Bedford Village Inn plans to add new hotel

Union Leader Correspondent
November 08. 2013 9:31PM
The proposed 55-guestroom hotel, The Lodge at the Bedford Village Inn, would feature Dutch colonial-style construction, a workout room, an antipasto bar and two function rooms. The Planning Board will review the conceptual plan on Nov. 18. (Courtesy)

BEDFORD — Jack Carnevale, owner of the Bedford Village Inn, wants to build a 55-guest room hotel adjacent to the inn that will complement the town’s character.

The conceptual plan will go before the Planning Board on Monday, Nov. 18. The hotel would be built on 2.3 acres behind the Bedford Village Inn on Olde Bedford Way.

Each room will feature its own design, a fireplace, large bathroom and custom-made furniture to give the hotel a “gently worn” feel, Carnevale said.

“We may call it the Lodge at the Bedford Village Inn. It will have a lodgey feel to it, a warm, cozy look. We don’t want it to look like a spanking new hotel,” he said.

The building design is Dutch colonial; five of the guest rooms would be suites. Carnevale said he’s been talking to the furniture designer at Bennett Gallery in Knoxville, Tenn., and the proposed hotel’s furnishings will be custom made with reclaimed woods.

“We’re trying to use as much reclaimed wood as we can throughout the hotel — in the lobby, the beds, night stands and chests, all made in Italy. His (Rick Bennett) pieces are sensational,” Carnevale said. “Most hotel furnishings are laminate with plastic draws. This will be custom made and solid wood. It will give the hotel its own persona, and no two pieces will look alike and no two rooms will look alike.”

The proposed hotel will also include a workout room, two function rooms and a kitchen. An antipasto bar, mainly for the guests, would be located in the lobby and feature a fully stocked bar and wine selection.

If approved, construction would begin in the spring. He is proposing parking in the front of the hotel that will be connected to the inn’s parking area. A large Christmas tree in the proposed parking lot will have to be cut down, and Carnevale plans to have a tree-lighting ceremony on the inn’s patio on Dec. 1.

Traffic flow issue

Carnevale said traffic flow may be a contentious issue.

The Highway Safety Committee has recommended that no left-hand turns be allowed from the inn at Olde Bedford Way onto Route 101 to ease traffic flow and prevent accidents. The council held a public meeting in July and decided to table the matter while the committee and Carnevale worked on placing signs recommending his guests take a left onto Olde Bedford Way to the light at Old Bedford Road and Route 101. Carnevale, at his own expense, has placed signs at the inn’s exits as recommended.

However, he and his family have been making left-hand turns at the intersection for 25 years, and he said he doesn’t see a safety problem.

“I will fight this tooth and nail. There have never been any accidents at that intersection, and I will not subject my guests to peril by forcing them not to make a left turn. My guests don’t leave at prime time,” he said. “The town should not be dangling my feet to the fire and hold me hostage with this application.”

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