A high-quality boutique hotel with a restaurant is just months away from being opened in Crewkerne.
The Swan Inn is currently undergoing a massive revamp with local brothers, Julian and Oliver Campbell, hopeful that the project will be completed in time for summer.
About the hotel
The Swan Inn, located on Church Street, is a Grade II listed building within a conservation area.
The pub’s history dates back to the 1700s, when it was described as being among the four most important hostelries there were 35 hostelries in Crewkerne.
Julian, 42, admits that he and his brother were a bit mad for taking on something that needed so much work, but it saddened them seeing such an iconic part of the town go to waste.
Julian said: “For me and my brother, Crewkerne has been our local larger town for almost all of our lives.
“It’s a gorgeous, grand old building with lovely architecture and it was just sitting there rotting.
“So when it came up for sale, it was too nicer property to just let deteriorate.
“This used to be one of the grandest and smartest inns in town, but over the last 25 years it’s been falling in to a state of disrepair. It has been run into the ground.
“We took it on – some would say stupidly – to try and turn it into something nice for the community and something nice for Crewkerne.
“We work in property and this is our first attempt of running a pub and hotel. We will be bringing in people who know what they are doing when it comes to running the place!
“There are nice places in Crewkerne but a lot of people are keen for a different type of place to go.
“When we walk around the streets we get accosted by people who are dying to know when we’re going to open and what’s happening with the place.
“So hopefully the main pub and restaurant can be a wonderful place for people to eat and socialise. I don’t like the word boutique but that’s what we’re going for.
“We’ve redone the whole thing from top to bottom. On the inside we’ve put in eight new bathrooms, completely redone all the wires and plumbing, redone the kitchens and stripped it down and had a complete redoecoration.”
If redoing an entire pub and eight bedrooms was not enough, the property also has stables which have been granted planning permission for ammendments.
The pair haven’t quite decided what it will be for yet, but they hope to make it a fun part of the community.
Julian added: “With the stables outside we’ve re-roofed it and going forward we may change it into a managers flat for whoever runs it.
“There are eight bedrooms in the main building, but depending on what we do with the stables we may have another two.
“We’ve got a huge 20m function room with a lovely high sealing which we’ve redecorated and have some ideas for.
“We’ve also got a great court yard and we’re hoping to have some functions with the odd band playing. It’s going to be very family friendly, with things like outdoors pizza or a BBQ.
“We also hope to use the stable rooms for community based activities or even use it as a local cinema with slightly newer released films.
You can follow Crooked Swan’s progress on Instagram @crookedswan