Possibly one of the prettiest settings, The Swan at Streatley, on the Berks/South Oxon border, is so much more than your average boutique hotel. Having undergone a mahoosive refurbishment, The Swan has a swish boutique gym and stunning yoga studio with a river view, mini spa, a buzzy cafe/bar, event space and Coppa Club keeping you refreshed and refuelled.
It’s a friendly hotel with a grown-up vibe – ideal for a stolen weekend away without the kids – but if you’re coming with the family, you can bring your fur bestie too. This stretch of the river has inspired the likes of Oscar Wilde and Kenneth Grahame, I think we can safely say, it’s got all the romantic feels. It’s not surprising that it’s a popular wedding venue for couples who love the Wind In The Willows location coupled with the laidback, super-stylish interiors.
But you don’t have to book in for a sleepover (or put a ring on it) to enjoy this idyllic river location, The Swan is much loved by locals. The gym is well-equipped and a great timetable of classes to keep you coming back for more. The café/bar usually has a good mix of dog walkers, workers and friends enjoying the exceptional coffee. If you need a good shot of caffeine to start your day, you’ll find it here.
Keep an eye on their social channels because they also do brilliant events – open air cinema nights, workshops (the Christmas wreath making is a biggie), aerial yoga, paddleboarding, kids yoga and supper clubs, speaker events, and more. Alternatively, hire their boat and you can spend an hour or two messing about on the river.
It’s also an hour from London, so whizz out for a weekend escape or whizz in for shopping and a culture fix. Room prices from £120.
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Coppa Club at the Swan at Streatley, High Street, Streatley-on-Thames, RG8 9HR
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