Guide to country cottage holidays in Bedfordshire

Bedfordshire is an area with lots of beautiful countryside for country cottage breaks.  For inspiration on things to do and see in Bedfordshire do read through the information in our guide.  If you love greenery and fields then you should enjoy a stay in Bedfordshire.There are a number of attractions in Bedfordshire that can be visited on a self catering cottage holiday. 

We've compiled some information about the highlights of Bedfordshire but if you want to go straight to the accommodation see:


Beautiful Woburn for self catering holidays
Woburn shops


Top Attractions in Bedfordshire

The best known attractions in Bedfordshire have to be the safari parks, which can be excellent days out whilst on a family holiday:

Woburn Safari Park

Here, you can drive around and see the animals from your own vehicle.  There are lions, monkeys  and even giraffe.  Take note though, monkeys can get fascinated by car aerials and often decide to take these as souvenirs...For younger visitors there is a toddlers play area and a small train that goes around to see some of the animals.  If you are really feeling daring then take note, Go Ape now has a site at Woburn so you can experience some monkeying around high up in the trees if you are brave enough.


Located very close to the beautiful Dunstable Downs, you will find Whipsnade, an animal shape on a hill in the landscape lets you know that you are almost there. There are tigers, giraffes and more at Whispnade zoo.  Do take time to explore the Dunstable Downs too when visiting this area.


Other Attractions:

History lovers may want to visit Bletchley Park, a park with a difference.  This is where the codebreakers broke the code during the second world war and is full with interesting historical military pieces.

Attractive historical places in Bedfordshire

If you enjoy visiting picturesque towns and villages on a self catering break then there are a number in Bedfordshire to see.  

The main ones of note are:

- Ampthill
- Woburn

Ampthill, has to be one of the most picturesque market towns in Bedfordshire.  Ampthill is charming with a number of impressive georgian buildings and antique shops.  There are a number of listed buildings and the town itself dates back to the 1200s.  On the outskirts of Ampthill, there is Katherine's Cross, which was erected in memory of Katherine of Aragon (one of Henry the VIII's wives) who lived in Ampthill for a year. Not far from charming Ampthill there are the ruins of Houghton House which can be visited.  

The countryside surrounding Woburn is particularly beautiful.  It's no wonder that the decision was made long ago to build the Woburn estate in this picturesque spot. The historical town of Woburn itself is very attractive with a number of good cafes, gift shops and antique shops.  Nearby is Woburn abbey and gardens which can be visited, charges apply.

Bedfordshire is a district mainly known for country life.  The largest place in Bedfordshire for shopping has to be Milton Keynes.  Although it does not have a reputation for being picturesque, Milton Keynes nonetheless has excellent shopping facilities and there is also lots to do there.  If you love shopping and lots of activities on a self catering holiday then don't miss Milton Keynes.  The shopping centre is all housed conveniently under the one roof and  Milton Keynes also has a large theatre with a good number of restaurants.  There is also a large indoor ski centre, cinema and much more happening in Milton Keynes.  On the outskirts of Milton Keynes there is a large lake that specialises in watersports.  Stony Stratford on the outskirts of Milton Keynes is delightful, quaint and has many pubs and restaurants.  It's a lovely place to visit on a cottage break.

Recommended Walks in Bedfordshire

If you enjoy exploring the countryside on your cottage break then Bedfordshire could be a good choice.  The Dunstable Downs are particularly appealing and there is a national trust visitor centre where you can get a welcome cup of tea.  The Greensand ridge with its nearby heaths is also an attractive area for walks and the picturesque towns of Woburn and Ampthill are located near this area.

For self catering accommodation in Bedfordshire read on.

self-catering country cottages in Bedfordshire
Bluegate Farm Holiday Cottages

If you love the good life and want to holiday on a farm then how about these two country cottages in Bedfordshire?  Each cottage sleeps up to 6, in 1 double bedroom, 1 twin and there is also a sofa bed.  These cottages are not too far from the beautiful Chiltern hills, an area of outstanding natural beauty where you can enjoy forest walks whilst taking a cottage break.

countryside views from the cottages Attractive features of these cottages in Bedfordshire include a log burning stove, countryside views and exposed beams.  For those travelling with babies, cots are available on request.

Within easy travelling distance of these cottages there is Whipsnade Wild Animal Park, just 10 minutes drive away and the beautiful National Trust ‘Ashridge Forest’ and ‘Ivinghoe Beacon’ with wonderful country views and country walks. The quaint historical village of ‘Aldbury’, located near Ashridge forest, complete with it’s famous ‘stocks’ is well worth seeing.

cottages bedfordshire - Woburn soft play self-catering bedfordshire
Soft play at Woburn Safari Park Arena for animal displays

Woburn Safari Park and Woburn Abbey is just 15 minutes drive away.  If you are going on a family self catering break, then you may like to visit ‘Mead Open Farm’, where children can feed the animals.  There is also an indoor playbarn, tractor and trailer rides to keep children entertained. 

Milton Keynes is also not too far away.  In Milton Keynes you can find the XScape centre which has an indoor ski centre and even an indoor sky diving centre.  Definately one for those looking for high adrenaline activites. 

rentalslondon self-cateringLondon is also very accessible from Bedfordshire.  There are excellent train links from stations such as Bedford and it is also possible to drive in to London if you wished to see some of the sights in the big city.



For availability, more information about these cottages, and bookings please contact Mr and Mrs Michie on 01525 210 621 or click here for more details of these rural cottages in Stanbridge, near Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire.

You may also be interested in a holiday farmhouse to sleep 6 near St. Alban's, Hertfordshire - which is just a few miles away.




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