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Reviewed 8 May 2017

The Barnsley Resort is truly a rare gem. It is built on a unique tract of land that is full of history and remarkable gardens. The ruins of the Italianate mansion built by the original non-Native owner and the adjacent museum are a must see. If you have the opportunity, take a moment or two to speak with Clent Coker, the resident historian. It will change how you view the things around you.

Our accommodations were well appointed and spotless. We were located in a suite toward the back which was quiet. It was a cool and rainy day when we arrived and there was welcomed wood in the fireplace for a nice fire in the late afternoon. Free Wi-fi is available and worked well, but this environment admittedly encourages you to unplug. Which is a good thing.

There are plenty of options for activities at the Resort. We enjoyed some of the hiking trails which wandered along streams and wetlands as well as woodlands on our first day.

Lunch at the Woodlands Grill was hearty and delicious. We also enjoyed an exceptional dinner at the Rice House, which is a little more upscale.

The high point, however came the next day when we played the course. This is a visually beautiful course, very tastefully tucked into the land. It was in pristine condition throughout. While there are several blind holes, it is playable for golfers of all levels and really fun.

But the thing that really separates this location are the employees. From start to finish we felt truly welcomed. The staff stood out as being genuinely friendly and, even more important, happy. They were helpful in every way possible. Every thing was set up to accomodate us.

Long story short, we are already looking forward to our next visit and hoping to entice friends with it.

  • Stayed: May 2017, travelled as a couple
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Carmen M, Manager at Barnsley Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 10 May 2017

Thank you for staying with us at Barnsley Resort. How wonderful to hear that you enjoyed everything from your accommodation to the Fazio Course to our colleagues. We hope you're able to return soon with your friends!

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Reviewed 28 April 2017

Actually Union troops did show up there but apparently did relatively little damage.
Been to Barnsley many times and will fly south simply to spend 3 days or so there playing golf on a unique and fun track.The resort , if you will, is expanding and building an entirely new "hotel" like building. This undoubtedly means more conferences and more corporate suits ( there was a decidedly downscale group there last trip) which I fear will ruin the place over time for long standing private guests.

  • Stayed: April 2017, travelled solo
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Carmen M, Manager at Barnsley Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 8 May 2017

Thank you for being a loyal guest of Barnsley Resort. We are thrilled you enjoyed playing golf on the Fazio Course. We hope you continue to enjoy staying with us as we grow!

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Reviewed 25 April 2017

My husband & I are very dissatisfied with our stay at Barnsley. We were hoping for a much more exciting time together but, everything was small, old & boring. Our room was smelly, with bugs & the shower not clean & moldy. I also requested a romantic cabin with a view and literally had the least attractive cabin out of the entire resort with a view of side walks and drive ways for the staff on their golf carts. The mini fridge was ancient and barely working and the ice was full of dirt and grass. Initially, when booking directly with the resort over the phone, we weren't told about large groups being there for meetings, a golf tournament, and 2 weddings. Therefore, no availability for sporting clays or the spa. I attempted to call 2 times to book in advance for the spa and sporting clays but, was sent to a voicemail and no one ever reached out to us. Bikes were old & broken with no where to ride them, trails were off limits. Canoes were dirty & full of water with only a tiny pond to canoe on & no one to assist getting in or out as well as the paddles being too short. This honestly should not be listed as an amenity, it was absolutely ridiculous and so disappointing. The horses were dirty & not taken care of. After rubbing the horses neck the entire palm of my hand was stained brown and their were knots in the horses hair. The trail ride was short, uninformed and boring but, supposedly full of history. The horses were old (mine 20 & my husbands 15) and tired stopping every few feet to eat. There were people coming in the opposite direction walking on the same trail we were riding causing us to stop or our horses to stumble off the trail and onto tree stumps where they could have easily lost balance and fell on us. Then we came back down the trail the exact same way we went up. As for the food, on our first nights stay, we ate at the Woodlands Grill where the food was overpriced and not fresh. We spent $241 on food & horrible cocktails. My husband ordered a fish plate & spent the night vomiting & on the toilet with upset stomach and bowels and it wasn't from the alcohol bc he only had 2 small cocktails and he is 6'2 220 lbs. Breakfast was $60 for 2 buffets with a small selection that was barely kept stocked. Dinner at the Rice House was overpriced. I ordered a steak dinner and the steak was nearly entirely. My husband ordered the baby roasted chicken & received a tiny chicken wing. There is also a $26.00 resort fee per day for wifi, cable & parking. All of which are listed on the website as amenities. I guess nothing was free except the dirty ice. When we were rained out on the last night of stay, the cable we paid for wasn't working due to the weather, we asked for firewood for the indoor fireplace and was told no bc it wasn't the right time of year. In all we spent $2, 081.48. We booked at this resort so we could park our car & walk to enjoy outdoor activities and dine just a few steps away as well as enjoy beautiful outdoor scenery. The gardens and ruins were hardly anything to look at. Literally the few pics on the website is all there is to it. So small! My husband owns a business & barely gets to time off working every day but Sundays & tries not to travel too far from home in case of emergency which is why we picked Barnsley to enjoy outdoor activities, and new scenery but, for that price, we could have stayed home drove 30 minutes & had a blast on Hilton Head Island doing outdoor activities, dinning, staying at a 5 star hotel & going on a helicopter ride. We drove 5 1/2 hours & had a very disappointing experience here. We will not be returning & would never recommend a friend to stay here.

