Barnsley Gardens in GA...the Ruins, the Romance, it's the perfect getaway!

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Home Stager with Home Stager/Property Stylist & more! Granville, Ohio

A visit to Barnsley Gardens nestled in the foothills in Adairsville, GA is the perfect getaway for romance & relaxation. The grounds are absolutely breathtaking, the manor ruins and surrounding grounds are steeped rich in history. This place is no ordinary retreat but a magical serene setting to celebrate something special or to get away from it all and relax!

Barnsley Gardens the Ruins

This is the approach to the homestead ruins affectionately called the 'Woodlands' built by Godfrey Barnsley in the mid 1800's located in Northern Georgia. The manor style was clearly built outside of the the typical Southern 'Greek Revival' architecture. Godfrey Barnsley was a disciple of Andrew Jackson Downing and the manor reflected Gothic and Italianate design, very different from the standards at the time.

 

  Barnsley Gardens Ruinswoman sitting in ruins

Daytime inside the manor ruins. Weddings, parties and intimate concerts are still held here. In the evening it must look magical with all the candles lit!

The Boxwood Parterre at Woodlands heart shaped boxwood

The large boxwood parterre was geometrical in design with serpentine walkways that wound through large flowering border beds.

                            China Fir tree

The heirloom gardens Godfrey Barnsley planted and built for his beloved Julia are what first
attracted me to visit this extraordinary resort. It contained many exotic species at the time including this China Fir tree. When planted it was as nearly as tall as the mansion!

 

cottage gardensfrog in a garden

orange sunflowers yellow sunflower

Above is a very small sampling of the magnificent gardens here at Barnsley Gardens. These are the true colors of the flowers, no color adjustments were made. The flower gardens were spectacular to  see in person and the spacious cottages had their own unique garden and landscaping!

 

ruins at night fountain at Barnsley Gardens

This photo was taken from a different angle of the ruins at dusk which was previously posted here. In the maze of boxwood is a replica of the fountain Godfrey had built for his wife. After her death he tried to find solace wandering the gardens and it's here he stated she came to him in an apparition. The manor was not finished yet and she encouraged him to finish building their 'Woodlands' homestead dream.

 

ruins at dusk man in garden

This photo on the left was taken standing inside the front foyer looking out at the formal boxwood parterre. The next picture is of my husband standing by the arbor and side perennial bed and path that leads down to the bog pond.

 

Barnsley Gardens Resort has it all for you to enjoy in lush setting. Whether you want to enjoy a ride through the hills on horseback, spend an afternoon clay shooting, master a round of golf, learn to fly fish, hike through the trail, take a magical walk through the manor ruins and heirloom gardens, cool off with a dip in the pool, fancy a spa visit or treat yourself to fabulous meals it’s all here waiting for you! If you decide to visit, check their monthy specials on line.

The service was impeccable and if you happen to need a special touch they have a fairy godmother there to make it happen for you. When checking in she had her wand there by the desk hanging on the wall. If only I had gotten a photo of it!

                                                    Barnsley Gardens at dusk

For more information about a visit to Barnsley Gardens located in Adairsville, Georgia click here.

 

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Granville, Ohio

 

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Cynthia Bartch
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Hi Barbara, I was hoping to go back in the fall but I just won't be able to make it, it bet it's beautiful there now with the color changes. It's really quite amazing what Godfrey Barnsey's vision was for this homestead in it's time!

Hope you are doing well.

Oct 29, 2009 12:06 AM #33
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Ginger Foust
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Hi Cyndee,  we really need a trip to the south.  Your photos do it.  Haven't spent any time in your region and I love the GREEN.  What time of year would you recommend?  (I can't do heat and humidity.) Hope all is well. 

Oct 31, 2009 03:44 AM #34
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Sheldon Neal
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Gorgeous place !...and well captured with your pics Cyn !

Very nice :o)

Oct 31, 2009 03:30 PM #35
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Cynthia Bartch
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Hey there Ginger, Where I'm located in Buford I hardly ever experience the humidity and when I tell people that they just kinda look at me like I'm crazy! The weather starts to change here mid Oct. early Nov. them warms up again starting in April.

All is well, I'm just super busy with holiday decorating & designing when I'm not staging or redesigning until the end of the year. I'm hit and miss here on AR until it settles down.

LOL, Sheldon love the new avatar ;o)  Of course you'd like it it was designed by a another very smart Brit!

