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 wife and I stayed here for two nights in connection with a family visit in Bedford. With fewer than ten rooms, the Inn offers an intimate setting for visitors. Our room was nicely furnished, with excellent views of the property and the nearby woods. Prospective visitors will need to be aware that nightly rates here are comparable to rates of better-quality Manhattan hotels, which can be expected given the average income of the surrounding community.
Beautiful room with luxury bath and fireplace. Breakfast in room every morning, afternoon hour with great wine and charcuterie. Morning paper, beautiful patio and grounds. Yoga loft with complimentary yoga.
If you're thinking of planning a wedding or event here, I strongly encourage you to reconsider. The past several months I was attempting to plan a wedding here and experienced red flags from the very beginning. Anna, the event coordinator, was difficult to get a hold of -- taking several days at a time to return a phone call or an e-mail. Still, I was willing to put that aside since the property was so beautiful and exactly what I was picturing for my wedding day. Anna finally presented me with a contract to reserve the Farmhouse restaurant and patio. There would be a $2,500 site fee and a $16,000 food and beverage minimum. Everything was all set. I was ready to move forward. I scheduled a meeting with Anna and the GM - Peter - to hand in the contract. It was at this meeting that there was suddenly a twist in the plot. Now, they were going to require me to reserve every room at the Inn - for 2 nights nonetheless - in order to have my wedding there. The rooms go for up to $925/night. This was going to change the cost of the wedding drastically. The rooms are worth nowhere near $900/night. Neither Peter nor Anna could produce an explanation as to how this "requirement" was left out of all previous discussions. In fact, Anna had previously produced totally contradictory information on room requirements. Instead of being apologetic, Anna became defensive, rude and illogical. I find it difficult to convey in this review just how unprofessional she actually is. This establishment is now refusing to honor the contract they had previously laid out in writing. The only concession they will make is requiring me to reserve 4 of the hotel rooms - instead of 8 rooms- at $925/night. Some concession... I am so disappointed with this establishment and I will encourage everyone I know to never attend a dinner here - let alone plan an event.