Swan’s Nest Hotel


Swan’s Nest Hotel offers 72 bedrooms, nestled along the south side of the River Avon. The hotel history dates back to the late 17th century, being one of the two earliest brick houses in the town. Until the early 1670s, brick was not in common usage in the area; the bricks used to construct the Swan’s Nest are said to have been made on site. The land on which the hotel stands belonged to the Clopton family and the building started life as The Bear in 1662. Shortly before the construction of the current building, Sir John Clopton enlarged the old house in 1673 as part of a scheme for developing navigation of the river.

After a period of use as a warehouse, the property was reopened as The Shoulder of Mutton. The name Swan’s Nest is comparatively recent. With the introduction of Le Bistrot Pierre to the Swan’s Nest, they chose to rename the bar back to its former name, The Bear Freehouse.

Visitor Info

Swan’s Nest Hotel is perfectly situated in the heart of Shakespeare Country.

  • Easy access from London and M40
  • Just 27 miles from Birmingham International Airport
  • Shakespeare’s Stratford on your doorstep
  • Perfect base to explore the Cotswolds
  • Parking available (£5 charge)


The hotel offers a selection of accessible rooms for guests with impaired mobility.

Please call the hotel direct for details.

Conferences & meetings



Selection of dog friendly rooms

The Bear Freehouse

Le Bistrot Pierre Restaurant

24-hour reception

Food & Drink

Le Bistrot Pierre: Whether you want to enjoy a traditional English breakfast or indulge in delectable French bistrot classics, Le Bistrot Pierre has an excellent variety of menus and dishes.

The Bear Free house: A traditional English pub serving classic pub food with top quality ingredients and a fantastic range of ales, lagers, spirits and wines.