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 Safari Park is a 25 minutes' drive away
  • The riverside hotel has a characterful 13th-century Tithe Barn 

"Immaculate hotel. Good location. Helpful friendly staff. Good breakfast."
10 Feb, 2020 - Mendlesham, UK
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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 and estate 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. 

You can hire Brub, the hotel's 18-foot electric riverboat, for a leisurely cruise on the river. The boat can carry up to four adults and two children below 12 years old , and you'll be given everything you need to take in the sights of the Great Ouse, including a map, equipment and full operating instructions.

Bedrooms and suites are traditionally furnished, and have spacious bathrooms, a 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: Extra guest charges will apply as follows:
Cot available upon request, free of charge, for children 1 or under.
£10 per night for children 2 to 11.
Extra bed 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.

Pets: No pets allowed.

Additional details: Main Restaurant is shut on the 3rd of April 2020 but guests can eat at the Riverside Tavern instead.

Have a Question? Contact Travelzoo.

Customer Service available Mon-Fri, 8am-6pm

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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(187 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
Comfortable bed but draughty room. Friendly staff but had to hunt for bar staff
Jill 02 Mar, 2020 Emsworth, UK
Enjoyed Most
The breakfast was great, also a lovely building!
Other Comments
The afternoon tea was less than average - sandwiches not neat, strange fillings and a little stale... Also the decor in the restaurant was odd! The room was advertised as 'executive' but on arrival was quite standard and did not look similar to the picture.
Grace 24 Feb, 2020 St Albans, UK
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 21 Feb, 2020 Newport, UK
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 19 Feb, 2020 Hertford, UK
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 11 Feb, 2020 High Wycombe, UK
Enjoyed Most
Immaculate hotel. Good location. Helpful friendly staff. Good breakfast.
Other Comments
Wineglass restaurant is definately worth a visit
Julie 10 Feb, 2020 Mendlesham, UK
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 03 Feb, 2020 Grantham, UK
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 26 Jan, 2020 Peterborough, UK
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 25 Jan, 2020 Northolt, UK
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 20 Jan, 2020 Southampton, UK

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