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Last update: January 2024

Nestled in the heart of Witney, Oxfordshire, Minster Mill & The Old Swan presents a historic and captivating wedding venue. A stone's throw away lies the charming village of Minster Lovell, an embodiment of quintessential English charm in the Cotswolds. Set amidst 65 acres of enchantment along the banks of the River Windrush, this property unfolds a magical canvas.

Immersed in glorious gardens, lush wildflower meadows, and serene woodlands, this luxury hotel stands as the epitome of an extraordinary wedding venue. The seamless fusion of traditional Cotswold stone structures, personalised menus, and impeccable professional service promises to transform your wedding into a truly exceptional celebration. From the alluring ambiance to the bespoke offerings, Minster Mill & The Old Swan creates an enchanting tapestry for your special day.

Facilities and Capacity

For a gathering of up to 100 guests, envision your outdoor ceremony at Minster Mill unfolding in the enchanting Garden Temple—a licensed haven for outdoor ceremonies. This idyllic setting spans 65 acres of picturesque wash meadows, surrounded by the natural beauty of weeping willows, trailing roses, and, in spring, a plethora of early blooms. On cooler days, The Malthouse can host up to 80 guests, while the Barn provides a cosy ambiance for up to 60 attendees.

Following the ceremony, guests can meander through the captivating gardens along the riverbank, eventually arriving at the croquet lawn where Champagne and canapés await. Alternatively, the Barn serves as a welcoming backdrop for your drink’s reception. The culinary journey continues with a three or five-course wedding breakfast held in The Malthouse, a secluded barn overlooking the river, wildflower meadows, and rose garden, that is capable of accommodating 100 guests during the day and expanding to 190 in the evening. As the celebrations progress, music and drinks can be enjoyed until midnight, with the option of an evening buffet.

For grander affairs with up to 190 attendees, the option of a marquee in the magical gardens awaits. As the celebration concludes, retreat to one of the hotel's 38 luxurious guestrooms, each adorned in sleek Skandi style. Individually sourced fabrics, contemporary fittings, and mid-century furniture grace these rooms, complemented by private bathrooms, the finest Egyptian cotton, and L’Occitane skincare and lotions. Many of the rooms showcase splendid views of the hotel’s scenic gardens or private terrace areas alongside the River Windrush.

Services Offered

As part of the Minster Mill Package, your wedding breakfast includes half a bottle of wine and a sparkling glass of Champagne for speeches and toasts. Elevating the culinary experience, each part of the meal is crafted with the finest ingredients, ensuring a palate of fresh and vibrant flavours.

Couples are granted the opportunity to collaborate with a team of skilled chefs to curate a personalised menu that resonates with their unique tastes and preferences. An in-house wedding coordinator stands ready to provide additional support, ensuring every detail of your culinary journey aligns seamlessly with the vision for your special day.

Frequently asked questions

Venue type:

In the country
Small hotel
Pub or restaurant
Historic
Landmark
Marquees and tents
Woodland and festival
Barn
Outdoor license
Unique weddings

Ceremony options:

Chapel or temple on-site
Civil ceremony licence

Dining options:

Seated meal facilities
Corkage option
Alcohol licence
Buffet meal facilities
In-house catering

Evening entertainment:

Marquee available
Dance floor
Entertainment licence
Live band facilities
Evening reception facilities
DJ facilities
Outdoor fireworks permitted

Overnight accommodation:

Overnight accommodation for wedding couple
Overnight accommodation for guests

Venue staff assistance:

Master of ceremonies/toastmaster
Wedding coordinator

Venue leisure facilities:

Swimming pool
Health suite
Beautician

Other features:

Exclusive use
Accessible facilities
Car parking
Confetti permitted
Changing room for wedding guests
Pet-friendly
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Reviews for Minster Mill & The Old Swan

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Victoria W. Sent on 08/06/2021
5 out of 5 rating

The perfect wedding venue!

