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 

"Excellent location, very good room, delicious breakfast and evening meal."
Sep 17, 2019 - Benfleet, 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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(401 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for Barns Hotel over the past 15 months.
4.2 Ambiance
4.4 Location
4.2 Rooms
4.6 Quality of Service
4.5 Value for the Money
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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
Enjoyed Most
My husband and I had a lovely one night stay. Lovely big room with very nice decor. The ambience of the hotel was great with lots of nooks and crannies. Outside was beautiful with the river within feet of an outside seated area. Plenty of parking spaces available. The staff were lovely...very helpful and cheerful. The menu was really varied and the food itself was delicious with ample portion sizes. All in all a lovely stay.
Other Comments
Easy to find following sat navs details. They do a lot of wedding receptions but they have them in a separate barn conversion. The wedding festivities occurring whilst we were there in no way disturbed us with music etc.
Janet Sep 16, 2019 Cranwell Village, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
From the moment that we arrived to the time that we left, the staff were very helpful and looked after us very well. The food was good.
Other Comments
We slept well, the bed was really comfortable and although the hotel is near a busy road it was quiet.
Teresa Jane Sep 14, 2019 Southampton, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The cheeseboard when it finally arrived was good and the breakfast the next morning was good and the girl waiting on us at table was very helpful .
Other Comments
Our room was tired in that the catch on the window was broken and the whole window area needed painting, the wall light in the bathroom was hanging from the wall and the plug in the washbasin would not stay down so we had to run a constant flow of water into the basin .The evening meal took 2 hours to serve us, two cold starters, two mains and a cheeseboard. There were 6/7 members of staff going backwards and forwards but they rarely approached our table and in the end we had to complain loudly about the general lack of service. The meal was not very good, 3 prawns for a sharing platter for two, uneatable calamari which were flaccid and uncooked and i slice of lemon for two people. the main meal consisted of good pork cheeks but a multitude of tiny potato squares and a few very thinly sliced artichokes,
Mrs Dorothy A Sep 10, 2019 Gloucester, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Great Hotel Good Afternoon Tea & Breakfast Both were good .Right near Priory Country Lake a 20 min walk ,Not a lot else around the Hotel. Good Rooms ,Bar & Restaurant which were good .Plenty of Parking which is free.
Barry Sep 09, 2019 Shepperton, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Fantastic stay, staff on reception very good. Great service from waitress Kay in restaurant!
Christina Sep 09, 2019 Lingfield, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Had a wonderful time at Barns Hotel and recommend it.
Other Comments
Lovely hotel and rooms spotless. Staff very attentive and pleasant. Thoroughly recommend a stay here.
rosalia Sep 09, 2019 romford, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Good experience on the whole, but woken at 5.30am with delivery van beneath our room and noise unloading. Also hot breakfast dishes ran out and were not replenished quickly. Music system in all general rooms including dining area was totally inappropriate and too loud. Had to ask for it to be turned down.
Julie Sep 03, 2019 Godalming, United Kingdom

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