Oxfordshire, United Kingdom

The Swan

Rates per night from$87.56

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (GBP66.67), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Fine feathered friend

Setting

Cosy Cotswolds pub

Craving a spot of English countryside? Flock to boutique hotel The Swan – a revamped 16th-century pub-with-rooms with a charmingly stone-stacked exterior and an interior that mixes modern prints with exposed beams and original fireplaces. The leafy-green bar has  Aperol spritzes and espresso martinis on tap, alongside homegrown lagers and cask ales. The feather in its cap? A modern pub restaurant that dishes out fresh, locally sourced takes on British favourites – from full English breakfasts to leisurely Sunday roasts and everything in between. We’ll toast to that.

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

Eight.

Check–Out

11am, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $87.56 (£67), excluding tax at 20 per cent.

More details

Rates usually include a Continental breakfast of muesli, fresh fruits, cured meats, cheeses, a variety of juices, coffee and tea.

At the hotel

Free WiFi throughout. In rooms: free bottled water, tea- and coffee-making facilities, a Roberts DAB Radio and 100 Acres bath products.

Our favourite rooms

Holiday not complete without a luxurious soak? Room 6 is tucked away in the eaves and has a freestanding bath tub.

Packing tips

Bring your boots for afternoon rambles in the countryside, cosy jumpers for cockle-warming evenings in the pub and a novel your English literature teacher would either heartily approve of or be entirely scandalised by.

Also

There are no wheelchair-accessible rooms in this historic inn.

Pet‐friendly

For £25 a stay your canine companion can tag along; dogs are welcome in two room types, so check availability when booking. See more pet-friendly hotels in Oxfordshire.

Children

Welcome. Buggies won’t fit well in the restaurant, but highchairs are available and there’s a child-friendly menu. Cots (free for tots under two) can be added on request. An extra bed for under-12s (£30 a night) can be added to Double Rooms.

Food and Drink

Photos The Swan food and drink

Top Table

In colder months, the corner banquette is the cosiest table for two. Sunny out? Make a beeline for a table by the orangery windows.

Dress Code

Cashmere and suede.

Hotel restaurant

Helmed by chef Adam Abbott – previously of the Wild Rabbit – the Swan dishes out modern British fare. Start with nibbles of soy-and-apple-glazed mackerel or mucky toast sprinkled with Maldon salt, then settle in for mains of whole sea bream with roasted red peppers, garlicky rib-eye steaks or veggie-laden hot-smoked-salmon bowls. Decision fatigue? No bother – the Swan’s sharing plates mean you can try a bit of everything that catches your fancy, from shallot tarts to mutton scrumpets, and chorizo popcorn to truffled-egg toast. For breakfast, choose from duck-egg and smoked-salmon scramble, Cotswold-honey-topped porridge or French toast with smoked bacon and apple syrup. There are also eggs-many-ways, a locally sourced full English option, rich coffees, freshly pressed juices and piping hot teas.

Hotel bar

Like the restaurant, the pub has an eclectic mix of furniture, including high bar tables and snug fireside seats; there’s also alfresco seating, a firepit and a wisteria-covered pergola in the garden. Espresso martinis and Aperol spritzes are served on tap alongside local lagers and cask ales, a heady selection of wines and all manner of cockle-warming whiskies and the like to sip after bracing countryside walks. 

Last orders

The Swan pub is open daily from 7.30am to 11pm.

Location

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Address
The Swan
4 Shipton Rd
Chipping Norton
OX76AY
United Kingdom

The Swan is in the small Cotswolds village of Ascott-under-Wychwood, just south of Chipping Norton.

Planes

Birmingham International airport is an hour away by car; from London Heathrow, it’s an hour and 40 minutes by car.

Trains

Great Western Rail services from London (90 minutes from Paddington station), Reading, Oxford and Worcester pull into Charlbury station, a 10-minute drive from the hotel.

Automobiles

It’s handy to have a car for exploring the Cotswolds; there’s free on-site parking at the hotel.

Worth getting out of bed for

With a pub just steps from your bed and rolling acres of English countryside around you, we feel certain you’ll be able to keep yourself entertained (and well-lubricated). Work up a thirst with a scenic stroll in the countryside or go for a bracing wild dip in the River Windrush; follow the footpath from St Oswald’s Church towards Burford and pick a spot to swim.

Have a leisurely afternoon cake break and stock up on organic goodies – including Oxfordshire honey, sticky toffee puddings and boules of beetroot sourdough – at the Daylesford Farmshop & Café near Kingham.

 

Local restaurants

Tuck into brunch at The Wychwood Pantry (Wychwood, Milton-under-Wychwood, Chipping Norton OX7 6GF) with a hearty full English or home-made cakes and pastries. The Upton Firehouse cooks up buffet-style barbecues most days – expect smoked ribs, honey-roasted ham, Cumberland sausages, harissa squash and charred aubergine. Wednesdays are for pizzas; a weekly changing menu of woodfired classics are available from 4pm to 9pm. For an on-trend take on the classic Sunday pub lunch, snag a table at The Chequers in Churchill and feast on spicy nduja-topped eggs, rabbit and pork terrine, bruschetta with burrata and wild-garlic pesto, poached brill and roast Kelmscott pork. The Wild Rabbit in Kingham sources all its organic fruits and vegetables from neighbouring Daylesford farm and looks to other local providers for its grass-fed beef, game and other ingredients. The menu changes seasonally and often includes the likes of cured Loch Duart salmon, market squash risotto and Newlyn line-caught bass. Celebrating something? Splash out on the tasting menu (with wine pairings, naturally) – artichoke velouté with Scottish scallops, Daylesford cheddar and onion tartlets, Cornish cod and Wootton Estate venison. For dessert, there’s Valrhona chocolate délice, apple tartlet and more Daylesford cheese. 

Reviews

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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this boutique pub hotel in Chipping Norton and unpacked their wellies and worn-soft woollen jumpers, a full account of their English countryside break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside The Swan in Oxfordshire…

Migrate your way over to 16th-century inn The Swan – a honey-stoned Cotswolds bolthole with a conveniently-close-to-your-bed gastro pub. A modern beautification project kept the cosy stay’s postcard-pretty historic features – a stacked stone exterior, duck-egg-blue window sills and classically low exposed wooden beams – and added bold Morrison wallpaper, soak-worthy freestanding bath tubs and soft-as-a-cygnet beds in each of the eight guestrooms – it’s no ugly duckling. Settle into your room then take a bracing countryside stroll to work up an appetite – trust us, you’ll want a big one – for a leisurely dinner of modern British fare and drinks late into the evening…

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