We booked the Gourmet Weekend Package as a birthday treat for my partner. We stayed in the Swaledale room for 2 nights, it was very fresh with everything having its place. The bed was enormous (6ft wide) and comfy. The bathroom had been recently renovated giving a modern feel with luxury toiletries by Molton Brown. The view was of the back car park but we were made aware of this before booking not that we spent any time at all looking out of our window!! The drive up to the hotel is stunning words couldn't do it justice.
We dined in Samuel's restaurant, which is 3AA rosettes,on the first night (this is the second time we have been for food here) it was just as good if not better this time round.
There was a good selection of dishes and the chef catered for our dietary requirements.
The staff were very very friendly and attentive however we did have some language barriers with some of the staff, it didn't effect the service but took slightly longer to get our requests understood.
Cookery experience - As part of the gourmet package 2 cookery demonstrations were included hosted by Stephen Bulmer, head of the cookery school. During the demonstrations we were joined by a local butcher who was North East England and Yorkshire winner for his luxury sausages. He led an interesting demo carving a lamb showing us each cut of meat. We learnt a lot! Later that day during the second demonstration Stephen cooked a fantastic dish using the lamb cuts and local fresh produce.
As part of the first demo we were also lucky enough to sample Masons Gin with the creators, again learning a wealth of information about Gin.
We had 2 wine tasting sessions sampling 5 wines each night. Pedro was very informative and we were lucky enough to be joined by the hotel manager Tom Lewis who certainly knows his wines giving some great tips on how to get the most out of our wine.
The second nights evening meal was in the private dining room joined by 19 other gourmet weekenders. We thoroughly enjoyed 6 courses of food paired with wine complimenting each course. Again the chef was able to adhere to our dietary requirements.
On both days there was a self service afternoon tea which was delicious, there was a good range of food which we couldn't resist a try of everything. The staff continuously refilled plates ensuring there was enough for everyone.
Breakfast each morning again was faultless, a wide range of selection of hot made to order food and a help yourself continental buffet.
In addition to the gourmet package my partner enjoyed an hour long treatment in the spa. I did assume I would be able to use the spa facilities while my partner was being seen to, however this is private use only and must be booked in advance. However the treatment was great, the girl providing the treatment was lovely making the experience all the more enjoyable.
We both thoroughly enjoyed our stay and was certainly worth the money. The 2 days were very well planned out allowing us to experience everything there was to offer.
We definitely recommend this package or even any element of our stay at Swinton Park.
- 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