The Bedford Post Inn
What We Love
- Daily continental breakfast (full breakfast will start on October 1, 2015), a wine and canape hour from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. and one standard yoga class per person, per night are included in the Jetsetter rate
- Pitch-perfect guestroom design, with clawfoot tubs in mosaic-tiled bathrooms
- Zen, light-flooded yoga loft
- Miles of hiking and riding trails surround the inn
- Free nightly s'mores at the fireplace
What To Know
- Reservations at Campagna are essential
- A cab ride from the Bedford train station to the inn is approximately $18 each way
- Valet and self-parking are free
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- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Since it opened in the summer of 2009, the Bedford Post Inn has been hopping. That might be because Richard Gere and hotelier Russell Hernandez are the innkeepers of the eight-room B&B, or maybe it’s the buzzworthy Campagna restaurant, which has become a posh clubhouse for the A-list locals since Chef Michael White and the Altamarea Group joined the team. But for out-of-towners, it’s the fact that Bedford Post Inn makes for a quick escape — about an hour’s drive — from the bustle of Manhattan. The calming country vibe is matched by the requisite urban/rustic details, like memorable farm-fresh cuisine and subtle, top-notch design.
Bed and Bath
The rooms themselves are done in muted shades of gray, off-white and light blue, grounded with reclaimed wood flooring and appointed with vintage Audubon prints and objects from local antique shops. They feel like a stylish friend’s beautifully decorated country home. Bathrooms are done up in marble and shades of gray and blue, with hand made claw foot tubs (in most) and specially commissioned botanic toiletries by Sponge.
The heart of the property is Campagna restaurant, where local socialites and visiting out-of-towners sip cocktails before dinner. The restaurant opens at 5:30 p.m. and continues buzzing all night long. Chef PJ Calapa and his team use local ingredients to create an eclectic menu of Italian style cuisine. In the morning, after a stroll through the grounds and a stop at the reflecting pool, an hourlong yoga class is the perfect way to start the day. Afterward, pop into the laid-back Barn cafe, where the homemade granola and organic muffins can easily be packed to go, perhaps to the buttery leather armchair in your room or a pillowy lounger near the outdoor fireplace.
In the Area
Immerse yourself in nature at the 4,000 acres of the Ward Pound Ridge Reservation for walking, hiking and fly fishing excursions, then treat yourself to a wide assortment of cheeses and pâtés, and made-to-order sandwiches at the Bedford Gourmet. For a dose of culture, the Katonah Museum of Art, one of the most celebrated small museums in the country, hosts several major exhibitions each year.
How to Get There
My girlfriend and I stayed at the Inn and ate dinner at the Farmhouse restaurant. We found our hotel accommodation quite comfortable. Our experience at the restaurant, however, was sub-par. The waiters and bar staff did not demonstrate the level of personal service, professionalism and knowledge of their restaurant that I expected from this restaurant.
Kudos & thanks all-around to staff and chef at The Barn for helping making my daughters 15th B-Day special and memorable. Monday, cold night in Westchester seeking high end comfy place for dinner, we selected The Bedford Post Inn, not having been there in awhile. we used to often for lunch. The Barn is a comfortable, charming 35-40 seat attractive restaurant/cafe with a nice big fireplace, wood floors & charming beamed ceilings surrounded by floor to ceiling windows. (The main restaurant is closed on Mondays') Not a problem as we preferred a "low-key" on a Monday night. Made rez on line and spelled out our needs and explaining it was my daughters birthday. They could not have been kinder, more thoughtful or generous. Welcomed with a smile, we sat comfortably by the warm crackling fire and drank a delicious deep Cabernet by the glass that kept flowing. The Host is a very friendly accommodating, experienced in hospitality gent from the Islands who clearly enjoys pleasing his guests. There were very few ppl in the restaurant that night, so we basically had it to ourselves. Very attentive nice server fellow.The chef in view, kindly sent us over some delicious roasted artichoke hearts that we quickly consumed. Our entrees, all delicious fish dishes were served quickly and were nice and hot. The ingredients were simple and flavorful. Unprompted they sent us over a wonderful birthday cake for us all to enjoy. Treated us like Kings and we thoroughly enjoyed our evening. Thanks again. be back soon -
Suggestion: Nice to try for early morning high end breakfast-see menu.
