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Old Swan

Minster Lovell Mill Old Minster Lovell Cotswolds, Minster Lovell, Witney OX29 0RN England
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Located just 15 miles from Oxford and 11 miles from Blenheim Palace, 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. The magical gardens, wild flower meadows and woodland which enclose the mill and inn come alive during the summer months – fishing, walking, croquet and tennis are the order of the day while throughout cooler weather roaring log fires provide a welcome retreat.
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Edward S wrote a review Jan 2024
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Our American family booked the Christmas package to celebrate the holiday with my senior citizen parents, 2 college kids, my adult sister and my husband and I. Our group of 7 had 4 rooms in the Old Swan. We were greeted with champagne on arrival in the quaint pub. Our beautiful rooms were clean, comfortable and charming. With the package, we all had a Christmas gift bag awaiting us in each room that had a print of the Old Swan, local chocolates and cookies in an adorable Christmas tin, the local gin drinks, a lovely candle and a live Christmas tree! It was so sweet! The food was incredible! We had the full English breakfast and the 5 course holiday meals were abundant and delicious with champagne at every meal! The live music set the holiday mood and the Christmas crackers were a fun new tradition we learned about! It really gave us a warm traditional English country Christmas! We walked down the road of the picturesque village of Minster Lovell that was out of a story book to the super cool ruins of the old mansion. We came back to the roaring fire in the huge fireplace of the tavern and then went upstairs to our quaint rooms. The staff really went out of their way to cater to our every need including special dietary considerations (one of our party had a gluten allergy and they always made sure to address and accommodate her at every meal). We highly recommend the hotel, food, staff and experience! It couldn't have been better!
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Date of stay: December 2023
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Fiona20145 wrote a review Jan 2024
Cheltenham, United Kingdom4 contributions2 helpful votes
We went to the Old Swan for a Saturday lunch as we were in the area. The pub is clean and warm with log fires. Their pies seemed to be a speciality on the menu so we decided this would be a good filling lunch as we were hungry. After 30 minutes wait we had to chase it up and it arrived 10 minutes later - the pub was not hugely busy so our order must have been overlooked. At first glance the meal was well presented but looked very ‘nouvelle cuisine’. However while obviously home cooked and tasting good- the quantity was very disappointing. Pie was small, one small amount of mash, one carrot cut in half and a little kale. My partner was still hungry afterwards and at £20 for each meal with an additional 10% service charge, we felt this was not good value for a pub lunch - so we would not go back to eat. Such a shame as a nice pub!
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Date of stay: January 2024
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Steve Bull wrote a review Jan 2024
Oxfordshire, United Kingdom1 contribution
We booked for 15 people, with group size we were looked after by the events team. Of course pre-order is better for both family and restaurant with this quantity and Becki supported throughout the process. On the Night Tibby gave the best head waiter service I have seen in UK, with Natasha looking after us with drinks. The result was a very relaxed meal with good food, service and Environment. Would recommend.
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Date of stay: January 2024
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Terry wrote a review Jan 2024
London, United Kingdom9 contributions1 helpful vote
We love this place and always look forward to returning. The pub has a lovely atmosphere with genuinely friendly staff who make you feel at home with their relaxed approach. The rooms are well appointed and be prepared for plenty of squeaky floorboard’s ! One point to note that the stairs from the pub to the room’s are spiral and fairly steep which may not suit anyone with knee/hip issues. The food is nice - maybe a little pricey for some choices - and the breakfast is fantastic. Well worth trying for your next break in the Cotswolds.
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Date of stay: January 2024
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Brian A wrote a review Jan 2024
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What a rip off. £14 for a glass of average wine. Dinner was a joke, menu was pathetic and how do you get a chocolate brownie served cold. Come on!! If we had not paid for 3 nights, would leave tomorrow. Rooms very tired. Not worth a stay. No vibe at all. It’s as though there is no soul to this place. Most disappointed.
