The small but delightful village of Barnsley is nestled in the heart of the Cotswolds between Cirencester and Bibury. At one time the village was Royal property as Henry VIII gave it to each of his wives in turn, before it passed to the Bourchier family.
The village is renowned for its annual festival which was founded by one of Britain’s greatest gardeners, Rosemary Verey. It is on festival day each year that the luxurious Barnsley House Hotel opens its gardens to non-hotel guests, who can enjoy a stroll around the spectacular four acre gardens.Read More
On this day there is also exclusive access to the 45 acre Barnsley Arboretum, designed by the present Lord Faringdon and planted 15 years ago. With over 1,500 trees to see, made up of oak, beech, eucalyptus, ash, maple – and the lesser known snakebark maple. The Arboretum is also home to a national collection of bamboo.
If you are lucky enough to visit on festival day you will also delight in the many craft and local produce stalls before sampling local delicacies from the barbecue and enjoying a drink from the festival bar. With plenty of entertainment it is a great family day out.
During your stay in a holiday cottage in Barnsley village, it is a mere ten minute drive to the largest of Cotswold towns – Cirencester. Known as the capital of the Cotswolds this delightful market town boasts many shops and restaurants and makes the perfect destination for guests enjoying a stay in the area.
If you don’t find a property in the Barnsley area that suits your holiday home needs, you can browse all of our Cotswold Holiday Cottages here.