If you’re just starting out on your care home journey, you can’t go wrong with choosing a care home in historic Bedfordshire. Located in the East of England, Bedfordshire is sometimes overlooked for neighbouring London, Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Cambridgeshire, but this county has lots to offer in the way of healthcare and things to do.
It’s not just care homes you’ll find in Bedfordshire either - there are plenty of areas of natural beauty, such as the beautiful Forest of Marston Vale, Greensand Ridge and the Dunstable Downs, family-friendly amusements including Whipsnade Zoo and adventure parks and sites of historic interest, such as the Priory Church of St Peter in nearby Dunstable, plus golf courses, spas and hotels.
With average weekly care fees of £662, prices have certainly gone up in recent years in Bedfordshire, but the high standard of care and range of facilities available at the county’s care homes are well worth the costs. So, if you’re planning to look for a care home in the east, check out our handy list of the UK’s best care homes in Bedfordshire - and for more options, check out our full list of Berkshire care homes here.
Operating under the Baycroft care group, first up on our list of Bedfordshire care homes is Baycroft Fairfield, a picturesque care home located on the borders of Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire. With a well-earned ‘Good’ rating from the Care Quality Commission and an impressive score of 9,9 from carehome.co.uk, Baycroft strives to provide the highest level of round-the-clock residential, nursing and dementia care. Manager Cheryl Forshaw heads up the expert care team, who maintain a high standard of professionalism and courtesy at all times.
Baycroft Fairfield can be found in the charming village of Fairfield Park, Hitchin and is registered to care for 75 residents. Bedrooms on the ground and first floors comprise of eight Suites, 44 Premium rooms and 23 Classic rooms. All rooms come fully equipped with a wet room-style en suite bathroom. Facilities at the home include a landscaped, sensory garden for residents to enjoy, as well as a cinema, library, gym, hair and nail salon and spa for pampering.
Residents can partake in a variety of different activities each week, as well as benefit from the home’s private chauffeur service for outings and day trips. Baycroft Fairfield is easily accessible by both road and rail and isn’t far from nearby shops, amenities, pubs and restaurants.
Next on our list is Sharnbrook House, a beautiful care home nestled in the village of Sharnbrook, near Bedford. Sharnbrook House prides itself on its exceptional level of residential and dementia care, scooping a ‘Good’ from the CQC and a high score of 9.9 from carehome.co.uk.
Part of the Greensleeves care group, the period-style home is set in extensive gardens and even has its own lake. Inside the home you’ll find 30 spacious, well-lit bedrooms split over three floors, a dining room, a main lounge, a garden room and a hair salon. The home is close to local shops and easily accessible by public transport.
Sharnbrook House’s dedicated care team, led by manager Pat Laing, work tirelessly to deliver a high standard of care to meet every individual resident’s requirements, including personal preferences and dietary needs. The home enjoys strong links with the local community and the home’s activity programme, run by the resident activities coordinator, includes regular visits to the home from local groups to keep residents engaged and entertained.
A truly luxurious care home, Caddington Grove is next on our tour of Bedfordshire. Located in Dunstable, Caddington Grove forms part of the Hamberley Care Homes group and caters for up to 66 residents to provide high standards of residential, dementia and nursing care. The dedicated care team, led by manager Mike Commins, creates a culture of support and collaboration, focusing on residents’ physical and mental wellbeing above all else. There are also expertly trained nurses on-hand at all times to provide support to staff.
Facilities at the home include spacious en-suite bedrooms, bustling café, perfect for family and friends to visit, landscaped gardens, a wellbeing and beauty salon, including nail bar and the home’s special Picture House, a deluxe cinema where residents can relax to enjoy the latest films or old favourites - the home even has a weekly Cinema Club!
Situated on the London Road, with convenient access to the M1, Caddington Grove is well-located by car and public transport. It is easy to get to Dunstable town centre, as well as the surrounding towns of Harpenden, Luton and St Albans. For green spaces and relaxing in nature, the home is also near the Dunstable Downs in the Chiltern Hills and both Whipsnade Wildlife Park and the Whipsnade Tree Cathedral are great locations for days out.
Next on our list is Baycroft Flitwick. Part of the Baycroft care group, Baycroft Flitwick is located in the town of Flitwick in Bedfordshire and provides residential and dementia care for up to 75 residents. The luxurious bedrooms are comprised of nine Suites, 38 Classic rooms and 28 Premium rooms, all of which are fully equipped with a wet room en suite bathroom. Most of the ground floor rooms even have their own private outdoor space, perfect for relaxing and reading.
The home is beautifully presented and each room is finished to a luxury standard, with facilities including lounges, dining rooms and terraces, as well as a café, hair salon, cinema, library and fitness suite. When you look at everything Baycroft Flitwick has to offer, it’s no wonder it was awarded a ‘Good’ by the CQC and a score of 9.8 from carehome.co.uk. The friendly care team encourage residents to partake in a range of social activities for entertainment, which are organised by the home’s dedicated lifestyle and wellbeing coordinator.