Nov 01, 2009 03:26 AM #36
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Debbie Walsh
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Cynthia-congrats on the anniversary!  This is such a gorgeous place!  A picture of the wand would have been the perfect ending.  ;-)

  

Nov 01, 2009 04:47 AM #37
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Gerry Khatchikian
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Cynthia,

Thanks to your beautiful photos, we got to enjoy a taste of this romantic and magical place.   You managed to capture some of the essence through your colorful and vibrant photos.   I like the close-up of the flowers in the gardens!  :)

Nov 01, 2009 08:27 AM #38
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Debi Boucher
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You know, Girl.... This is just the thing we're looking for in the PhotoBloggers Group! ;) I came back for a second look. I love this place :)

Debi

Nov 01, 2009 04:14 PM #39
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Hey, Cynthia - I see this is your most recent post. Hope all is well with you and yours, that you're really busy, but that you'll soon be back to Play in the Rain with us.

Nov 02, 2009 02:12 PM #40
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Cynthia Bartch
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Oh man, I have not gotten any email notifications on relies to this blog....sorry guys!

Hi Debra, I agree I should have gotten a picture of the wand and the actual fairy godmother because she walked right past me :)

Hi Gerry, Always nice to see your friendly face on my blog. This was a magical place, it was so peaceful and relaxing not mention the beautiful gardens. Glad you enjoyed the photos even if they were with my old point and shoot.

Hi Debi, You know I may have something for the group, a photo-blog of my trip to Destin...and I had my new camera with me! When it's done I'll post to the group. Thanks for the return trip :)

Hey Russel, Yep, I have been super busy! Thanks so much the return trip also, everything is going well here. Hope Zoey is treating you right :)

 

 

Nov 02, 2009 11:15 PM #41
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Gail MacMillan
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Hi Cynthia,

Your post is marvelous, the photos magnificent, the China Fir is magical.  I didn't realize you lived in Buford :( We were there for service on the RV and spent the night at the facility....sorry!  We spent a lot of our time up in the NE corner of Georgia which we absolutely loved.  Have you been to Tallulah Gorge?  WOWIE

I won't forget next time we're back your way.  Happy Anniversary.

Gail

Nov 04, 2009 12:03 AM #42
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Cynthia Bartch
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Hello Gail!!! Yes that tree was so beautiful & unusual I had to snap it's picture. It was a nice place to spend our anniversary, thank you :) Well I hope your motor tour of GA was a pleasant time spent exploring, I still haven't explored all beauty to see around here. Why yes, I have been to Tallulah Gorge see my blog here. It was a last minute visit as we were on our way home from a Sunday drive.

Nice to see you back here Gail.

 

Nov 04, 2009 12:22 AM #43
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Gail MacMillan
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Hi again :-) 

I did visit your Gorge post, I'm glad you feel the same way about it as I do.  I was blown away by this magnificent area.  Maybe we should keep it to ourselves..shhhhhhhh!  We did the hike to the bottom and were going to continue but the area beyond the base was closed as they were letting water into the river.  Next time we'll go the whole way and drag you with us....wouldn't that be nice!

Gail

Nov 04, 2009 10:58 PM #44
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Cynthia Bartch
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Hey again Gail, Yes let's keep the secret to ourselves, lol! Georgia is just beautiful, there are so many places I've yet to explore. If you are ever in the area again give us a call :)

Nov 05, 2009 11:39 PM #45
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Mary Douglas
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@ Gail and Cynthia!  It's not a secret if you put it on the Internet !!  LOL!

Nov 06, 2009 07:31 AM #46
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Sharon Lee
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Hello my Georgia friend. These pics are stunning just like the Georgia peach that took them. Belated Happy Anniversary. Sounds like you had a wonderful Anniversary. Have missed you. <SMILE>

Nov 07, 2009 08:26 PM #47
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Cynthia Bartch
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Oh dang it Mary, I just get carried away, LOL! Thank for the re-visit, it's always a pleasure to see & read you :)

Hello there Miss Sharon Lee, It was a great time I tell ya! I hope you are doing well, I know you've been busy too. It's a shame this work thing gets in the way of our blogging!

Nov 08, 2009 06:30 AM #48
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Sharon Lee
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That is for sure. Have to take a break next year and pay you a visit. <SMILE> Have a wonderful week.

Nov 08, 2009 12:02 PM #49
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Cynthia Bartch
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Yep I'm in the busy season too so I'm right there with you Sharon, you do the same and make it a great week :)

Nov 08, 2009 11:17 PM #50
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Ana Hitzel
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I lived in Atlanta area for quite a few years and never made it to that place, I sorry I missed it.  Wonderful photos, the fir tree is really spectacular.  Thanks for sharing these.

Nov 09, 2009 03:33 AM #51
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Oh Ana, This place it definitely one my favorite places I've been, the scenery, the history of the ruins, the service all fabulous! That tree was spectacular in person to see too. If you ever make it back here it's worth the trip my friend.

Nov 10, 2009 12:27 AM #52
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