The Woburn Estate, home of the 15th Duke of Bedford is 1 hour north of London, just 10 minutes drive from junction 13 of the M1, 20 minutes from Milton Keynes and 30 minutes from Luton Airport, as well as having easy access to Cambridge and the Midlands.
The Woburn Hotel, which stands at the gateway to The Woburn Estate boasts 4 AA stars and has 55 bedrooms, including 7 cottage suites. It is also home to Olivier’s, our 2 AA Rosette restaurant which has been voted “The Best Restaurant in Bedfordshire” three times in the past 4 years.
The Woburn Hotel, following a refurbishment of its bedrooms, cottages suites, reception, bar and lounge, changed name in 2014. It was known previously as The Inn at Woburn.
The Woburn Estate also encompasses:
Opened in 1970, Woburn Safari Park is one of the UK’s oldest wild animal parks and has over 1,000 wild animals roaming in 300 acres of beautiful parkland.
Established by the 13th Duke of Bedford, the park has a long history of species conservation dating back more than 100 years. Today, Woburn Safari Park is internationally recognised as a centre of excellence for the conservation of endangered wildlife and houses probably the biggest concentration of critically endangered African ungulates (hoofed mammals) on Earth.
Woburn Safari Park Website
Minerva, the Amur Tiger at Woburn Safari Park
Woburn Golf Club has three tournament hosting courses with the Duke’s, Duchess’ and Marquess’ courses. It is the first 54 hole golf venue to have all three courses featured in Golf Monthly Magazine's Top 100 courses in the UK and Ireland and Golf World Magazine's Top 100 courses in Britain and Ireland.
Since hosting the Dunlop British Masters in 1979, more than fifty professional tournaments have been played over the three courses at Woburn. The role of honour reads like a who’s who of world golf. Seven former winners are members of the World Golf Hall of Fame: Seve Ballesteros, Nick Faldo, Sandy Lyle, Greg Norman, Patty Sheehan, Lee Trevino, Karrie Webb, plus major winners Laura Davies and Ian Woosnam.
In 2005 the Seniors Open Amateur Championship was staged on the Duke’s and Duchess’ courses and in 2011 the English Amateur Championship was staged on the Duchess’ and Marquess’ courses. In 2014, Woburn was one of four venues used to host final qualifying for The Open Championship and in 2016 will host the Ricoh Women's British Open.
Woburn Golf Club Website
Set in a 3000 acre deer park, Woburn Abbey has been home to the Dukes of Bedford for nearly 400 years. Visitors can walk around the Abbey and discover the history of the Russell Family; see where a former Prime Minister wrote his speeches and the rooms used by Queen Victoria when she stayed here. Guests can also enjoy exploring the 28 acres of award-winning, Humpry Repton inspired, Woburn Abbey Gardens.
Woburn Abbey and Gardens Website
The Woburn Estate forms part of The Bedford Estates, which also includes farming and forestry interests, property holdings in Woburn and its surrounding areas including Woburn village, a picturesque Georgian village on the boundaries of the Estate, and in Bloomsbury, London WC1.
Bedford Estates London Website