The Old Swan and Minister Mill in Minster Lovell, Oxfordshire, have been acquired from De Vere Venues by Lana de Savary.
This is the second property to be purchased by de Savary, wife of entrepreneur Peter de Savary, following her acquisition in 2009 of the Carey Arms, Inn on the Beach at Babbacombe Bay, Devon, which she has refurbished to create an eight-bedroom boutique hotel with gastropub.
Set in 60 acres of gardens, the Old Swan and Minster Mill has recently been operated jointly as a meetings and weddings venue by De Vere.
De Savary intends to divide the two businesses, giving each their own identity. She will refurbish the 16 bedrooms, bar and dining room of the Old Swan as a traditional coaching inn to create a luxury getaway for leisure travellers with a gastropub, while the 18th-century Minister Mill with 40 bedrooms will be restored and specialise in private parties, small meetings and weddings.
"My family are delighted to be taking ownership of these remarkable properties," said de Savary. "The beauty of the location, only a short drive from Oxford and London makes this a perfect country getaway."
De Savary said she would consider buying other small properties which could be transformed into boutique inns, taking inspirations from their location in terms of food and ambiance.
In the past, de Savary has played a key role in creating the interiors of her husband's former properties, including the St James's Clubs globally, the Carnegie Club at Skibo Castle, Scotland; Bovey Castle, Devon; and Stapleford Park, Leicestershire.
Recently Peter de Savary has launched the Vanderbilt Hall hotel and club in Newport, Rhode Island, and the Mount Cinnamon hotel and resort in the Caribbean island of Grenada.
By Janet Harmer
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