The Duke of Bedford Inn; a once unsightly ruin which has finally been restored. Accommodation for up to 36 guests, a restaurant and bar and a beautiful ballroom have all been created within these original stone walls. Worn old wooden floors are testament to the history of the building and, wherever possible, much of the original has been retained.
Where It All Began
The story began just over seven years ago when Tony Cotterell (The Kempston Group) began a sentimental restoration of the derelict hulk of Bedford’s only remaining hotel. Thanks to his efforts, what once was an eye-sore on Bedford’s main street has now become a beacon of optimism and prosperity which is a multi-cultural community meeting place that attracts business and tourism.
Tony Cotterell visits Bedford and decides to invest in our town by buying the derelict old Bedford Hotel. Work begins on the first phase.
First six rooms open for the first time to accommodate a grateful group of visitors to the Bedford Garden Festival. For the next year we offer room only accommodation to visiting tourists and business travellers who are surprised to find brand new rooms in the middle of a building site
Five beautiful new rooms are opened in the original old stone building and the bar and ladies lounge offer breakfast and drinks service to staying guests only.
Work begins in Hope Street and our first three shops open to offer clothing, hair and beauty.
The rubble between the Hope Street shops and the hotel is cleared away to create an outdoor courtyard space and the hotel ballroom, dining room and kitchen are finally completed. Chandeliers go up and another shop space is completed.
The last four rooms, including two apartments are completed and new stairs are created leading into the hotel car park. Work begins on the gardens in earnest. More shops are created in the ruins along Hope Street and new businesses open.
The store room and shed are converted into Conference rooms and more hotel rooms are created off-site at ‘The Duke’s Lodge’ Plans are drawn to add a gym and a 20-metre swimming pool. A borehole is sunk and lawn and roses are planted everywhere. Estelle Gathercole joins our team as General Manager and our restaurant opens to the public
The swimming pool and the gym are completed along with the resident beautician BLOOM’s salon and sun bed room.
Expansion continues with four more rooms ‘The Quarters’ currently in construction on site.
The Duke of Bedford Inn
38 Donkin Street
Bedford, Eastern Cape
South Africa, 5780
Tel.: +27 (0) 78 511 9689