Tim Haigh and Rupert Pendered, who recently sold Barnsley House hotel and The Village Pub opposite to local company Calcot Health and Leisure (owners of Calcot Manor), are responsible for one of the finest hotel stays the Resource team has ever experienced. Barnsley House, their legendary country house hotel, was the scene of a much-needed, post-deadline break, and we spent three nights there, swathed in luxury, cooing at the incredible collection of furniture, in wonderment at the levels of service and taking in lung-fulls of crisp, clean Cotswold air. The definining moment was when we were rudely awaken on the second morning, with a hint of jetlag and a side order of a hangover. Someone, somewhere far too close to our room was using heavy machinery at the ungodly hour of 8am. God, we were mad. We rang down to reception and demanded that they do something about the god-awful hammering. 10 minutes later our brains were still being clattered. Just as we were about to pick up the phone again, a call came through from the super-efficient sweetie on reception, informing us that a member of staff had managed to track down the machinery a few fields away and had asked the farmer to stop his noise. Oh, how we recoiled in horror! But the noise stopped, and we managed a few more hours of precious sleep before padding down to breakfast, feeling a little sheepish.
We wish the guys the best of luck in whatever they decide to turn their outrageously talented hands to in the future.