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Date of stay: January 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Karen9934 wrote a review Jan 2024
Brighton, United Kingdom13 contributions2 helpful votes
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We stayed here between Xmas and new year last minute for 2 nights as booked Blenheim palace and light trail. due to availability we stayed first night in countryman room which has four poster bed and Lovell with super king on second night. Both rooms were lovely. We ate dinner both nights as food was so good. Didn’t feel the need to look elsewhere. Went over to sister hotel next door for a cocktail before dinner. Breakfast was also lovely. All members of staff were very friendly and always helpful. Would like to give a big shout out to Neve as nothing was too much trouble and to the housekeeper who turned around the bedrooms to a very high standard for us. Would definitely stay again
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Date of stay: December 2023
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littleflo49 wrote a review Dec 2023
Hampshire37 contributions41 helpful votes
The Old Swan is a lovely quaint establishment with so much character! If you like old and traditional this has it in spades! Our superior room was huge with the most comfortable and large bed. We had all the facilities we needed including plenty of wardrobe space, tea and coffee plus lots of lovely toiletries. For Breakfast there was plenty of choice. We had the full English which came quickly and was hot and delicious. We also had lunch there and the food was excellent quality. All the staff we met were so friendly, welcoming and helpful. For those who complain the Old Swan is tired, then book into the local Holiday Inn or Hilton to stay in a standard square box! What makes this hotel special is the character and old charm. Yes, the floors are creaky and wonky, there may be some plaster peeling on the walls and it may be a bit dusty but nothing surprising for a building which is few hundred years old. I’m not sure we would stay again as the room rate was expensive but I would definitely recommend this hotel for the welcome, lovely accommodation and good quality food and drink.
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Date of stay: December 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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The Standard Bearer wrote a review Nov 2023
Wellington, United Kingdom38 contributions28 helpful votes
We’ve stayed here a couple of times as we like the quirky nature of the old pub and the village is so quaint and quintessentially English. We love walking to the old church, dovecote and hall ruins, by the river. On this occasion we were put in a room upstairs in the original old part of the building. When you stay in a room that’s 500 years old you can’t expect modern perfection but the bed was comfy, the shower was excellent and the room was of a very good size. We had a great dinner there too with excellent service. Recommended for those looking for something old and quirky.
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Date of stay: November 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Beverley Molmans, Owner at Old Swan
Responded 26 Nov 2023
Dear Guest Thank you so much for your great feedback and 5 star score, we are so happy you had such a great stay with us and hope you will return very soon Kind regards Vicky and Team
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davedigweed wrote a review Nov 2023
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Stayed the one night but wish it could of been more ! Had a fantastic night and experience at the Old Swan. We were met with a friendly and warm welcome before relaxing in the bar with a few drinks in front of the log fire. The room was spacious and clean and very ''quirky'' with the beams, but had a very comfortable sleep ! Breakfast the next morning was lovely and did the trick after a few drinks the night before, where we had the opportunity to meet some lovely people which made our stay even better.....hope to be back very soon
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Date of stay: November 2023
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Responded 26 Nov 2023
Dear Guest Thank you for your lovely feedback and your 5 star review, the team are so pleased that you felt so looked after. we hope to see you again very soon, and wish you a merry Christmas Regards Team Old Swan
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Lianne M wrote a review Oct 2023
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Me and my husband booked a night here for our 10 year anniversary. Upon arrival we felt the staff were cold and quite miserable sadly. The rooms on the other hand were wonderful and well kept. Brilliant house keeping! The food unfortunately was below average and felt the “no cocktail policy” very lazy to be honest. Would expect a lot more in this department for £200 a night.
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Date of stay: October 2023
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Response from Beverley Molmans, Owner at Old Swan
Responded 3 Nov 2023
Dear Guest Thank you for your feedback, it is sad to read that you felt this way following your visit with us at the the Old Swan. we do hope you will give us another try and allow us to show you what a great team we are. Kind regards Vicky
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£124 - £200 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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old swan & minster mill hotel witney, old swan and minster mill
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United KingdomEnglandOxfordshireWitneyMinster Lovell
NUMBER OF ROOMS
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Frequently Asked Questions about Old Swan
Which popular attractions are close to Old Swan?
Nearby attractions include Crocodiles of the World (2.4 miles), Minster Lovell Hall & Dovecote (0.4 miles), and St John the Baptist (4.1 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Old Swan?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and a fitness centre.
What food & drink options are available at Old Swan?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Old Swan?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Old Swan?
Conveniently located restaurants include Bird in Hand, The Lamb Inn, and The Plough Inn.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Old Swan?
Yes, guests have access to a fitness centre and a heated pool during their stay.
Is Old Swan located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.5 miles away from the centre of Minster Lovell.
Are pets allowed at Old Swan?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Does Old Swan offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers meeting rooms, a banquet room, and conference facilities.
Are there any historical sites close to Old Swan?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Minster Lovell Hall & Dovecote (0.4 miles), St John the Baptist (4.1 miles), and St Mary’s Church (2.7 miles).
Does Old Swan have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the park view available here.