The Swan Inn

Location and atmosphere

The Swan Inn, located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the North Wessex Downs, is owned by local organic beef farmers Mary and Bernard Harris. The owners spent two years renovating the 17th-century building. Meals in the bar and restaurant of the inn feature their organic beef as well as vegetarian and fish dishes. The 56-hectare farm has a diversity of plant and animal life - hares, buzzards, partridges, pheasants and grass snake; 24 hectares are managed under the Countryside Stewardship Scheme.


The Inn has ten en suite bedrooms, telephone, modem connection, television and tea and coffee making facilities. Two extra beds or cots for children up to ten years old can be provided. The oak beamed restaurant seats thirty people. In 2007 it was the winner of the RSPCA Good Business Awards in the independant restaurant category for achieving higher standards for animal welfare. The farm shop is very well stocked with organic meats, groceries, dairy produce, wines etc.

Surroundings and activities

The inn is within 1.5 km of the highest point of Southern England (Walbury Iron Age Hill Fort, 300 m). The area is laced with footpaths and bridleways. Salisbury has a magnificent cathedral built between 1220 and the 18th century. Stonehenge is a well known prehistoric megalithic construction that dates back to 4000 BC and it shows that there was an early developed civilization in Wessex. The stones were transported from a place 32 and 300 km away from Stonehenge.

General information

Opening times accommodationyear roundReservationNecessary during whole year

Languages spoken



Number of persons20Number of rooms10Price single room per night70Price double room per night£ 95 per roomPrice includes breakfast


Own restaurant/canteenFood-shop within accommodationSales of own produceBreakfastLunchDinner

Facilities and activities in the surroundings (< 15 km)

Marked trails



Special target groups

Pets are not allowed

Landscape characteristics

Height above sea level (in meters)279

Farm production

A full-time farm

Organic or biodynamic farm

Stock breeding

Route description

Nearest cityNewburyNearest villageHungerford