Horsing Around at Richard Gere’s Bedford Post Inn

When Richard Gere went looking for a nice place to enjoy his horsies on an afternoon, he stumbled on Bedford, New York. The village’s proximity to New York City, its genial, upscale population, and acres of open land, make it irresistible to equestrians. After spending time there, Gere and his wife Carey Lowell decided to open their version of the good life to the public. Their hotel, The Bedford Post Inn, has become a local institution, hosting holiday parties, weekend getaways, and weddings, as well as something as simple as a great Sunday brunch. They’ve brought on significant new staff within the last year or so, including executive chef Jeremy McMillan, who loves partnering with local farmers to stock his pantry, and general manager Oscar Henquet, who’s bringing his background in hotels like the St. Regis and the Four Seasons, and restaurants including The Monkey Bar and Rouge Tomate, to a much more intimate scale. Just two months into the job, we checked in with Henquet to get his first impressions of his new property:

How would you characterize the overall feel of your property?
Luxurious Relais & Chateaux property set in a wooded area in the heart of Westchester, under an hour away from Manhattan.

What are some of its unique design features?
It’s a unique historic property that dates back to the 1860s. Carey Lowell and Tiffany Vassilakis did all the interior design and have created a magnificent property. Most rooms have working fireplaces, all original wooden beams are visible, and some rooms have beautiful terraces overlooking the property. 

What’s the best dish on the menu?
Fagotelli with fontina fonduta, chestnuts and shaved truffle.

Which room or suite is your favorite, and why?
Room 7 is my favorite. It’s very spacious, lots of daylight, California King bed, overlooking the woods.

What’s a special amenity or service guests should be aware of?
Guests who stay with us at the Inn receive complimentary yoga classes. We also offer in-room spa treatments. And we wake you up in the morning (at a requested time) by knocking on your door with with French-pressed coffee and some delicious breakfast treats.

Where do you send guests for a great excursion from the hotel?
 We send guests to the Ward Pound Ridge Reservation for hiking, and the Yellow Monkey Village in Cross River is great for antique shops.

What’s the best neighborhood to shop in your city?
Local shopping is best in the village of Katonah or in Chappaqua. Greenwich is nearby as well.

What’s the coolest thing you’ve seen happen at the hotel during your time there?
So far every day has been special at Bedford Post. The unexpected snowstorm in late October that cut us off from the outside world for brief a moment created a magical picture. Since we have a working generator we quickly became a safe haven not only for our inn guests but also for the local community. It was amazing to see it all come together. Recently we had a guest who flew in the famous Troisgros family for a special event to cook alongside our chef Jeremy McMillan, which was a special moment for all of us at the property. And then there are the endless guest stories, but their stories are safe with us, as that will make them come back time after time again.

Room at the Bedford Post Inn

According to Page Six, Richard Gere’s Bedford Post Inn is on the cusp of falling apart. After losing Chris Tunnah, general manager of the Farmhouse restaurant, last year, they said bye bye to Chris Broburg, who’s now pastry chef for The Four Seasons. The latest to jump ship is executive chef Brian Lewis. The Post speculates that Bedford resident Martha Stewart might be a candidate for take over, but the one-woman powerhouse denies any interest. After the jump, Bedford residents and neighbors of the Inn who could also serve as fitting proprietors.

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Ralph Lauren Since opening his second Ralph Lauren Restaurant, Ralph’s, serving all things American in Paris, Lauren can officially add ‘restauranteur’ to his CV. Ralph’s has been tremendously popular among the hip set in Saint-Germain-des-Prés and table reservations are a rarity. Perhaps BPI could use a little Ralph know-how to get things kicking again. Or maybe just a consult with Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group (Ralph went this route for his new Parisian outpost).

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Bill and Hillary Clinton The Clintons are rumored to be moving to Bedford Hills, and Bill’s gonna need a hangout and home-away-from home in town for poker playing and cigar smoking. The rustic decor of the BPI has a masculine touch, and hey, Bill kind of resembles Richard Gere with his gray hair and boyish charm.

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Tom Florio The senior vice president left Conde Nast to pursue other opportunities…but has yet to announce what these ‘opportunities’ entail. Maybe something local?

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Chevy Chase The ex-SNL star and longtime Bedford resident has recently gone primetime on NBC’s Community alongside E! funnyman Joel McHale, and he worked as a waiter while struggling to cut it in showbiz. He’s got popularity and experience going for him.

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Glenn Close With the future of FX fan favorite Damages uncertain, who knows, Close may be looking for a side gig.