In the perfect village of Swinbrook, The Swan Inn recalls the inimitable Mitford sisters, whose childhood home was here. The property belonged to Debo, who married the Duke of Devonshire. Though she died in 2014, it remains part of the Devonshire trust, and has been run for the past 12 years by the excellent Archie and Nicola Orr-Ewing, who also have the King’s Head Inn at Bledington. The Swan is everything you want from an inn: a charming blend of tradition and quirky contemporary style, plus a dash of history in the form of Mitford memorabilia. Feather-footed bantams wander the garden and, in the bedrooms, Nicola’s divine Bantam body care products, drawn from plants and herbs that thrive in the Cotswolds, make bathing a pleasure. There are 11 calm, personable rooms divided between Old Stables and Riverside Cottage across the road. The food here is highly regarded, with 100 per cent Aberdeen Angus beef from Swinbrook Old Farm, game, smoked products and cheeses all from local suppliers.
Doubles from £130
+44 (0)1993 823339; theswanswinbrook.co.uk
Take in the views across the fields right next to The Swan.
Our Swinbrook Beef which is 100% Aberdeen Angus.
From Swinbrook Old Farm, they provide our delicious beef and lamb.
CLAIM TO FAME
David Cameron famously hosted François Hollande for an Anglo-Franco summit lunch here in 2013.
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