The owner of the Swan in Church Street is hoping to re-open the historic inn as a high quality boutique hotel with restaurant by this Summer. Julian Campbell said: “We are hopeful for a mid May opening.” The Grade II listed building in a conservation area, whose origins date back to the 1700’s, was described as being among the four most important hostelries in 1751 when there were 35 hostelries in Crewkerne.
The main building has undergone major renovations to restore it to its former glory, in sympathetic style to its original architecture and period features. One of the last hurdles to overcome before re-opening is to receive Listed Building Consent for alterations to the stable building and rear yard. Crewkerne Town Council recommended approval of the plans at their January meeting of the Planning & Highways Committee, provided the Conservation Officer at South Somerset District Council, whose report they had been unable to view, “is happy.”
In previous comments the town council said: “We are aware that the owner of the Swan Hotel is working closely with the Conservation Officer at SSDC. It is a sensitive development in an historical building which will be an asset to the town.” SSDC were expected to make a decision on the proposed alterations to the stable building by January 29th but the time frame has been extended to February 4th. This will enable SSDC to take into account amended plans recently submitted and confirmation that the specified materials of natural slate for the roof and lime render/plaster for the walls with preferred height of elevation for doors and windows, mentioned in the Conservation Officer’s report has been agreed.
The local community are looking forward to seeing the scaffolding removed from the landmark building, one of the first things that visitors see on arriving in the town centre on the main road from Chard. Many are also waiting to dine in the hotel’s restaurant and are anticipating what the menu will offer. The featured photograph of the Swan, showing a glimpse of the stable building on the left, was taken by Mike Smith in 2013 for www.geograph.org.uk and reused under Creative Commons Licence.