Minster Mill Hotel is a beautiful place to get married at. The scenery, the area, the grounds are gorgeous but the main thing that made our wedding were the staff, namely Vicky (Wedding Coordinator) and Andrew (Hotel Manager). They went above and beyond on our wedding day making sure everything went as we planned and nothing was too much trouble.

The venue is a 5* hotel so the price is premium but if you are looking for that premium setting and service, this is the venue for you.

Highly recommend!
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Nicola Sent on 22/05/2013
5 out of 5 rating

Our Perfect Wedding at the Old Swan & Minster Mill

Everything on our wedding day was so wonderful, we couldn’t have asked for more. From the moment we arrived on the Friday, everybody we met was just fantastic.
We are so grateful to you Amber for all your help in the months running up to the wedding and also to Andrew and Karen for looking after us so well on the day, not to mention the extremely talented kitchen staff who cooked up a storm for us.
You really do have some wonderful people there at The Old Swan & Minster Mill and we couldn’t be more grateful for the effort everyone went to to make our day so special. We got a true sense that everyone actually cared rather than just doing their job and for this we can’t thank you all enough.
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Robin Sent on 13/02/2013
5 out of 5 rating

Thank You

We just wanted to say a big 'thank you' both to you and your staff at The Old Swan & Minster Mill for helping to make Jessica and David's wedding a wonderful and truly memorable day.

Everything was perfect from the moment we arrived and nothing was too much trouble for your team. Food and organisation was absolutely fantastic throughout.

Although I know the success of the day reflected a team effort, I would like to extend a personal note of thanks to Andrew, who's calm efficiency throughout the day was greatly appreciated.

Thank you once again.
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Ryan Sent on 27/11/2012
5 out of 5 rating

Couldnt have wished for a better weekend

We would like to thank you and and your staff for an excellent weekend. We couldn't have wished for a better weekend, the weather on Saturday added to it, and all our guests thoroughly enjoyed themselves and were highly complimentary about the hotel and staff. Everyone was really impressed and being able to freely wander around the grounds and not being ushered around made everything seem unhurried and relaxed, exactly what we wanted. Thank you
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David Sent on 08/11/2012
5 out of 5 rating

Outstanding Wedding Venue

We stayed at the Old Swan and Minster Milll as our daughter was to be married there on the Saturday. Our review is therefore both as an hotel and as a wedding venue.
The situation is beautiful. It is set in a quintessentially English village with the River Windrush running through the property.
Prior to the wedding and on the wedding day itself all the arrangements were handled principally by Amber and Andrew. Both were not only extremely professional but also gave the impression that nothing was too much trouble. This resulted in the minimum of stress for the families involved.
A BBQ was organised for the Friday evening. The staff coped admirably with wedding guests arriving late into the evening and ensured everyone sat down to a beautifully prepared meal.
Late minute changes to the wedding plans were handled swiftly and with no fuss. My overall impression of the experience was of a highly professional unit but a unit which engendered an air of friendliness.
The entire wedding day was superb. Despite catering for 120 guests all the staff on duty were very friendly and very efficient. The food was excellent.
The hotel staff even stepped in to look after our daughter's dog when our previous plans to have it looked after fell through. They looked after Lola from early in the morning until late at night, They did it cheerfully and willingly. Outstanding.
This is an outstanding hotel and wedding venue. The staff made our special day even more memorable.
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Jenny Sent on 18/09/2012
5 out of 5 rating

Huge, Huge Thank You

We are getting gushing reports from all our guests on how attentive your staff were and how wonderful the venue was. Special thanks to the chefs who we didn't get to see on the day. In fact, our best man reported that it was the best wedding he'd been to and was even better than his own! Andrew was brilliant on the day and Paul and the waiting staff were excellent, they all had the right balance between being efficient and polite, but they were also able to interact and chat with our guests.
We loved the special little touches in the bedrooms - It made it feel extra special.
Our guests found the venue and setting beautiful and loved the variety of spaces to explore, both inside and outside.
We absolutely loved our day, and it went exactly as we wanted so a huge, huge thank you to everyone at Minster Mill and The Old Swan.
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John Sent on 18/09/2012
5 out of 5 rating

A wonderful day that we will remember forever

Thanks for a wonderful day and everything went exactly to plan and we were thrilled with the way that the day was managed. The general level of service was wonderful, everyone commented that the food was superb and several said that it was the best food that they had ever had at a wedding.
Overall we were very please indeed and we wouldnt change a thing about the day so thank you so much for a wonderful day that we will remember fondly forever.
Thanks again !
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Carl Sent on 30/08/2011
5 out of 5 rating

wonderfull,unforgetable wedding.

