With over 600 years of history, there cannot be a better setting to start your Antiques & History Trail than the Old Swan & Minster Mill.
Located in the heart of one of the most historical areas of the British Isles, means the Cotswolds has one of the largest concentration of antique shops outside of London. Minster Lovell, one of the few villages that can claim provenance to King Richard III, means the area is an Aladdin’s cave for lovers of history, art & antiques.
To take advantage, the Old Swan & Minster Mill, a de Savary Property, located in Minster Lovell, has created a special two-night “Antique & History Trail” experience on 11th – 13th October 2013, allowing guests the opportunity to take advantage of the hotel’s Antique Trail and nearby historical interests.
With the Old Swan & Minster Mill’s trail, guests will have the opportunity to be immersed in a weekend of history, by visiting the many antique shops and galleries, as well as learning about the fascinating and “topical” history that Minster Lovell conceals and how following the defeat of the House of York and death of Richard III in the battle of Bosworth in 1485, the hall passed into the hands of the Crown. Graham Kew local history authoritarian, will give guests an in-depth organised historical talk.
Stay 2 nights in a Minster Mill room (upgrade to an Old Swan room available at a supplement) and will include
• A two-hour Historical Guided Tour to Minster Lovell Hall Ruins
• Tickets to Blenheim Palace, Park and Gardens
• Delicious three-course evening dinner in the Old Swan on Saturday night complete with a talk from John Howard, antiques specialist and the Chairman of the Cotswold Art & Antique Dealers Association (CADA). Mr Howard is an internationally recognised authority on 18th- and 19th-century British pottery. He is Chairman of the ceramics vetting committee at the Olympia Fine Art and Antiques fairs in London, a member of the ceramic vetting teams at the BADA Fair, as well as at the Ceramics Fair held in New York and other fairs in the United States and England. (£40 supplement per person for three course dinner on Friday night)
• A complimentary decanter of sloe gin in the room upon check-in
Priced at £510 for two (price includes VAT at 20% and full English breakfast)