Photography by Jason Huynh.
Just a short 24 minute drive from downtown Rome, lies an oasis of deep relaxation, significant history, and now; world-class hunting and sporting. Barnsley Resort, known for its pristine landscapes and cottage-style housing is a historical estate turned full-service resort. First opened in 1999, Barnsley Resort boasts three on-site restaurants; multiple sport and recreation options, including horseback riding and golf; a full-treatment spa; shopping and much more.
Most recently, Barnsley has partnered with John Burrell’s High Adventure Company and Beretta firearms to create world-class hunting grounds and clay shooting ranges. This endeavor, which began earlier this year, has been a joint effort with High Adventure Company’s President, CEO, and Certified Wildlife Biologist, John Burrell, who brings to Barnsley his 25 years of experience managing some of the world’s top sporting destinations on three different continents.
Burrell, along with the shooting ground’s land manager, BJ Moore, oversaw the project; doubling the property’s acreage for bird hunting at the Hunting Plantation, and adding Promatic machines to all 28 stations of the two state-of-the-art clay shooting courses. Also in development is a long-range rifle range. “It’s like playing golf with guns,” joked Burrell. And with at least 2 machines per stand and a wireless card counting system, it’s a world class experience all around.
Just this last week, Beretta, the arms manufacturers company, announced its partnership with Barnsley and High Adventure Company, making the property the only Beretta Shooting Grounds in the world.
“We’re extremely excited include Barnsley Resort into a world-class portfolio of properties,” said Burrell. “It’s a natural fit; and amazingly, it’s in our own backyard.”
MORE ABOUT BARNSLEY
Godfrey Barnsley first purchased and built his Italian-inspired estate on the property in the mid 1800s. As a wealthy shipping merchant from Savannah, Barnsley spared no expense building his estate called Woodland, including importing trees and shrubs from overseas, which can still be seen on the property today. The house itself, which unfortunately succumbed to a tornado in 1906, was largely left to the elements for most of the twentieth century. Now ruins, the beautiful site is host to many weddings and private events.
Accommodations at Barnsley include a village of unique and differently colored cottages inspired by the art of Andrew Jackson Downing. Most guests coming with High Adventure Company will stay in the Godfrey Estate Cottage, which boasts of large shared living spaces and spacious individual rooms. Another lodging option is the newly constructed, three-story Inn; which is an intentionally designed addition to the resort that offers guests a more traditional hotel environment.