Bedford is a quaint village in the heart of the Eastern Cape, affectionately known as the ‘hidden treasure”. Bedford properties have an undeniable charm and character that provide a delightful residential experience for homebuyers and agricultural investors alike. Bedford is often thought of as a village of retirees but the truth is, it is home to a variety of ages. While Bedford may be a small village, there are a variety of Bedford properties for sale, including residential, commercial, farm and vacant land.

Bedford began its existence as a supply centre for farmers in the district and it remains closely related to the agricultural industry of the Eastern Cape. The climate is favourable with cooler summers and warmer winters than surrounding towns as well as a higher annual rainfall.  When looking for property you can always rely on finding a spacious place with spectacular views and astonishing natural surroundings. The town has a distinct historical atmosphere and Bedford property include small well-maintained cottages and renovated old colonial-style homes as well as larger farms. With its peaceful tree-lined streets and wide open spaces, it’s no wonder people are drawn to Bedford’s slow pace and stress-free lifestyle. Take a look at the available Bedford properties below and find out more about living in this charming town.

Explore Bedford

Dining out

Dining out

Bedford is home to a number quaint restaurants and coffee shops, which offer a relaxed atmosphere with delicious food to go with it.

Nature and outdoor activities

Nature and outdoor activities

The beautiful natural surroundings of Bedford provide ideal opportunities for hiking, mountain biking, birding, horse riding, abseiling and paragliding.



Residents frequent the Bedford Club, Bowls Club and Tennis Club. The Mill Cricket Club hosts the annual ‘Midland Bat’, a firm favourite amongst the area’s sports fanatics. Then for golfers there’s the 9-hole Bedford Golf Club which hosts the annual Ladies Open, Senior’s Golf Day and Bedford Open.



October’s famous annual Bedford Garden Festival attracts plant lovers from all over South Africa. Here you’ll also find many old and colonial-style buildings, including the Old Gaol, The Bedford Club, The Glen Lynden church, 1820 Settler Memorial Church and Eildon farm which offer a glimpse into the history of Bedford.

Living in Bedford

Areas near to Bedford

Adelaide, Alicedale, Boknes and Cannon Rocks, East London, Fort Beaufort, Graaff-Reinet, Grahamstown, Jeffreys Bay, Karoo, Kenton on Sea, Port Alfred, Port Elizabeth, Riebeeck East, St Francis Bay, Uitenhage,


Bedford Primary School and Templeton High School are located in the immediate area, as well as the recently founded private school Bedford Country School which caters for children up to the age of 11. Grahamstown’s excellent schools are also only an hour away.


Residents make use of the excellent services of local dentists and other private practices and further healthcare is available a short drive away in neighbouring Adelaide.


Bedford amenities are plentiful; with supermarkets, hardware stores, a butchery, nursery, book shop, art gallery and ladies’ boutique all at residents’ disposal. Bedford also has two banks and a pharmacy.


The nearest airports are in East London and Port Elizabeth - both just less than two hours away.


18-20 October 2019

The Bedford Garden Festival
Now in its 15th year, the amazing farm gardens nestled in the hills and valleys surrounding Bedford will be on show for 3 days.  Daily opening times: 08h00-17h00.  There is a lot to offer in the village including the glorious Maasstrom Farm Garden, the Long Garden, the SA Rosarium, the Upcycled Garden at Eagle Hout and the interactive Caltex Backyard Bio Garden.  The Township Gardens are open on Friday and Saturday as well.  Plants for sale can be found at the gardens, nurseries and in the grounds of The Duke of Bedford Hotel.  

A highlight is the "Under the Oaks" music concert at Cavers on Sunday 20 October, presented by Pam Golding Properties
This year the concert is made up of the St. Andrew's College Pipe Band, Soprano Erin Beck and the Kingswood College Brass Quintet.
Entrance fee is R50 at Cavers gate on arrival from 11h00 onwards.  Includes the garden visit and the concert.  Lunches available.  



For example Camps Bay or Mauritius