Swinton Park

César award in 2011

The 19th-century addition of a tower, turrets and battlements to the ancestral seat of the Earl of Swinton created this mock-Gothic castle which is run in relaxed style by Mark and Felicity Cunliffe-Lister. They have furnished it with antiques and family portraits to recreate an ‘authentic stately-home experience’. It might be ‘elegant, even luxurious’, say visitors but it is ‘never stuffy’. Families are made ‘to feel particularly welcome’ (the Guide César award was for family hotel of the year): children will find a play room full of toys; kites and bikes in a boot room; countless other activities in the parkland. The smallest children are not forgotten: there are baby bathtime products and wipes; babysitting can be arranged. There are spa treatments for teenagers. The bedrooms and suites are on the first and second floors (a lift is available); many are large; they ‘had everything we could ever need’, is a recent comment. In the restaurant, Samuel’s, chef Simon Crannage uses produce from the walled kitchen garden for his seasonal dishes, perhaps poached halibut, cauliflower, broccoli, chervil and verjus sauce.
  • An enjoyable stay. We were surprised by the size of our room and general comfort of the hotel. Plenty of room in the lounges for tea and biscuits. We enjoyed a couple of hours with the falconer.

    W K Wood, 28/11/2012

  • Cheerful, efficient welcome. We were upgraded to a lovely, large room. From its panoramic windows we watched a cricket match: a nostalgic feel of old England. Super-comfortable bed. First-class housekeeping. Everything you could need. Dinner very good, but the menu didn't change, and there were some linguistic dificulties. Thoroughly deserves its place in the Guide.

    Ken & Mildred Edwards, 03/09/2012

  • I first visited five years ago and since then we have been coming two or three times a year. Every visit exceeds the previous one - so much so my fiance and I are getting married there next year. It feels like visiting the home of friends. The staff are welcoming. The food is exquisite. And Swinton welcomes children of all ages.

    Lyn Marsay, 10/10/2011

  • The chef is a pure genius; the food was absolutely exquisite. Simply fantastic. An unforgettable time, and something that will stay with us for years to come.

    Kay Hollingsworth, 22/06/2011

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Local attractions

Pony trekking
Treks across the Yorkshire Dales.
Ripon Cathedral
Initially built in the 7th century, and now a National Lottery heritage project.
Fountains Abbey
A World Heritage Site, with abbey ruins, Georgian water gardens and 800 acres of countryside.

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Contact Details

Swinton Park

MASHAM Yorkshire England HG4 4JH


01765 680900

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This hotel accepts discount vouchers which entitle readers to a 10% discount off their normal B&B rate for a single night's stay

Further Information


31. 4 suitable for disabled.


all year, restaurant closed midday Mon–Fri.


lift, ramps, 3 lounges, library, bar, restaurant, free Wi-Fi, banqueting hall, spa, games rooms, civil wedding licence, 200-acre grounds (many activities).

Background music

classical in evening in bar and dining room.


all ages welcomed.


allowed, not in public rooms, unattended in bedrooms.

Credit cards

Diners, MasterCard, Visa.


[2015] per room B&B £195–£469, D,B&B £275–£535. Set dinner £55.

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