The 72-bedroom hotel overlooks the River Avon and is a short walk to the bustling town centre.
The landmark building was one of the earliest brick houses in the town built around 1673, and the bricks are known to have been made on the site. The house has been used as an inn at least since the Restoration under its original name the ‘Bear’. It later became a warehouse and was then re-launched as ‘The Shoulder of Mutton’.
More recently, the hotel operated as the Macdonald Swan’s Nest.
Focus Hotels Management, chief executive Peter Cashman, said: “Many hotels across this region lay claim to a long history but very few can list as long or as rich a history as the Swan’s Nest Hotel.
“The town and surrounding countryside is one of the most popular visitor destinations in the country and the Swan’s Nest makes a perfect location for enjoying a relaxing break or exploring famous landmarks. You can follow in the footsteps of Shakespeare and enjoy large parts of Stratford-upon- Avon as he would have recognised it. We are thrilled to have added this great hotel to our portfolio.”
The hotel recently unveiled a collection of new suites following a £1.3m investment last year.
Focus Hotel Management is a independent hospitality management company with a portfolio of 17 hotels open, under development and in planning, totalling 1,669 bedrooms.