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Play and Escape to the Barnsley Gardens Resort

What's New — By Claudine Williams on February 29, 2012 at 9:45 pm
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This week I had the pleasure of visiting Barnsley Gardens Resort in Adairsville, Georgia. Guests at the resort stay in one of 36 of the cute cottages on the property. Each of the cottages has a different look, and together, they look like homes that are straight out of a fairy tale. The cottages are also available in different sizes, so they are perfect for singles, families or groups. Those of you are traveling solo will feel just as comfortable as couples or groups who visit the resort. The one bedroom cottages with separate living areas are great for people who simply want to escape the stress and pressure of everyday life. You’ll have your own deep soaking tub for long relaxing bubble baths. Bring your favorite bubble bath or buy products from the spa or the resort’s on-site store. The spa itself is the ultimate place to unwind, of course. The spa has a sauna, steam room, and a whirlpool that is available to dayguests (people who are on the property only to receive spa services and are not staying overnight) as well as those who are staying overnight.

The Barnsley Gardens Resort  is larger than I expected, but the resort isn’t so big that you’d feel as though you can’t walk to the restaurant, spa, or other buildings on the grounds. I loved the size. The green areas were gorgeous, and the horticulturist takes great care in planning the landscaping. Bring some walking shoes in this pedestrian-friendly resort, and you’ll be fine. During occasions when you do not wish to walk, you can always request that you are escorted via golf cart.

Speaking of golf, the resort has an impressive golf course; Conde Nast Traveler ranked it #2 in the Southeastern United States. Barnsley Gardens also has horseback riding, tennis, and lawn games like croquet, badminton, horseshoes, bocce, volleyball and golf. The resort also has a large Grecian-style pool. You can rent a bicycle, or take a tour of the resort’s gardens.

Many people come to resort to get married on the grounds.  Ruins of the founder’s once-glamorous manor still stands, and couples often exchange their vows in the still-beautiful ruins of the manor. Guests can learn more about the resort’s intriguing history by visiting the museum which is adjacent to the ruins.  The museum was formerly the manor’s kitchen. By the way, although I didn’t bring my dog with me during this trip, Barnsley Gardens is a pet-friendly resort. There are specific cottages where pets are allowed. Barnsley Gardens Resort  is located north of Atlanta, off of Interstate 75. The resort is about an hour’s drive from Atlanta.

Photo courtesy of Barnsley Gardens Resort. Complimentary dining and accommodations were provided.

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