The Kingfisher has one of the best locations in the Bedford area, on the banks of the picturesque River Great Ouse. The hotel has a tranquil setting in landscaped gardens, with river and country park views, two miles from Bedford town centre.

Enjoy delicious food whilst gazing out onto the river. Al fresco dining on the riverside terrace in the summer.

Samuel Whitbread, of brewing fame, was born in the main house in 1720, when it was privately owned by the Whitbread family.

  • Free Wifi
  • Free parking
  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • 49 Bedrooms
  • 3 Meeting rooms
  • Check-in: 14:00
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Lift
  • Ground floor rooms
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  • 24-hour front desk
  • Room service
  • Concierge
  • Safe deposit
  • Luggage storage
  • Accessible public areas

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Bedrooms & Suites

Holt Suite

The Holt is the first of our special suites - a place where otters sleep, this is located in the oldest part of the house, so expect wonky floors, oodles of character and a few cracks. With a double bed and en-suite bathroom.

Kingfisher Suite

The Kingfisher Suite is the most impressive room in the house. Think the Penthouse. Expect original mullion windows, a period fireplace, unique features aplenty a view of the Riverside Terrace. For additional romance and relaxation, Slip into the roll top bath with a bottle of champagne for the ultimate getaway.

Dragonfly Suite

Dragonfly is a spacious room with a beautiful riverside view. Add to this a feature fireplace, walk in double shower and king sized bed – all the ingredients needed for the best night away.

King Room

Our king rooms are for those who want a little extra space in bed!  Facilities include fabulous king size beds, tea and coffee making facilities, hairdryers and far reaching views over our grounds.

Classic Double

Our double rooms are home from home, cosy spaces for you to relax and unwind. With double beds, tea and coffee making facilities, hairdryers and views over our grounds you will be sure to get a great night’s sleep.

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Food & Drink

Dining at The Kingfisher

The Restaurant

The Wineglass Restaurant is a delightful place to dine, set on the banks of the River Great Ouse with scenic river views. An outdoor terrace offers a great spot to savour a delicious meal, al fresco, at the water's edge.

The menu at the Wineglass Restaurant at the Barns Hotel is overseen by Daniel Galmiche, a Michelin starred chef, who worked in conjunction with the head chef at the hotel to create inspired, delicious food, served in a relaxed atmosphere. Over 40 wines are available by the glass, all of them handpicked.

  • Breakfast - Mon-Fri: 06:30-09:30. Sat & Sun: 07:30-10:30
  • Lunch - Mon-Sat: 12:00-14:30. Sun: 12:30-14:30
  • Dinner - Mon-Sun: 18:30-21:30


Cardington Road, Bedford, Bedfordshire MK44 3SA, Great Britain


  • Bedford Train Station (2 miles)

  • London Luton Airport (29 miles)
  • London Stansted Airport (43 miles)


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