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Thursday, 16 June 2011

Gorgeous on Thursday... The Swan Inn, Swinbrook


Today we're offering a recommendation of somewhere just completely gorgeous to stay in the Cotswolds - right on the border of Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire, a few minutes outside of beautiful Burford.

The Swan Inn at Swinbrook is owned by the Dowager Duchess of Devonshire, the youngest Mitford sister. Swinbrook was the childhood home of the Mitfords and Nancy, Diana and Unity are buried in the churchyard here, with a memorial to their brother Tom inside the church.

The pub is now rum by Archie and Nicola Orr-Ewing who also run the (equally great) Kings Head Inn at nearby Bledington.

Not only is the food delicious and the surroundings beautiful, the accommodation is luxurious but not ridiculously priced, and you will charmed by the bantam hens and cockerels in the garden, as well as a wild muscovy duck who comes for breakfast every morning! It's the kind of place you don't want to leave, a real bubble of rural idyll and a special escape from the real world.

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