Cardington holiday cottages are perfectly located for exploring the sweeping valleys and forested hills of Bedfordshire. This peaceful village is best known as the home of an important airship station, but has plenty to offer besides blimps. Take a stroll from your holiday cottage in Cardington and you will discover a welcoming community which time seems to have forgotten. In the heart of the village, St Mary the Virgin Church dates back to the 12th century, while the leafy streets are lined with stone cottages and detached houses with beautifully kept gardens. On the crossroads of the Green and Cople Road, the King’s Arms is a lively local pub with cask ales, tasty British food and a willow-shaded beer garden.

Just to the north of Cardington, Priory Country Park has 300 acres of lakes, grassland and woods to explore, with a scattering of hides for spotting rare birds. Nearby, Shuttleworth at Old Warden is home to a collection of vintage aircraft and Edwardian cars. Just to the north of Cardington, Bedford is a charming market town on the banks of the River Great Ouse, with great shopping, galleries and museums. Bedford is known for its large Italian population and there are a number of exceptional Italian restaurants, including Riobello and Amici.

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    Self-catering holidays in Cardington are a great choice if you want to explore the beautiful county of Bedfordshire. Scattered across the gently rolling countryside, you’ll discover grand, stately homes and magnificent gardens. Don’t miss Woburn Abbey, or Woburn Safari Park – one of the area’s top family attractions. Bedfordshire is crisscrossed by scenic walking and cycle routes, such as the Icknield Way, which passes through the Barton Hills National Nature Reserve, in the Chiltern Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. If you fancy a day in the city, hop on a train from Bedford and arrive in central London in just over half an hour.