The Old Swan & Minster Mill
Tucked away in the most romantic and historic corner of the Cotswolds, the Old Swan and Minster Mill have been respectfully restored and is one of the finest places to stay in the Cotwolds.
Arriving at the historic Old Swan and Minster Mill, it is hard to imagine a more bucolic and magical location for your wedding venue in the Cotswolds.
The village has a timeless air untouched by modern-day living. Golden thatched cottages with picture-book gardens line the main thoroughfare to the church. Weeping willows frame your views.
New for April 2012 with be the magnificent Great Hall. With dual-aspect views directly down the River Windrush, the Great Hall is surrounded by 65 acres of striking gardens, including the scented rose-garden and dramatic weeping willows gracing the manicured lawns and river terraces.
The Great Hall with its cathedral-style beamed ceilings and grand inglenook fireplace, has been designed to blend into the surroundings of the warm honey-toned Cotswold stone. The Great Hall is a short stroll from the Garden temple which is licensed for ceremonies, followed by a full reception and area for drinks, dining and dancing over the glass-based dance floor over the river for up to 120 guests.
- Offering both traditional and luxurious accommodation in the Old Swan
- With 40 modern bedrooms, designed in an eco-friendly,
country-contemporary style in the Minster Mill
- Due to open in 2011 – Windrush Spa – indoor/outdoor pool, sauna,
steam, full range of specialist treatments.
The Old Swan & Minster Mill is the perfect location for a pre-wedding break. Whether it’s just you and your Fiancée or with the most important members of your wedding party, you will all feel totally relaxed and revitalised after a night or weekend at The Old Swan, ready for the forth-coming wedding. The inn is set in 65 acres of beautiful gardens and the River Windrush runs alongside it.
Only 90 minutes from London and Birmingham and close to Oxford, the Old Swan is a perfect get away for anyone looking for the country life. It is also easily accessible by Train.
Whether you are staying in the Old Swan or the Minister Mill, the bedrooms have all been restored to a very high standard. We stayed in one of the Old Swan rooms, which have all kept their original charm, and character and ours had a four-poster bed, which was luxurious. The Minister Mill rooms have a more contemporary feel and most of them offer beautiful views over the river and gardens. Some of these rooms also have a fire pit on the veranda, what a romantic way to spend an evening cuddle up under a blanket with your loved one!
Dinner was exquisite and there was a real emphasis on fresh, homegrown and locally produced ingredients. The hotel actually has it’s own vegetable and herb gardens. There is also an extensive wine list and a good selection of local Ales. The staff couldn’t have been more helpful and were very knowledgeable about both the food and drinks that were on offer.
There are plenty of walks around the area and the hotel provides a small booklet listing them. We walked along the river to the small village of Swinbrook, which was very picturesque. The hotel also has a Spa, which offers a wide range of treatments and is being expanded this year to include a swimming pool, sauna and steam room.
A bit further afield there are also places to visit like Burford and Blenheim Palace but with everything that The Old Swan & Minster Mill has to offer, why would you want to leave?!