In the foothills of Northwest Georgia’s Blue Ridge Mountains lies Barnsley Resort, a 3,000-acre Southern estate where nature, history and hospitality beckon groups to escape together. Just an hour from Atlanta, the resort-meets-village playground offers cozy accommodations, boundless indoor and outdoor event space, elevated Southern cuisine and on-site adventure and team building.
Ranked a Top Resort Near Atlanta
In the foothills of Northwest Georgia’s Blue Ridge Mountains lies Barnsley Resort, a 3,000-acre destination where nature, history and hospitality beckon groups to escape together. Just an hour from Atlanta, the resort-meets-village playground offers cozy accommodations, boundless indoor and outdoor event space, elevated Southern cuisine and on-site adventure and team building.
Named one of the Top Southern Resorts by readers of Conde Nast Traveler, this destination resort offers 142 rooms in the 55-room Inn and 39 private cottages ranging from one to seven bedrooms, many just steps away from a variety of outdoor fire pits perfect for gathering at the end of the day.
Unique Event Space
When it’s time to get down to business, the resort provides 16,000 sq. ft. of event space with unique locations for board meetings, company retreats or social affairs. Intimate breakout rooms can accommodate groups up to 225 guests, while the impressive Georgian Hall – which made its debut in 2018 – is the crème de la crop with 4,700 sq. ft and a floor-to-ceiling brick fireplace that’s sure to be the focal point of any meeting. The Savannah Ballroom caters up to 460 attendees indoors and is complemented by spacious outdoor terraces and sizeable Estate Lawn for al fresco mingling. Not to be missed is the picturesque Manor House Ruins & Pavilion. This unmistakable venue dates back to the 1840s, adding charm and whimsy to any gathering. All venues offer state-of-the-art audio-visual services along with dedicated catering and conference professionals.
Southern Cuisine with Panache
While there are three on-site restaurants for at-leisure dining, the creative catering program is where the culinary team shines. From elevated Southern cuisine to events with international flair, the talented chefs at Barnsley Resort can create custom options for breakfast, breaks, lunch and dinner for any and every setting, ranging from laid-back casual to a formal affair. Most recently, Executive Chef Nicolas Lebas launched Fire Kettle Cooking Schools for leisure and group guests alike. During this signature event, group attendees can socialize while seeing Chef up-close and in-action as he prepares a favorite recipe over the open flame of a Sea Island Forge kettle.
Adventures in Team Building
Of course, what group gathering would be complete without a bit of friendly competition? An impressive roster of team-building activities awaits at Barnsley Resort. The Jim Fazio-designed golf course and Golf Performance Center offer golf competitions, TrackMan golf challenge and the option for charitable tournaments. For something more out-of-the-box, gather attendees for the Barnsley Bullseye Challenge with archery, axe throwing and air rifle target challenges, or learn the basics of navigating the great outdoors with a wilderness survival skills challenge. Raptor meet-and-greets, terrarium forage and workshop activities and sporting clays at the Beretta Shooting Grounds also lead the way in signature Southern fun. Group attendees can also take advantage of The Spa, horseback riding, lawn games, hiking trails, fishing and more.
While groups may visit Barnsley Resort for a meeting, it’s the inviting space, heart-pumping adventure and top-notch hospitality that leave attendees with cherished memories to reminisce on for years to come.