A new 54-room inn and conference center with more than 19,000 square feet of additional indoor and outdoor meeting and event space are announced for northwest Georgia’s award-winning Barnsley Resort. Construction is slated to begin immediately with an anticipated opening date of fall 2017.Upon completion, the resort will have a total of 150 guest rooms and suites as well as 15,500 square feet of indoor meeting space. This project will create a minimum of 100 new jobs at the luxury resort in Bartow County.

“We are thrilled to expand the offerings at Barnsley Resort to meet a frequent request of our guests and clients,” said Matthew Saul on behalf of the resort ownership. “We will maintain the intimate, exclusive feel that makes Barnsley Resort so special while being able to accommodate a broader range of corporate groups and social events.”

The resort’s existing accommodations, amenities, activities and restaurants will remain available for guests to enjoy throughout the expansion process. The site for the expansion is isolated to a portion of the resort’s perimeter, outside of primary guest travels.

The Inn at Barnsley Resort

Offering an additional 54 guest rooms and suites, the three-story Inn at Barnsley Resort will complement the resort’s relaxed English-inspired village and cottage-style accommodations. Upon arrival, an octagonal rotunda will create a striking first impression before proceeding to the resort’s new guest registration area. Adjacent to the guest reception, the Living Room will be a relaxed gathering area for guests to enjoy residential-style furnishings arranged in several groupings ideal for conversation. Throughout, stained and hand-scraped hardwood floors, exposed beams and scattered area rugs will evoke the feeling of being an invited guest at a fine country estate. A grand staircase and impressive fireplace will be focal points of this inviting space. The Inn will also feature one boutique retail option.

The architect and design teams looked to the works of noted British architect Edwin Lutyens, known for significant English country homes from the turn of the 20th century.

Inspired by this style, the Inn at Barnsley Resort will have the appearance of an estate that has been added to over time with a blend of detailed brick and clapboard exteriors along with dormer windows, occasional terraces and balconies to create variety of texture and scale.

 Guest accommodations

Each of The Inn’s54 guest rooms and suites will be thoughtfully designed for the luxury traveler. Spacious bedrooms range from 378 to 528 square feet with a mix of king and double queen beds each with an extraordinarily comfortable queen and king size mattress. On the third floor, guests will delight in additional features such as dormer windows, sloped ceilings and window seats. Three unique suites range from 813 square feet to the 1,650-square-foot Presidential Suite complete with an expansive master suite, living room, dining room, butler-pantry and spacious terrace.

 Georgian Hall Conference Center

With more than 10,500 square feet of indoor space and 8,350 square feet available outdoors, the Georgian Hall Conference Center will host corporate meetings, weddings and other special events in a picturesque location in the resort’s historic district. The addition of Georgian Hall will bring the resort’s total meeting indoor space to 15,500 square feet, all enhanced by state-of-the-art audio-visual technology.

The 5,000-square-foot Savannah Ballroom will host 240 to 500 guests for meetings or social gatherings. Select design details planned for the Savannah Ballroom include vaulted ceilings with exposed, stained hand-scraped scissor trusses; painted millwork; dormer windows allowing ample natural light; and a monumental floor-to-ceiling brick fireplace.

The Savannah Ballroom will be divisible into two smaller event spaces, with 2,000 square feet of pre-function space leading into the ballroom. The al fresco Savannah Terrace will offer dedicated outdoor space for up to 215 at one end of the ballroom.

Certain to be a frequently requested space, the 680-square-foot Augusta Room will offer dramatic views of the rolling meadow and iconic 19th century manor house ruins visible in the distance. A unique option for intimate receptions and board meetings will be the Oglethorpe Room, with a barrel-vaulted ceiling, brick detailing, terraced floors and private entrance. Additional indoor meeting and event space will include the 1,440-square-foot divisible Dalton Room with a dedicated pre-reception area.

Offering a uniquely Southern experience, a covered verandah will be available for receptions and gatherings taking advantage of sweeping pastoral views. For larger outdoor events, the Estate Lawn will be equipped with full lighting and sound capabilities for up to 300 for seated dining or 370 for receptions.

Georgian Hall’s exterior will complement the existing Rice House restaurant which is located within in a 19th century farmhouse. Dormer windows, painted wood and an elongated porch will provide visual interest in keeping with the antebellum home. Guests attending meetings and events in the Georgian Hall will enter through an octagonal rotunda area featuring a domed ceiling and inset display cases showcasing artifacts from the region.

Design and construction services

Cooper Carry is the architect for both buildings with interior design by Kent Interior Design. Construction services are provided by Choate Construction Company.