The Top 5 Hotels in Bedford
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Bedford has a rich heritage, and visitors come from all over the world to visit the home of John Bunyan, the author of The Pilgrim's Progress. With art galleries and museums, parks, sports and leisure and much more, whenever you find yourself in Bedford, you're sure to find the perfect place to stay with Voyage Privé
Rooms in this charming converted barn have been refurbished to feature modern comforts while retaining the character of the building. Located on the banks of the River Great Ouse, this hotel is set in the unspoilt countryside with numerous walking and cycling paths nearby. Boat trips on the river are available in the summer months. Handy for Bedford town centre, just 2 miles away, this also makes a base for visiting Woburn Abbey. Bletchley Park, Milton Keynes and Cambridge.
Set in 150 acres of parkland, this country escape is part of the UK's first health spa chain, Champneys. Pioneers of the concept of holistic wellbeing, they provide state of the art facilities and the newest treatments from around the world. Henlow was once a Cistercian monastery, but now this luxury spa complex is built around an opulent Georgian manor house. Facilities include the Thalassotherapy pool and over 80 luxury therapies from the traditional to the exotic. Pamper, detox, relax and escape.
With elegant and cosy interiors, this classic manor house hotel with its period features and roaring fires is welcoming from the moment you step inside. Enjoy the beautiful surrounding countryside, the Croquet lawn and views across the terrace. Sample seasonal British menus in the award-winning restaurant, or take afternoon tea in the lounge. Close to Flitwick, this hotel is close by if you want to visit Bedford, Woburn Abbey, Bletchley Park or the unspoilt Bedfordshire countryside.
This Grade I listed mansion deep in Buckinghamshire offers a secluded location for those looking to get away from it all. Peace and quiet, well-appointed rooms, history and natural beauty are all on offer at this rural retreat. The ideal spot for a grown-up getaway, the elegance and comfort of the surroundings will soon have you forgetting all your cares. Tucked away but accessible, this hotel is around 20 minutes drive from Bedford city centre and around 10 minutes drive from Milton Keynes.
A little further afield in Buckingham, the charming and characterful 16th century Villiers Hotel is located in the heart of the historic market town of Buckingham. Close to Milton Keynes and the shopping centre at Bicester Village, this hotel is around 45 minutes by car from Bedford. Visit Dukes Restaurant & Bar, which has held its AA-rosette award for over 20 years, proving what a special place it is. Seasonal menus with locally sourced food are served accompanied by a selection of fine ales, wine and drinks. In summer, the inviting terrace encourages al fresco dining.
List of the most requested services and often available in these luxury hotels:
- Free Wi-Fi
- Tea and coffee making facilities
- Luxury toiletries
- Flatscreen TVs
- Luxury bathrooms
- Swimming pools
- Spa treatments
- Cosy bars
- Award-winning restaurants
Bedford has several lovely parks, the Higgins Art Gallery and Museum, the Shuttleworth Collection featuring historic aircraft, the Norman fortifications of Bedford Castle and some beautiful surrounding countryside. The Bedford River Festival is held every two years and is the second largest outdoors festival in the UK.
Located within driving distance of London and many home counties locations, Bedford makes an ideal base for all kinds of holidays, whether you are with family, friends or a lone traveller.
- Historic hotels
- Country house hotels
- Spa hotels
- Comfortable shoes
- An umbrella
- Evening attire
- Charging cables
- Waterproof clothes
- History guidebooks and perhaps a copy of John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress!
Bedford is around 50 miles and an hour and a half's drive from London. Regular trains are available from the capital and take between 30 minutes and just over an hour. Bedford is around an hour by train from Milton Keynes. Bedford's nearest major airport is London Luton.
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Bedford is full of surprises - history, countryside, art and culture. It is also a handy base for visiting nearby attractions like Woburn Abbey, Bletchley Park, Whipsnade Zoo and The RSPB Lodge at Sandy.
Unfairly underappreciated (or so said The Sunday Times in 2019), Bedford is a quaint riverside location with a history that dates back to the 9th century. Bordered by the best of Bedfordshire countryside, Bedford might just surprise you!