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The Old Swan

(Ref. 975792)

Sherston near Malmesbury, Wiltshire Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 8 Guests

  • 4 Bedrooms

  • 3 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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18 Customer Reviews

  • "We loved the old Swan and all its quirkiness."

    No complaints whatsoever, just one suggestion for a second lamp in the sitting room. Sherston is a great village and the people were lovely

    Many thanks for the great feedback and noted re. extra lighting in the sitting room. I'm glad you had a great visit and would certainly be welcome back! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Elaine5.0Dec 2023

  • "A very special house packed with charm & character in a gorgeous village with everything you could possibly need!"

    We had a fantastic time & didn't want to leave.

    Thank you very much for the kind feedback, we are glad you enjoyed your visit and you are welcome back in the future! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Paul4.4Jan 2023

  • "A lovely property, very comfortable, in a very pleasant village."

    Hi Kevin, sorry for the delayed reply, but thank you for leaving the feedback. I'm really pleased you enjoyed your visit and Sherston is indeed a very special village. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Kevin5.0Nov 2022

  • "We were six schoolfriends from Lincolnshire spending our annual reunion in The Old Swan."

    The house itself was perfect; comfortable, clean and very tastefully decorated, superbly equipped even down to headed notepaper. The village itself is charming, and it's residents extremely friendly. There are many delightful walks from the doorstep, and we particularly enjoyed visiting Luckington. Despite being a village, Sherston has a Co-op and various places to eat, all of which we can recommend. I have been to many Sykes properties over the years, but this was certainly one of my favourites, and I would recommend it very highly.

    Sorry for the delay in replying to this, but thank you for the detailed feedback. I am so pleased that you chose to host your annual reunion at The Old Swan and you thought the house we perfect for the occasion. Your kind words are certainly very much appreciated as we put a lot of effort into ensuring guests enjoy their stay. Sherston is certainly a lovely village and I am pleased you all thought so too. You are welcome back anytime! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Susan Patricia5.0Feb 2022

  • "Beautiful cottage in the Cotswolds."

    V high standard all round. We hire cottages on a regular basis as a group and this was definitely one of the best.

    Thank you for the kind feedback :) I'm pleased that you all enjoyed your stay with us. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Tina5.0Nov 2021

  • "We felt at home as soon as we arrived."

    There was plenty of room for us all plus our two dogs. Well equipped kitchen. Really comfy lounge and the log burner was wonderful. All the bedrooms where spacious and really super large beds. We loved the village, shop was well stocked. Pub had great food and the Indian did a great takeaway. Good starting point for visiting Bath, Tetbury etc. Will defiantly return.

    Reviewed by Janette5.0Oct 2021

  • "Rupert was the perfect host."

    He responded to emails and messages promptly and helpfully so thanks very much. The house has everything you could need - no need to bring a blender, a mixer, wine stopper, an icemaker ... the list is endless! The kitchen is kitted out well with John Lewis crockery and there are even herbs, spices and cake making ingredients. The freezer compartment in the fridge is not large but the local shop across the road has everything most people could want - including Calpol for babies! The washing machine and dryer work well so no need to pack loads of clothes. The cottage is actually a large house with quirky floors and characteristics which show why it's a listed building! The heating works very well and there's never an issue with a lack of hot water. There's space outside to use the quality charcoal BBQ The beds are firm. The house was clean and tidy when we arrived and we found places to store our food. Decoration - yes a farm vet has clearly left his make and had fun with cows and chickens featuring on mats, serviettes, eg cups etc! The laminated walks were really useful and allowed us to walk from the house to see the area in more detail. The helpful red folder was used many times so thank you.

    Reviewed by Deborah5.0Sep 2021

  • "What a beautiful house and location."

    The property is well equipped, home for home and perfect location for family or friends sharing a relaxing time together. The owner himself also ensures everyone is comfortable and ensures that everything is ok for everyone. The location boasts a great pub and several beautiful countryside walks. I would definitely recommend The Old Swan.

    Reviewed by Nicola5.0Aug 2021

  • "The cottage is very well situated in a lovey village."

    It is in an ideal location for a some lovely country walks and has a great pub within a minutes walk. The cottage has all the facilities needed including WiFi, Netflix, washing machine and is very tastefully decorated. The beds are very comfortable. I would highly recommend it.

    Reviewed by Jon5.0Oct 2020

  • "Lovely and well equipped house with all the extras found in someone's home rather than some minimalist holiday properties, great location in the centre of a lovely village in the beautiful Cotswolds."

    Highly recommend it, the stairs to the top floor would be tricky for people with mobility issues apart from that absolutely super place

    Reviewed by Derek5.0Sep 2020

  • "Extremely well equipped and comfortable cottage in a wonderful location."

    Village walks were perfect to start and end each day, and we found many dog friendly things to do each day within a short drive of the cottage. Would thoroughly recommend this cottage to family and friends.

    Reviewed by Sharon5.0Sep 2019

  • "Very helpful owner."

    Village was really lovely too

    Reviewed by Hilary5.0Jun 2019

  • "Had a very enjoyable Easter weekend in the beautiful Cotswolds."

    Cottage was perfect & well equipped, lots of thoughtful finishing touches by the owner. Highly recommended for exploring the local area.

    Reviewed by Zoe5.0Apr 2019

  • "A wonderful cottage in a brilliant location, the owner (Rupert) has worked hard to ensure that there's plenty of information about what to do locally and there's a very good supply of local maps to help find a walk that will suit all ages and abilities."

    Reviewed by Chris5.0Mar 2019

  • "Fantastic cottage, loads of atmosphere and very comfortable beds, our only criticism would be no wardrobe or hanging space in second en suite."

