Barnsley, Cirencester, Gloucestershirt, GL7 5EE, barnsleyhouse.com
Barnsley House is a late 17 Century country house in the Cotswolds, 10 minutes’ drive from Cirencester. A breathtakingly grand Cotswold stone house surrounded by peaceful gardens, within which you will discover a winding path that takes you down to the delights of the hidden Garden Spa.
The Spa offers a wide range of treatments, from massage to reflexology. Aromatherapy Associates products are used for the more holistic and relaxing therapies, while more recently a collaboration with Rodial has introduced anti-ageing and firming treatments as an alternative to plastic surgery and chemical injections. The Spa also boasts a peaceful relaxation room with woven willow walls, an aromatic Herbivarium filled with the garden’s herbs, which hosts the sauna and steam room, and an outdoor hydrotherapy pool, which at 36C is a particularly welcome treat in mid-winter.
Barnsley House is immaculate and provides all the posh little luxuries a retreat should, yet manages to be warm, welcoming and relaxing. The food is excellent with an emphasis on locally-grown fresh produce, the staff attentive and friendly and the ambience just right for a short reinvigorating break from the rigours of daily life.