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Bedford Swan Hotel

Bedford Swan Hotel

The Embankment, Bedford
4.5 out of 5.0
Last booking: 11 hours ago
1 others viewing this property now

Located in the heart of Bedford, this spa hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of St. Paul's Church and Bedford Park. Colmworth and North Bedfordshire Golf Club and ...

£58

£58
Barns Hotel

Barns Hotel

Cardington Road, Bedford
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Bedford, this hotel is 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from St. Paul's Church and 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from Bedford Park. Shuttleworth Collection and Swiss Garden are ...

£58

£58
The Waterfront Hotel Spa & Golf

The Waterfront Hotel Spa & Golf

Great North Road, Bedford
4.5 out of 5.0
Last booking: 4 hours ago
1 others viewing this property now

Located in Wyboston, this spa hotel is 0 mi (0 km) from Wyboston Lakes Golf Course and within 9 miles (15 km) of Paxton Pits Nature Reserve and Colmworth and ...

£46

£46
Wyboston Lakes Executive Centre

Wyboston Lakes Executive Centre

Great North Road, Wyboston, Bedford
3.5 out of 5.0
Last booking: 13 hours ago

Located in Wyboston, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from Wyboston Lakes Golf Course and within 9 miles (15 km) of Paxton Pits Nature Reserve and Colmworth and ...

£40

£40
Needham House Hotel

Needham House Hotel

Blakemore End Road, Hitchin
4.5 out of 5.0
Last booking: 5 hours ago
2 others viewing this property now

Situated in a rural location, this spa hotel is 6 mi (9.6 km) from Knebworth House, and within 25 mi (40 km) of Woburn Safari Park and Warner Bros. Studio Tour ...

£41

£41
The Broadway Hotel

The Broadway Hotel

The Broadway, Letchworth
3.5 out of 5.0
Last booking: 10 hours ago

Situated in Letchworth, this hotel is 9.3 mi (14.9 km) from Knebworth House and within 20 mi (32 km) of Hatfield House and St. Paul's Church. The Galleria and ...

£62

£62
Park Inn by Radisson Bedford

Park Inn by Radisson Bedford

2 St. Mary's Street, Bedford
3.5 out of 5.0
Last booking: 1 day ago

Located in the heart of Bedford, this eco-friendly hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of St. Paul's Church and Bedford Park. Colmworth and North Bedfordshire Golf ...

£46

£46
The Embankment

The Embankment

The Embankment, Bedford
4.5 out of 5.0
Last booking: 1 day ago

Situated in Bedford, this inn is within 1 mile (2 km) of St. Paul's Church and Bedford Park. Colmworth and North Bedfordshire Golf Club and Church of Saint Peter ...

£42

£42
Verve Hotel

Verve Hotel

27 Shakespeare Road, Bedford
4.5 out of 5.0
Last booking: 2 days ago

Situated in Bedford, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of St. Paul's Church and Bedford Park. Colmworth and North Bedfordshire Golf Club and Church of Saint ...

£62

£62
Wyboston Lakes Willows Suite

Wyboston Lakes Willows Suite

Great North Road, Wyboston, Bedford
3.5 out of 5.0
Last booking: 1 day ago
2 others viewing this property now

Located in Wyboston, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Wyboston Lakes Golf Course and within 9 miles (15 km) of Paxton Pits Nature Reserve and Colmworth and ...

£50

£50

Pocket Guide: Swiss Garden Swiss Garden Hotels

Bedfordshire is a county best known for its delightful stretches of stunning natural countryside. This beautiful, rural county attracts a large number of visitors each year from all around the world. The handful of charming and busy towns around the county play host to some fascinating attractions, completing the package. The Swiss Garden at Shuttleworth is one of the most enchanting attractions in the county. There also plenty of exquisite hotels in the surrounding area, making it a welcome addition to visitors' itineraries.

A Unique Outdoor Space

While many visitors to Bedfordshire come to the county for the untouched countryside, the Swiss Garden at Shuttleworth is an equally magical outdoor sight, crafted carefully by man.

The Swiss Garden was put together by the eccentric and wealthy Lord Ongley between the years 1824 and 1832. At great expense, he created a singular landscape which mirrored the topography of Switzerland to a greater degree of accuracy than you'd think imaginable in a county just a few miles from the centre of London! To complete the eccentric project, Ongley used to host large parties with Swiss themes. Reportedly, his servants were required to dress up in Swiss costumes for the duration of the parties.

Also at Shuttleworth

The Shuttleworth estate comprises plenty more than just the Swiss Garden. The site also features a stunning Victorian mansion and the impressive Shuttleworth Collection. The Shuttleworth Collection houses a huge number of vintage aircraft, motorcars and bikes collected by an enthusiastic and wealthy aviator in the 1920s. The collection has been open to the public since 1963.

Hotels near the Swiss Garden

Shuttleworth and the Swiss Garden are located in Old Warden, a short distance south-east of the county town of Bedford. Its location means visitors can choose from some of the best hotels in Bedfordshire.

Staying in central Bedford is incredibly convenient, thanks to its excellent transport links. The Park Inn by Radisson offers a central location and affordable prices. From here, it couldn't be easier to explore the countryside of Bedfordshire, as well as the town's many exciting attractions.

Those looking for a rural retreat which is ripe for relaxation can head to Champneys Henlow, which is equipped with a first-rate spa and plenty of luxurious accommodation.