    The village itself was amazing, very friendly and the cottage couldn’t have been in a better position and came with everything we needed, we will definitely be going back to Sherston, a real find.

    Reviewed by Edwin5.0Mar 2019

  • "Beautiful cottage, central location to a lovely village, good pub over the road plus a well stocked village shop."

    The Old swan is beautiful decorated with soft furnishings and lovely curtains and blinds. The only down side is the house sleeps 8 comfortably but there is not enough cooking equipment for that amount of people for evening meals.

    Reviewed by Sue4.7Feb 2019

  • "Gorgeous house in a wonderful village."

    Everything was really convenient and easy. Very comfortable stay.

    Reviewed by Laura4.7Jan 2019

  • "Our first time in the Cotswolds - had a grand time, which was made even better by staying in such a fantastic place (absolutely charming village and fantastic cottage)."

    Perfect combination of historic building and modern facilities - what a beautiful cottage. Spacious, clean and extremely well equipped - a most enjoyable long weekend.

    Reviewed by Martina5.0Dec 2018

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  • Four bedrooms: 1 x double (en-suite bathroom), 1 x double/twin (en-suite bathroom), 1 x double and 1 x double/twin (shared bathroom)
  • 3 bathrooms with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Cloakroom
  • Kitchen/breakfast room
  • Dining room
  • Sitting room
  • Utility room
  • Recently upgraded central heating and woodburning stove
  • Range cooker, large fridge with frezer compartment, separate ice maker, 6 bottle wine cooler, dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer, Wifi, Smart TV with Freeview
  • Ample free parking on high street in front of the property
  • An enclosed courtyard garden
  • 2 well-behaved pets welcome at £25 per pet per stay (ground floor only and not allowed on furniture)
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shops, pubs and cafe 2 mins walk
  • Note: Check in time is from 4pm
  • Please be advised: This property is only suitable for a maximum of 8 guests including infants, due to the size and seating arrangements of the downstairs areas
  • Note: The property restricts from charging usage of any EV vehicles

The property

Set in the picturesque Cotswold village of Sherston, close to the pretty towns of Malmesbury and Tetbury, is this charm-filled, Grade II* listed former coaching inn, resting peacefully on the highly sought after main street.

Boasting much character and period details, this spacious property is perfect for families or groups of friends looking to explore the delightful Cotswolds and surrounding areas.

Spread over three floors, the interior is thoughtfully decorated to contrast with the style of the property, from the mullion windows, high vaulted ceilings and exposed country beams, to the quirky household accessories and bright and cheerful colour schemes.

The shades of white cast over the rooms upstairs add a sleek, quality finish to the property.

The blue sitting room showcases a luxurious sofa and elegant seating arrangement, focusing on the charming woodburner in the inglenook of the room.

The quiet cottage comfortably sleeps 8 people spread throughout 4 bedrooms.

On the first floor there are 2 bedrooms, both of which have en-suite bathrooms.

The spacious master bedroom has a luxurious super king bed and the second bedroom has the option of 2 single beds or a super king size bed.

The top floor has a further 2 bedrooms, sharing 1 large bathroom.

Again, one of the top floor bedrooms has a super king size bed and the other has the option of 2 singles or 1 super king size bed.

Concluding the interior in a fashionable manner is the large farmhouse kitchen and breakfast table; combined with contemporary fixtures, white units and modern artwork; the room entices you with a homely feel.

Step out into the west-facing courtyard garden, enclosed by a stone wall, it is beautifully presented with a flourish of wild plants.

The Cotswolds offers a glorious landscape of unspoilt villages, well-tended woodlands and houses that look as though they're made of creamy fudge.

The area is particularly popular with walkers and cyclists and equestrians.

Yet again last year the village of Sherston came in the top 10 most desirable places to live in Britain.

The village boasts a fantastically well stocked village shop, 2 pubs, 2 wine shops and a number of other small businesses including the Angel Hotel and Café (which serves delicious breakfasts and coffee).

Discover the local area and nearby towns of Tetbury and Malmesbury, as well as the larger cities of Bath and Bristol, which are less than a 30 minute drive from the village.

There are several important country houses close by including Badminton, Highgrove and Cirencester Park.

The Westonbirt Arboretum is also a particular highlight.

The Old Swan is a delightful cottage to base your relaxing break in the south-west of England.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £150.

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About the location


Chippenham 11 miles; Cirencester 13 miles; Bath 23 miles; Tetbury 5 miles.

Dating back to the Iron Age and reputedly the oldest borough in England, the pretty market town of Malmesbury is located on a hilltop in the southern Cotswolds. Malmesbury is steeped in history and offers visitors over 400 listed buildings, a 15th century Market Cross, a ruined 7th century Benedictine abbey, an annual carnival and many independent shops, cafes and traditional pubs. Abbey House Gardens, home to 'The Naked Gardeners' can also be found in Malmesbury (Note: The gardeners are clothed during normal opening hours) and the annual Womad Music Festival is close by at Charlton Park. The area offers many country houses, including Rodmarton Manor and Gardens, and Chavenage House, a fine example of a Cotswold manor unchanged for 400 years. Just a short drive away is The Cotswold Water Park, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, covering 40 square miles and offering a wide range of activities, including boating, waterskiing, fishing, cycling, golf and horse riding, plus Bath, Cirencester and Tetbury are all within easy reach and well worth a visit.

Please be advised: This property is only suitable for a maximum of 8 guests including infants, due to the size and seating arrangements of the downstairs areas.
Note: The property restricts from charging usage of any EV vehicles.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas