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Swinton Park Country Club and Spa
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Ripon
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed January 25, 2014

OK, back on the UK roads again, this time for Mrs G's birthday. We booked a night at Swinton Park on recommendation from Mrs G's niece who stayed there in October. Arrived at 2pm to find that the hotel was suffering intermittent power cuts as the power company was trying to restore the system since the recent gales. However, it was daylight so we were able to check into the room. All very good up to this point and the room was high in the building and large and spacious with a cricket theme (which probably explains the green wallpaper). We could only have a sandwich because of the power cuts, and to be honest it wasn't the finest we've eaten, but we'll make allowances because of the situation. The house white wine was delicious, from Galicia in northern Spain and good value at £5 a decent glass.
The lights were due back on at 3pm ish, but didn't come on until 5.30, by which time the place was festooned with candles which created a real winter atmosphere. Out jovial 'wartime spirit' mood was doubtless helped by the free glass of champagne that the general manager forced upon us.
Now for dinner - we chose the seven course tasting menu, and we were not disappointed. The introductory glass of champagne and canapes were perfect which provided an excellent curtain raiser for what was to follow. Lovely table in the window, fine glasses and napery and the service was first class, every dish explained and the accompanying wines provided a real sense of fine dining. Big roaring fire, exquisite food - what's not to like. It's not a cheap night away, but it's ideal for a special occasion. Mrs G gave it a big 'yes' vote, so that's fine by me.

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  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 24, 2014

This is the fifth time we have stopped here and it wont be our last. This time we stppoed in the Bradford and the room and views were wonderful. As usual the staff and in particular the general manager and receptionist were all very attentive and nothing was too much trouble. The atmosphere and ambience ensure a very relaxing break.

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 22, 2014

We had a family birthday celebration at the Swinton Park, including four grandchildren in our party. From the moment we arrived the staff were unfailingly helpful - on the first night when we were arriving from different parts of the country at different times, a table was arranged for us in the bar so that we could eat whenever we wanted - important for the smallest grandchildren. That was just one example of the way in which all staff went out of their way to ensure that we had a great weekend. Rooms were excellent and again the staff who dealt with our initial booking helped by suggesting that one family could share a suite with children's beds rolled into the sitting room - it worked perfectly. The food was high quality with great attention to detail and to the needs of the children. It was a one-off birthday occasion and fairly expensive but certainly worth the expense. We look forward to visiting again as a couple - an extremely relaxing place to stay.

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 18, 2014

Great parkland castle style country house hotel. Views onto the deer park, helpful and friendly staff. Upmarket without being uncomfortable. Great effort around Halloween for the kids. Excellent food.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 16, 2014 via mobile

This is our third visit in 5 months nothing disappoints. the staff are friendly & welcoming, the food is lovely. we stayed in the haworth room this time as weve stayed in the burton agnes & the castle howard rooms before all the rooms are spotless & big & the turn down service on a night is a lovely touch they even put lipbalm on your bed which is moulton brown of course! carnt wait to return here to this special place.

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Reviewed January 13, 2014

For the third year in a row I have organised a 3 day stay with a party of friends. The quality of the accommodation, food and service this year was as good as ever. We enjoyed the option of private dining but having eaten in the main restaurant as well I can give it top marks too.
We've booked again for January 2015 but will be back again this February for a birthday celebration. A most comfortable and romantic hotel.

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Reviewed January 9, 2014

Had a wonderful short break at Swinton Park over the festive period. Room was amazing, big comfy bed and lovely relaxing bathroom with Molton Brown products. The food was fantastic cooked to perfection. Had a great time experimenting with short cookery demonstration from Simon the chef. On the Last morning we had a real treat with an amazing falconry display. Would recommend this hotel to anyone. This short break made our Christmas so special. Can't wait to go again.

Room Tip: All rooms are lovely and quiet. Had a wonderful restful night.
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  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Swinton Park Country Club and Spa

Address: Masham, Ripon HG4 4JH, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > Yorkshire > North Yorkshire > Ripon
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center 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: $216 - $397 (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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