You can't go wrong with the Bedford Post Inn.
The staff is stellar, the rooms are comfy, the bathrooms are instagram-worthy, and the food on-site is just so great (go for the vegetarian Baked Rotolo at The Barn - the best!).
Combine that with the quintessential views on the drive up from NYC, and you've got a 5-star stay within an hour drive from the city.
I've seen other people comment on the noise in the rooms. The boutique Inn is stationed above the restaurant kitchen, so while it's open, you could hear some noise. However, if you'll just voice those concerns when booking your room, the staff is happy to accommodate. They practically bent over backwards while we were there to ensure we were happy.
OH - and make sure you arrive in time for the happy hour with wine & cheese/charcuterie tray. Perfect touch.
We spent a long weekend here in October amidst the changing colors of the abundant trees. The personal service was top notch. Our room was quaint but with all the amenities including a great shower. Some rooms have working fireplaces but we were happy with the outdoor variety. There was a nice happy hour happening in the Living Room each afternoon. The 2 dining options were also excellent. I almost forgot about the breakfast in bed delivered each morning....perfect!
We recently spent one Saturday night at the Bedford Post Inn, a Relais & Chateaux property, as a quick getaway from New York City. We had read that it is a charming place in a charming town, and that it is partially owned by Richard Gere (whose photography books were available for sale at reception). We were terribly underwhelmed by the experience and would not recommend it.
First the good things about the Inn (why it receives stars at all): There are only eight rooms and therefore there are not mobs of people coming and going. The bathrooms are quite nice, with very large walk-in showers. And the reception associates were very pleasant. The grounds look quite nice although we did not have time to really enjoy them.
Now the not so good: The price was exorbitant. For that price we were expecting something extremely stylish with all sorts of extras, including a real breakfast. Instead our room had one chair and one bed. No art or design of any type on the boring white walls in our room with the exception of one small Audubon-type print of a bird. In my view the room was as dreary as one in a chain hotel on the side of the highway. Yes there were some free bottled soft drinks and water and a few packaged snacks in the small lounge. But the lounge itself was not very inviting and not decorated to the extent one would expect of an inn with these prices. Breakfast (not included) was at the Barn in the next building, but that did not open until 9. The Inn offered “breakfast in bed”, which needed to be ordered the night before and appeared to be a choice of granola/yogurt or a croissant, and some tea or coffee. In fact we saw the receptionists removing croissants from a plastic bag and placing them on another guest’s tray, as we were leaving. Finally perhaps one of the most disappointing things about the room was the noise – surprisingly for an old inn, the walls and ceilings of the rooms are made of swiss cheese. As our room was not far from the lounge, we could hear people talking loudly very late into the night (this could easily be fixed by installing a door between the lounge and the hallway of rooms). Also, we could hear everything going on upstairs – from walking around, to moving furniture around, to flushing the toilets. This also went on late into the night and I had to wear earplugs to attempt to sleep. Since the reason for the visit was to get away from noisy New York, I thought surely an 8-room Inn in sleepy Bedford New York would do the trick. I’m sorry to report it did not – they clearly did not install any soundproofing whatsoever during their renovation. I don’t wear earplugs in NewYork City, but felt the need to at the Bedford Post Inn! Had the receptionist upon check-out asked me how my stay was, I might have provided this feedback in person. But she did not.
If the prices were half of what they are, I might have thought “this is acceptable”. But at these prices, for a Relais & Chateux property, it should have been something special. Unfortunately it was not.