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 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.
Enjoyed a delicious lunch with my daughters at the outdoor restaurant on the terrace with outdoor lighting! The service was attentive and I loved the relaxed ambiance. The grounds are so beautiful and tranquil!
I feel it’s very rare we get to experience the charm and abundant nature of a town like Bedford and also feel like we are cared for in the way a five star resort would. From the moment we stepped out of the car, super charming host Lisa was ready to help us with our bags and helped us become aquatinted to the tranquil pace of Bedford NY. Right away we took part in a chakra alignment class with teacher Kate—all together very enlightening and wonderful. Next we went to dinner at the Barn and farmhouse restaurant downstairs which was delectable and overall a very posh experience. And lastly we sat by the fire pit which is actually more of an outdoor luxurious lounge area. A quick trip but super memorable and can’t wait to go back. Highly recommend!
My husband and I just stayed at this beautiful inn. It’s perfect in every way but what made it very special was the manager Nancy. The restaurant sadly was closed but Nancy spoke with Chris, the chef, who was on site. He offered to cook dinner which was a culinary delight. Their warmth and service was very personal and much appreciated. Can’t wait to return. Averil & Warwick
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.