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Our First Family Vacation at the Barnsley Resort

Our amazing first family vacation at the Barnsley resort and gardens, one of the coolest Atlanta getaways in North Georgia for those who love staycations and castles!

Barnsley Resort is a place that—literally—wears its heart on its sleeve. Godfrey Barnsley poured his heart and soul into this grand, Southern estate; a gift for his beloved bride two centuries ago. Today their Southern traditions and storybook setting seduce travelers from near and far. Barnsley Resort is the ultimate retreat to unplug and find balance. If you crave a connection to an outdoor lifestyle, nature and history and yearn to pursue your passions, then welcome.

This North Georgia resort offers visitors the pleasures and pursuits of a fine Southern estate: exceptional cuisine, a championship golf course, a sporting club, relaxing spa, excellent horseback riding and trails and wilderness for hiking, walking and biking. Ideal for leisure vacations, romantic getaways, business meetings and sparkling events, this celebrated retreat is just a short drive from both Atlanta and Chattanooga.

This was the first vacation we took with baby Colton and it was the perfect weekend getaway. Just something light, close to home, and fun for the whole family (including our two dogs)!

Aerial view of the Barnsley Resort

Location + Transportation to the Barnsley Resort

North Georgia is one of the most interesting regions of the U.S. with a bevy of small and charming towns that offer everything from antique markets to hiking trails; from historic homes to science museums. There is something for everyone here.

Just an hour north of Atlanta and south of Chattanooga on I-75, Barnsley Resort is located on 3,000 scenic acres in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Northwest Georgia


They’ve partnered with Greene Worldwide Transportation to provide limousine and town car service for guests.  They can make any arrangements for your transportation needs as well.


The resort is conveniently located 70 miles north of the Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and 65.5 miles south of The Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport. They can arrange pick-up for individuals or groups.


Want to ball out? They’re easily accessible via helicopter with a heli-pad onsite. Coordinates are N34 18. 12W 084 58. 93.


For arrivals and departures via chartered planes, Tom B. David Airport (CZL) located in Calhoun, Georgia, is just 14 miles or a 20-minute drive from Barnsley Resort. Helicopter service is also available from the airport to the resort. Taxi service and rental cars (via Enterprise) are available at the airport terminal. For more information, please call 706.602.8000 or visit their website here.

The most amazing Georgia getaway!

Resort + Cottages

The Barnsley Resort offers a wide range of options to choose from for your ideal stay. They have an inn with 55 rooms and suites as well as cottages, manors, suites, arbors, and estate cottages for the ultimate privacy. They have some cottages that are close together for a community feel and some on the outskirts of the property that are more in nature if you prefer a more secluded getaway.


Inspired by the British architect Edwin Lutyens, the three-story Inn at Barnsley Resort was built to compliment the resort’s pedestrian-friendly, English-inspired village. When stepping into the Inn’s reception area, guests notice the stained and hand-scraped hardwood floors, a grand staircase and exposed beams. Gather in front of the fire in the Living Room, where intimate seating areas evoke the feeling of being an invited guest at a fine country estate. With 55-well-appointed guest rooms and suites, the Inn at Barnsley Resort offers a welcome respite from which to explore this North Georgia resort.


Offering a variety of experiences in the resort’s pedestrian (or bike) friendly village, each of the charming cottages is unique while offering hardwood floors, wood-burning fireplaces and clawfoot bathtubs. Many of the cottages include two separate one-bedroom suites, each offering a living room, bedroom with a king-size bed and porches to enjoy the view, and sounds of birds chirping nearby. Arbor Cottages are the most private accommodation option as a one-bedroom suite housed within its own private cottage. Six Manor Cottages each offer four bedrooms, porches and a shared living room perfect for families or groups traveling together.