With nearby shops and amenities just a stone’s throw away, Baycroft Flitwick is extremely well-located by foot, by car or on public transport.
Located in the picturesque town of Ampthill, Bedford, our next care home is Richmond Manor, a state-of-the-art care home offering luxurious living and high-quality residential, dementia and nursing care, as well as short-term respite care.
Catering for up to 69 residents, Richmond Manor features elegant, spacious en-suite bedrooms decorated in a variety of styles, a wellbeing and beauty salon for manicures, pedicures, hand massages and hairdressing, an on-site bar and café and a deluxe cinema that puts on dementia-friendly screenings. The home also put a bespoke, Covid-secure visitation suite in place during the pandemic to protect residents and their families during visiting hours.
The expert care team, led by manager Fiona, take each resident’s life story into consideration to ensure they create a tailored care package, continually updating it over time. At Richmond Manor, special focus is placed on residents’ past and staff aim to support each person’s individual strengths and ambitions to make sure life at the home is as comfortable and enriching as possible.
As the home is in the heart of Ampthill, the town centre is within walking distance - and there is a train station just down the road, making day trips easy. Residents have the opportunity to explore Woburn Safari Park, Centre Parks and Woburn Abbey Deer Park, as well as the beautiful Ampthill Park.
Our next stop is in Kempston, at Baycroft Kempston - a Baycroft care home that provides residential, nursing and dementia care. There are 80 rooms at Baycroft Kempston decorated in a range of styles, comprising 11 Suites, 41 Premium rooms and 28 Classic rooms. All rooms have an en suite, wet-room style bathroom and some of the ground floor rooms even benefit from their own private outdoor space.
The home’s facilities include a cinema, spa treatment room and hair salon, library and dedicated activity room, in addition to beautiful landscaped gardens. Manager Clare Twiss heads up the care team, who work tirelessly to ensure residents maintain their independence while still feeling safe and cared-for at all times. There is a special focus on food at Baycroft and residents can enjoy delicious seasonal food, the latest dining trends and beverage offerings.
Life at Baycroft Kempston is never dull, with a wide range of social activities on offer to keep residents engaged, including exciting excursions and day trips in the home’s minibus. Shops, pubs and eateries aren’t too far away either, perfect for a weekend outing or two.
We’re nearing the end of our tour of Bedfordshire’s best care homes, but we still have one or two more up our sleeve. Next up is Care Concern’s Penrose Court, a truly luxury private care home located in the market town of Biggleswade. The home offers care packages for those living with dementia, in addition to residential care, respite care and nursing care.
Led by manager Sylvia, the team at Penrose Court go the extra mile to ensure that residents live a life as stress-free as possible, tailoring each care package to suit individual wants, needs and preferences - and there is a varied activities programme with plenty of fun day trips and events.
Facilities at the home include beautifully designed luxury en-suite bedrooms, hair and beauty salon, cinema room and private garden, perfect for leisurely strolls, a spot of gardening, or enjoying a home baked treat and a cup of tea with a friend. For day trips and outings, Biggleswaid is a hub of peaceful parks and green spaces, with weekly markets, riverside walks and the A1 Retail Park for shopping.
Penrose Court is easily accessible for visiting family and friends, with excellent road and rail links to Cambridgeshire, London, Buckinghamshire, Suffolk and Norfolk.
Rounding off our list of Bedfordshire’s best care homes is Elstow Manor in Wixams, a beautiful care home offering expert residential, dementia and nursing care, as well as short breaks. Part of the Hamberley Care Homes group, Elstow Manor provides a truly luxury environment, with spacious and well-lit contemporary en-suite bedrooms, a dedicated wellbeing and beauty salon, on-site café and bar, deluxe cinema and private dining suite serving delicious, home cooked meals.
The team at Elstow Manor, led by manager Sarah Hancock, pride themselves on their caring person-centred approach, creating bespoke care plans to cater for each resident’s unique needs and preferences. Elstow Manor also regularly works with local nurseries, schools and other community groups to encourage residents to socialise and make friends, with seasonal events such as Christmas parties, Summer Fairs and virtual events to look forward to throughout the year. There’s even a designated wellbeing and lifestyle coach on-hand to help residents and staff feel nurtured, happy and healthy.
Elstow Manor benefits from Wixams’ community spirit, green countryside and charming nearby towns like Bedford, which boast bustling shops, fine dining, cosy pubs and attractions like Woburn Safari Park just a short drive away. When you take all this into consideration, it’s no wonder Elstow Manor was rated highly by the CQC.
That’s our round-up of the best care homes this charming county has to offer. Whatever you need to live the life that you want, you're sure to find it in Bedfordshire.