The Handbook
The Handbook

Bedfordshire. A land of raucous animals causing havoc in Woburn, extravagantly gold-dusted manor houses, and it’s the old stomping ground of five-time Formula One champion, Lewis Hamilton. Rich with rolling fields, quaint villages, oh, and you might spot a roaring lion roaming around…

So if you’re looking for a quick countryside getaway, we’ve clubbed together a few of Bedfordshire’s very best hotels, happy travels!

Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf & Spa

Sparkling chandeliers, elegant lounges, and royal-esque ambience fills the air at Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf and Spa. Lying on the border of Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire, floral formal gardens greet guests as they roll up to Bedfordshire’s finest five star country house hotel.

Surrounded by 1,065 acres, Luton Hoo is as gloriously picturesque as it sounds. Despite how lavish the hotel may look, they very much cater for all, whether you’re looking for a romantic weekend getaway, a golfing get-together with the lads, or a family staycation. The Wernher Restaurant is beautifully decorated by the same architect of the Ritz Hotel in London, with twinkling chandeliers, draping curtains, and gold-finishes, perfect for fine dining. While over in Adam’s Brasserie, you’ll find it’s a rather more informal style of dining, decked out with films and TV show stills which have been shot on location at Luton Hoo. I mean, Mr Bond once graced the grounds…

Where: The Mansion House, Luton, Bedfordshire, LU1 3TQ

Champneys Henlow

Surrounded by 150 acres of flowing Bedfordshire parkland, you’ll find Champneys Henlow, where once a Cistercian monastery once stood. Nowadays, it’s a hotspot for couples looking to be whisked away from the hustle and bustle of city life, and emerge themselves in this countryside spa escape (Um, can we join?!).

The refurbishments began back in 2017 with the aim of blending the old and new. Over in the Manor House, you’ll find its charming character remains, with the additional of velvety furnishings and brighter colour scheme. But let’s face it, you’re all here to hear about the luscious spa, that’s finished with sleek marble surfaces, and stylish day beds, not forgetting a serene array of treatments to take your pick at too. Sounds blooming dreamy!

Where: Coach Road, Henlow, Bedfordshire, SG16 6BT

Harlington Manor

Don’t let the garish crimson tones scare you away…

Nuzzled in the quaint little village of Harlington, with views over the Chiltern Hills, sits Harlington Manor. This ol’ manor is thought to date back to the late 14th century, and received a royal visit from Charles II back in the 17th century when he was swanning around for the then owners wedding…

To continue on the royal theme, why not stay the night in the King Charles room where King Charles II himself once laid his head? Draped in crimson-damask, this flamboyant room is still decorated as if he never left, complete with the state bed, gilt fringed curtains and luxe bathroom (once home to the adjoining 17th century dressing room!)

Where: Westoning Road, Harlington, Bedfordshire, LU5 6PL

Woodland Manor

Whether you’re looking for a charming wedding venue, or a romantic countryside retreat for two, Woodland Manor in Clapham is the perfect spot for you. Nestled amongst flourishing woodland gardens, the manor is home to 34 bedrooms and suites, each individually decorated and furnished.

Revel in the rural rolling countryside surroundings, enjoy quintessentially British afternoon tea, and unwind with a tipple or two in the bar, before heading to The Glass Room restaurant for a beautiful homely meal.

Where: Green Lane, Clapham, Bedford, MK41 6EP

The Woburn Hotel

There’s something rather special about being surrounded by 3,000 acres of captivating landscapes and deer park, which is exactly what makes The Woburn Hotel so enchanting. This rural haven is perfect for looking to try their hand at a bit of golfing, lovers of nature and history wanting to explore the abbey and royal gardens, or ignite the adventurer within at the Woburn Safari Park, all of which can be found at The Woburn Estate.

Whatever the occasion, The Woburn Hotel prides themselves in accommodating all customers needs. Whether you’re after your own personal suite, spacious family rooms, or even your own stylish cottage, there’s something for all. Just, er, be careful a rogue chimp doesn’t steal your bananas…

Where: 1 George Street, Woburn, Bedfordshire


Escape the commotion of city life, and explore what the quaint town of Bedford. Burrowed in the Victorian ‘urban vista’ of De Parys Avenue, you’ll find D’Parys boutique hotel with 14 delicately furnished bedrooms, still located in the original structure of the building.

By day, D’Parys is a pub and restaurant, and like any pub, it’s home to some good ol’ pub grub! We’re talking roasted meats, succulent steaks, and, of course, a mega portion of fish ‘n’ chips. Upstairs, you’ll find 14 modern rooms just waiting to be loved. Each room has been stylishly decorated with vibrantly coloured fabrics and wooden finishes.

Where: 45 De Parys Avenue, Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK40 2UA

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