Situated alongside the attractive Windrush River and very much at the heart of the local village community in Swinbrook, The Swan has a rich history associated with it. The Inn is owned by the Dowager Duchess of Devonshire’s estate, the last of Mitford sisters, and – along with the neighbouring cottage – forms the residual part of the estate inherited by the family at the beginning of the nineteenth century. Photographs around the pub celebrate the connections to the Mitfords and village life.
TODAY’S SWAN INN Archie and Nicola Orr-Ewing, who were already successfully running The King’s Head Inn at Bledington, took over the The Swan Inn in 2006. They are now responsible for both pubs and are just as hands-on as the excellent bar team, chefs and other staff they employ.
Working closely with the architect appointed by the Dowager Duchess to renovate the impressive Cotswold stone barn, Nicola has stamped her own personality on the styling and interior décor of the accommodation, comprising six beautiful new bedrooms.
Archie, meanwhile, has taken a close interest in the bar and restaurant, ensuring that every visit is truly memorable. The couple are very much a part of life in the pub and make it their job to see that everyone feels at home.