Bedford Village Inn Bedford, New Hampshire

Ambiance…

The Jewel of New Hampshire

If you have your sights on New Hampshire and your heart on luxury, then you need to rest your head at the Bedford Village Inn & Restaurant.
When thinking of one word that describes this historic property, I think “ambiance”. During our recent visit to New Hampshire, the Bedford Village Inn was nice enough to have us on the last night of our trip. This storybook farmhouse and barn, with it’s fine dining and history, made for a perfect ending to our last night in legendary New England.

Ambiance in the courtyard at night. These grounds are pridefully maintained by the owner himself, much as Mr. Gordon took pride almost 250 years ago, by Christa Thompson

Ambiance in the courtyard at night. These grounds are pridefully maintained by the owner himself, much as Mr. Gordon took pride almost 250 years ago, by Christa Thompson

Entrance into the lobby, by Christa Thompson

Entrance into the lobby, by Christa Thompson

It was nearing twilight when we pulled into the Bedofrd Village Inn. I was immediately impressed with the lush landscaping and fall harvest warmth of this little property. Cradled by rolling hills marked with vibrant fall colors, this was once the site of a working farm, historically known as the “Gordon farm”. The Inn is home to a private historic 8-room residence named the “Woodbury Cottage“, the oldest house in Bedford, along with fourteen well appointed guest suites.

Main lobby with meeting space by Christa Thompson

Main lobby with meeting space by Christa Thompson

The Woodbury Cottage, built in 1763, was once a homestead to John Gordon a prideful caretaker who cherished his property. He lived and loved here, and even had most of his fourteen children here. The lobby of the Inn, which is the original barn, reveals three stories held by the very beams that it was constructed with in 1810. The lobby also pays  homage to its original practice of its “Milk Room” with antique “milking” decor. The room, now a formal sitting area with coffee bar, is delicately illuminated with soft lighting and a warm grand fireplace.

For more information about the history of the Bedford Village Inn & Restaurant click here

I was in love with this property all ready. It was dreamy, it was soft and inviting, and the staff was hospitable and eager to tend to my every need. My only complaint is that I wasn’t staying longer, and I hadn’t even been to my room yet!

The living room in my apartment suite by Christa Thompson

The living room in my apartment suite by Christa Thompson

Dusty at the front desk was nice enough to walk us to our room and help us with our bags, (it’s those kind of details that you only find in small properties that are the finishing touches of hospitality and make for the most memorable experiences). I was anticipating a nice cozy room, what I didn’t know is that it was a nice, cozy, luxury, apartment-suite overlooking the string-lit courtyard and gazebo. Smitten.

For a look at the accommodations at the Bedford Village Inn & Restaurant click here

My four poster king size bed i’m convinced was made from clouds, turned down with a home made chocolate chip cookie…still warm! I loved the huge desk in the living room next to the double sided wood burning fireplace. There was a selection of magazines, a Keurig coffee maker, Bose system, complementary bottled water and a wine offering for a small fee. The icing on the cake (and always my tell all sign) Gilchrist & Soames bathroom amenities. With all of these details, the Bedford Village Inn is quite possibly the jewel of New Hampshire. All of these perfectly well-planned offerings were leaving me very impressed, but I had no idea how impressed I would be until I headed over to the “Dining Room”, the Inn’s 3-star 4-diamond restaurant with adjacent Tavern.

One of the many rooms in the Dining Room, by Christa Thompson

One of the many rooms in the Dining Room, by Christa Thompson

For a look at the dining options at the Bedford Village Inn & Restaurant click here

I poked my head into the Dining Room and gleamed at the fine decor and soft lighting. This was the kind of place where you make memories, where the words “will you marry me” are probably nervously uttered more often than not. This was that place. The most perfect place for the best occasions. Dressed in jeans with camera in tow, I headed for the Tavern reminiscent of a hunting lodge with a warm “come on in” vibe. We shared the Skirt Steak Quesadillas, Corks Fried Olives, and the Tavern Sliders, all deliciously crafted by the hand of Executive Chef, Benjamin Knack.

Another one of the many dining rooms in the "Dining Room at BVI. Photo by Bedford Village Inn

Another one of the many dining rooms in the “Dining Room at BVI. Photo by Bedford Village Inn

For a look at the Tavern Dining Menu click here 

My last night in legendary New England was flawless. Full of wine, great food, and smitten by the ambiance and hospitality of New England’s best kept secret, the Bedford Village Inn & Restaurant, I was off to my suite for some down time by the fire.

A place just as dreamy as it looks... by Bedford Village Inn

A place just as dreamy as it looks… by Bedford Village Inn


About Christa Thompson

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Christa Thompson is the Founder and Senior Editor of The Fairytale Traveler. Christa has been traveling the world since 2003 when she attended a summer abroad study at the University of Cambridge in England. Since then, her wanderlust has been fierce. Her three passions in life are her son, traveling, and being creative. The Fairytale Traveler brand gives Christa the opportunity to do all of these things and to live intentionally every day.

“It’s never too late to believe in what you love and to pursue your dreams.” -Christa Thompson

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