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The Swan Hotel
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Bibury
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed July 23, 2009

We approached Bibury across country and were almost run off the road by an enormous lorry as we drove down a delightful county lane. I would advise arriving via Cirencester. Feeling a bit cross and hot under the collar when we reached the hotel any anti feelings were soon disipated by the warmth of the welcome and the lovely setting in which the hotel sits. We stayed in "Dragonfly", one of the larger rooms with a four poster bed - super room but the bathroom was something really special. A jackuzzi bath big enough for two, a proper shower in its own cubicle and two handbasins that were big enough to bath the kids!

The staff are helpful, efficient and friendly (also understanding when yours truly enjoyed a little more champagne than was sensible for an old geezer). The food is outstanding and, for the quality, very reasonably priced - 3 courses for £32.50 with a discount if you book in advance on the net.

Bibury itself is beautiful and this hotel is recommended for a romantic break. We intend to return before the weather turns in the autumn.

  • Stayed: July 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 23, 2009

Paid £180 for a 4 poster room with jacuzzi and got dinner included. I've had some nice meals in my time, but this place is really top notch. It was very quiet when we were there (1 other couple dining) and i guess as they are geared up for summer tourists, we get the benefit of a full time michelin starred chef cooking exclusively for us! Cant be bad!
I love this place and would thoroughly recommend it!

  • Stayed: October 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 22, 2009

My husband and I booked a 2 night stay here to celebrate my 40th birthday, on the Summer Daze package, and overall absolutely loved it!! We had a glass of Champagne and bowl of strawberries on arrival followed by a cream tea. Also included was evening meal, full english breakfast and accomodation. We upgraded our room to overlook the river and courtyard. We had the Mandarin room (no.3) - beautifully decorated with a chinese theme. It has a kingsize bed (well 2 singles pushed together) and had everything you could possibly want including Moulton Brown toiletries in the bathroom. The evening meal, in The Gallery Restaurant, was absolutely fabulous, on both nights. We did notice however, that there are 2 menus available. The 'red' menu (restaurant menu) allowed you to eat in the restaurant but if you chose from the 'white' menu (Cafe Swan Menu) you had to eat in the bar. We personally didn't have a problem with this as we chose from the restaurant menu on both nights, but we did see a couple who had booked an evening meal in the restaurant but were not allowed to eat there as they chose food off the 'white' menu (they were not told this until they were brought their wine and cuttlery to their table in the bar!) Our main criticism would be that the drinks are very expensive (£10.00 for 2 gin & tonics and it wasn't even Gordons gin!) Overall though, we had a wonderful time and would definately return, maybe on a different package.

  • Stayed: July 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 11, 2009

We based ourselves here for 4 days to explore the Cotswolds. In terms of location it's ideal - we easily managed a day trip to Bath, as well as visiting many other villages and towns within easy reach by car (the Slaughters were a particular highlight). Bibury is a delightful place, and the hotel is right in the centre of it. Our room, on the first floor, was spacious, comfortable and beautifully decorated. It looked out over the gardens and stream - a very idyllic setting. The breakfasts were bountiful, but I guess my only criticism would be that it closes too early (9.30am I think?). Both the exterior and interior of the hotel are charming, and the staff are very professional and welcoming. While Bibury is tiny, you can easily spend a couple of hours wandering around - there's the famous Arlington Row, a beautiful old church, an antiques shop, a trout farm (also sells newspapers, snacks, ice-creams etc as well as souvenirs) and a pub. The swans and ducks are friendly and, being there in Spring, we were treated to many beautiful flowers and blossoms. A wonderfully peaceful location to relax and re-charge - this place is good for the soul.

Stayed: May 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 30, 2009

We have now stayed at 3 of the 6 Cotswold Inns, and this was probably the best so far. The location is simply idyllic - I didn't actually think places like this exsisted anymore. The surrounding village is small, based around the young river, and is evidently ancient and lovely. We could wander around all day.

The hotel itself is very well appointed - including the section of river in the possession of the hotel which babbles happily in the air. We stayed on the hotel's spring offer, which included the room, afternoon tea and a three course dinner, and was, I have to say, a cracking deal. Our room was very nice; evidently recently refurb'd, both the bedroom and the bathroom were incredibly comfortable and we instantly felt at home. It is becoming genuinely rare to stay somewhere relatively quiet, but in truth the only noise was that of birds (I know this is a bit trite, but true!).

Dinner was excellent, with attentive and well-trained staff who knew the menu and bar inside out. It is also nice to go to a relatively fine-dining establishment and still feel full at the end!

I only have 2 gripes about this place. 1 - the extortionate cost of the wine (a large glass of semillion costing £6.10) and 2 - the breakfast bar was not as full and varied at those in other of this hotel group. However, I have no qualms in rating this as a fill 5, and would reccommend it to anyone I see!

  • Stayed: May 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 19, 2009

We had lunch at the Swan on a Sunday. The soup was at best average. My husband's trout was overcooked and the potatoes looked as though they had been heated up when required instead of being cooked fresh. With a trout farm up the road and trout throughout the menu, you would expect the fish to be cooked correctly. It was sent back and was better on the second attempt. The wraps are very expensive for what you receive. Paying £8.50 my expectations were by no means met. My roasted vegetable with goats cheese wrap consisted mainly of goats cheese with a few onions, peppers and a couple of courcette slices. The wine was good and the environment was lovely, but unfortunately the whole experience was spoilt by the food.

  • Stayed: May 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 19, 2009

This was our first visit to Bibury and we thought it was a charming village and were very impressed with this hotel. It's a beautiful building and, following a warm welcome at reception, we were upgraded to the Kingfisher suite which was so tastefully decorated and had a gorgeous spacious bathroom with victorian rolltop bath. We had a lovely view of the bridge, river and the hotel gardens from the room, it really is a charming setting. We got a fantastic deal from the website which included a 3 course sunday meal, glass of wine and b&b, and I have to say the food was superb, as was the service. We were lucky enough to have great weather during our stay which meant we could enjoy a leisurely drink in the courtyard just off the bar, it was a perfect way to spend a sunday afternoon. Great food, great service and great accommodation - I would highly recommend this hotel to anyone looking for a relaxing stay in one of the prettiest villages in the cotswolds.

  • Stayed: April 2009, traveled as a couple
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Address: 4425 On the B, Bibury GL7 5NW, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Cotswolds > Bibury
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Bibury
Price Range: $188 - $464 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The Swan Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 23
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in the heart of Bibury, often known as the prettiest village in England; the dog-friendly Swan Hotel has 22 bedrooms, including 4 stunning cottage suites, a lively bar, cosy writing room and stylish Brasserie. The hotel is ideally located for exploring not only Bibury but surrounding countryside too. ... more   less 
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