Andrew Brownsword Hotels has opened Minster Mill, a beautiful new luxury hotel in the pretty Oxfordshire village of Minster Lovell, in the heart of the Cotswolds. Offering uncompromising luxury and a glamorous countryside bolthole, Minster Mill is set on the pretty banks of the River Windrush, within 65 acres of grounds offering glorious gardens, wildflower meadows and peaceful woodland.
The opening of Minster Mill follows a major refurbishment programme totalling an investment of over £4.5 million that has seen the establishment of Minster Mill as a stand-alone hotel, now operating separately from sister property The Old Swan. Set within a 20th century mill, and standing on the foundations of a mill that was documented in the Domesday Book of 1086, the new property was designed by owners Andrew and Christina Brownsword, working alongside architect Simon Morray-Jones.
Featuring stylish, modern interiors, no two of the 38 individually designed Skandi-style bedrooms are the same, with guests able to enjoy rooms that are uniquely dressed with individually sourced fabrics, contemporary fittings and mid-century furniture, all complemented by fresh and bright en-suite bathrooms, complete with L’Occitane products. Dressed in individually sourced fabrics, contemporary light fittings and mid-century furniture, every room and suite is complemented by sumptuous en-suite bathrooms. With magnificent views of the River Windrush, the unique Feature Rooms all have a private terrace area, complete with large burner or fire pit ready for marshmallow toasting.
A brand new restaurant at the front of the property is open to residents and non-residents, serving seasonal, contemporary and traditional British food. With the kitchen headed up by 2017 MasterChef semi-finalist Tom Moody, dishes feature the very best regional and seasonal ingredients, supporting British farmers, fishermen and artisan producers. With vaulted ceilings and original oak beams, the Minster Mill restaurant offers a classic look with a modern, easy-going ambiance complemented by the Mill Bar, set in a high gallery overlooking the restaurant, serving a selection of fine wines and champagnes alongside cocktails and craft beers. Guests can drop by for a leisurely lunch or an intimate dinner, chosen from the every changing a la carte menu. Afternoon tea, including homemade scones and freshly cut sandwiches can be enjoyed on the terrace with a glass of Champagne in the warmer months or by the fire with a pot of tea when winter draws in.
Minster Mill also offers the perfect venue for special occasions, events and meetings. The unique rural setting is an idyllic backdrop for a wedding celebration, with capacity for up to 190 guests. Six light, bright private spaces are each perfect for private dining or can cater for gatherings or meetings for up to 200, with the surrounding gardens and woodlands offering plenty of outdoor space to enjoy, including lawns ideal for a spot of croquet, boules and badminton.
The Garden Spa at Minster Mill was originally opened in 2016 and offers a tranquil haven providing soothing ESPA treatments with three treatment rooms, alongside an indoor heated plunge pool, poolside rock sauna, aroma steam room, ice fountain and tropical rain forest showers. The double treatment suite, complete with walk-in shower, is perfect for couples or friends, and for an alternative spa experience the RASUL mud therapy area offers a unique standalone treatment, or can be combined with other more traditional spa therapies.
Minster Mill is just 15 miles from the dreamy spires of Oxford and 11 miles from the inspiring Blenheim Palace. The charming Cotswold stone buildings and barns are flanked by 65 acres of idyllic grounds set in the picture perfect Oxfordshire village of Minster, Lovell. Magical gardens, lush wildflower meadows and woodland come alive during the summer months, with fishing, walking, croquet and tennis on the menu. When temperatures drop, hearty food, cosy interiors and roaring log fires provide a welcome, hospitable haven.
Previously known as ‘The Old Swan and Minster Mill,’ Minster Mill’s sister property, The Old Swan is located across the road and offers the perfect place for a cosy drink, fireside retreat or tasty meal at this quintessential country inn.
Rates at Minster Mill start from £150 per night, two sharing, on a B&B basis.
For more information or to book visit www.minstermill.co.uk or call 01993 774 441
About Brownsword Hotels
Andrew Brownsword Hotels is a collection of 14 privately owned hotels, located in some of the UK’s most beautiful places. Comprised of eight countryside properties, five city centre Abode hotels and Sydney House Chelsea, Andrew Brownsword Hotels is owned by Christina and Andrew Brownsword CBE DL, who strive to create very special places that truly embody their own ethos of great hospitality. For more information, visit: www.brownswordhotels.co.uk
Andrew and Christina Brownsword CBE DL additionally also own and operate The Imperial Torquay.
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