Classic Cotswolds charm on the riverbank
With its ivy-covered Cotswold stone walls and views over weeping willows, The Swan instantly recreates the mood of a timeless England – a place to savour life on the river bank.
- A chocolate-box village setting.
- The prettiest hotel gardens.
- The Whooper cottage suite, with its own outdoor hot tub.
Hit the Spot
On the banks of the River Coln in pretty Bibury.
Riverside gardens with a stream running through – perfect for pictures! Free WiFi.
Good to know
It's a popular spot with weekend daytrippers.
Minimum StayGenerally two nights at weekends
ParkingThere is free guest parking.
AirportBristol – 57 miles
TrainKemble station – seven miles
PetsWelcome in some rooms.
LocationThe Swan Hotel, Bibury, Gloucestershire, GL7 5NW, United Kingdom
22 rooms and suites.
Some four-poster bedrooms have jacuzzi baths, while Garden Cottage suites come with private gardens. In-room gadgetry includes iPod docking stations.
Book well ahead and you could splash out in the Whooper cottage suite, with its own garden and outdoor hot tub. Cosy Trumpeter cottage (pictured above). Among the four poster rooms, Room 11 has a fabulous bathroom with huge double jacuzzi bath, while Room 12 also has a large jacuzzi bath.
Eat & Drink
The Swan's brasserie restaurant serves modern European cuisine in an attractive setting with contemporary, farm-themed artworks and a rustic log wall. Start with confit of duck or goat's cheese souffle, followed perhaps by whole baked lemon sole with caper crushed potatoes or pork belly with apple mash and pak choi. De-lish desserts include honey and hazelnut tart.
Full breakfast is served until 9.30am. The smoked Bibury trout with scrambled eggs is a must.
Available morning and evening.
See & Do
Land your own trout at nearby Bibury trout farm, and wander along Arlington Row – a fairytake line of cottages thought to be the oldest in England. Batsford Arboretum near Moreton-in-Marsh is one of the jewels of the Cotswolds. Broadway Tower, high above the village of the same name, offers outstanding views while Hailes Abbey at Winchcombe is in a lovely wooded setting.