“The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe”
Last Tuesday, Butch and I celebrated our 43rd wedding anniversary. Yes, so hard to believe…we still feel so young! We planned a weekend get-away and traveled an hour and a half from home to Barnsley Resort, a beautiful destination that is part of the Southern Living Hotel Collection! As always when planning a trip, I researched. I discovered that Barnsley Resort offers some of our favorites: exceptional cuisine, relaxing spa, natural setting, and so much more. But what piqued my interest was the history of the man for whom the estate is named. Behind Barnsley Resort’s storybook setting is a true love story! The original manor, called Woodlands, was an estate built by a man-Godfrey Barnsley-for the love of his life, his wife Julia. The Italianate villa’s construction was begun in the 1840’s. Today there are only the ruins that remain of the storied mansion! History coupled with world-class amenities made for a perfect weekend!
The dining room was a beautiful and romantic setting! We enjoyed a four course meal of the freshest ingredients prepared by Chef Roberto who came to our table and introduced himself. He is a rising star to watch in the culinary scene!
I am a huge fan of pasta, so I could not resist the butternut squash ravioli with roasted winter vegetables, spinach, Georgia Gold cheese, and truffle cream…foodie heaven!
This formal garden was created in the 1840s with English boxwood. The Boxwood Parterre Gardens were traditionally laid out on level ground to be viewed from a higher elevation. It was from the third story tower of the Manor House that the intricate designs could be fully appreciated.
Sadly, Julia dies in 1845 before the Manor House was completed and Barnsley ceased construction.
In 1848, the estate and gardens were eventually completed. The luxurious manor house featured modern plumbing, marble from Italy and France, and furnishings from around the world.
As the Civil War raged, the estate was situated directly in the path of Sherman’s advance. The estate witnessed a battle on May 18, 1864 and suffered irreparably during occupation of troops commanded by U.S. General James McPherson.
Prince Hubertus Fugger of Bavaria purchased the estate in 1988, reviving and expanding the Historic Gardens so that more than 200 varieties of roses thrive. The remains of the Manor House Ruins were restored.
Butch and I had the opportunity to spend about thirty minutes with Barnsley Resort’s historian and Museum Director, Clent Coker. His fascinating stories of love, loss and even murder so interested us that we purchased his book “Barnsley Gardens At Woodlands: The Illustrious Dream” that covers a century and a half of adventure, romance, and mystery surrounding the Barnsleys. We are excited to begin reading!
Facts and information taken from www.barnsleyresorts.com
Each cottage is unique…
…with its architecture and size!
Another dining option on site is The Woodlands Grill…
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