Barnsley House | Cotswolds
Whilst Barnsley House in the Cotswolds is very, very nice hotel with an especially lovely spa, the real reason to visit is to take in the late Rosemary Verey’s incredible English gardens and the pottager and vegetable garden across the lane. The gardens are, of course, best appreciated in the spring and summer when they are fecund and joyful but that does not mean a wander in the winter isn’t worth the effort.
We were there most recently in February (we were staying at the lovely Village Pub across the road) on one of those sunny, utterly perfect winter days that makes everything feel alright, that makes one feel ashamed for ever dreaming of moving to California to escape the harshest months.
The plants were starting to think about spring, a few shoots here and there, pots of snowdrops on vintage wheelbarrows and little buds sprouting from branches. It was just warm enough to sit outside with crisp linen napkins draped across our knees and warm ourselves up with strong tea and doorstep sandwiches on floury, white bread.
If you don’t have a dog with you, or if it really is too cold to sit outside, there are lots of little snugs with comfy, velvet chairs and roaring log fires to warm your toes and thaw your fingers.
Barnsley, Cirencester, GL7 5EE