Good Hotel Guide Review
Much altered since it was begun in 1695, the Cunliffe-Lister family’s neo-Gothic, castellated fantasy castle is ‘a very special place, grand and imposing’, in ‘simply glorious’ pleasure grounds and parkland. It returns to the Guide with a strong reader endorsement and the addition of ten new bedrooms in the coach house. From ‘knights’ rooms’ to signature suites, all are spacious, with an espresso machine, fine toiletries, access to Swinton Country Club. The opulent Georgian drawing room is hung with oil paintings and filled with antiques. There is estate-to-plate fare inside or out at the Terrace Restaurant, and fine dining in Samuel’s Restaurant. A stay here is a big experience: ‘Beware, it is addictive.’
42. 10 in Coach House, 1 fully adapted for disabled.
all year, Samuel’s Restaurant closed at lunchtime.
lift, library, sitting room, drawing room, morning room, lower hall, restaurants, bar, terrace, billiards room with cinema and den, meeting/conference facilities, in-room TV, spa, indoor pool (18m), outdoor pool (10m), civil wedding licence, EV charging, 200-acre parkland in 20,000-acre estate.
piano music in drawing room, spa and restaurant.
all ages welcomed, extra bed £35 (but child-friendly packages available).
allowed in most bedrooms, billiards room, morning room, lower hall (£30 per dog per night, towels, bed, chew, bowls).
room-only doubles from £275, breakfast from £22.50. À la carte (Terrace) £40, tasting menu (Samuel's) £85. 1-night bookings often refused Sat.
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