Estate Cottages offer the ultimate private North Georgia getaway for family gatherings, weddings and business groups. Every cottage is unique with its own distinct charm, designed to offer the ultimate in privacy, comfort, relaxation and restorative qualities. Sleeping between 6 and 18 people, the majority of Estate Cottages are also equipped with pantry-style kitchens (full-size refrigerator, ice maker and more) and dining rooms. Our multi-bedroom Estate Cottages are perfect for your multi-generational family, girls getaway or golf trip.

Outside our room at the hotel

Food + Beverage

From fine dining to a beer garden, at Barnsley, every taste, palate and mood is different and that’s why they offer guests such a range of restaurants to choose from. Their carefully tended gardens are the root and source of many delectable and tasty ingredients at the restaurants throughout the resort. They take pride in growing their own fresh produce and integrating them into the meaningful meals the chefs prepare. Garden to Table is not a passing fad at Barnsley, it is a way of life.

Woodlands Grill – Overlooking the picturesque Fazio-designed golf course and surrounding hills, Woodlands Grill is where you’ll find delicious meals paired with an extensive wine list as well as craft beer and spirit selections. They also have a cozy Wine Library for private dining. It’s also a great place to meet up with friends for a game of billiards at Dugan’s Tavern, Woodlands Grill Lounge.

The food was amazing!

Rice House – Located in a 19th century farmhouse, the Rice House strives to blur the lines between farm and restaurant to create a truly “yard to fork” experience. Chef de Cuisine Evan Babb and team incorporate the freshest local ingredients including farm-grazed beef, locally foraged mushrooms and seasonal garden ingredients produced in their own kitchen gardens into the menus. Chef Babb even spends his time “off” working alongside Barnsley purveyors at local farms, ensuring the freshest available ingredients are incorporated into the Rice House menus.

The Sun Porch and two small private dining rooms are perfect if you want to entertain friends or colleagues.

The food was amazing!

Beer Garden – A casual, outdoor restaurant with a fire pit, and large trees strung with twinkling lights, the Beer Garden offers a menu of Southern snacks like pickles and pimento cheese along with a variety of barbecue sandwiches and plates along with a selection of more than 30 craft beers. For breakfast on the go, a new “grab & go” option offers a variety of breakfast sandwiches, fruit, yogurt, coffee and juice.

Wild Mushroom & Herb Forage – Join Rice House Chef de Cuisine and Certified Guide Evan Babb for a guided Wild Mushroom & Herb Forage experience. Search and forage for various types of mushrooms they may be found on the resort’s 3,000-acre property which could include ramps, chicken of the woods mushrooms, hedgehog mushrooms and more. While on the forage, Chef Babb will provide tips and hints on what to look for in order to best find mushrooms and herbs, and insight on the various mushrooms found. Naturally the mushrooms/herbs in each forage will rotate depending on the season.

The most pet friendly resort in Georgia

Is the Barnsley Resort Pet-Friendly?

There is no better place in Georgia to travel with furry family members. With more than 10 miles of hiking trails and beautiful gardens to explore, outdoor sitting areas with fire pits, lawn games, and outdoor dining on the front porch of Woodlands Grill or in the Beer Garden on weekends, your four-legged friend is certain to feel like a pampered pooch.

There are no pet weight limits at Barnsley Resort. While they do not require pets to be crated, they do require that all dogs stay on leashes. All of the public areas are open to pets, with the exception of the spa, fitness center, pool area and indoor restaurants (due to local health codes).

Pet friendly accommodations include the Cottage Suites and Arbor Cottages. Standard amenities for pets include pet beds, bowls, bottled water and treats. Pet sitting may be arranged with advanced notice.

The most pet friendly resort in Georgia

Bring your furry friend for a getaway at Barnsley Resort. As a proud supporter of PAWS Atlanta, they will waive the $75 pet fee for guests with their special Pampered Pets for PAWS rate. Instead, they donate the fee of $75 per stay, to PAWS, which provides love, nutrition, medical care and basic training to enrich the lives of orphaned animals until permanent, safe homes can be found.

