One of the best weekend getaways from Atlanta, Barnsley Resort has a history as romantic as the surrounding Georgia countryside. Visiting here takes you a step back in time to an era filled with Southern charm. Godfrey Barnsley originally built the establishment as a gift to his wife. In a tragic twist, she died before the project was completed. Today the manor stands as an echo of history and a modern getaway for romance and award-winning luxury. Arriving guests can enjoy stunning views of the Blue Ridge Mountains as they drive into Adairsville, Georgia, not far from Atlanta.

1. Barnsley Resort Rooms & Suites

Barnsley Resort Rooms & Suites  

With 90 rooms and suites, every guest is sure to experience the perfect vacation at the Barnsley Resort. There is also a collection of cottages available, including the Arbor Cottage suites. The gardens are an easy stroll away down shaded walking paths. The Manor Rooms are located within a larger cottage. Larger parties can reserve these rooms with the inclusion of a common area as well. Individual room reservations include an in-room wet bar and mini-fridge, a large flat screen television. Bathrooms include a shower and soaking tub.

The Suites contain 650 square feet of space. They provide a king sized bed with a separate living area, high ceilings, and an authentic wood fireplace. Guests can enjoy a beverage from the in-room wet bar while lounging on the private porch. The vintage style bathrooms contain claw-footed bathtubs and a shower.

To make any trip a special occasion, the Arbor Cottages offer an added layer of privacy. These one-bedroom spaces boast 1,056 square feet of space with a generous list of amenities. The bedrooms contain king-sized beds and a large flat-screen television. The living area also contains a larger television, as well as a spacious seating area and a wood-burning fireplace. The cottages offer snacks, beverages and in-room wine service for extra pampering. Guests can also enjoy the garden views while they relax on private porches.

All rooms are smoke-free. Pet-friendly rooms are available upon request with a $75 cleaning charge. On-site amenities include parking, newspaper service, available concierge, Wi-Fi, business center, fitness center, and local activities.

2. Barnsley Resort Dining

Barnsley Resort Dining  

The restaurants at the Barnsley Resort make use of the kitchen gardens for their ingredients, creating local charm and encouraging sustainability. In addition to in-room dining, guests have a choice between the Rice House and the Woodlands Grill. Southern food is just as much a part of the decadence of the trip as any of the other experiences the resort offers.

The Rice House is a charming dining locale that was converted from a 19th-century farmhouse, and it is the winner of the 2015 Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. The meals are crafted from local ingredients and sourced from regional farms. The food is inspired by traditional Southern cuisine but with an upscale twist. Guests can start their meal with a tempting Buttermilk Fried Quail, indulge in a Virginia Lamb Chop, and finish with the famous Rice House Smores.

The Woodlands Grill has a more casual atmosphere with service for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Guests can enjoy a view of the golf course while dining on more Southern inspired delicacies. Well drinks and cocktails are the perfect pairing with dinner, or you can enjoy them during the relaxing lounge hours between 3 and 5:30 pm. Guest can enjoy Southern classics such as Fried Green Tomatoes or the soul food inspired Kale Caesar salad.

The Beer Garden is the perfect spot to enjoy the warm summer breeze. Guests can choose from over 30 craft beers, and the casual menu goes great with friendly visits, Southern socializing, salads, delectable paninis, or bratwursts. It is subject to availability based on weather and season.

3. The Spa

The Spa  

Harnessing the charm of the original history behind the Barnsley Resort, the spa was built based on the layout of an English carriage house and offers a wide selection of services, from massages to a pampering mani-pedi. With ten private rooms, an open whirlpool, and separate lounge spaces for men and women, this boutique spa allows everyone to feel comfortable.

The treatments include massage and massage therapy and utilize local ingredients, harnessing the detoxifying elements of the surrounding landscape. For example, the Deep Forest Detox uses sarsaparilla and honey tobacco to cleanse, exfoliate, and moisturize. Massage therapies include services such as the Swedish Massage, the Tiger Shell Massage, and even a Prenatal Massage for expectant mothers.

The Barnsley Spa has been named one of the best spas for facials by Discover Atlanta magazine. Focusing on beauty and pampering, they offer a wide selection of choices for facial treatments. There is even a Gentleman's Hot Towel Facial. Each service can be upgraded with added boosters such as the Vitamin K Brightening Eye Serum or the Transition Peel. Guests can indulge before a night out and take advantage of the makeup and hair styling services. These are also available in-room for added comfort and convenience.

The fitness center and pool are also available to all guests. There is a men's and women's lounge, steam room, and sauna area, as well as a co-ed whirlpool. Spa use is limited to guests age 18 and up, with select services available to children ages 12 to 17.

4. Family Vacation

Family Vacation  

This hotel boasts the presence of its very own Fairy Godmother who assists with event details. Her specialty is to make an appearance during proposals and birthdays for an added magical touch to these special moments.

A variety of activities are available close to the resort, making this an excellent place for family getaways. Kids can visit the Barnsley Barnyard to see the animals and pet a pot-bellied pig or a miniature horse. An appearance by one of the barn cats may also be expected. Kids ranging from age 5 to 12 can even paint a real live horse with the summer program called the Explorer' Club. Kids can learn about fishing, gardening, animal husbandry, and much more. At the end of the day, they are sure to have their own souvenir to bring back with them-either a painted horseshoe, a tie-dyed tee shirt, or a hand-carved walking stick for area hikes.

5. Weddings & Conferences

Weddings & Conferences  

Special occasions are just that at the Barnsley Resort. The romantic history of the locale is evident in the lush gardens and the focus on service. The resort was inspired by the true love between Godfrey Barnsley and his wife Julia, making this the perfect spot for anyone beginning their own true love journey.

With both indoor and outdoor spaces, approved proposals are sure to benefit from the perfect venue. Outdoor spaces include the Historic Ruins with the Perennial Lawn or the Museum Lawn. The Beer Garden, the Grecian Pool, or the Meditation Garden are more outdoor spaces that offer a magical backdrop for any special occasion.

Indoor spaces include the Sun Porch at the Rice House, which can be turned into a meeting space or reserved for family events such as birthdays, anniversaries, or rehearsal dinners. Other dining rooms are also available such as the Lily Room and the Rose Room. A selection of boardrooms is available as well, including the Red House and the Fazio. Any of these spaces are flexible and can be transformed depending on event and guest need.

6. Golf & Other Activities

Golf & Other Activities  

The golf course at Barnsley Resort is one of the best in the South. Guests can experience a rolling landscape designed by Jim Fazio. This world famous course is known as having the best par 3's anywhere in the region.

The design of the course is based upon the landscape and evokes wildness as it leads players through the forest, with sweeping views of the nearby Blue Ridge Mountains.

In addition to the activities close to the resort, there is no shortage of area activities for guests to enjoy. Museums, shopping, sports, and horseback riding are just a few of the offerings. The on-site Addie's Boutique contains jewelry, accessories, and ladies fashion for a leisurely browse. The SpringBank Sporting Club is a great spot to visit for hunting gear and area fishing supplies. For the avid golfer, the Golf Shop contains all the clothing and supplies needed for a day on the courses. Guests visiting the spa can carry a bit of pampering home with them by stopping at the Spa Boutique, which carries name brand pampering and gift items.

The hotel offers a selection of activities such as kayaking, catch and release fishing, and fly casting lessons. Guests can make use of the complimentary fishing poles to enjoy a day at the picturesque ponds.

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