Nestled in the foothills of Georgia’s Blue Ridge Mountains and flanked by towering trees, Barnsley Resort offers 3,000 acres of gorgeous countryside, an abundance of activities, and picturesque views from almost any angle. Read our review to learn why the property — an hour south of Chattanooga and an hour north of Atlanta — is considered one of the best resorts in the South.
The Look of Barnsley Resort
Barnsley Resort is named for Godfrey Barnsley, an English-born merchant who dreamed up the estate in the 1840s as a gift for his wife, Julia. Sadly, Julia died before it was completed, but the Italianate mansion (now in ruins) and intricately landscaped gardens — all designed to resemble an English countryside manor — remain for our enjoyment. The look is traditional elegance, from the main Inn building, with its grand staircase, hardwood floors, and rooms filled with antiques and reproduction pieces, to the freestanding cottages with wood-burning fireplaces, clawfoot tubs, and private porches with swings. Secluded Estate Cottages sleep between six and 18 guests and typically come with a pantry-style kitchen and spacious dining room.
The Vibe at Barnsley Resort
Despite the elegant surroundings, Barnsley is not stiff or stuffy. Rather, you’ll find guests of all ages — from small children and multigenerational families to groups of fortysomething friends — breezing about the property, enjoying activities like golf, horseback riding, and clay shooting. The staff is warm, welcoming, and on hand to help however they can — the epitome of Southern hospitality.
Who Will Love Barnsley Resort
Anyone looking for a relaxing resort stay with plenty of activities. The property is popular with families, friend groups, and couples.
Who Might Not Love Barnsley Resort
Couples craving a serene, kid-free escape won’t find that here — there’s no adults-only pool, for instance.
Best Amenity at Barnsley Resort
The range of restaurants is impressive for a resort this size: Between the Southern specialties at Woodlands Grill, elevated farm-to-table cuisine at Rice House, and barbecue and pizza at the Beer Garden, you won't tire of the options.
What’s Included at Barnsley Resort
All guests enjoy complimentary access to the fitness center and outdoor pool; hiking and biking trails; on-site farm, gardens, and Manor House Ruins; outdoor activities ( (fishing, canoes, cruiser bikes, disc golf). Also included in the room rate: signature bourbon tastings at the Inn (Thursdays-Saturdays); parking; wifi; morning coffee and tea; s’mores supplies; some events, like concerts and family movie screenings.
Extra Fees & Costs You Should Know About Barnsley Resort
The daily $45 resort fee covers all of the above. Other activities, like horseback riding, golf, target rifle shooting, ax throwing, and UTVs cost extra, as do spa treatments and all food and beverages. While the property offers a robust events calendar, most incur an additional charge.
How to Get a Deal at Barnsley Resort
Visit the offers tab on the resort’s website to snag reduced rates on midweek stays, as well as 20% off when you book more than 30 days in advance. AARP and AAA members are also entitled to discounts.
The Sweet Season
The winter — late November to late February — brings opportunities to nab the lowest rates. The weather may be chilly, but it’s the perfect excuse to cozy up by the fireplace and sip hot chocolate between activities.
In the Neighborhood of Barnsley Resort
The resort is a destination in and of itself, but those itching to explore off-property can visit the nearby city of Adairsville. With a population of just under 5,000, it exudes small-town charm with its tree-lined streets and historic downtown area.
Nearest Airport to Barnsley Resort
The Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport is 65 miles away, while Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is just a bit further at 70 miles out. Tom B. David Airport is much closer (14 miles or 20 minutes by car), though it’s mainly used for chartered planes. Finally, if you’re arriving via private helicopter, you’ll be pleased to know that there’s a helipad right on-site.
Nearest Public Transportation to Barnsley Resort
While there is no public transportation, taxis can be arranged. However, most guests opt to stay on-site and explore on foot or bike.
This sprawling mountain resort is an oasis for outdoor enthusiasts, history buffs, and luxury lovers alike.