We had a wonderfull,unforgetable wedding.
the weather stayed dry and warm, the room was decorated beautifully.
All the staff involved were excellent and went that extra mile to accomodate our wishes.
In particular, Andrew did a first class job of coordinating everything enabling both of us to concentrate on the day.
All our guests loved the venue, many saying it was an 'amazing' weekend.
already some have said they will be returning for their anniversary's etc.
The food was excellent and served promptly so as enabling everyone to eat together on the same course.
we would highly reccommend the Old Swan & Minster Mill for a wedding based on the stanmdards of service and value we received.
The hotels rooms were very attractive and all enjoyed their stay.
we have stayed twice before we got married and will be returning again.
The Mill was the place we really wanted to marry at and you and your staff made it the magical venue that made our wishes come true.
Again many thanks to ALL staff involved.
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Peter Sent on 13/07/2011
5 out of 5 rating

The Best Day of our lives Our Wedding at Old Swa

If you are planning a wedding, then look no further!!!
Our reason for writing was to write a special thank-you to Amber and all the staff for going that extra distance to make our Wedding Day so special - we can`t thank you enough. A special thank-you must go to Andrew (Events Manager) for all his help and support on the actual day. There was nothing that I asked of him that he did not perform with a smile and he was always discreetly on hand to make everything run smoothly and without hitch. What was also reassuring was that whatever I asked I knew it would be done with quiet efficiency and wouldn`t have to check - even down to concealing the owl glove under the ceremony table at the last minute.

Everything was exactly as pre-planned and as a result made the day run smoothly in a relaxed atmosphere for us.

Many of the guests were visiting for the first time and were all stunned by how beautiful the Hotel and setting looked - it was breath-taking. The patio area by the Mill stream was ideal for the drinks reception and the beautiful, colourful and well manicured grounds were a particular feature.

Our photographer was particularly delighted as the grounds, temple and fabulous hotel offered an enormous choice of ideal photo opportunities which resulted in our having a fabulous record of our very special day.

Thank you too for allowing us to fly "Bubbles" the Barn Owl for the ring delivery during the Ceremony, which was a great success and will be remembered for ever.


All in all, it was the "best day of our lives" and will stay with us for ever. Thank you.

Kindest regards and appreciation.

Peter & Penny
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Adam Sent on 19/03/2011
5 out of 5 rating

The day was everything we had hoped it would be

Thank you so much for a wonderful day on the 4th. We cannot speak highly enough of the day! Everything from the staff, who were all polite and helpful and friendly to the venue being beautiful and most importantly to all the support and guidance from you Emma along the way (both on the day and in the lead up). We couldn't have pulled everything together without all your help. The day really was everything we had hoped it would be and more. The food was delicious, the wine lovely and it was fab to have the Minsters Gallery all to ourselves in the evening!

Also, the next morning at breakfast we were still treated as a Bride and Groom by the staff which was really lovely, and made us feel that extra bit special.
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Heather Sent on 16/11/2010
5 out of 5 rating

Thank you for a lovely and very special day.

Many guests commented on how fantastic the setting was and how smoothly everything ran. We were very happy with all the behind-the-scenes work as everything looked perfect and was all in the right place at the right time without us having to worry about it. Thank you again for making the day effortless and memorable. The four poster room was a wonderful ending to the perfect day and we'll be back for an anniversary in the near future! Thank you for your support and effort in managing things prior to the event. We felt confident that everything was in the right hands. We would definitely recommend the Old Swan and Minster Mill for events!
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