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Combining idyllic expanses of untouched countryside with close proximity to the nation's capital, Bedfordshire is fast becoming one of the United Kingdom's premier holiday destinations. The welcoming county is packed with stellar attractions to suit all tastes. From first-class golf courses to exciting kids' adventure parks, the county's attractions please just about everyone. To top it all off, Bedfordshire is home to a heady medley of exquisite hotels, ranging from affordable B&Bs to luxurious five-star resorts.
While the main draw to Bedfordshire is surely the picturesque countryside, there are also a handful of vibrant town centres. Bedford and Luton both house exciting cultural attractions and some excellent places to shop. Each is home to a number of fine restaurants, and ample lively bars for a memorable weekend evening. Both towns support thriving business communities, and Luton even houses an international airport.
This historic county is packed with fascinating attractions and fun things to do for all the family. Highlights include the Woburn Safari Park, which makes up part of a grand and well-maintained estate, complete with county house and gardens. The ZSL Whipsnade Zoo is the biggest in the country, boasting a massive variety of exotic creatures across numerous specialist environments. For some great local advice on which attractions to visit and when, speak to the staff at your guesthouse or B&B.
Any county with the wealth of countryside that Bedfordshire has is sure to feature at least a smattering of sublime golf courses. In addition to several great public and private clubs around the county, there are also a handful of hotels with their own courses.
The Luton Hoo Hotel is set within more than 1,000 acres of blissful grounds, featuring an impressive par 73 course. There's even a driving range, putting green and chipping green - perfect for guests keen to get a little practice in before hitting the fairway proper.
After a lengthy round of golf, visitors will be looking for a little R and R. And what better way to kick back and relax than to settle in and indulge yourself in your hotel's very own spa?
There are some spectacular spa hotels in Bedfordshire, with one of the most prominent being the prestigious Champney's Henlow. Set within a stunning Georgian property, this exquisite resort boasts 40 private treatment rooms, a state-of-the-art infrared booth and a Thalassotherapy pool. For those keen to take matters into their own hands, there's a beautiful 25-metre indoor pool, as well.
A thriving centre for business, Bedfordshire has its fair share of dedicated business hotels. In addition to convenient locations in town centres, roadsides and at Luton Airport, many of these hotels feature impressive conference space.
The Park Inn by Radisson is located in the heart of Bedford, overlooking the river. Inside, guests can enjoy several thousand square feet of conferencing space and a number of private meeting rooms. As with most hotels in Bedfordshire today, there's also a free high-speed WiFi connection available throughout the property.