A classic, cosy boutique hotel in the peaceful surrounds of the Cotswolds, Minster Mill welcomes kids with plenty of activities and amenities. With 65 acres of grounds to explore, this the perfect place to relax and unwind as a family - play games together, head out on a nature walk or enjoy a picnic by the river. Archery, golf, walking and a host of family-friendly attractions are available in the local area, plus this is a dog-friendly hotel where your pet will be made very welcome.

This is an especially cosy place for a winter break, when you can curl up next to the fire or enjoy the high-standard family-friendly menus in the restaurant - including the VILP Menu (Very Important Little People) and the option of smaller portions from the main menu (family time in the restaurant is until 8pm, with last orders at 7pm). The river-view Garden Spa, offering a range of indulgent treatments and including an indoor-outdoor pool, will have parents thankful for the optional babysitting service!

See our feature on a family break at The Old Swan and Minster Mill. [Minster Mill was formerly known as The Old Swan and Minster Mill. The Old Swan is now run as a separate hotel but guests can use the facilities of both].


Minister Mill is about 25km west of Oxford. The nearest railway station is Charlbury (10km from the hotel). The hotel has a complimentary private car park.

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A junior suite at Minster Mill.

A junior suite at Minster Mill.

There's plenty of space to play in the spacious gardens.

There's plenty of space to play in the spacious gardens.


There is a choice of luxurious, individually furnished rooms and suites plus a cottage to choose from. These include:

  • Garden Rooms - sleep up to 3 and can be interconnected - so together two rooms sleep up to 2 adults with up to 3 children. Some Garden Rooms are dog-friendly if you'd like to bring your pet.
  • Junior Suites - with a double bed plus a sofa bed in the lounge area.
  • Swan Cottage - 3 double bedrooms, living room with log burner and secluded garden with fire pit. Located just over the road from the main hotel.


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Enjoy some fishing on the River Windrush, with the option of tuition from a private ghillie.

Enjoy some fishing on the River Windrush, with the option of tuition from a private ghillie.


The hotel's facilities include:

  • 65 acres of grounds including gardens, meadows, woodland and part of the River Windrush
  • Nature walks
  • Bike hire
  • Tennis and table tennis
  • Croquet
  • Fishing - with the option of tuition from a private ghillie
  • Spa (min. age 16 years) - indoor pool, Rock Sauna and Aroma Steam Room plus a range of indulgent treatments
  • The Mill Restaurant & Bar
  • The Old Swan Bar - located across the road; dogs welcome here.
  • Babysitting

You can also add to your stay with the following:

  • Picnic hampers - you can order a picnic or afternoon team hamper to take with you when you explore the area. There is also the option of a VILP picnic hamper for little ones.
  • Baby/toddler packs - you can request the following so that you don't have so much to bring - children's cutlery, plates & drinking cups, highchair, baby monitor, sterilising kit, bottle warmer, changing mat, cot (wooden or travel), nappy bin, step-up stool.