The Swan

Burford, Oxfordshire
+44 (0)1993 823339
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£130 - £210
per night

The sort of inn we all love - open fires, original beams, ancient flags, tasty food, with lovely bedrooms thrown in for good measure


11 rooms


Rooms sleep 2

Children welcome

£130 - £210 per night

The Experience

Free-range bantams strut in the garden, a pint of Hooky waits at the bar. This lovely old pub sits on the river Windrush with the village cricket pitch waiting beyond. It started life as a water mill and stands on the Devonshire estate, hence the pictures of the Mitford sisters that hang on the walls. Outside, wisteria wanders across golden stone and creepers blush red in the autumn sun. Interiors hit the spot: low ceilings, open fires, beautiful windows, stone walls. Over the years thirsty feet on their way to the bar have worn grooves into ancient flagstones (including those of prime ministers and French presidents). As for the food, seasonal menus brim with local produce, offering delicious delights, perhaps game terrine with pear chutney, roast partridge with a red wine jus, rhubarb and apple crumble. Bedrooms in the old forge have 15th-century walls and 21st-century interior design; those in the cottage across the lane are yards from the river. Expect crisp linen, comfy beds, warm colours and good art. Several have claw-foot baths, one has a pink chaise longue. Burford is close.


  • EV charger
  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Tennis court
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Fire guard
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming



Nightly price
from £130
Singles £95-£100.
5 Twin/doubles
4 Doubles
From £130
1 Twin
1 Suite for 2


Booking information

Other details
Minimum stay: 2 nights at weekends.
Christmas Day & Boxing Day.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Lunch from £5. Dinner, 3 courses, about £30. Sunday lunch from £16.


A lovely location on the banks of the Swinbrook river and a beautiful spot to escape to. Everything was comfortable and immaculate; we had a wonderful sleep on our super comfy bed. Friendly helpful staff and very good pub food as well as good wine. The cheeseburger and the steak and onion pie were the best I remember having anywhere. Great value for money, we can't wait to return.

Penny, Naxxar, in Malta.

We stayed in the beautifully refurbished cottage overlooking the river and fields. Very comfortable and peaceful. We ate in the pub - excellent dinner both nights, with varied menus. Also very good breakfast, joined by chickens from the garden


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Steve Cook

  • Beautiful walks around Swinbrook and Witney Lake & Meadow.
  • Charleston House, possiblly the finest Jacobean country house in Britain. Blenheim Palace is only a 25 minute drive.
  • Batsford Arboretum, with its excellent botanical garden and falconry displays. Visit the gardens at Hidcote, Cotswold wildlife park, or go on the Wychwood Brewery Tour.
  • Hire a bike for the day or try on of four local golf courses - Burford, Naunton Downs, Chipping Norton and Wychwood.
  • We're 17 miles from Oxford, 24 miles from Cheltenham, and close to the picturesque Cotswold villages of Chipping Campden, The Slaughters, Bourton-on-the-Water, Stow-on-the-Wold & Bibury.
  • Visit Bicester Village for a bit of retail therapy! Go to Burford for antiques or Dayleford for its renowned farm shop and spa.