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 

"Lovely evening/night away Very attentive staff"
Feb 21, 2020 - Newport, 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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(300 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
4.4 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
Lovely evening/night away Very attentive staff
Other Comments
Lots of cobwebs and stains on the carpet spoiled the otherwise lovely hotel
Cerian Feb 21, 2020 Newport, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
This may be a four star Hotel but from us it is five stars all the way. We Love this Hotel and yet again the Staff helped make this another really pleasurable stay. Looking forward to the next one.
Raymond Feb 19, 2020 Hertford, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Purchased as a birthday treat for my husband, we had an overnight stay here after a visit to Bletchley Park. Emma the receptionist was lovely. Very welcoming and helpful. Our room was spacious, clean and well appointed. We had booked a table in the restaurant for dinner and found that there was a very good choice of dishes. Our meals were delicious and the service was very good, all the staff were very nice and pleasant. Breakfast was self service and there was a great choice from cereals and fruit to a Full English! All good. We really enjoyed our stay and would highly recommend this hotel.
Susan Feb 11, 2020 High Wycombe, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Immaculate hotel. Good location. Helpful friendly staff. Good breakfast.
Other Comments
Wineglass restaurant is definately worth a visit
Julie Feb 10, 2020 Mendlesham, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Main course was good
Other Comments
Dated rooms, very uncomfortable beds/pillows, mould in the bathrooms, tv that was soo small it was almost no point in having it and the cheesecake was slop on a biscuit, staff were les than friendly on receiving the feedback that neither of us liked the cheesecake! Safe to say we would not recommend it and wouldn’t go back there!
Colin Feb 03, 2020 Grantham, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Excellent service and really nice food. Close to town. Nice hotel grounds and decor in lobby / restaurant. However rooms in need of TLC.
Edyta Jan 26, 2020 Peterborough, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Overnight stay which was very enjoyable.
Other Comments
Think the menu could be a little bit more varied when we first went to the Barnes better menu. Drinks are expensive but really like going to the Barnes.
sue Jan 25, 2020 Northolt, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
We found the staff and food to be very good, the room and bathroom were very clean just a bit dated. The hotel is out of town but it was £5.40 for a taxi into Bedford. An enjoyable stay on the whole
Graham Jan 20, 2020 Southampton, United Kingdom
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

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