Bedford Village Inn

Taste(ful) Stays by Lisë Stern / April, 2012

“When you stay here, you get transported into a different frame of mind,” says Jon Carnevale, General Manager of the Bedford Village Inn. “You feel like you’re 1,000 miles away, but still close. It’s sophisticated but approachable.”

Carnevale co-owns the inn with his parents, Jack and Andrea Carnevale. The property dates to the early 1800s, and was a Shetland pony farm, a sheep farm, and a dairy farm. In 1985, it was transformed into an inn and restaurant, and in 1990 the Carnevales bought the Bedford Village Inn. Operations are very much a family affair: Jack is involved with sales and marketing, Andrea is in human resources and accounting, and Jon’s wife Olivia is the social sales director who oversees the many weddings held at the inn. “We’re passionate about what we do,” Jon says.

What used to be a barn, complete with a pair of silos, is now the 14-room hotel, and what used to be the farmhouse is now the restaurant. There are three dining venues. The 125 seats of the Dining Room (as they call the main restaurant) are spread out into several smaller rooms, each with a unique feel. The Tavern is like an English pub, with a more casual menu, and about 40 craft-style beers available. There’s also an outdoor patio. Jon, who is a certified sommelier, describes Corks Wine Bar as “the hidden jewel of the inn. It has a totally different atmosphere, call it urban chic, more metropolitan. It’s a great place to relax.”

The rooms all qualify as suites, in that they’re at least 500 square feet. All come with king-size four-poster beds, and the marble baths include whirlpool tubs. Larger suites have a separate bedroom and sitting area. Rates range from $159 to $275, depending on the room, day of the week, and the season. April is the end of the slower time of year, and there are several packages still available through the end of the month. In addition, the hotel offers creative dining and overnight packages throughout the year. There’s also the Woodbury House, a three-bedroom cottage available on the property.

Jon says they have significant plans for the next year. They’ll be adding a new structure with 50 more rooms, and will be building a full-service spa.

2 Olde Bedford Way
Bedford, N.H.


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