Old Swan & Minster Mill
Located on the banks of the River Windrush in the Cotswolds village of Minster Lovell, the Old Swan & Minster Mill is a dog-friendly country hotel with a twist. Run by the de Savary family (owners of the Cary Arms and fomer owners of Bovey Castle) this relaxed hotel and restaurant is two properties in one. Both are genuinely dog-friendly, with the vibe at the Old Swan a little more dressed-up than next door at the ultra-relaxed and more modern Minster Mill. The de Savary hallmark of excellent food and drink, combined with outstanding service is here added to by this being about as dog-friendly as a hotel can get.
Eat: The owners describe the Old Swan dining experience as "delicious gastropub food, cooked simply" and if that plays down the punchier aspects of head chef David Mwita's cooking, it does describe the exceptional basics that come rolling out of the kitchen, from giant "doorstep sandwiches" to Sunday roasts. Dogs aren't allowed in the dining room, but the same menu is available throughout and there are so many nooks and crannies that it's not hard to find somewhere to suit. If you really want to the full dining room experience a dog-sitting service is available for £12 an hour. In summer, there are also plenty of seats outdoors.
Sleep: A full range of rooms is available to dog owners, including six Minster Special rooms, six Minster Mill Cosy rooms, three Old Swan Cosy rooms, one Old Swan Luxury room and Swan Cottage (a separate three-bedroom cottage attached to the hotel). There's an extra charge of £20.00 a night. Depending which property they are in, the rooms veer from very traditional, rustic chic to just chic. If you have a preference check with reception when you book. Dogs are allowed to stay in the rooms unattended, which might help you make the most of the Windrush Spa, but there's also the option of a dog-sitter.
Walk: Alongside the hotels and fabulous food, walking is a major visitor attraction to the Cotswolds. The Windrush River offers plenty of options. Hotel staff are well geared to offering advice on walks and have a list of possible walks from the hotel and nearby attractions, including part of the Cotswold Way National Trail. Closer to home the hotel grounds boast 65 acres of private gardens and wild-flower meadows, criss-crossed with walking paths.
South West England
SP 32011 11297
Q: Can I leave my dog alone in the bedroom?
A: Yes, although dog-sitting is available.
Q: Where else are dogs allowed?
A: Everywhere, except the main dining room.
Q: Can my dog come with me when I go to eat?
A: Yes, in the snug.
Q: Are there any extra charges for dogs?