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
My wife and I had a two day stay at the beginning of March 2018.
The public rooms are well up to the standards of a Country House Hotel. It is set in beautiful ground with a deer park, not far from Masham.
Our room was large with a good view and a modern well equipped bathroom. The bed was comfortable with good linen. However the furniture was a let down in that it looked as though it had been obtained in a charity shop and well out of keeping with that of a Country House Hotel.
We had had a large lunch prior to arrival, and wished only for some sandwiches and soup. We asked several staff if we could be provided with these and the answer was a that they were not available.
We went to the more modern dining room which had a limited menu, and experienced a rather poor snack meal The dining room looked like a large factory cafeteria.
At the first breakfast the fried egg was hard and semi cold.
The staff were polite.
Have just read my review for 2013, we did return several times, again most enjoyable. That is why this year we were so disappointed. To start with the Reception Area certainly requires a "make over", so small, dull and untidy. The Staff both at Reception and Catering were not as efficient. On two occasions after a long wait had to ask at Reception if we were going to be served. Lounge area also not too clean. The Morning Coffee and shortbread, also Afternoon Tea were up to usual standard which accounts for the 2 stars. I doubt we will be back, despite planning to return, next year, with family to celebrate a very special Wedding Anniversary.
Our second visit and definitely not the last! about the best UK hotel we have ever stayed in, nothing is too much trouble for this hotel and the beds are divine as is the service and all the facilities, not to mention the food. The grounds are a dream to walk in. We'll be back!
Our room was very comfortable, with lovely views from the windows. We enjoyed an excellent lunch at the Terrace restaurant. All produce direct from the garden, so wonderfully fresh. Then in the evening we dined in Samuel's where each course was simply art on a plate, with unusual, but delicious treatments of the (again) very fresh ingredients. The only drawback for us was that there were several steps to negotiate on our way to our room. As I use a wheelchair, this was a bit awkward, but not enough to ruin our stay. Otherwise, a very enjoyable stay in a beautiful hotel.
I booked a night at Swinton for my partners 30th including dinner and breakfast in the Samuel’s restaurant. Everything was outstanding including service, food and the falconry experience the following morning. The grounds are stunning and we loved exploring the next day! Would reccomend for a special occasion!