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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 Magazine) with a "sleek and airy" (The Daily Telegraph) spa
  • Spacious country house-style guestrooms overlook the extensive landscaped grounds

"The building and grounds were super. Seeing the birds of prey was a bonus"
May 5, 2019 - Beverley, United Kingdom
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"A more impressive Georgian country pile is hard to imagine," says The Times of Swinton Park Hotel. 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, this Baronial hotel occupies 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 tours of the Black Sheep Brewery, a 5-minute drive away, 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 Hotel'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 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.



  • 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


  • 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


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


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


  • Complimentary parking


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


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.
Breakfast is included.
Extra bed available upon request, for children 5 to 12: £35 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.

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(102 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for Swinton Park Ltd over the past 15 months.
4.7 Ambiance
4.9 Location
4.6 Rooms
4.7 Quality of Service
4.5 Value for the Money
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Minor niggles that distracted from what should have been an exceptional experience. However, Having advised staff of our concerns we were surprised to receive a call from their Mr Martin Kenny offering us a return complimentary visit which we have accepted. Can not fault their customer service and am sure we will enjoy our return visit to this beautiful facility.
leslie May 14, 2019 Cramlington, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The building and grounds were super. Seeing the birds of prey was a bonus
Other Comments
The room was quite nice but not exceptional even though I paid an extra £30 to upgrade
Joyce May 05, 2019 Beverley, United Kingdom
Other Comments
Exceptional spa and meal in The Terrace was excellent.
N A May 04, 2019 Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Julie May 02, 2019 Stockton on tees, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The spa was amazing and all staff were very professional and polite.
Cheryl Apr 29, 2019 Skipton, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Spa is lovely,facilities are excellent.Wasn't busy so able to access everything.Relaxed atmosphere.
Other Comments
A lovely hotel ,staff very friendly .Breakfast delicious.
Fiona Apr 28, 2019 Northallerton, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The staff were great. The main building and rooms were super. The Spa and pool were superb. The best breakfast we have had for a long, long time! The grounds and walk/s were fantastic.
Other Comments
Our bedroom. The corridor to it was hot and smelly of food. The room itself was small, stiflingly hot, with some of the food smell. The room was dark (painted) and with not much lighting. It was too near extractor fans from the kitchen. We also had issues with the shower cleanliness. Generally, the room was not as expected or shown on their web site. Our room Aysgarth Falls, is not shown or listed on their web site under "Knights" rooms - curious!
Paul Apr 27, 2019 York, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Friendly staff and excellent food
Johanne Apr 26, 2019 York, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The attention to detail in rooms, service and spa
Other Comments
Beautiful hotel in a stunning park setting. Lovely rooms and relaxing spa.
Marion Apr 24, 2019 Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The spa was amazing. As the weather was great, we used the outdoor natural pool and hot tub and relaxed outside on sun beds
Other Comments
The breakfast was excellent
Julie Apr 22, 2019 Darlington, United Kingdom

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