fastest greens in the Southeast and caters to golfers with any skill level.
Things to Know
• The best time of year to visit Barnsley Resort is when the natural surroundings are at their best and by late spring, the gardens are in full swing with blooming trees, shrubs, plants and bulbs. The fall season offers incredible foliage and is also an excellent time to visit.

• Barnsley Resort has a small number of Lexus cars that it uses to take guests to and from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, which is 70 miles south of the resort ($150). The hotel also has a helipad to accept helicopter transfer from Atlanta or elsewhere, and its private hilltop landing strip has accommodated up to four private jets during large corporate retreats.

• Call ahead to let staff know you’re bringing your pet, and they will stock your room with pet beds, food bowls, bottled water and dog treats stamped with the Barnsley logo. If the Fairy Grandmother (Denise Webb) learns a little about your pet, she might also surprise you with some toys to entertain him or her.
The Rooms
• Most rooms are 400 square feet and feature queen or king-sized beds, a fireplace, pine floors, wet bar, flat-screen TV and a lavish bathroom with separate, white tiled shower and tub.

• The lavish Garden and Meadow suites feature a living room area, wood-burning fireplace, private porch, wet bar, flat screen TV, king size bed, and 650 square feet of space. The bathroom includes a claw foot style soaking tub and a tiled shower.

• The luxurious cottages vary in size. The Arbor cottages have one bedroom, the Julia and Wheaton cottages have two bedrooms, the Adelaide cottage has five bedrooms, the Kingston has six bedrooms and the Godfrey has seven bedrooms. The Godfrey is the largest with 4,500 square feet.

• The rooms and cottages vary in décor at Barnsley Resort. Some have a European country feel, while others have an American Victorian atmosphere. The landscaping and architecture around the residences resemble a 19th-century village.
The Look
• Guests at Barnsley Resort will feel a sense of history while exploring the ruins of the former Barnsley mansion and the museum and gardens next to it. The long and romantic history of Godfrey Barnsley’s love for his wife Julia will enhance your appreciation of the beautiful garden and European-influenced setting.

• All guest rooms, suites or private cottages, as well as Barnsley Resort’s restaurants and public buildings, are elegantly decorated with a European country or an American Victorian style. Enjoy the lavish furnishings and decorative elements including pine flooring, detailed woodwork, handpicked artwork and wood-burning fireplaces throughout the property.

• The design style of Barnsley Resort has a long history. In the 1840s, Godfrey Barnsley purchased some 4,000 acres where Barnsley Resort is now located. He purchased this land in hopes of building a large mansion on it for his beloved wife, Julia. When Julia died from an illness in 1845, Barnsley halted construction of the home.

• After a short period of time, Barnsley claimed Julia’s spirit instructed him to finish the estate for their children and future ancestors. In 1848, the estate and gardens, inspired by famed landscape architect Andrew Jackson Downing, were completed.
Getting There
597 Barnsley Gardens Road, Adairsville, Georgia 30103
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