Our Coaching Inn hotels were bustling coaching inns in a past life. This past has seen some fascinating stories played out in and around our hotels that are still told today. Buckingham Villiers Hotel dates back to 1577 and was Buckingham’s main coaching inn during Oliver Cromwell’s time. The hotel is designed around a cobbled courtyard that once stabled 150 horses. The oldest part of the building has retained many of the original features of the old Swan and Castle Inn with low ceilings and stone-built walls. Local legend maintains that Cromwell billeted his troops in the cockloft of the Swan and Castle Inn during the Civil War, when Buckingham was vulnerable to attacks from both London and Oxford.