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Swinton Park Country Club and Spa
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Ripon
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed June 13, 2014

We have stayed in Swinton Park in summer 2014. We wanted to stay there because we came from Australia and were very keen to experience a "castle" stay. It was the best stay we have ever had in Europe or in Australia. Originally we booked for 2 nights, even before arriving we extended our stay to 3 nights because we read up on what one can do and see in the area. Swinton park offers many activities on their territory, as well as the many historical places in close proximity. When we arrived, met the staff and saw the room, we extended our stay for one more night. The room decor (we stayed in two different rooms) was lovely, very authentic. It was our biggest surprise and disappointment with some other "castle" hotels we have seen - to see a modern room. If I wanted to stay in a modern room I would have stayed in a modern hotel. However, we wanted an authentic experience, a real English decor...a touch of older days...history...and Swinton Park certainly offers that.

The building and the grounds are stunning. The park and the lakes are amazing. We went for many walks in the garden and even my husband, who would prefer to ride a motorbike everywhere he goes, thoroughly enjoyed the gardens. He even took up running in the mornings.

Service was incredible. By far better than any 5 star hotel we ever stayed in. Staff are knowledgeable, friendly and extremely helpful. They go above and beyond to help and accommodate guests every need.

The scones for the afternoon tea are amazing best we have tried in the U.K. and so far we had scones in London, Plymouth, Bath and Oxford...so you can say we sampled few areas. The restaurant is amazing. Food is to die for. The only suggestion we can make that it would be lovely to have an option of a 5 or 7 course degustation menu, From experience eating in many restraunts the chef should have a couple of dish variations when offering a degustation menu, as trying to find a set 5 or 7 courses that would please every guests taste is an impossible task. Another suggestion would be to maybe offer, a slightly larger main course for the classic menu or, perhaps, a choice of side dishes...even if it would cost a little extra. My husband had to order two mains, because he was not quite filled by one. :-) And a plain warm bread was also something we missed even though the types of bread offered were very nice. This is just nit picking and just suggestions as in no way were we dissatisfied and the staff did cater for our every request.

It was a pleasant surprise that hotel is dog friendly. We didn't have our boys with us, but for us, it was lovely to see the occasional pooch. ( Not something we are used to as in Australia most hotels are not pet friendly. As animal lovers find this a wonderful attribute).

My Husband took part in a half day fly fishing with Ollie and loved it and to anyone staying at Swinton park wondering what activities to do he would highly recommend this activity. He was a very knowledgeable fisherman and my husband got onto 3 lovely brown trout for his half day. We also both took part in horse riding and also would recommend this activity, very pleasurable ride.

We have read some of the negative reviews that people wrote about Swinton Park and we, honestly, do not understand how can anyone possibly have had a bad experience. Most of those complaints are about standard hotel rules, which one would encounter almost anywhere they go. And at Swinton Park the staff are by far more accommodating and helpful than anywhere else...but come on...everyone and everything has a limit.

Personally, we would recommend this hotel to everyone. As a matter of fact we have already done so, suggesting Swinton park to our soon to be married friends and we very much hope they will take our advice. You must visit this place it is certainly worth it!

Big thanks to all the staff at Swinton Park. You made me, personally, feel like a princess. It was the most enjoyable stay ever.

Best Regards,

From your Australian Visitors

Kev and Lera

  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 12, 2014

This review is a little late - my apologies!

We had a fabulous time at the BBQ cook & lunch.

We were greeted on arrival at Reception, and then transported to the Deerhouse by the lovely Tom - there was the option to drive ourselves, but we feared our little focus would not make it up the track!

Steve, the Chef, was there to greet us at the Deerhouse, and from that moment on, we were entertained by his skills and his stories. We prepared a feast, then sat at a grand table to eat.

Being BBQ novices, we learned a lot from our experience - and even went to buy a WEBBER BBQ like the one we used there!

Thank you to the team at Swinton Park - now we're thinking of trying the Thai Cookery Course too!

  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 9, 2014 via mobile

There's no way to do justice to this place in a review. If you're thinking it looks interesting, multiply your expectations by a factor of 100. It's terrific and you should just make your reservations now.

One special call out: we did an all day falconry experience with Sophie's mother, Mandy, which was unbelievably fun, and reason enough to stay here (if there weren't dozens of others). Thanks Mandy!

Stayed: May 2014
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Reviewed June 5, 2014

I stayed here for 2 nights during a works training course.
I can honestly say I cannot think of a dingle thing to moan about (apart from the weather)
The food was excellent, the staff were very friendly, the room was huge and clean, the bathroom was out of this world.
The decor wasn't my style (very old) but it suited the rest of the hotel.

Stayed: June 2014, traveled on business
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Reviewed June 2, 2014

We stayed at Swinton park for our anniversary plus a dozen or so close friends.
We adored the rooms which are all so totally gorgeous and individual. The staff were helpful in the extreme in showing us all the available rooms so that we could choose the best in advance of our stay. Nothing was too much trouble.
I have to mention that each room gets complimentary decanters of Whiskey Gin. They were emptied!
The setting and grounds are beautiful and to wake up to see the Deer wandering close by is delightful.
We had the Bridal suite which was the size of a decent apartment with a HUGE canopy bed that you could get lost in. The room sizes were enormous with a full size attached lounge.
The private dining experience with private pre dinner drinks was faultless and the whole experience was one that we will all cherish for a long time.
We know the surrounding area well and would not know where to start recommending to visit as there is so much to see and do.

Thank you to all the staff involved.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 2, 2014

I booked Swinton Park for a small work conference. There were 8 of us in total, there for 2 days staying 1 night.

The Library was excellent for our needs and the staff could not have been more helpful. Before the event, the arrangements and timings changed many times and these were all accommodated without any problem. Even on the day we needed to change the times of lunches etc and it was never a problem.

I would definitely recommend the treasure hunt - it was a fun way to get some fresh air after a long day of meetings.

The lunches, dinners, breakfasts were all fantastic and way beyond our expectations. We went to the games room after dinner which was excellent for team building!

All of the staff were friendly and extremely helpful and the bedrooms were all immaculate and very luxurious.

Having stayed in similar hotels in previous years for the same event, Switon Park was far superior. I would definitely book again.

  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled on business
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Reviewed May 29, 2014

Set in parkland, surrounded by deer and rabbits, this a stately-home hotel (think Downton Abbey) which has an excellent restaurant and fun activities for the kids. We visited with our ten, nine and six year olds who loved the horse riding and the birds of prey center. They had such fun on a lesson and trek in the morning at the pony center that they returned the same afternoon for a second lesson and ride (Thank you Fiona) . We were very impressed by the quality of the instructors and the care they took of our horse riding novices. Thank you Jane and Tim. Sophie at the bird of prey center soon had owls and hawks landing on our children's outstretched hands. Although the hotel is outstanding in its own right, the activities for children at the trekking and the bird centers turn it into an unforgettable experience. Having happy and delighted children made our stay much better too!

  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled with family
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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
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Ripon
Price Range: $222 - $411 (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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