Bedfordshire Accommodation Guide

Wrest Park (Flickr Commons: BVI4092)

The county of Bedfordshire is a landlocked county in the south of England and situated to the north of Greater London. Often abbreviated to just ‘Beds’, Bedfordshire is famous for its picturesque rural villages, its many mansions / country estates and for the production of Fletton building bricks thanks to the county’s abundance of clay soils. Although Bedfordshire’s two principal towns (Luton and Bedford) are highly urbanised, the county has a large number of ‘picture postcard’ market towns and villages too.

With lots to see and explore, it is no surprise that Bedfordshire is a popular English tourist destination in its own right. Given that London Luton airport resides within Bedfordshire, many overseas tourists visit the county too. In this guide, we will exhibit some of the county’s best accommodation choices and explore some of the region’s most popular attractions.

One such attraction takes the form of cucumber sandwiches, cakes and a pot of freshly brewed tea, preferably Darjeeling! The quintessentially English tradition of taking ‘afternoon tea’ was started in Bedfordshire in the 1840s by the Duchess of Bedford (Anna Maria Russell).

There is no better place in England to partake in this famous English custom!  For a truly authentic afternoon tea visit Woburn Abbey, the grand old house owned by the Duke and Duchess of Bedford where the tradition was started. The Duchess’ Tea Room is open to the public on selected afternoons. Alternatively, stop at the Woburn Coffee House in the centre of Woburn village (the house dates back to the 1500s).

Woburn Abbey is just one of a large number of grand old houses that can be visited in Bedfordshire. Others include The Mansion House (Old Warden Park) at Shuttleworth and Wrest Park (now operated by English Heritage). Several former mansions have been converted into luxury hotels including ‘Luton Hoo’ near Luton.

Buckinghamshire has much more to offer than just a bunch impressive houses however! The county also has some spectacular countryside and many nature trails to explore. A good starting point would be the Dunstable Downs in the Chiltern Hills – the highest point is Bedforshire at 243 metres (797 feet).

Bedfordshire shares a land border with several other southern English counties including Cambridgeshire to the east, Hertfordshire to the southeast, Buckinghamshire to the west and Northamptonshire to the north. It is therefore an excellent base from which to explore the surrounding area.

Buckinghamshire has some exceptionally beautiful towns and villages. Settlements such Elstow, Felmersham, Old Warden, Silsoe, Willington and Barton-le-Clay all offer visitors a smorgasbord of quaint country pubs, open countryside and beautiful vistas. The county’s larger towns include Leighton Buzzard, Dunstable, Biggleswade and Flitwick.

Stay In Britain has a large number of accommodation options in many of these unique towns and villages. Our accommodation search engine will help you find the perfect holiday home or holiday rental. We cater for all types of accommodation from quaint farmhouses and thatched cottages to barn conversions and wooden lodges.

Bedfordshire / Tourist Information

  • County Town: Bedford
  • Land Area: 1,235 km2 (477 square miles)
  • Population: 669,338 (2019)
  • Population Density: 542/km2 (1,400/square mile)
  • Average Temperature: (Summer 21°C)
  • Days Of Rain: 160 days of rain / 205 dry days per year

Best Attractions In Bedfordshire

Woburn Abbey & Gardens: Located to the east of the village of Woburn, this country house remains the home of the Duke and Duchess of Bedford. It is open to the public on selected days and visitors can also enjoy the famous landscaped gardens and deer park. The adjacent Woburn Safari Park is open all year round and includes a miniature railway and a garden / visitor centre.

Shuttleworth Collection: The Shuttleworth Collectoin is a large collection of historic aircraft, cars and other vehicles which are mostly kept in operational order. The museum’s motto is “where history flies and drives!” In addition to regular flying displays, there is a play area, Swiss garden and gift shop. The Collection attracts visitors from all over the world.

Whipsnade Zoo: In addition to the wonderful Woburn Safri Park, nature lovers will also want to visit the UK’s largest zoo (Whipsnade). Covering over 600 acres on the picturesque Chiltern Hills, the zoo is home to almost 3,000 animals, including elephants, hippos, lions, tigers, brown bears and rhinos. This is a fantastic day out for people of any age!

Best Accommodation In Bedfordshire

Luton Hoo (Luton): Built in the late 1700s for the 3rd Early of Bute, this incredible stately home began conversion into a hotel in 1999. After an 8 year restoration programme costing more than £60 million, the hotel was opened to the public in 2007. This is one of the regions most luxurious 5 star hotels set in glorious grounds. It is also close to Luton airport.

The Granary, Roxhill Manor Farm, CambridgeshireThe Granary, Roxhill Manor Farm: Located in between the villages of Cranfield and Marston Moretaine and also close to Milton Keynes, this lovely old farmhouse sleeps 6 people across 3 bedrooms. Guests can also book the adjoining two converted barns. Together they sleep up to 14 people. The house sits on a working arable farm and affords incredible views across the surrounding countryside.

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Stay In Britain is the ultimate guide to places to stay and things to do in Great Britain. Whether you are looking for a luxury self-catering cottage, a cheap B&B for a weekend stay, a short break in a caravan park or a business-friendly hotel in the Bedfordshire area, we have everything you need. Enjoy your stay in Britain!