Swinton Park

Csar award in 2011

In a 'superb' setting on a huge estate (with parkland, a lake and a walled garden), this 19th-century Gothic castle is the family home of Mark and Felicity Cunliffe-Lister. 'Personal and unfussy', it is run in a relaxed style. 'You can tell they have children,' said a visitor; family needs are anticipated in the bedrooms, which are equipped with nappies, wipes and baby powders. A new family suite has a large bedroom for the parents and a seating area connecting to a twin room for the youngsters. Many of the bedrooms are large (though one visitor was disappointed with a smaller room this year). A larger one was liked: it had a king-size bed, a walk-in wardrobe; a large bath reached by two steps and a separate shower in the bathroom. Tables are 'properly laid' in the dining room, where the cooking is 'superb' and the staff are 'delightful'. Chef Simon Crannage serves modern dishes, perhaps cured trout, pickled vegetables; braised belly and roast rib of fell lamb, broad bean pure. There are many activities in the grounds. (K and ME, and others)
  • 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, nr Ripon MASHAM North Yorkshire England HG4 4JH


01765 680900

Discount Vouchers

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.


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

in bar and dining room.


all ages welcomed.


not allowed in public rooms, unattended in bedrooms.

Credit cards

MasterCard, Visa.


[2014] per person B&B 78-230, D,B&B (Tues-Thurs mid-Nov-mid-Feb, excluding Christmas) 106-260. Set dinner 55-65. 1-night bookings sometimes refused Sat.

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