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Located in the central-northern part of Bedfordshire, Bedford is our County Town and has grown since medieval times around the River Great Ouse which runs through the heart of the town and the Embankment is without a doubt one of its main attractions along with Bedford Park which was opened in 1888 and has 80 acres of Victorian landscaping and remains unspoilt. Local culture includes an art gallery named the Cecil Higgins Art Gallery and Bedford and the Bunyan.
Bedford Castle, constructed during the reign of William II sometime between 1100 and 1130, only lasted until 1224, when it was destroyed in an aristocratic battle over supremacy. It was the second fortress built in Bedford, preceded by the one erected during the reign of Edward the Elder in 919. St Paul's Church was initially built before the Norman Conquest, although nothing remains of the original construction today.
Bedford’s most famous son is John Bunyan (1628 -1688), undoubtedly one of the most notable historical figures of the Bedford area, originated from Elstow and is remembered for his religious writings and sermons. During his imprisonment he wrote his most remarkable work, The Pilgrim's Progress, which is the allegory of a spiritual journey. Other famous connections with the town are Paula Radcliffe Marathon runner and both Ronne Barker comedian and Gail Emms Olympian were born here. The town has a very well supported Rugby team and Rowing clubs.
Today, Bedford is diverse town of mainly serviced based employment and around the town are many villages notably the pretty Riverside villages to the North and East which are designated an area of great landscape value. The town is home to several quality private schools and this draws many buyers to our area from far and wide.
Our office is set on the Bromham Road and has one of the largest window displays in the town along with parking at the rear! The office has been open for over 15 years and is owned by Gareth Hughes & Glenn Harrington who purchased the business from Tony Inskip in 2018. Tony remains in the background as a consultant for the business and the team is enhanced by the appointment of well known and respected David Lawrence, the Branch Valuer who has over 20 years personal experience in the Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire property markets. Add to this the sales, admin and progression team of Sue Sharp, Sam Anderson, Shezad Ahmed & Melanie Baldwin and you have the complete solution for anyone looking to sell their property locally. Our in house mortgage advisor, Phil Shearer would be delighted to assist you with any requirements you may have.
As an owner run office if there are any aspects of the property world you would like to discuss please feel free to contact Glenn, Gareth or any member of the team and they will be glad to help at any time.

The agent that goes the extra mile is our slogan and as we have been selling customers homes since 1997 our numerous reviews endorse our willingness to do just that. The owners of the Bedford County office aim to prove that they and their team have thought through and put into place a proven service and marketing proposition which really does work.

The team recognise the importance of a phone call back and a good photograph. Some homes are fortunate to sell straight away while others don’t and more is effort is required this is where Urban & Rural have their ‘route to a sale’ with a proven strategy using plan a,b,c and d etc.




Bedford Branch
72 Bromham Road
MK40 2QH 

Tel: 01234 272282


Hours of business:

Monday to Friday: 9am – 6pm
Saturday: 9am – 4pm
Sunday: Closed


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Meet your local property experts

Sam Anderson

Sam Anderson Branch Administrator

Having worked in the property industry in Bedford for 15 years and 8 of those years with the team here in Bedford. I live in a local village with my family close to Bedford and have great knowledge of the local surrounding villages and Bedford itself. Having experienced both selling and buying properties myself I understand that it is a very big move in people’s lives and the support of a good agent is definitely invaluable. I have done a varied number of roles from sales chasing, viewings but my main role which I’m most passionate about is the administration side of the job. I fully appreciate the attention to detail whether it’s sending sales letters to solicitors or typing up descriptions of properties. I work hard to deadlines and understand when a house comes to the market it needs to be advertised fully and correctly.

Melanie Baldwin

Melanie Baldwin Sales Progessor

I’m delighted to be part of such a dedicated and experienced team here at Urban & Rural in Bedford. My role is Sales Progressor and I’m here to ensure that our clients are always at the heart of what we do. With over 10 years’ experience in customer care I’ll be the one to help guide you through the buying and selling process. It can be daunting when entering the housing market, I know as I’ve experienced this first hand when buying my own property in 2016. With the help of our adaptable and approachable professionals, together we will strive to give you the very best experience and see you happily into your new home.

Glenn Harrington

Glenn Harrington Owner

I began my estate agency career with Urban & Rural following leaving school in 2006 and I have never looked back! I have worked at both our Dunstable and Flitwick branches before now co-owning the Bedford branch with Gareth. Working through a variety of market conditions has given me invaluable experience on what is required to succeed in any market place. My main role within our branch is providing potential sellers with a market appraisal of their home. This is the part of the job which I enjoy the most as I get a real insight in to what is motivating people to move and help guide them through the process from start to finish. Customer service is always our number one priority. We understand how stressful the moving process can be which is why the job we do is so important.

Gareth Hughes

Gareth Hughes Owner

Having worked within estate agency for 14 years I began my career in one of the busiest towns in Bedfordshire as a sales negotiator. I quickly learned how important it is to build trust and long-term relationships with my clients. I am an all-round team player who loves to get involved within every aspect of the role and still love being very much a front-line member of the team. Having been schooled in Bedford and growing up locally I was delighted to have the opportunity to come back and work within the town.

Daniel Phillips

Daniel Phillips Senior Residential Sales Negotiator

I consider myself a hardworking and sincere member of the team, acting professionally at all times. Providing a consistently high level of customer service is important to me which is why I always deliver on my commitments to both buyers & sellers. Helping people buy, sell and rent a property is something I truly enjoy and being local I have a good knowledge of the area and why it is such a great place to live.. I enjoy working at Urban & Rural as I work closely with the owners and like their ever evolving business model.

Katie Blake

Katie Blake Residential Sales

Having worked in a Lettings agent for over three years, it was time to branch out as I wanted to develop my knowledge of the Sales industry. Since joining the team here at Urban & Rural I feel I can really utilise my skills and experience in delivering first-class customer service to all of our clients. I strive to not only meet, but exceed our clients’ expectations. Every day in the property industry is different which is one of the reasons I love it so much! Living in Bedford means I know the local areas very well and you can usually find me out and about either fishing or meeting new people.

Millie Cox

Millie Cox Mortgage Advisor

An experienced advisor who works excellently with the Bedford team, Millie prides herself on assisting clients with their financial needs when purchasing a property.

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