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Swinton Park Country Club and Spa
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Ripon
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 2 June 2008

We have just returned from a one night stay to celebrate our anniversary. The hotel came highly recommended to us and we were not disappointed. From the moment we were greeted at the door and shown round the hotel we were made to feel very welcome. All the staff were extemely helpful, professional and friendly. We stayed in the Constable Burton room which was just perfect,. Overlooking beautiful woodland, the room was extremely spacious, a huge bed which was just so comfortable with a lovely big bathroom. Everything was spotless and the complimentary gin/whisky and Jo Malone toiliteries were such a lovely touch. After a long walk around the beautiful gardens and around the lakes we enjoyed a lovely meal in the bar in the evening. I cannot recommend this hotel enough and will be back as soon as possible!

Stayed: June 2008
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Reviewed 16 April 2008

I love this place. Its not cheap but worth every penny. We stayed for the second time at Swinton Park and it was fantastic. The staff are great and nothing is too much trouble for them. We have stayed in the Bradford room and the Harrogate room both were massive but Bradford was my favorite.

The only down side to our last stay was the horrible weather, this ment we could not go for a walk round the fantastic grounds. But that was not the hotels fault

I can not wait to return.

  • Stayed: February 2008, travelled as a couple
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Thank lou666
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Reviewed 1 April 2008

Perfect setting, Fantastic food, and brilliant staff ~ The weather for March was mild, so a walk around the gardens in sunshine watching the rabbits play and the deer graze was ideal to relax.
My boyfriend and myself had a fantastic time, perfect for celebrating my birthday.

  • Stayed: March 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 March 2008

I cant say enough good things abot this hotel.
I booked this break on the hotels website as an after wedding treat for me and my partner. We stayed in the Harewood Suite which was fantastic. The whole hotel was reminicent of something out of Gosford Park.
The staff were excellent making us feel very comfortable in surroundings we definately arent used to.
We booked a picnic on the moors and were taken about 7 miles out to an old shooting lodge where a fire was set and the picnic laid out for us containing local pates and cheeses and champagne. Very romantic.
We ate in the local village of Masham (2 minute drive) a couple of times. Highly reccomended, especially the Black Sheep Ale which is brewed in the village.
We also ate in the hotel a couple of nights. The Samuels restaurant was lovely and the service superb but the food whilst being very good was not really for us. We much prefered the food served in the bar which was excellent quality but less formal.
Breakfast was excellent with all the choices you would expect from a hotel of this caliber.
All in all excellent service, good food and fantastic surroundings.
We will definately be going back.

Stayed: March 2008
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Reviewed 18 March 2008

This, again is a late review so my apologies.

We have stayed at Swinton Park on four occasions. The first was in 2003 and we were absolutely blown away - the service was amazing, the food impeccable. the room lovely (and this was one of the very basic rooms). There was also practically no-one in the hotel (a dark midweek evening in November) which made it feel even more exclusive.

Since then we have stayed there in 2004, 2005 and 2007. Since then we have stayed in progressively higher categories of room. The Turret room is very fairytale with an amazing bathroom and I cannot say that we noticed it being dirty. The others we have stayed in have also been of excellent quality and the staff have been very helpful if there have been any problems with the rooms (such as our bugbear of being given twin beds pushed together rather than a double bed.)

The problem with Swinton Park is that as it has become more successful the prices have risen considerably - for some rooms they have doubled in the last 5 years. As the prices have gone up, they have now reached the level of a luxury hotel and unfortunately certain parks of Swinton Park have not been upgraded to the standard of a luxury hotel. For example:

1. Most importantly the billing system - the last time we went the billing system was still based on a chaotic paper billing system backed up in some way by a computer. This led to random billing and us being charged for someone's dinner as well as our own.

2. The Spa - you expect the spa in a luxury hotel to be comprehensive and of a high quality. Swinton park try and fit a full range of spa treatments into a very small area. This means that it is hard to get bookings and no flexibility if (in our case) problems occur with bookings. We were told the wrong time for our spa treatments and when we turned up at the allotted time (sent to us by email - paper copy in hand) we were told the only treatments we could then have were the hour before we were due to leave the hotel for a 5 hour drive home - not ideal.

3. The food - when we first went it was of incredibly good value and quality. Now it is just good quality.

Despite what others have said this is still a great hotel. However the owners need to invest more money in the hotel to put it in the bracket for which they are now charging. It would be a great shame for people to think that Swinton Park was a rip off.

  • Stayed: July 2007, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 January 2008

I can't say a bad word about this hotel, as it was were I got engaged to my fantastic fiance. He booked it as surprise for my birthday last year and I had no idea where we were going - wonderful surprise driving through their wrought iron gates. Our room was huge and had two massive windows with views over the deer park and gardens. All the staff were polite but still friendly. There were flowers and chocolates in our room as well as small decanters of whisky and gin, which were complimentary - a very nice touch. The bed was turned down each night and classical music was left on quietly playing in the room for when you returned. More Moulton Brown than you could possibly use in the bathroom - which was an impressive size as well. We ate in the restuarant once and the other night in a pub in the village. The food at the hotel was delicious and what could be caught from the land was used. I think I had pheasant and he had venison. We used the spa facilities once which you have all to yourselves and I had a massage as well. Definately worth going to if you want a romantic weekend away, and even in January it was lovely. Once he had proposed it started snowing - very romantic, and we sat on a bench overlooking a lily pond. We will absolutely be going back.

  • Stayed: January 2007, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 January 2008

We weren't really sure what to expect of Swinton Park as we couldn't find much info about it when we booked it after seeing it in 'The Guest List' hotel book. The drive up to Masham was very picturesque and the hotel itself is beautiful. I think I am correct in saying that it's an independent hotel (not part of a bigger chain) and this makes it so much more personable and friendly. I had forgotten that customer service could be so good!

Our room had lovely views over the grounds and was nice and peaceful.

If you're lucky enough to stay at Swinton Park, make sure you go for a walk around the grounds as they're just gorgeous.

  • Stayed: May 2007, travelled as a couple
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Address: Masham, Ripon HG4 4JH, England
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Region: United Kingdom > England > Yorkshire > North Yorkshire > Ripon
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Ripon
Price Range: £165 - £299 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Swinton Park Country Club and Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 30
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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