Your magical family adventure begins at our beautiful country retreat. This is why we love the Old Swan. Our family days here are spent enjoying picnics by the river, roasting marshmallows around campfires and playing garden games. Your family become our family – everyone’s welcome.
Our passion for the simple things in life inspire us to create special family experiences.
Our beautiful gardens play host to our passionate beliefs in the simple pleasures of family, friends and fun.
Set in the idyllic village of Minster Lovell, our terrace and gardens at the Old Swan entertain outdoor playfulness, family fun days and barbeques. Our grounds open up nature hunts with exciting finds and new discoveries and there are walks a plenty in the local area.
Play tennis and croquet at our sister hotel, a small hop over the road at Minster Mill.
Our Garden Menu for our V.I.L.P (very important little people) is available all day every day. Children are welcome in the restaurant until 8.00pm, with last orders being placed by 7.00pm.
Our V.I.L.P can have their own special picnic hamper whenever they choose. We do “grown-up” picnic hampers too so the whole family can enjoy the experience together in our beautiful outdoor spaces, in private areas within our hotel or in the comfort of your own room. All we ask is that you pre-order any hampers with a member of our team.
A number of our rooms contain sofa beds that can accommodation up to two children aged up to 7. Swan Cottage offers guests the privacy of their own countryside retreat with three double bedrooms and a cosy living room.
We want your stay to be as relaxing and fun as possible and with that comes less packing. We have much of the essentials here ready for you.
A place that must be visited and it is perfect for all ages. With over 250 species of animals in beautiful landscaped parkland and gardens there is something for everyone to enjoy. There are daily animal talks and feeding experiences to enjoy along with the new adventure playground.
There are over 50 breeds of animal and the farm is open daily from February through to December. There are demonstrations each day, a farm park safari, along with animal petting and feeding. On the farm you will find a play area, maze, country walks and a farm shop.
Come face-to-face with some of the world’s most feared predators in a fun, safe and stimulating environment. With under-water viewing, talks, animal encounters and feeds throughout the day there’s plenty to keep you occupied at the UK’s only Crocodile Zoo.
The picture-perfect British stately home of Blenheim Palace sits among more than 2,000 acres of extraordinary landscaped Parkland and Formal Gardens. Enjoy the gardens, maze and a trip inside the palace. Tickets can be bought from the Old Swan.
Punting is a truly timeless, slightly eccentric, quintessentially oxford, idyllic pleasure: sailing leisurely upstream or down river, trailing fingers in the silky water, admiring the wildlife, picnicking on a river bank, dropping in at the Vicky Arms or drifting downstream past the University.
A historic farmstead just up the road from the hotel featuring farm animals, manor house, picnic orchard and gardens. Children can dress up in historical costumes or enjoy the adventure play area and zip wire, and 'mini Cogges' soft play, sandpit and outdoor games.
Get an idea of what it would have felt like to be Gulliver in Lilliput as you explore the only Grade II listed model village in the country, created from local Cotswold stone by highly skilled craftsmen.
Walk in the footsteps of some of history’s most notable characters in the castle’s beautiful gardens, join in our busy calendar of exciting events and discover Sudeley’s many treasures in our fascinating exhibition.