This is an absolutely fabulous hotel, which is in fact a fascinating example of a grand English country house, complete with stunning grounds, including woodland and lakes. Most of the main rooms are in a lavish Victorian style, absolutely exquisite examples. The dining room is perhaps the most impressive of all, but the drawing room is equally beautiful. The food is excellent, mostly an unpretentious celebration of fresh, high-quality and locally produced English food, or food from the archipelago (Scottish, English, Irish and Welsh). This included a fabulous Victorian black pudding recipe with apple, which had apparently been discovered during a renovation of the kitchens. The service was very good too. The rooms are large, and hence suitable for families, with the grounds also being grate for kids (lots of space to run and play, climbing frames and an aviary to explore) and all the staff were very child friendly. (We were not staying with our children, but lots of other guests were, and we noted how accommodating the staff were). I particularly liked the little touches: Molton Brown toiletries, very high quality fixtures and furnishings (e.g. Lefroy Brooks taps) and possibly the softest and loveliest sheets I have ever slept in. Anyone interested in little bit of British political history will also appreciate that this house is owned by the Cunliffe-Lister family, which has included Philip Cunliffe-Lister, the first Earl of Swinton, who was a member of the Thatcher Cabinet in the 1980s. There are photos and portraits of prominent conservative political figures from the 20th century dotted throughout the property (all very far from my political persuasions, but interesting nonetheless). Last but not least, the location offers you the chance to explore some of the most beautiful countryside in England (and Europe?).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A luxury castle hotel set in 200 acres of landscaped parkland in the Yorkshire Dales that is the home of the Cunliffe-Lister family and the ancestral seat of the Earl of Swinton. Traditional warmth and hospitality, contemporary comforts and award winning cuisine, with a menu inspired by the produce sourced from the surrounding estate and 4 acre walled garden. Cookery School with day and residential courses running throughout the year. Exclusive use Spa (with Jacuzzi and sauna) and treatment rooms. Conference facilities and licensed for civil ceremonies. Families welcome. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Swinton Park Hotel Masham
- Swinton Park Masham
- Hotel Swinton Park