Old Swan & Minster Mill
What We Love
- Full English breakfast is included in the rate
- Idyllic setting in a cute Cotswold village surrounded by thatch-roofed cottages
- Tons of original features dating from the 15th century
- Sloe gin, tea, coffee and shortbread cookies provided in the rooms
What To Know
- A car is essential if you want to explore the area. The nearest train station (Charlbury) is seven miles away
- It’s pet-friendly; dogs can be accommodated for an additional $30 per day
- Spa treatments are available, but there are plans for a pool, sauna and steam room in early 2015
- There is a minimum two-night stay policy on a Saturday
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
Surrounded by 60 acres of wildflower meadow, the Old Swan & Minster Mill is a 15th-century coaching inn in the heart of the Cotswolds, a 90-minute drive from London. Clad in traditional honey-hued stone, this idyllic country pad is as cozy as it is characterful. Inside, it’s a warren of creaky-floored nooks and crannies complete with beam ceilings, rugged stone floors and crackling fires. The property is split into two parts: The original inn is home to a pub, restaurant and 16 guestrooms, and the newer Minster Mill contains sleek chalet-style quarters overlooking the babbling river Windrush.
Bed and Bath
In the original chunk of the property, rooms are reached by a wooden spiral staircase and lead off wonky corridors dotted with arty photos. They’re named after local luminaries or previous guests (Richard III, Churchill, Gladstone) and have a homey country house vibe, with thick stone walls, beam ceilings and quirky alcoves. Mighty wooden bed frames are piled high with pillows and burgundy bedspreads, and hot water bottles are tucked under the covers as part of the turn-down service. Writing bureaus are topped with glossy Cotswolds mags, a decanter of sloe gin, tea pots and shortbread cookies, and light-flooded bathrooms are dressed with fresh flowers and stocked with products from the White Company. The 40 chalet-style rooms in the two-tier Minster Mill were added in the 1970s, and all have sleek bathrooms and giant windows overlooking the gardens and river. Some come with private courtyards with firepits.
Grab a board game or a newspaper and sip a pint of real ale by the fire if the weather doesn’t allow you to take advantage of the deck chairs in the garden. Hearty pub grub is served during the day, and souped-up gastro classics are offered in the evening (Oxfordshire farm belly pork with mash and cider jus, Wychwood Forest venison, a mammoth cheese board heaving with hunks from Gloucestershire farms). Breakfast is taken in a wood-paneled room off the bar decorated with gilt-framed oil paintings, tapestries and wrought iron chandeliers, and it showcases an impressive lineup of locavore treats including fresh honeycomb and eggs laid by hens in the garden. The grounds are home to a croquet lawn, tennis courts and a petanque court, and bikes and fishing equipment can be rented from reception.
How to Get There
So I stayed in the cottage with friends and found it to be so stunning. Such beautiful rooms.the beds were very comfortable. As the weather out side wasn't great . Food was delivered from the hotel to the cottage. And what lovely food it was to. The two serviers that deliverd the food were both very help full. Sorry didn't get names.
The only thing I will say is with the road works on a road out side the hotel. Which is a main way to get to hotel. The diversion signes where not great. That may be the hotel could send out warnings to guests in the coming week's. That was quiet miner but maybe something to think about.
All in all it was a wonderful stay.
Our recent stay at the Old Swan Inn (Built c.1445) to celebrate my Wife's 50th Birthday was superb.
We stayed in a Superior Room with Queen size bed, with complimentary tea and coffee. The bathroom toiletries were l'occitane, which is always a good sign in my book! The room was very comfortable, clean and quiet; which is important because I'm a light sleeper. Access to upper floor rooms via narrow twisting stairs added to the historic feel of the place.
The bar area has a roaring open fire with low beams which is very welcoming and atmospheric. Proper British Inn feel.
The staff really paid attention to the detail and made my wife's Birthday feel really special - I was very grateful for this and thank you to all the staff; front of house, housekeeping ( Choc's and note - v.nice touch), Kitchen ( Choc 'Happy Birthday' on desert plate - Lovely surprise), Reception and Bar Staff for making this all happen. Great job!
The Dinner, Bed & Breakfast deal was excellent value for money and the menu is varied and food was of a good quality & quantity.
Next door is Minster Mill, where for a small fee ( pre-booking required) is a Spa where you can enjoy the facilities for 2hrs. Very relaxing, highly recommended
All this in a quitessential village setting with lovely short walks.
We'll definitely be going back...
We visited the Old Swan in August 2016 when it and The Minster Mill were all one establishment. Things have changed in that time but not the standard. The service is still impeccable and the rooms and food are outstanding. We definitely won’t leave it so long next time. Thanks again.