swan inn0.0 out of 5.0
Recent guest reviews
Nice area, nice hotel, clean, quiet; the owner was very friendly and informative, we have enjoyed the talk about the village and helpful advices for Bristol (which was beautiful btw). Breakfast was nice.
The bed was very comfortable, so a good night's sleep ensued - until we were rudely awakened at 6:00 a.m. by a loud radio - I think this was someone cleaning the bar area. Decor is tired and has no perceptible theme - desperately needs refreshing and updating. Food pleasing enough, though only two vegetarian options, one of which was unavailable. It really would help if the landlady smiled occasionally. My mother ran a guesthouse for over forty years and taught me that a warm welcome was the number one requirement in the hospitality industry. Every guest should feel special, which was certainly not the case at the Swan. Location is excellent and the price is reasonable at £65 per night. Personally though I'd have happily paid a little more for a better holiday experience.
A friend was getting married in Islip and the Swan popped up as showing availability for the Saturday of the bank holiday weekend. On arrival the staff were ever so friendly and as I had arrived early we ended up chatting over a beer before I unloaded my car. After the beer, I was shown to my room which was exactly what I needed and a very competitive price compared to other accomodation, and I didn't have to book it out for the whole bank holiday weekend. Before I left for the church service the owners asked me what time I wanted my included fried breakfast the next morning. Next day after a great sleep (and many a beer) the fry up hit the spot for me to then enjoy a slightly less hungover Sunday. Although the Swan has had a few bad reviews in the past, I did not have any trouble with my stay and the owners who have been running the pub for about 5 weeks now made me feel very welcome. Thanks!
This is a perfectly acceptable B&B, although as breakfast costs another £10 I never have it but take my own. Don't be put off by the dreary entrance and lock on entrance door as the rooms are clean and the en-suite bathrooms are also basic but very clean with nice fresh white towels, liquid soap and even little bottles of body cream, They could do with giving shower hats but that is not an important detail as I always travel with my own. The furniture is old but there is everything one might need and the beds are comfortable. Ming, the owner/manager is a very nice gentleman. This was my third visit and I shall return again in future.
I have a family funeral in Islip and have booked a 2 night stay at the Swan Inn. The rooms are extremely dated, unkempt and grubby. The curtains don't cover the windows, the bedside lampshade has holes, in the single beds were tiny. The bath had debris in it, and so did the hand basin, and the toilet had something murky in it clouding the water brown. It is now 2.38 am and up until 2.05 am an other guest has been storming the hallway, stairs ranting and swearing slamming his door constantly since 11.00 pm. I have felt very uncomfortable and not had any sleep. There is no bar, restaurant, and the entrance is totally unwelcoming. All this for £85.00 a night plus £10.00 for breakfast which I decided against as I saw the meat products defrosting in the unused bar fridge, so not fresh. I have now made other arrangements for my second night, the building and village are delightful, it's such a pity.
Arrived about 1600 and the building was all locked up - check in is advertised as 1700 to 2100. Someone arrived about 1640 and we checked in. Very courteous man showed us to our room (no:1) which was clean, comfortable and with a very powerful and hot shower. Tea, coffee and biscuits in the room whch was a nice touch but we could have done wih more milk. Came back after a meal up the road about 2100 and struggled to get in as key didn't appear to want to open the front door - however after 5 minutes trying the lock opened so breathed a sign of relief as no phone or number with us! Slept well and left around 0800 the next morning. Breakfast was available but sadly not early enough for us. Red Lion up the road offers a good evening meal so this place was OK for us for the one night.
If you look beyond the shabby very dull former bar area and restaurant the rooms are OK. Clean, good bathroom, comfy bed, tea tray and biscuits. Breakfast was fine but no choice of items. Helpful staff.
We arrived at 17:50 only to find the place deserted and locked. There was however a notice on the door inviting us to call a number. This was not easy as there was no network but we finally got through to somebody (who was not the owner) who informed us that somebody would be along shortly. After a wait of nearly 40 minutes a person arrived and let us in. We were the only people staying there. Payment for the two nights was required in advance. We knew that there was no restaurant but the Red Lion which does food is certainly more than 5 minutes walk along unlit roads (impossible for anybody with a handicap). The bar was stocked and we were informed that if we wanted a drink we should telephone the person who checked us in (maybe another 40 minutes wait ! We didn't bother). Although we were constantly reminded that it was simply a b & b I always thought that an inn served food and drinks. We also wondered who was the licensee as we couldn't see any name over the door. Bedroom was small but clean. There were signs warning us to close the bathroom door and turn the extractor fan on in order to avoid setting off the fire alarm. If this happened there would be quite a hunt in unknown territory to find the switch to to turn it off. In the morning we met the owner who was charming. Breakfast was well served; no complaints there. She explained that they had bought the hotel from a brewery fairly recently. They had initially tried to operate as a Chinese restaurant there but that it didn't work out. They had no previous experience in the hotel or catering industry. They didn't live on the premises and her husband was currently in China visiting his family. The car park was opposite the hotel (sorry b & b) and was open and not secured. If you have ever wondered what it is like staying in a ghost town then this is the place for you. Frankly, apart from the friendliness of the owner the 'cons' far outlay the 'pros'. At £100 a night for b & b it is way overpriced. We stayed in far better accommodation at much cheaper prices during our trip. If it continues like this I can't see it lasting long. Pity as there is potential there.
Got there and instantly felt unsettled . Room was scruffy , the conversations I overheard was not what you need to here ! Felt as though I needed to pack up and go . If it wasn't for the fact this was a business trip I would of left unfortunately I had no other option . No breakfast as the staff have even left ! Not a b&b its a room only basis ! Will not be returning
I had booked two nights. Unfortunately, I cannot recommend Swan Inn as it is not very well kept. The room itself was just ok with a modernised ensuite shower/WC but with almost no daylight as it was at the end of a corridor on the ground floor looking to the yard. The premises were untidy, dirty garden furniture were standing at the front door and in the garden. Why not tidy up the garden at least? We hade 27° C and when I asked we were allowed access the garden for a rest, thank you to the owner Mr. Ming. As he was kind and friendly my first irritation about the shabbyness was softened and when I left I just felt it was a pity to waste this old stone house in this way. The price was indeed very high for this location.
- Free WiFi in public areas
- Free parking
- Onsite dining
Swan inn places you within a 15-minute drive of popular attractions such as Bicester Village and University of Oxford. This bed & breakfast welcomes guests with conveniences like a restaurant, a bar/lounge, and free self parking.
In addition to a meal at the onsite restaurant, you can also enjoy a drink at the bar/lounge. For your convenience, a English breakfast is served for a fee weekdays from 7:30 AM to 9:30 AM.
All heated rooms provide coffee makers. For entertainment, guests can enjoy flat-screen TVs.
Swan inn features free WiFi in public areas and a garden. If you drive, take advantage of free parking. Friendly staff can provide luggage storage, and also offer advice about sightseeing.
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% of guests recommend this hotelTotal of 15 reviews