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Swinton Park Hotel

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Why We Love This Hotel

  • This AA 4-Red-Star hotel occupies a "castellated English stately home wrapped in parkland" (The Daily Telegraph)
  • Fountains Abbey is a 25-minute drive way, and Castle Howard takes around an hour to reach by car
  • Swinton Park is a "foodie heaven" (Red) with a "sleek and airy" (The Daily Telegraph) spa
  • Spacious country house-style guestrooms overlook the extensive landscaped grounds

94%
"Fabulous hotel & spa"
Maria
Aug 20, 2019 - York, United Kingdom
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Overview

"A more impressive Georgian country pile is hard to imagine," says The Times of Swinton Park. This Grade II-listed castle hotel offers characterful country house accommodation in "a gorgeous location" (The Good Spa Guide). 

Set in 200 acres of parkland on one of the largest private estates in England, bordering the Yorkshire Dales National Park, the hotel is built around an ivy-clad 18th-century castle "complete with battlements, a tower, and a turret" (Fodor’s). Owned by the Cunliffe-Lister family since the 1880s, and the ancestral seat of the Earl of Swinton, the hotel offers an authentic stately home experience. 

Nearby attractions include the Black Sheep Brewery, which is a 5-minute drive away and offers tours, Thorp Perrow, with its historic arboretum (about 15 minutes' drive away), and "the picturesque ruins" (Lonely Planet) of Fountains Abbey, which take 25 minutes to reach by car. The National Rail Museum and Castle Howard -- "arguably the most spectacular stately home in England" (The Independent) -- are within 70 minutes' drive of the estate.

Swinton Park's interiors have an "opulent" (The AA) feel, with "acres of polished-wood floors and dark-red rugs, vast corridors hung with gilt-framed portraits and massive windows framed with pelmeted curtains" (The Daily Telegraph). Plush public areas include a cosy sitting room with a fireplace and a terrace, a lavish lounge where afternoon tea is served, and a bar in a converted chapel. 

The hotel's "excellent" (Daily Mail) main restaurant has an "elaborate" (The Daily Telegraph) dining room and showcases local produce, including herbs, fruits and vegetables grown in Swinton Park's 4-acre kitchen garden. The AA-Rosette-awarded Terrace Restaurant & Bar offers a "cool, contemporary" (The Daily Telegraph) dining option, serving light seasonal dishes that are "really something to shout about" (Daily Mail). 

The spa holds a 5-bubble rating from The Good Spa Guide and its extensive facilities include an 18-metre indoor pool, a hydrotherapy pool, an aroma steam room and a Finnish sauna, plus an eco-friendly 10-metre outdoor pool.

Guests can enjoy a range of country pursuits, including fishing, shooting and walking in the deer-filled grounds. Other activities on the estate include falconry, a cookery school and biking (arranged on request, fees apply). 

Offering "sumptuous views of parkland, gardens or distant moors" (The Daily Telegraph), the hotel's rooms and suites are "individually designed, traditionally decorated and absolutely lovely", according to The Times. All include free Wi-Fi and tea- and coffee-making facilities, while individual features include canopy beds, sitting rooms, roll-top baths and antique furnishings. One suite is spread over three floors within the castle turret, and there's also a self-catering cottage for up to six people.

Amenities

General

  • Infant cots / cribs
  • Bar
  • Newspaper / magazines
  • Extra beds / roll away beds
  • Fitness classes
  • Games room
  • Gym / fitness center
  • Hot Tub / Jacuzzi
  • Indoor pool
  • Outdoor pool
  • Restaurant
  • Sauna / Steam Room
  • Pet-friendly
  • Spa
  • 100% smoke-free

Services

  • 24-hour front desk
  • Beauty treatments / massages (fees apply)
  • Chauffeur service (fees apply)
  • Room service (limited hours)

Room amenities

  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Safe
  • Flatscreen TV

Internet

  • Complimentary Internet access
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the hotel

Bathroom

  • Bathrobes and slippers
  • Hair-dryer
  • Luxury toiletries
  • Bathtub or shower

Parking

  • Complimentary parking

Accessibility

  • Accessible meeting room
  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible path of travel
  • Accessible pool area
  • Accessible restaurant
  • Accessible spa

Policies

Check-in: Standard Time is 3pm.
Minimum age required to check in: 18.

Checkout: Standard Time is 11am.

Children and additional guests: Crib/Pack 'n Play available upon request, for children 4 and under: £10 per night.
Extra bedding not available for older children and adults.
Please use the Special Request field to confirm the age of the third guest.
Supplements are not included automatically in the total price and will be charged directly by the hotel. See room descriptions and rate policies for information about room occupancy and prices.
Extra guest charges will apply as follows:
Breakfast is included.
Extra bed available upon request, for children 5 to 16: £40 per night.

Extra beds available and allowed in Barons Rooms only.

Pets: Dog are are allowed on request and will be charged at £25 per night. Supplements are not included automatically in the total price and will be charged directly by the hotel.
Dogs are not to be left in room unattended and can't be taken in to rooms where food is served.

Cancellation: Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

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Customer service available Monday - Friday 9am - 6pm GMT + 8.

Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

Please note: Some amenities and services may not be available in all rooms or may incur an additional charge. All prices stated have been verified at the time of publication and may vary at the discretion of the hotel.

94%
Enjoyed This
(144 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for Swinton Park Ltd over the past 15 months.
4.6 Ambiance
4.9 Location
4.5 Rooms
4.7 Quality of Service
4.4 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
Fabulous hotel & spa
Maria Aug 20, 2019 York, United Kingdom
Other Comments
I was disappointed in the room. At the time of booking, I requested a room that over looked the lake. Also, I wasn't happy when I came to check out that a discretionary service charge had been added to my bill.
Andrew Aug 14, 2019 Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Very enjoyable, fantastic location, excellent food and dining room service. Not a lot to do if bad weather outside,. Games room? Bridge, Chess, Backgammon.
Other Comments
The wardrobe was out of place situated in the bathroom.
John Aug 10, 2019 Keighley, United Kingdom
Other Comments
Staff were friendly nothing was to much trouble the hotel and grounds were fabulous
Linden Aug 10, 2019 Doncaster, United Kingdom
Other Comments
Outstanding spa and treatments
Gina Aug 09, 2019 Scarborough, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
We have always dreamed of staying at Swinton Park. We are very familiar with the area and often walk in the surrounding area. We have now experienced a delightful stay within the walls.. The spa, the fabulous walks around the various lakes.. and the beautiful deer. Hope to return soon.
john Aug 08, 2019 Northallerton, United Kingdom
Other Comments
didnt like the service charge added to account.no gin /whiskey in room as previous.didnt like black mould around shower tray
DEBBY Aug 03, 2019 Harrogate, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Was celebrating my 30th birthday early before our new arrival so was a brilliant extra special gift from the other half. Location and hotel are beautiful. The staff were very friendly and helpful making us feel very welcome even if we did feel a bit out of place in such a wonderful place. So picturesque with many activities available.
Danielle Aug 03, 2019 Cramlington, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Lovely spa afternoon. Very welcoming staff and beautiful hotel.
Other Comments
Grounds spoilt by the scruffiness of the walled garden Terrace restaurant quite limited menu
Ktima Aug 03, 2019 Richmond, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
A very enjoyable stay, professional and friendly staff. A great time spent in the Spa. The Terrace restaurant was faultless, the meal was of a high standard, cooked and presented perfectly. The staff were professional and friendly. We had a very enjoyable evening, thank you.
karen Aug 03, 2019 South Cave, United Kingdom

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