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Barnsley House Spa Day - Cotswolds

What a gorgeous place!
Barnsley House is everything you have imagined the Cotswolds to be like - a bijou, old manor house, set against green rolling hills and cosy fireplaces lit inside. 
Driving around the Cotswolds country lanes on a January afternoon with my little sis was blissful and just in time, the sun came out! I have been going on and on about how the weather has been so grey and depressing and I was praying for a bit of sunshine on our girlie day out, so we could enjoy the outdoors heated pool at the spa. What do you know? As soon as we navigated around Oxford, there comes the sun, over the gorgeous rolling hills of Burford.
The best part of the drive - Bibury. I have a soft spot for this place, because it was one of the first villages I ever visited around the Cotswolds; a weekend in neighbouring Coln St Alwyns, is the reason I fell in love with the area and the very reason I started this blog - I just had to share with the world that there is this feel-good place, a corner of the English countryside, where everything is still simpler, quieter and balanced with nature.

The Spa is seemingly hidden away, tucked amongst greenery, a short walk from the main House, but with a wonderful view of the surrounding hills.
It's on the small side, but the facilities are wonderful. In the summer, you can utilise the lovely garden, built around a fire place too. There is a lavender-scented steam room and sauna and the best feature - an outdoors heated pool.
There is nothing, I mean nothing, that should stop you from braving the winter chill momentarily, in order to experience swimming out in nature, in steaming hot waters. It feels like floating in a duvet, with a gorgeous green view. Every muscle in your body relaxes and that includes your brain too.
The lounge is a gorgeous sun room, filled with mid-afternoon sun. My sis and I, both went for the Half Day package and I would suggest that you go for the afternoon slot for two reasons. Firstly, the sun - on a winter afternoon, it becomes part of the experience and in the summer you can enjoy the sunset, next to the outdoors fireplace, not to forget swimming in the heated pool at sunset. Secondly, dinner at The Village Pub. You have the option to have lunch in the Spa, or dinner allowance for the pub - go for the latter, their dishes and service are exceptional.    

Our hour-long treatment was just what my achy shoulders needed, in order to finally find some relief. I think I almost drifted to semi-napping state during the facial. By the way, I am not one to introduce cosmetics, as I have sensitive skin and stick to my usual products, but the Elemis Soothing Apricot Toner, is something I order as soon as I got back home. It had a cooling effect, but felt quite nourishing too, great for sensitive skin.

Just as we finished our treatments, the sun was setting.
What a amazing time to be swimming outside, amongst the vibrant indigo sky, catching the last purple and pink hues of the sun in the distance! Well, there one thing that made us move...hunger and the prospect of dinner in The Village Pub, across the street!
The main House in full moonlight...

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