The Old Swan

Sherston, Wiltshire
+44 (0)7926 810446
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Wonky floors and handmade beds in a restored coaching inn for 4, 6 or 8 - sociable evenings round the farmhouse table, walks from the door


6 beds


4 bedrooms


Sleeps 8

Children welcome
Pets welcome

The Experience

The house has all the quirks of a Grade II* listed building – ancient beams and mullioned windows – and it’s smack in the middle of a charming Cotswolds village. Sunny mornings are for coffee in the courtyard and wandering round Sherston’s quaint streets. Plan a countryside walk with the inn’s maps, stroll through the Arboretum, or visit pretty Tetbury – its boutiques and antiques are a 15-minute drive.

Owner Rupert is based in London so local Chris will leave breakfast things in the fridge, as well as logs, kindling and flowers. The kitchen is well-equipped with Le Creuset pans and all you need for cooking for a group, the larder has a good stash of essentials and the village shop is just across the road.

Stop by for an afternoon ale at the fantastic Rattlebone pub and pick up a bottle for dinner from Sherston Wine or Balcony House Cellars on your way home – or drive 30 minutes to Bath or Bristol for the evening.

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We think you'll love

  • Planning a day walking in the map room
  • Rolling home after dinner and drinks at The Rattlebone
  • Sleeping like a baby on the rather special handmade beds and mattresses
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You should know

  • The outside space is cute and bijou rather than rambling
  • It’s not set up for those with limited mobility
  • The top two bedrooms share a bathroom


  • EV charger
  • Self check-in
  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • 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

& pricing

Booking information

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Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 3 nights.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.


Nightly price
from £143
Weekly price
from £675
Damage deposit
1 House for 8
From £1436 beds4 bedrooms


We had a lovely long weekend at Old Swan with my sister and enjoyed several local eateries - we meet her for a gourmet weekend every year. The cottage is a beautiful property and superbly equipped. We really enjoyed our stay, thank you so much.

Gillian, Wiltshire

Very clean well equipped cottage. Rupert provided everything in abundance. Kitchen had everything we needed. There were many places to walk to and the scenery was amazing. The Indian restaurant nearby had many tasty dishes. We also went for a meal to Whatley manor which was very nice.

Farshid, Manchester

Lovely well equipped house. A convenient and well stocked co-op/post office across the road and the very welcoming (and welcome !!) Rattlebone Inn a few minutes walk away. We wouldn't hesitate to return.

John, HOOK

This was one of the best holidays that my friends and I have been on, and we have been on a few. Extremely well equipped and comfortable cottage in a wonderful location. Village walks were perfect to start and end each day, and we found many dog friendly things to do each day within a short drive of the cottage. Would thoroughly recommend this cottage to family and friends.

Sharon, Hertford

Hi Rupert - I just wanted to say it was a real treat staying at your house. Us poor things living in Chelsea have to get out into the countryside quite often and so frequently book cottages through Sawdays! Without question yours has been the best because of your hospitality: not for you half a loo roll, 2 dishwasher tabs, a hastily made cake to make up for a lack of generosity elsewhere. The abundant fruit, fresh cut flowers and a pantry well stocked with staples (not that we did much cooking with all the pub/restaurant choices you gave) made it a real pleasure. Thank you.

sara, london

A very comfortable base, in a grade II* former C16th coaching inn, smack back in the middle of a thriving Cotswold village, with everything on your doorstep. What's not to love?

Becky, Sawday's inspector

A wonderful cottage in a brilliant location, the owner (Rupert) has worked hard to ensure that there's plenty of information about what to do locally and there's a very good supply of local maps to help find a walk that will suit all ages and abilities.

Chris, Cambridge

Gorgeous house in a wonderful village. Everything was really convenient and easy. Very comfortable stay.


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The neighbourhood

The old coaching inn has a rich past including housing Italian POWs in WW2 and then being a Lloyds bank - Rupert lovingly took it on and updated the inside a year ago. Castle Combe, Bath and Bristol are all within striking distance, Malmesbury with its historic Abbey is just five miles away and Highgrove Royal Gardens are a 10 minute drive. The Cotswolds is teeming with golf clubs, and there’s polo at Cirencester.

Local points of interest from Rupert Lang

  • Westonbirt Arboretum is less than a 10 minute drive or decent walk from the cottage. It is one of the finest tree collections in the world spread over approximately 600 acres, the arboretum is a fantastic day out for the entire family.
  • The historic market town of Tetbury is a perfect place to spend an afternoon. Famous for its extensive range of antique shops, now boasting a wealth of stylish boutiques, charming cafes and the ever popular Highgrove shop.
  • Malmesbury is a pretty hilltop market town steeped in history and offers visitors over 400 listed buildings, a 15th century Market Cross, a ruined 7th century Benedictine abbey and many independent shops, cafes and traditional pubs.
  • As Highgrove is just over 10 minutes from the property, we are the perfect place to stay if you wish to enjoy the Royal gardens. Having taken over 35 years in the making they are now considered some of the most creative and inspiring in the UK.
  • Situated within 30 minutes of Bath, Bristol, Cheltenham and a whole host of beautiful Cotswold towns and villages. The Old Swan has great links to the M4 and M5, making getting to and exploring from effortless.
  • The cottage is in an ideal location to visit the estate and gardens which are home to The Duke and Duchess of Beaufort. It is also a perfect property to stay whilst attending the annual Badminton Horse Trials.


Rupert Lang

Animal-lover Rupert is based in West London but works as a locum vet and travels all around Britain helping ailing cattle! He wanted a place in the West Country and bought this place a year ago after falling in love with Sherston. He is really passionate about the house and area and loves sharing it with guests.