What We Love
- A luxury spa hotel within a historic castle in northern England, with breakfast and discountsThe range of activities available, from country pursuits to relaxing in the spa
- The beautiful castle features – clock towers, stables and turrets
- Roaming the Dales and dreaming of hunky Heathcliff
- Making the most of your spa-treatment discount
What To Know
- The Turret Suite is perhaps the most unique room – it's spread across three floors – but going from the bedroom to the bath includes a flight of 20+ stairs
- Free WiFi is hit or miss
- There are plenty of onsite activities including falconry, clay pigeon shooting, fishing, biking, and more
A grand old castle amid a vast country estate, Swinton Park offers a beautiful escape in northern England’s Yorkshire Dales. Surrounded by 200 acres of parkland holding no less than five lakes, this luxurious hideaway boasts plenty of wholesome country pursuits to indulge in, like shooting, riding, fishing and falconry. If you’re itching to roam further, the Dales are right on your doorstep, with their pretty villages and picturesque trails for walking and cycling.
This magnificent property has been in the Cunliffe-Lister family since 1880 and feels more like a high-end home than a hotel. Relaxed, welcoming social areas and excellent service combine to create a truly peaceful country house (which just so happens to don a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence). The bedrooms are beautiful and individually designed to the last detail, as is Samuel’s, the stunning dining room with an original gold-leaf ceiling and award-winning cuisine.
With a Michelin-trained chef on hand to impart his wisdom, you might want to join one of the popular cooking classes in the converted Georgian stable wing. Or if that all sounds too strenuous, make a reservation for the exclusive-use spa to relax in the hot tub or sample one of the many enriching Thalgo treatments on offer.
Good to know
Please note that in order to use the sauna and hot tub, you must book in advance; the facilities are open between 9am and 8pm.
Swinton Park is pooch-friendly – dogs are very welcome, with blankets, bowls and treats provided for a supplement of £25 per dog, per night.
How to Get There
We had a cheeky 1 night stay at Swinton. 3 of us, myself, my wife and our nearly 1 year old. We took our own travel cot but they will provide them. The property itself stands in a fantastic location. You arrive through the stone gates and drive up the winding drive. Very impressive!
Check in was great, there was a French sounding chap who booked us in and arranged for some help with our bags. Couldn't be nicer really. We stayed in the Masham room. It was very large with a nice bathroom, powerful shower over the bath and a sofa looking out across the grounds. We also had some fizz in the room for us which was nice. The décor is not modern but tastefully vintage which suits the hotel.
We took a walk around some of the grounds, there is plenty to see including a walled garden, Avery, lake and lots of wooded areas. To make the most of the visit in the time we had we went to the spa area which accepts children from 4pm. This area is really modern, spotlessly clean and once again the staff were brilliant. There are family changing areas and lots of clean towels, robes etc. The main indoor pool is 1.2m deep and warm. My little one was quite happy splashing about for 45mins. There is also an outdoor area with a mineral pool which we didn't use.
After our swim we changed for dinner and went to eat at The Terrace restaurant. Again modern in design. We had a high chair provided. The food arrived in a timely manner, the duck egg dipper starter was great as was braised beef main course. The wine was very nicely presented. Again the staff were great.
After dinner baby fell asleep and we had another drink in the Drawing Room which is a large and traditional room in the main hotel.
One gripe! The bedding, (quilt,) on the large bed is very starchy. that's not a problem for comfort but every time you roll over or move in bed it is very noisy. We were worried it would wake the little one up.
So on to breakfast, a great choice of food in another massive traditional room, incredibly high but also nicely warm. We took some baby porridge powder with us and they happily made it up for us. Not only that but Gay the lady waiting on our table then proceeded to feed our little chappy his breakfast which was a good help. She was really friendly and this helped out and kept him interested whilst we relaxed and ate our breakfast. That's called going the extra mile!
Checkout was as expected and we can honestly say we had a really good one light stay, we wished it was longer. After our visit we went to Harrogate to RHS Harlow Carr gardens about 45 mins away.
Had a lovely time with group of friends. Main downside was that the fridge is too small for a cottage that sleeps 8 - the kitchen has plenty of space for a bigger one. Comfortable beds and sofa bed. The shower is fine but room not well ventilated
Great spa, quality rooms, pretty good food. Staff with some personality. And an aviary to give you a reason to have a walk after a big breakfast. A bit quiet mid week so not great if you want atmosphere, but good if you want to get away from it all.
Sumptuous reception rooms, comfortable bedroom with views and lovely walks through the gardens to the lakes. We would definitely choose to stay at Swinton Park Hotel again and would recommend it to our friends.
This was the second time we had visited the hotel and we were really glad we came back as we had such a lovely time. The staff have thought of everything and nothing was too much trouble - they really do make you feel like your visit is important to them. We found all the staff went over and above, especially the Scottish night porter (we can’t recall his name) and the hospitality manager, Martin. The food was absolutely delicious in the Terrace restaurant, and breakfast in Samuels exceptional with great veggie options. Our room was beautiful and comfortable and we would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending this beautiful hotel to others.
The extensive grounds were stunning (deer, squirrels, baby ducks, geese a plenty) and we absolutely love the spa. We’ve been lucky enough to travel and stay in some lovely hotels, but we have to say, that Swinton Park is our favourite, due to its combination of gorgeous location and exceptional service.