Hotel of the Week: Bedford Lodge Hotel & Spa, Newmarket in Suffolk
Bedford Lodge Hotel & Spa, situated in the famous horse-racing town of Newmarket, Suffolk, is nestled in three acres of secluded rose gardens and adjacent to some of the most famous paddocks and training stables in the world. Recently accepted into the prestigious Pride of Britain Hotels consortium and boasting 4 AA Red Stars, Bedford Lodge Hotel & Spa is a luxury boutique hotel offering visitors the charm and character of a country house, with the very best of modern style.
The hotel is the perfect place to escape the hussle and bustle of daily life, with an on-site spa and award-winning restaurant, it provides the idyllic setting to relax, unwind and indulge, whilst exploring the rich racing heritage of Newmarket. Alternatively, located just a short drive away, is the beautiful university city of Cambridge and the historic market town of Bury St Edmunds.
Bedford Lodge Hotel & Spa was originally a Georgian hunting lodge built for John Russell, the sixth Duke of Bedford, and was converted into a hotel in the 1940s. Today, the hotel boasts the perfect blend between old and new with 77 stylish guest rooms and suites. Guests can expect to find complimentary Molton Brown products, fluffy robes and a selection of delicious Tea Pigs tea and Paddy & Scott’s cafetiere coffee in their room, to make their stay extra special. Each room features the finest Egyptian cotton linen, cosy throws and super comfy king-sized beds – guaranteeing guests a peaceful night’s sleep before waking to a delicious award-winning breakfast.
Also situated within the hotel’s grounds is The Edge Health and Fitness Club, providing a superb state-of-the-art gymnasium – with the latest cardio and resistance training equipment – a 15 metre indoor heated pool, spa bath, sauna and steam rooms. All facilities are complimentary for guests staying at the establishment.
The grounds of the hotel are home to an awarding-winning spa complex, recognised as one of the best spas in the East of England. Opened three years ago, The Spa, housed in the sympathetically restored Georgian Bedford Cottage, has been awarded the prestigious 5 Bubble rating by Good Spa Guide, as well as consistently receiving outstanding reviews on TripAdvisor. With a roof-top hot tub, the therapeutic hydrotherapy pool featuring five independent water features and a decadent relaxation room among the many amenities on offer to visitors, The Spa offers a serene environment in which to relax and unwind from daily life.
Partnered with ESPA, a globally acclaimed leader in spa brands, The Spa offers a whole host of treatments including age defying facials, anti-stress body treatments and ESPA for men. It also caters for those looking for a bit of beauty-based pampering, offering laser hair removal, tanning, nails and make up. The Spa at Bedford Lodge Hotel offers a range of spa experiences, from two or three day luxury spa hotel retreats, which can include stays in the hotel’s luxury executive suites, to day spa packages. The Spa offers an unparalleled opportunity for indulgent relaxation and is the perfect complement to the luxurious comfort provided by the hotel.
Whether there is cause for celebration or dining out with family, the hotel’s 2AA Rosette Squires Restaurant and Roxana Bar is open to both residents and non-residents, offering a modern dining experience. The artistic décor and diverse menus make for a charismatic ambience, unlike anything else on offer in the surrounding areas.
Award-winning Executive Head Chef, James Fairchild, brings his eclectic style and contemporary artistic flair to the restaurant, reinventing many British classics, whilst injecting new concepts and international flavours into the hotel’s delectable menus and contemporary styled cuisine. The menus are extremely varied, from Braised Game Rillettes and Pheasant three ways, to Deconstructed Black Forest Gateau; all created lovingly using the finest seasonal ingredients, sourced locally where possible.
Bedford Lodge Hotel & Spa is passionate about the environment and is committed to the benefits of sourcing local produce; minimising its carbon footprint, reducing the distance from field to fork and supporting the local community. All suppliers used are within a 50 mile radius of the Hotel – breakfast includes sausages from Newmarket’s own sausage company, Powters. On sunnier days, guests can make use the hotel’s beautiful terrace, overlooking the landscaped gardens, and indulge in traditional afternoon tea, or sit and relax in front of Roxana Bar’s roaring log fire during cooler months.
Address: Bedford Lodge Hotel & Spa, Bury Road, Newmarket, Suffolk, CB8 7BX