The Swan Inn – Swinbrook
Situated alongside the attractive Windrush River and very much at the heart of the local village community in Swinbrook, The Swan has a rich history associated with it.
The Inn is owned by the Dowager Duchess of Devonshire’s estate, the last of Mitford sisters, and – along with the neighbouring cottage – forms the residual part of the estate inherited by the family at the beginning of the nineteenth century. Photographs around the pub celebrate the connections to the Mitfords and village life.
Archie and Nicola Orr-Ewing, who were already successfully running The King’s Head Inn at Bledington, took over the The Swan Inn in 2006. They are now responsible for both pubs and are just as hands-on as the excellent bar team, chefs and other staff they employ.
Working closely with the architect appointed by the Dowager Duchess to renovate the impressive Cotswold stone barn, Nicola has stamped her own personality on the styling and interior décor of the accommodation, comprising six beautiful new bedrooms.
Archie, meanwhile, has taken a close interest in the bar and restaurant, ensuring that every visit is truly memorable. The couple are very much a part of life in the pub and make it their job to see that everyone feels at home.
Downton Abbey – The Swan Inn, not only exists in a quintessentially English village (Swinbrook) where the time has stopped still in another era, but is also the set-location for Lady Sybil’s elopement with the family chauffeur, Branson, one of the key and most controversial story-lines of Downton’s Second Season.
A trip to Swinbrook will really bring to life the wonderful world that Downton Abbey re-kindled, the village is magical and extraordinary in many ways and therefore not surprising it was chosen for the series’ most romantic plot.
Sightseeing – The Swan Inn at Swinbrook is situated in the heart of the Cotswolds, on the outskirts of Burford, 19 miles from Oxford and 24 miles from Cheltenham making an ideal base for sightseeing throughout the Cotswolds.
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