Capturing happiness is effortless at Barnsley Resort in Adairsville, Georgia. This expansive resort has all you need to escape reality, placing yourself in timeless beauty and rich history. A laid back hometown feel with your comfort in mind creates this one of a kind getaway.
Upon arrival, we were impressed by the true southern hospitality that resides at Barnsley Resort. Greeted with a smile, the staff made every effort to make our stay a memorable one. Barnsley Resort staff anticipated our every need. Each morning we would leave to explore the grounds and upon arriving back to our cottage, it was cleaned. Then amazingly after dinner, we would return to find our cottage had been turned down for the evening. Steve took kindling off the front porch to light a fire and within minutes new kindling was left in its place. I know this may sound like a small gesture, but it’s this type of service that I have yet to find at any other resort. When is the last time you stayed at a resort where wine glasses and a wine opener were readily available in the room? It’s Barnsley Resort’s attention to details that make this place exceptional.
If I could give my own definition for the word resort, Barnsley would be its meaning. Lovely cottages line the streets, all built in the downing style with similar looks and various color pallets. Serpentine landscaping welcomes you into each luxurious cottage. Front and back porches make for a perfect location to relax and take in the distinctive surroundings. Walking through the replicated small town streets of Barnsley gave me the feeling of being in a perfect small town America. Hardwood floors and a richly, elegant décor with spacious accommodations gave us a perfect place to unwind and reconnect. For me the most appealing features of the cottage were the large soaking tub and the wood burning fireplace. I found my time spent here to be both romantic and refreshing. YouTube Video Tour Available!!!!
Barnsley Resort was built to compliment the history and elegance of its original design. I was fortunate enough to meet with resident historian and museum curator, Clent Coker. He walked me through the historical significance of this amazing property. It is composed of over 3200 acres of immaculate landscaping, hiking trails and The Manor House Ruins (originally called The Woodlands). I couldn’t help but be mesmerized as Clent guided me through the original estate built in the late 1840s by Godfrey Barnsley for his wife Julia. I could feel the passion that Clent has for this magical place with every word he spoke. He is more than just the resident historian. Clent is behind much of what you will experience, since it was his vision that brought this southern plantation home back to life.
Barnsley Resort Activity Highlights:
Neither Steve nor I had ridden a bicycle in decades, so we decided to rent a couple to further explore the property. I haven’t giggled so hard in a long time. A little wobbly at first, but we quickly got the hang of it. This highlight from our trip is just one example of how Barnsley Resort’s magic can take you back to feeling carefree.
Amazing how powerful it felt to shoot a twenty gauge for the very first time. Experiences like this are what you will find at this one of a kind resort. Experts in their field guide you through both firearm safety and teach the necessary skills to feel comfortable behind the trigger. Steve and I want to give a special thank you to Skip, who made this an exciting and safe experience. Get ready to say, “pull.”
The property also features an 1800 acre hunting preserve called SpringBank Plantation, offering quail, pheasant and turkey hunting in season. Steve’s favorite activity was hiking on the numerous trails. Next time, he wants to try the fly fishing offered by the Cohutta Fishing Company.
Dining At The Woodlands Grill:
Culinary masterpieces with a large helping of good old Southern comfort food awaits you at The Woodlands Grill. Rustic yet refined décor complement the exquisite food offerings. Menu ranges from simple to refined with something for everyone’s taste.
Steve and I enjoyed dining on the outside patio overlooking the breathtaking golf course views. The patio area was heated to make for a comfortable dining experience. The beautiful grounds added to the already romantic setting of this area. For a more low key atmosphere, The Woodland Grill also has a bar area and pool table perfect for watching a Sunday football game. Be sure to order the delicious homemade tater tots. They are unlike anything I have ever tasted. Special thank you to Resort Dining Manager Jon Mattson for making us feel like family on our visit (even if you are a Patriots fan).
- Wireless Internet Access
- Concierge Services
- Catch-Release Fishing
- Canoes & Kayaks
- SpringBank Sporting Club (for all your outdoor needs)
- In Room Dining
- The German Beer Garden (not open during our stay)
- The Rice House Dining (be sure to look for the bullet holes still present from Civil War days). Resident Historian Clent Coker can tell you a true story behind this incredible building. Situated at the far end of the cottages,The Rice House remains the centerpiece.
- Helipad directly in front of the Registration Cottage. I was pretty excited to see a helicopter land during our visit.
- Barnsley Resort Spa
- Exquisite Swimming Pool
- Jim Fazio Golf Course
Barnsley Resort is located just a short drive from both Chattanooga, TN and Atlanta, GA. Capturing happiness here is easy and no matter where you are located, it is definitely worth the trip. What has Kathy Brown found on this excursion? That I’m never too old to try new things! So I highly recommend clay shooting on your visit. Maybe Horseback Riding will be on my to-do list on my next trip to this wonderful resort.
597 Barnsley Gardens Road
Adairsville. Georgia 30103
Toll Free 877-773-2447
In the spirit of full disclosure… I have received complimentary accommodations & dining for my honest review of Barnsley Resort & The Woodlands Grill.