Barns Hotel

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Why We Love This Hotel

  • Bletchley Park, the headquarters of the British codebreakers during World War II, is less than 30 minutes' drive away
  • The hotel's WineGlass Restaurant features an extensive selection of wines and champagnes
  • Woburn Abbey, a Grade I-listed country house, and Woburn Safari Park are both 25 minutes' drive away
  • The riverside hotel has a characterful 13th-century Tithe Barn 

"All the staff were very friendly and helpful. The room was spacious and comfortable, with a good shower over bath. We really enjoyed the high tea, with its generous portions, and breakfast was excellent, with plenty of fresh fruit and a great selection of dishes, which were delicious."
Jan 3, 2020 - Stroud, United Kingdom
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The Barns Hotel is in a "tranquil" (The AA) location beside the River Great Ouse, on the outskirts of Bedford.

Local attractions include Woburn Abbey, a Grade I-listed country house surrounded by historic landscaped gardens and a deer park, and Woburn Safari Park, which has over 1000 animals and offers road and foot safaris. Both are 25 minutes' drive away.

Bletchley Park, famous for being the headquarters of the British codebreakers during World War II, and the site where Alan Turing helped decipher the Enigma code, is 30 minutes' drive away. Grade I-listed Houghton House is less than 20 minutes' drive away -- this ruined mansion has views of the surrounding hunting park and gardens. 

You can take a leisurely stroll through the gardens and admire three centuries of landscape design at Grade-I listed Wrest Park -- this country house is 25 minutes from the hotel by car.

The hotel's river-facing WineGlass Restaurant features rustic wooden beams and, as the name suggests, an extensive selection of wines and champagnes available by the glass -- some come from the owners' winery in California. There is also a charming library area within the restaurant. The Riverside Bar, open from lunchtime to late evening, offers casual dining and has a patio with views of the River Great Ouse. The terrace has a pizza oven, and fresh pizzas are available every Tuesday and Friday throughout the summer.

In summer, you can hire the hotel's electric riverboat for cruises up the  Great Ouse. The hotel is a popular venue for wedding parties.

Bedrooms and suites are traditionally furnished, and have spacious bathrooms, safe and free Wi-Fi.



  • Infant cots / cribs
  • Bar
  • Newspaper / magazines
  • Extra beds / roll away beds
  • Restaurant
  • 100% smoke-free


  • 24-hour front desk
  • 24-hour room service
  • Airport transfer (fees apply)
  • Express check-in / checkout
  • Laundry / dry cleaning

Room amenities

  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Safe
  • Sitting area
  • Flatscreen TV


  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout


  • Hair-dryer
  • Luxury toiletries
  • Bathtub or shower


  • Complimentary parking


  • Accessible bathroom in some rooms
  • Accessible meeting room
  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible path of travel
  • Accessible restaurant
  • Wheelchair accessible


Check-in: Standard Time is 2pm.
Minimum age required to check in: 18.

Checkout: Standard Time is 11am.

Children and additional guests: Crib/Pack 'n Play available upon request, free of charge, for children 1 and under.
Extra bedding not available for older children and adults.
Please use the Special Request field to confirm the age of the third guest.
Supplements are not included automatically in the total price and will be charged directly by the hotel. See room descriptions and rate policies for information about room occupancy and prices.
Extra guest charges will apply as follows:
£10 per night for children 2 to 11.

Pets: No pets allowed.

Cancellation: Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

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Customer Service available Mon-Sun, 9am-9pm ET

Winner: People's Choice Stevie Awards for Favorite Customer Service

Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

Please note: Some amenities and services may not be available in all rooms or may incur an additional charge. All prices stated have been verified at the time of publication and may vary at the discretion of the hotel.

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(323 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for Barns Hotel over the past 15 months.
4.2 Ambiance
4.3 Location
4.2 Rooms
4.6 Quality of Service
4.5 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
All the staff were very friendly and helpful. The room was spacious and comfortable, with a good shower over bath. We really enjoyed the high tea, with its generous portions, and breakfast was excellent, with plenty of fresh fruit and a great selection of dishes, which were delicious.
Other Comments
An easy drive to the outskirts of Bedford, where free parking along the banks of the river provided a good starting point for a walk through the very attractive town.
Gareth Jan 03, 2020 Stroud, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
First visit to Barns Hotel and hopefully we will be back again in the future.
Brian Oct 02, 2019 Faversham, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Very lovely and picturesque hotel. Nice view of the river from dinning area. We had the afternoon tea which was tasteful. Nice friendly staff especially at breakfast felt very welcome. Only negative I would say check with the hotel if there are any planned weddings as it can become very noisy. But overall good Value for money.
robin Oct 01, 2019 London, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The staff were all friendly and very helpful. We ate in the restaurant and the food was really lovely. Location is right on the river.
Marion Sep 26, 2019 Winchester, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Stayed 1 night for a visit to Bletchley Park. Offer included afternoon tea which was great. So substantial we couldn’t eat evening meal. Beautiful setting by the river. Unfortunately it was raining heavily so unable to sit on the terrace.
Other Comments
Only complaint was that the plumbing was noisy!
Beverly Sep 25, 2019 Scunthorpe, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Not really
Other Comments
Food was very poor and if you were not attending event then staff didn’t care and this was not what I was expecting from a four star hotel.
Nicola Sep 25, 2019 Stevenage, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Location is good on the bank of the river. Boat available to hire. Lovely old building, 2 miles from centre of Bedford. Food was excellent and service was first class.
Other Comments
Staff members Alex, and Kay are worthy of special mention for the friendly and professional service they provided. They are a credit to the hotel
Ian Sep 18, 2019 CoventryCOVENTRY, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Excellent location, very good room, delicious breakfast and evening meal.
Kerry Sep 17, 2019 Benfleet, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Lovely hotel in a nice location. Staff were very friendly and helpful. Afternoon tea was great and a little bit different to anywhere else we’ve been.
Karen Sep 17, 2019 Peterborough, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The whole experience was great. Friendly staff, beautiful setting/location, perfect weather helped ofc. We hired the hotel boat for an hour which was lovely too. The only negative thing I would say is that breakfast was not replenished at 9.30 onwards despite breakfast running to 10.30
Lynne Sep 17, 2019 Aylesbury, United Kingdom

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