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“The best hotel in The Cotswolds”
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The Swan Hotel
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Bibury
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed January 1, 2011

A truly beautiful hotel set in a fairytale location right on the river . I loved the cotswold stone building. As we walked into the hotel , we knew we had made the right choice. The staff were charming and helpful. The room was so cosy with great attention to detail, including lovely Moulton Brown toiletries.
There were log fires roaring everywhere . We had lunch in the bar which was full of atmosphere .In the evening we dined in the cosy restaurant . The roast lamb was delicious.
A dream trip and we will definitely go back .

  • Stayed: December 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 31, 2010

We have just spent 4 nights at this hotel as a break between Christmas and New Year. After reading some of the TA reports we arrived with some trepidation about what we would find.
What we found was not what we expected. Although in a village in the middle of nowhere the Hotel was wonderful. The staff very accommodating offering lots of information about the Hotel and surrounding areas. It is very well decorated and furnished and the decorations for the Christmas period were very good. ALL of the staff made us very welcome and we would definitely return.

  • Stayed: December 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 6, 2010

We stayed in the'cottage' style accommodation adjacent to the main hotel. There are about 4 cottages, all slightly different. Ours had a tiny front garden, sitting area downstairs with TV and bathroom and upstairs a small double bedroom, shower and loo. It was lovely and warm, despite being freezing outside and was comfortably furnished with tea/coffee, iron, toiletries, magazines etc. We were celebrating a friend's birthday at Barnsley House (lovely) so didn't eat in the hotel except for breakfast which was very pleasant. The main area of the hotel and bar didn't seem quite as pretty as the cottages but still comfortable and the village of Bibury is quaint but perhaps touristy in the summer, I don't know. It's small with a stream running through it. Certainly a good place to stay for exploring this beautiful part of England.

  • Stayed: November 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 14, 2010

My wife and I had a fantastic stay in this hotel. Everything about it was perfect - the setting, our room (Mandarin), the food and the service. It is one of the best hotel's we have stayed in and would definitely come back again. There was a very relaxed atmosphere in the hotel which made it have that home from home feel.

  • Stayed: November 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 16, 2010

Beautiful building in a beautiful village setting, ducks quacking make this a super choice of hotel. Good food and helpful staff.
Stayed three nights and was mostly very pleased with service and food. Breakfast was top notch, great choice and quality. Staff helpful.
Couldn't use my mobile, no signal and then the big shock, to use the hotel wi-fi the cost was £6.99 for 90 minutes. Total rip off.
One night dinner was not good in the bar, very slow because it was busy in the restaurant and my steak was tough. Otherwise all good. I liked the staff and the room was small but all was good quality, great bathroom too.
I loved the sound of the ducks quacking!

  • Stayed: October 2010, traveled solo
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Thank CariadLondon
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Reviewed September 28, 2010

We stayed at the hotel for a mid week break that involved getting engaged! The staff were wonderfully attentive from the first phone call right through to our departure. The room we had was spotless, quiet and comfortable. The housekeeping staff were always on hand if needed and well spoken, polite and friendly. Reception team were wonderfully helpful with local information and the dinner was delicioius, far exceeding our expecations.

Bibury is a very small village, but that in itself is one of the main reasons to go there. To complain about small English villages says more about the other reviewers knowledge of the Cotswolds then anything else!

During our stay we had a wonderful walk to Coln St Aldwyn for lunch one day and also spent much time exploring the surrounding fields. We travelled for the entire trip by public transport and depsite being a little out of the way from main line train connections, we didn't have any problems at all. The local pub in the village is also great for a night in with a locally sourced menu and a great range of drinks.

After our wonderful stay we have had friends also visit the hotel on our reccomendation and have also found it to be a wonderful quiet retreat.

As a final word, I must thank the team at the Swan for the wonderful congratulations on our engagement card that was waiting in our room for us upon our return from dinner. This one simple act to me outlines the friendly attitude and warmth you can expect here!

  • Stayed: April 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 28, 2010

I'm writing this review almost a year after staying at The Swan. I meant to write it ages ago, but the very fact its still annoying me means I now feel compelled to warn people not to stay here. I've stayed in lots of hotels since, both in the UK and abroad, and for half the price of the Swan with far superior accommodation and food. We paid about £275 for one night on a Saturday in November. We paid for a deluxe four poster room, only to be severely disappointed. The room was ok, but certainly not worth the money we were paying. The chandelier was help together with sellotape, broken taps in the bathroom, musty smelling sheets and just generally felt very tired. The biggest problem was the fact the there was a wedding at the hotel which ruined our stay. We were not warned of this prior to booking, and the party completely took over the whole bar so we could not enjoy a drink before dinner. Dinner itself was ok. My fiancee and i are real foodies......DO NOT EXPECT a gastronomic experience here. Its all show and no substance. Bibury is very pretty but can be seen in half a day. My advice, stay elsewhere (somewhere like Bourton-on-the-water - Chester House Hotel) and visit Bibury for a couple of hours. I complained upon check-out and the Swan did knock £90 off our total bill but it was still very over-priced and not worth it. Oh, and did I mention we ordered a turn down service which never happened, and the breakfast in bed was 20 mins late and missing items that we had ordered?! Rant over.

  • Stayed: November 2009, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about The Swan Hotel

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: $152 - $490 (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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The Swan Hotel Bibury, England

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