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Bedfordshire Holiday Cottages
The companies featured below provide a small collection of Bedfordshire holiday cottages and other types of self catering accommodation in the region. The numbers of properties on offer are subject to change due to on-site alterations and availability. Visit the sites for the most up-to-date information.
- 10 Bedfordshire cottages
offered by Independent Cottages. All are well appointed and consist largely of farm building conversions. Pets are not however allowed for most of the Bedfordshire properties. Booking prices start at £250 for certain cottages.
Cottages 4 You
- 3 Bedfordshire cottage properties
available from Cottages 4 You.. They're situated in the towns of Biggleswade, Ampthill and Dunstable and can sleep up to 5 people. Booking prices are in the £300 to £599 band.
- A small collection of Bedfordshire holiday cottages from Home and Away. Booking prices range between £470 but can rise to £2750 during high season. User reviews are available for some of their cottage properties and owners can be contacted directly.
- 1 Bedfordshire holiday cottage from Holiday Lettings at the time of writing. It's a spacious farm cottage located in Billingdon, which can accommodate up to 6 people. Week long stays can be booked for £450 during low-season. Visit the site for availability information.
Bedfordshire is bounded by the counties of Buckinghamshire, Northamptonshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire. Rolling pasturelands, sandstone ridges and low hills form much of Bedfordshire's landscape, which is dominated by the River Great Ouse as well as the Chiltern Hills, which lie further south.
The historical county town, Bedford is noted for its churches, which date back to Saxon and Norman times. It is also renowned for being the home of John Bunyan
from 1655 until his death in 1688. Reminders of his time there include the statue at St Peter's Green and the John Bunyan Library in Harpur street.
Much of Bedfordshire is unspoilt and rural. Typical English villages such as Ickwell Green
, with thatched roofs and stone spires, can be found scattered around the region's North, while towns such as Eaton Socon and Clifton
offer fascinating reminders of the region's past and epitomise the charm of this ceremonial county, with an array of thatched cottages and 13th century public houses, such as the White Horse.
Other places of interest include Woburn Abbey
with its 3000 acre deer park and the award-winning Woburn Park. The latter, which was founded in the early 20th century by the 11th Duke of Bedford, is home to a rich array of exotic wildlife such as lions, tigers and monkeys. It is one of the most popular tourist destination in the county. For more information about Bedfordshire visitor attractions, see the guide that follows below.
Bedfordshire visitor attractions
We've provided further information about the attractions, entertainment and outdoor activities which are available in the county of Bedfordshire.
The Birds of Prey Centre
in Biggleswade is one of the largest of its kind in the UK and is home to over 300 different types of bird species. Two-day courses are offered which allow visitors to handle and fly hawks and owls. The centre is open 10-5pm, seven days a week, admission is between £5 and £9. Whipsnade Zoo
in Dunstable is also a major visitor attraction and is home to over 700 animal species ranging from giraffes to pythons. Opening times vary according to season with entry prices starting at about £13 - under 3's are admitted free.
Food and drink
Good restaurants include the Black Horse
in Woburn, which serves modern British/European food and the Plough
, in Bolnhurst. The latter dates back to Tudor times and features original features such as a low-beamed ceiling. This acclaimed pub serves cask ales on a rotational basis, has an extensive selection of over 100 different wines and provides excellent pub food that combines British cuisine with Italian and French influences.
Other pubs of note include The Ancho
r (Bedford) and the 16th century Bedford Arms in Oakley, which offers a main course and glass of house red for just £10.
History and Culture
features a safari park, deer park, antique centre and a 22 acre garden. Opening times are 11-5pm during high season with ticket prices ranging between £6 and £13. The John Bunyon Museum in Bedford, celebrates the life and work of the influential religious leader and is open from 11am to 4pm - admission is free.
The Shuttleworth Collection
, which is situated near Bigglsewade is also an important historical attraction and exhibits a large collection of aeroplanes from the last 100 years. The site also includes the Birds of Prey Centre
, mentioned above, a 19th century swiss garden and a children's play area which features an adventure playground. It is open 9.30am to 5pm during summer months with entry priced at £5 for children, £8.50 for adults and £7.50 for seniors.