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Old Swan & Minster Mill
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Old Minster, Minster Lovell, Witney OX29 0RN, England   |  
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Kenilworth, United Kingdom
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“Blissfull!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

The Hotel and grounds are amazing and this was November so I can't wait to revisit in early summer hopefully - if not before!

The beds are huge and really comfortable, the rooms are cosy with everything you could want for a perfect stay.

Our room was right on the banks of the Windrush River and the patio area was complete with a fire bowl for toasting marsh mallows - bliss.

The staff are very professional but friendly and nothing was too much trouble.

The food was delicious both in the evening and at breakfast time when the choices were extensive, I don't think you would be disappointed!

Altogether a wonderful birthday surprise for me! It couldn't have been better!

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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London
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

staryed for 1 night at the end of October. Staff are lovely and helpful and the location is just stunning. The rooms themselves are set over a wide area; I had a river room which was cosy (small) but very quiet and came with marshmallows to toast over the fire on the private patio looking over the river. I'd stay again, but would prefer a room in the Old Swan which are bigger and have the old charm missing in the more modern rooms in the Minster mill.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2012

Property was comfortable and everything was nicely cleaned. Staff very friendly and setting quiet and charming. However, the rooms were incredibly small and poorly laid out. Reaching the electrical outlets required crawling on the floor and reaching blindly behind furniture - unsafe and unacceptable. Small bathroom meant that exiting from the tub was fraught with danger, resulting in bruised knee from hitting vanity top. Would benefit from built in furniture that would increase available space in small footprint.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Adrienne538, Manager at Old Swan & Minster Mill, responded to this review, November 26, 2012
Dear Guest
Whilst we are grateful for your feedback we are of course disappointed that you felt your room small and badly planned. Our smallest rooms “Cosy” offer more or less every amenity of the larger rooms and at a fraction of the cost. We think offer great value for money. There is no reason at all for you to have to scramble around looking behind furniture for electrical sockets as there is a bank of sockets by the desk. I have asked the housekeeper to double-check all rooms to make sure this is the case. Occasionally, guests accidently take these or other room items with them when they’re leaving but our housekeeping staff should replace any missing amenity straight away. I do wish you’d let us know about the problems whilst you were with us as we could easily have offered you a choice of rooms or sorted out the problem with the plug socket. I do hope you will return and let us know so we can show you a selection of our larger rooms for your stay. We do aim for everyone to enjoy their visit so please accept our apologies that you didn’t on this occasion.
Best wishes
Ian Solkin
General Manager
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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2012

Wow. My partner,me and our doggy stayed at this hotel a couple of weeks ago for some rest and relaxation after an illness.

We couldn't have chosen somewhere more perfect. From the moment we turned up we were treated amazingly, and nothing was to much trouble for us and our dog. It was firework weekend and a number of staff made a point of telling us when the fireworks were going off, so as not to upset our dog. It's these little touches that make this a stand out place to stay, and its normally very difficult to impress me like this.

We stayed in a riverside room, with the River Windrush flowing right outside our patio door. With a fire pit and logs on the patio, we sat every night watching the river, with a roaring fire, roasting complementary marshmallows and sipping complementary Sloe Gin. Mmmmmmmm.

An amazing breakfast the next day, and then it was off for a recommended walk with the dog around beautiful countryside with not a soul in sight. The hotel gave us a proper picnic each day for lunch (enough to feed four!!!), and it was back to the hotel for some chilling out before going back to the pub for dinner!!!!

And for dog lovers out there, our dog was welcomed, fussed, and patted everywhere we went.

We booked through 'Chien Bleu', who recommend dog friendly hotels, and was not disappointed.

Even dog-free, this would be an amazing place to stay and we are definitely coming back next year.

Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2012

We stayed for two nights here and did not want to leave! The setting was absolutely beautiful and the hotel had a warm and friendly atmosphere.

We stayed in one of the old rooms "Early" ad featured on the website with the original beams. It was even more amazing in real life! And the extra touches -including complimentary sloe gin in the room, made our stay real special. We had massaged in the spa - head, neck and back - which are also thoroughly recommended. They also included guides in the room as to walks I'm the area which were well thought out and easy to follow.

Overall a fantastic weekend of gorgeous countryside, food and wine! Looking forward to coming back when the indoor and outdoor pools are built!

Charlotte and Gareth

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Staffordshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012

We had booked a cosy room and were upgraded to a garden view room. The location is absolutely full of character. The open fires and comfortable chairs lent a cosy feel to the reception and the snug in the pub. This was a bit of a treat to ourselves, so certainly not at the budget end of the market, but we would certainly look to stay there again if we wanted some peace and quiet. Can imagine it would be a lovely place to go walking, our dog (and it is dog friendly although we didn't take him on this ocassion) would have been in his absolute element!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

We stayed in the hotel for 12 days for a late long overdue holiday & it was everything we hoped for. The hotel manages to find the perfect balance between traditional & contemporary. Beautiful traditional cotswold buildings by a river surrounded by amazing grounds with modcom facilities. The accommodation made us feel like a home away from home- large comfortable bed, big walk-in shower, small library, DVDs, wood log burner on the balcony. The food in the restaurant was tasty & nicely presented. But above all the excellent staff & their customer service skills made our stay memurable.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Old Minster, Minster Lovell, Witney OX29 0RN, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > Oxfordshire > Witney > Minster Lovell
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Spa Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Minster Lovell
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Old Swan & Minster Mill 5*
Number of rooms: 60
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
An historic Cotswold inn and boutique hotel,the Old Swan & Minster Mill is privately owned by the de Savary Family. Set is the picturesque village of Old Minster alongside the River Windrush, the 16 bedroom inn is stunningly romantic. A further 44 contemporary guest rooms are available in Minster Mill. Dining in the 600 year old inn feels like stepping back in time with stone floors, beamed ceilings, roaring log fires and delicious gastro-pub food based on fresh, local, seasonal ingredients with a modern twist.Over 65 acres of gardens and fly-fishing on over a mile of the River Windrush ensure a tranquil and pituresque setting. Children have a wealth of activities and there is a tennis court, badminton, croquet, petanque and spa treatments available. Located between the medieval market town of Burford and Witney, a short drive from Blenheim Palace and Bicester Designer Shopping Village. Oxford is 20 minutes drive. Nearest train station Charlbury is 15 minutes by taxi. ... more   less 
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Old Swan & Minster Mill Hotel Witney
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