The Swan – Ascott-under-Wychwood, Oxfordshire
This 16th-century timbered inn with inglenook fireplaces, reclaimed wooden floors and a large central bar, re-opened in 2019 as part of Sam and Georgie Pearman’s Country Creatures collection (the newest addition to the group is The Double Red Duke). You’ll find eight dashingly pretty bedrooms and a family cottage, all balancing comfort and luxury in equal measure, with antique and modern art pieces, natural linens, velvets and printed fabrics, and 100 Acres Apothecary products in the bathrooms. In the charming dining room, exposed timber, Cotswold stone, striking Lewis & Wood wallpaper and art by Keith Tyson create an intimate setting, while the garden terrace has firepits and painted wooden planters. Expect the best of British and European produce from head chef Dan Smith. Tuck into barbecued native prawns with Chipping Norton ’nduja and garlic butter, followed by lamb rump from butcher Walter Rose, and then a selection of local cheeses. Breakfast is a delight, with carve-yourself ham, cheese, fresh loaves and fruit compotes laid out on the central bar to help yourself to.
Doubles from £100
+ 44 (0)1993 832332; countrycreatures.com