Old Swan

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Breakfast included
Free parking
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Overview

Located just 15 miles from Oxford and 11 miles from Blenheim Palace, the Old Swan is nestled in 65 acres of idyllic grounds in the picturesque village of Minster Lovell. This quintessentially English inn seamlessly blends the rural charm of its historic setting with contemporary design, luxurious comfort and delicious menus crafted from the best seasonal produce.

What makes a stay at Old Swan unique?

The Old Swan comprises 15 charming guest rooms and suites epitomising the classic beauty of the rural Inn. Each room is individual in design, seamlessly blending the unique historic features of the building with luxurious comfort. They are also a dog-friendly hotel.

Set in 65 acres of magical gardens, wild-flower meadows, woodland and on the River Windrush, there's plenty to explore and ample places to relax in peace. The vegetable gardens supply the chef with fruit and vegetables and the beehives honey.

This is the perfect place to enjoy a pie and a pint by the fireside, or perhaps an afternoon tea on the terrace in the summer.  The Old Swan's dining rooms and bars are a myriad of smaller heavily beamed, cosy quarters with roaring log fires, rugged flag-stone floors.

What style cuisine is on offer at Old Swan?

The menu is heritage-inspired so you can expect that every plate is crafted with local passion. The menu includes British classics as well as Cotswolds-inspired dishes.

What are the rooms and facilities on offer at Old Swan?

The Old Swan comprises 15 charming guest rooms and suites epitomising the classic beauty of the rural Inn. Each room is individual in design, seamlessly blending the unique historic features of the building with luxurious comfort. Naturally, all come with crisp white linen, plumped up pillows and dreamy beds to guarantee that perfect night's slumber.  

What can guests enjoy when staying in the Oxfordshire area?

Welcome to this very special, wonderfully picturesque region of Oxfordshire, nestled within the Cotswolds. Defined by its rolling hills, or ‘wolds’, this glorious region runs through five counties – Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, Wiltshire and Worcestershire – and offers a host of activities and attractions. In all seasons, too! Explore quintessential villages of honey-coloured stone; take in splendid market towns; visit some of the country’s greatest palaces and country houses; marvel at the natural world at the acclaimed Cotswold Wildlife Park; walk through breath-taking landscapes along historic trails.

Facilities & information

Summary

15th century buildings

Breakfast included

Parking (free)

Historic property

Facilities

Outdoor terrace

Activities, Recreations, Games, Sports

Bars, Cafes & Other

Woodland walks

Wedding Receptions, Civil Licenses

Parking Available

Restaurant

Recreations

Bicycling, Cycling

Croquet

Other Activities (generally outdoor)

Wildlife, bird watching

Gardens

Extra info

Dinner Available:

Arrival information & directions

Address: Minster Lovell, Oxfordshire, Cotswolds, OxfordshireOX29 0RN, United Kingdom

Arrival to The Garden Spa: Upon arrival please park in the Old Swan car park and register for your spa treatment or spa day directly at the Minster Mill, their sister Hotel a stone's throw away. From there you will be greeted by a spa host and escorted to The Garden Spa.

By car: Exit M40 at Junction 8, (coming from the South) and Junction 9, (coming from the North), taking the A40 or A34 respectively towards Oxford. Once on the Oxford ringroad, follow signs for Cheltenham A40. Approximately 14 miles after Oxford take the sliproad signposted to "Carterton, Minster Lovell". Turn right at the junction and travel through Minster Lovell. Turn right at the T-Junction and take the second left following the signs to the Old Swan & Minster Mill. Right over the stone bridge. Old Swan reception is on your left.

By train: The nearest train station is Charlbury which is 7 miles away or Oxford station is 15 miles from the Old Swan. Taxis are available at the station or they can pre-arrange transport for delegates on request.

By air: London Oxford Airport is 18 miles away, Staverton Airport (Cheltenham) is 31 miles away, with Heathrow Airport 60 miles away, Birmingham 75 miles away and Gatwick 95 miles away. Global positioning co-ordinates: – 51°. 48'.00N 1°.32'.23W

By bicycle: Charlbury is the nearest railway station to Minster Lovell, just seven miles away. It perches on the banks of the River Evenlode whereas Minster Lovell is beside the Windrush, so you’ll have to cross from one valley to the next to get there. But it’s an outstandingly pretty ride.

At the end of the station approach road, turn left, over the bridge. Continue up the hill – it’s a long climb, but there’s a bench at the top where you can catch your breath.

Take the first left onto a little country lane. This rollercoaster road is three miles of cycling fun – up and downhill with a new view around every bend. The green signs you’ll see mark the cottages belonging to the Cornbury Park estate.

Look out for the church spire in the distance, which marks the village of Leafield. When you finally emerge into Leafield, turn right, then left immediately after the church. Follow this winding road past cottages and farms until you reach a crossroads. This is the summit of the ride. Enjoy the ride along the hilltop until the glorious descent begins into Minster Lovell.

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