The pool at the Barnsley Resort

Pool + Golf Course

Swim and sunbathe in the saltwater pool with a priceless view of the 378-acre golf course. It is also attached to the spa and the fitness center.

Golfers describe golf on the Jim Fazio-designed golf course, as a “Beautiful Challenge”, “A fun track with amazing views of the mountains”, and “Top notch service and unbeatable scenery no matter how you play.” A rolling 378 acres of championship greens wind around the lake, forests, and gardens of Barnsley Resort. One of the most sought-after golf courses in Georgia, the Fazio course has some of the fastest greens in the Southeast, elevation changes off the tee and one of the best collections of par 3s anywhere.

Open to resort guests and day golfers, The Fazio is also available for golf tournaments. Discover the many privileges and benefits of a Barnsley Resort Golf Membership.

#1 in Power Rankings,

#1 Golf Course in Georgia & #21 in the U.S. for 2018,

My husband got to play a round of golf and loved it. He said he’d go back just to play golf, even if we didn’t stay there.

With striking views of mountain peaks and the best collections of par 3’s in all of golf. Strategic hazards and dramatic tee shots descending to soft greens below will leave you speechless. It’s no wonder Barnsley Resort was named one of the Top Golf Resorts in the Southeast by Conde Nast Traveler.

Par-72, 7, 350-Yard Course

Pet friendly resort in Georgia

Barnsley Resort Amenities

  • S’mores supplies provided in evenings in the Living Room in the Inn
  • Fazio-designed championship 18-hole golf course and Golf School
  • The Spa at Barnsley Resort
  • Fitness Center
  • 16,000 sq. ft. of indoor meeting and event space
  • High Adventure Shooting Grounds at Barnsley Resort
  • Manor House Ruins & Barnsley Museum
  • Outdoor swimming pool (available seasonally)
  • Business Center
  • Four retail options
  • Wi-Fi
  • Unlimited local phone calls
  • Concierge services
  • Unlimited access to over 5,000 newspapers & magazines through
  • Trail use and admission to the Manor House Ruins & Museum
  • Lawn Games available on a first-come, first-serve basis
  • Use of the pool and Fitness Center (seasonally)

The Grounds at The Barnsley Resort

Probably the most beautiful property I’ve ever stayed at. The grounds at The Barnsley Resort are stunning. There are tons of gardens, lush greenery, a beautiful bamboo forest, farms, lakes, golf courses, the ruins, miles of hiking trails, UTV trail riding, fising, disc golf, biking, horseback riding, shooting, hunting, bird watching, fountains, kayaking, and of course the pool. There is so much to see and do that you can’t possibly do everything in one stay.

Take a look at the beauty of Barnsley below!

The Ruins of the Barnsley Resort

The Manor House Ruins, called Woodlands, are the remnants of the original 19th century Italianate villa built by Godfrey Barnsley for his wife Julia. From the first approach on Manor House Lane, a classic boxwood parterre garden leading up to the once grand manor home greets guests. The Barnsley Museum, located within the original kitchen wing of the home, features an extensive display of Barnsley Family belongings that bring their colorful story to life, along with a display of Civil War era artifacts.

The Ruins of the Barnsley Resort

The Ruins of the Barnsley Resort

The Ruins of the Barnsley Resort

Aerial views of the Barnsley Resort

Ruins of the Barnsley Resort

This is the most pet friendly getaway in the USA

This is the most pet friendly getaway in the USA

The Bamboo Forest

The bamboo forest around the Barnsley Resort


Our amazing first family vacation at the Barnsley resort and gardens, one of the coolest Atlanta getaways in North Georgia for those who love staycations and castles!

Looking for an awesome weekend getaway in Georgia, USA? The Barnsley resort is a great place to stay on a quick staycation!

Looking for staycation ideas in Georgia? The Barnsley is one of the most fabulous resorts in North Georgia! #Georgia