We stayed at the hotel for two nights, conveniently close for a wedding in this beautiful village. It's amazing to find such a quiet and lovely rural spot so close the convenience of the M25.
Our room in the main house was very comfortable though compact. Though it looked out over the car park entrance and was above the kitchen area, it was reassuringly quiet. Our one concern was a slightly musty smell; we raised this with staff, and it was explained that a repair had been made in the bathroom, and the management were apologetic.
The staff were friendly, courteous and efficient. We requested a little flexibility regarding checkout time and the hotel responded happily to our needs.
We ate one evening in the restaurant, and one lunchtime in the bar. The price reflected the quality which was excellent, and the servings were ample; it represented good value.
The furnishings tended towards the nostalgic and echoed a past age, but this was in keeping with the historic nature of the building and the village, and is no doubt appreciated greatly by foreign visitors, though to ourselves it was just a familiar feel and part of our English heritage.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Bedford Arms Hotel is situated in the village of Chenies. The Village was known as Isenhampstead until the middle of the 13th century, when it became known as Chenies from the Cheyne family who occupied the Manor until the 16th century.The hotel building dates for the most part from 1842. It was converted from a house to a hotel in the 1930's and was a small eating house and bar rather than a hotel. In 1957 the restaurant was moved to it's current position. The hotel was frequently used by the Russel family who later acquired Woburn Abbey.There are eighteen bedrooms, ten of which are individually designed and decorated in a traditional style and eight new contemporary designed bedrooms.There are two four-poster suites one with a Jacuzzi, sixteen double bedrooms including one purpose built disabled bedroom. Twin and family rooms and also a cot is available on request. The majority of bedrooms have wonderful views of either the hotel gardens or the Chiltern countryside.Room Service is available during breakfast, lunchtime and dinner. ... more less
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