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Rice House at Barnsley Gardens Restaurant Review: The ruins of Godfrey Barnsley's nineteenth-century Italian-Renaissance style mansion lie just up the slope from this restaurant, housed in a simple frame residence built in 1854 and moved in 1994 to its current location on the estate. The former outdoor patio now is glass-enclosed, adding a comfortable dining space but preserving the view of the grounds. Several smaller rooms enable private dining for parties of various sizes. Executive chef Charles Vosburgh incorporates into his dishes some of the herbs and vegetables grown at Barnsley Gardens resort. While the menu changes frequently, you’ll find preparations with foie gras or sweetbreads, fresh fish and duck, lamb, pork or steak, each with its appropriate accompaniments. Vegetable offerings are given the same careful treatment. Desserts change with the seasons as well, but you can count on something with chocolate and a crème brûlée. Several items are gluten-free. The wine list is a veritable tome, and includes such icons as Silver Oak and Screaming Eagle, the latter particularly rarely seen on restaurant wine lists. Rice House often hosts wine dinners, too.