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
We had high expectations but after reading reviews again we should have been forewarned. It started with a call a couple days before our arrival that the restaurant was closed because they had a new chef, so they were cancelling our reservation. We had booked in the first place because after a long drive we wanted to eat on site and relax.
The entrance to the hotel is odd, up a steep hill past garden sheds and with a stockade fence around it. Not the beautiful gardens we would expect.
Check in was pleasant, and Nancy could not have been more helpful or pleasant at all during our stay. She gets five stars.
The property is an older building that has been completely rehabbed. Basically, they squeezed in too many rooms. We were upstairs, slanted ceilings (no elevator for those of you with bad knees!), sketchy air conditioning. The strange thing was that the room was so small while the bathroom was large. Others have raved about the heated floor etc in the bathroom--very lovely, but something many of us enjoy in our own homes. Eye of the beholder.
The bedroom was small. One chair pushed up by the fireplace. Strange rippy rugs. METAL bedside tables that looked like they belonged outside with the vintage lawn furniture. I love shappy chic but this was ridiculous.
The room just did not function well. The closet was literally less than 2 feet wide. Because there was only one chair, one of us always had to sit on the bed. The TV was about the smallest I've ever seen in a hotel.
The next morning, I tried to tune in to the financial news. They use Sling on the TV and there were plenty of infomercials but the only news channel was CNN. No CNBC or Fox Business.
The final topper was "breakfast" which was delivered to our room. Some pastries delivered in a box, a bowl of yogurt so full it was dripping, and coffee. Remember the one chair? There is no table, so the tray sat on the luggage bench and we ate standing up. Absolutely ridiculous, and when the price charged for the room is taken in to account, a complete rip off.
We would not return and we would not recommend.
A quality renovation of an historic building, with attention to detail amenities, make this well maintained countryside inn a destination worthy lodging. Room 8, like the other 7 guest rooms, has luxury linens, rheosat lighting, a gas fireplace, exposed original beams, a discreetly placed wall mounted TV with access to Amazon Prime, Netflix, etc. and a spacious en suite bathroom with radiant heat floors, a claw-foot tub, private toilet, double sinks and great water pressure in the marble-clad shower.
The "innkeeper" staff are personable, accommodating, and provide concierge services. On site, complimentary Yoga, water & snacks all day, wine & small bites in the evening, al fresco chaise lounge seating, cozy living room, and two dining venues.
Our time at the Bedford Post Inn was very peaceful. Every detail in our room and bathroom was very special. It is a beutiful place. The yoga room, the outdoors, the restaurant, everything is just so. Love it.
On the day before my boyfriend's 30th birthday, a really fun bomb-cyclone hit New York City and the entire East Coast which prevented us from traveling to Miami as planned for a long weekend.
Stressed with what to do, I called Bedford Post (I have been wanting to stay for a while), and they couldn't have been lovelier. Nancy arranged for a 4x4 to pick us up in the snowstorm and drive us to one of the only restaurants nearby open during the storm (and she met us with wine while she was personally shoveling the driveway).
The temperatures were below 0 but that didn't matter. It was cozy and perfect and they were more than accommodating for the special occasion - helping us with reservations around the area and also upgrading our room.
Nancy, Lisa and Tim went above and beyond. We cannot wait for our next stay.
We were in the area for just one night just before Thanksgiving and had a great stay at the Inn. Nancy, at the front desk, was incredibly helpful with advice and made sure all our needs were met. We ate in the restaurant for dinner and it was delicious and reasonably priced. There is complimentary Yoga in the studio on the property. Complimentary wine in the evening by the fire and complimentary water/snacks all day.