Room Tip: Not sure, our suite was old, smelly, dirty and moldy.
  • Stayed: April 2017, travelled as a couple
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10  Thank Kayla B
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Carmen M, Manager at Barnsley Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 8 May 2017

Thank you for spending time with us at Barnsley Resort. We also thank you for your feedback regarding your disappointing experience. We take these comments seriously and will address with the appropriate departments in efforts to improve our service for the future. We will ask a manager to reach out to you directly. We hope you will give us an opportunity to earn a return visit from you in the future as this is not indicative of the Barnsley Resort experience.

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Reviewed 20 April 2017

My wife and I were planning our vacation trip to Florida with our usual stops in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, and Gainesville, Florida, when a friend asked if we had ever stayed at Barnsley Resort near Adairsville, Georgia. Barnsley Resort? I did some research. An old antebellum plantation with gardens and ruins converted into a five-star resort with luxurious cottages, a Jim Fazio-designed golf course, two restaurants, spa and numerous outdoor activities. We made a reservation. What a pleasant surprise. Barnsley Resort isn't a hotel; it's an English-inspired village setting with all the amenities that remind of more celebrated Blackberry Farm in Walland, Tennessee. Some visitors just come to see the gardens and ruins and have dinner at the Woodland Grill. It's a wonderful experience that begs three days, not one. For the record, Barnsley is a golf resort on the grounds of a history former plantation in the Northwest Georgia foothills near Adairsville, off I-75. Originally known as Woodlands, it was established by Godfrey Barnsley in the late 1840s. Barnsley came from Liverpool, England, and became one of the 10 most affluent persons in the South via the shipping business and cotton trade. He built a magnificent Italianate villa on a 4,000-acre plantation with beautiful gardens. It survived Sherman and the Civil War and a tornado. Barnsley's descendants continued to live on the property until it was auctioned in 1942 and fell into disrepair. In 1988, Prince Hubertus Fugger of Bavaria bought the estate, expanded the gardens and restored the ruins. It is one of the few surviving antebellum gardens in the South. In 1991, Barnsley was opened to the public. In 1999, the resort opened. It features 400-square-foot manor rooms and 650-square-foot suites and multi-bedroom family cottages and offers a multitude of outdoor activities, including swimming, tennis, fishing, hunting, hiking, biking, horseback riding, sporting clays, canoeing and kayaking. The resort offers high-end hospitality and draws most of its clientele from Atlanta, Tennessee, Alabama, Texas and Florida. Add Chicago to that list.

Room Tip: Any of the 400-square-foot manor rooms or 650-square-foot suites are desireable
  • Stayed: August 2016, travelled as a couple
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Carmen M, Manager at Barnsley Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 21 April 2017

Thank you for joining us at Barnsley Resort. We are delighted you chose us as your stop on your way to Florida. We hope to become your usual stop for your future vacations!

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Reviewed 19 April 2017 via mobile

Beautiful grounds, biking and hiking trails. Food was very good at restaurant. Clay shooting course has tons of options. Joe.....out on the range ....was so helpful with all his directives. He really made our experience feel special and memorable.

Stayed: April 2017, travelled with family
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Carmen M, Manager at Barnsley Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 21 April 2017

Thank you for staying with us at Barnsley Resort. It's a delight to hear of your enjoyment of the grounds, biking and hiking trails, restaurant and clay shooting. We look forward to your next visit!

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