This short break started out as a Red Letter Day flying experience gift I was given. It was to be a one hour flight in a light aircraft in which at some point you take the controls yourself. Nearest participating airfield to me is Blackpool. I wasn't really into the idea of my wife hanging around bored for a couple of hours, then the thought of having to spend the rest of the day in Blackpool was the decider. I exchanged the voucher for a 'Foodie Experience' at Swinton Park and boy was I glad I did!
The whole package was as follows. Afternoon tea at 3pm, lovely tea and cakes, option of sandwiches at additional cost but we gave them a miss due to having had an Olympic breakfast courtesy of one of the few remaining Little Chefs in Skipton en route. Next part of the package was exclusive use of the spa hot tub and sauna for an hour. Next we took a stroll around the beautiful grounds and had a look at the deer herd on an adjoining field. There's a walled garden and an aviary with birds of prey (the hotel offers falconry experiences and displays). We were on our own as a couple but there is also a kids play area.
The day was rounded off with a nine course foodie experience from the Sinature Tasting Menu. The food was scrumptious and everything was done, presented and described in a really unpretentious manner. I haven't done a lot of posh dining but when I have in the past I have felt a little uneasy, in contrast this was a lovely relaxing experience.
Every member of staff that we came into contact with was worthy of praise, a most helpful group of people obviously taking great pride and care in their profession. Quite a refreshing change from what I call the, 'Have a nice day' culture where everybody in the service industry seem to talk from a script nowadays.
Very well done and thanks for a great time! Oh, nearly forgot. Thanks for the complimentary drinks in our room on arrival!
- 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