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The postcard-perfect village of Minster Lovell in the Cotswolds hides this beautiful traditional boutique hotel, the Old Swan & Minster Mill. Comprised of adjoining sister properties, The Old Swan dates back 600 years and epitomises a traditional countryside inn, whilst the Minster Mill boasts more contemporary décor.
Surrounded by a whopping 65 acres of manicured gardens, the hotel is backed by the River Windrush, making for some truly romantic country strolls. The romance doesn’t end when you step through the hotel’s charming narrow entrance either; interiors are quaint and traditional, with antique pieces, tartan fabrics and a broody restaurant complete with exposed brick walls and beamed ceilings.
Travelling with a four-legged pal? The hotel welcomes dogs and provides them with their own bed, bowl and treats (extra charge applies). It’s worth noting that not all rooms can accommodate pets, so check before booking.
The Old Swan & Minster Mill’s gastro-pub restaurant serves a gourmet menu filled with traditional pub classics. Dishes are created using locally-sourced, seasonal ingredients, which vegetables, eggs and honey coming right from the hotel’s own gardens, hens and bee hives.
For those who’re partial to a slice of cake (or three!), the restaurant serves an indulgent afternoon tea with all the trimmings - you can even enjoy it with champagne.
A great breakfast is served in the mornings, providing ample fuel for a day of hiking or exploring (extra charge applies).
Accommodation is split between the luxurious, traditional Old Swan and the more contemporary Minster Mill. The Old Swan's rooms are all different from the last, boasting anything from tartan fabrics and antique furnishings to beamed ceilings. The Minster Mill rooms have a more contemporary style, featuring more modern décor whilst retaining the hotel’s quaint country charm. If you’re lucky you may bag a room with a view out over the gardens or river. Dogs are allowed in some rooms - please notify the hotel before arrival.
Nestled within the hotel’s sweeping grounds is The Garden Spa, which comes complete with a heated indoor pool, rock sauna and aroma steam room. There are also a range of massages and treatments to choose from, whether you’re planning on a relaxation-packed spa day or a quick treatment before your day’s adventures.
With the meandering trails and picturesque scenery of the Cotswolds on your doorstep, long hikes and countryside jaunts are certainly a must during your stay. There are also plenty of places to visit within a short drive of the Old Swan & Minster Mill, including Blenheim Palace, Birdland Park and Gardens, and the Bourton Model Railway Exhibition.
If you're arranging a special occasion, Minster Mill is the perfect setting; set alongside the babbling waters of the River Windrush it is perfect for a spring birthday celebration, wedding party or family get-together. The Lovell Room with its gorgeous cathedral-style ceiling is a great place for a fireside gathering and parties can be hosted in the big dining room or out in the gardens.
How to get there
Chipping Norton Charlbury train station is a 15-minute drive from the hotel (13km)
Combe train station is a 20-minute drive from the hotel (13km)
London Oxford Airport is a 30-minute drive from the hotel (20km)
Heathrow Airport is a 1 hour 10-minute drive from the hotel (95km)
London Luton Airport is a 1 hour 45-minute drive from the hotel (130km)