*As seen in The Logbook
Right on the banks of the River Thames and set in Radcot, an area of important historic significance, Ye Olde Swan was taken over by the current owners in November 2016. As a family run business, this pub/restaurant and campsite is a free house and is not owned by a brewery, giving them the flexibility to create the wonderful atmosphere that it is known for today.
Carmen Hyde, part of the Ye Olde Swan team who has been instrumental in creating this unique and beautiful destination, describes it as a quintessential “perfect place”. That offers families, couples and groups the opportunity to enjoy a range of outdoor activities from paddle boarding and kayaking, to BBQing and lounging around in the sun. With a pub and bar on hand for great food and surrounded by a wonderful setting it is indeed a perfect place to come and chill.
There is a total of ten glamping tipis, four of which have woodburning stoves inside, but Carmen explains that this number will probably increase to six within the next year.
Ye Olde Swan caters for large parties, corporate team building events and family gatherings as the tipi site can sleep up to 40 people comfortably. But if glamping is not your thing, they also have camping available directly next door for the tent lovers. Guests tend to stay for 2-3 nights but can easily stay longer depending on season.
Superbly, this is a great traditional no frills rustic site with separate toilet and shower facilities for the glampers to use. There is no electricity within the tipis as this is for people seeking an escape from it all. This being said, devices can be charged inside the pub or in their on-site shop (but judgement will be cast upon all those checking their Instagram!)
There is lighting inside the tipis and all have either a double bed or two singles. There is a small table and chairs and outside communal seating for people to relax and enjoy the surroundings. For those seeking to wander, being located directly on the Thames Path this site has some lovely walks in both directions.
BEST TIMES TO VISIT
During the summer months it can get very busy due to the beautiful location so for people who want a quiet and relaxed stay, during the week is the best option. If (when) the sun comes out, it can be a lively and exciting place to be with a constant hub of people enjoying themselves in the river, on boats and in the pub garden itself.
There is a large garden marquee available for guests to hire for a variety of purposes and they’ve hosted everything from bands to discos to corporate meetings and team building functions. In fact, Ye Olde Swan hosts events throughout the year, with their most popular event being a 3 day ale and music festival called Radfest. They are also hosting their second Dubs @ The Bridge Event which is for VW and classic car enthusiasts.
This is a venue of particular historic relevance as it is the site of the famous battle of Radcot Bridge of 1387 which has a book being written about.
TELEPHONE: 0044 (0)1367810220
PRICE: Price per tipi per night (can sleep upto 4 people) varies during the year..prices start at
Monday – Thursday – April, October – 70.00
Friday, Saturday and Sunday – April, October – 100.00
Monday – Thursday – May, September – 80.00
Friday, Saturday and Sunday – May, September 120.00
Monday – Thursday – June, July and August – 90.00
Friday, Saturday and Sunday – June, July and August – 150.00