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Swinton Park Country Club and Spa
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Ripon
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 11 June 2012

This hotel gets everything absolutely spot on, from the warm welcome at reception to the guided tour from Dave and the impecable attention to detail - I have to count this as the best hotel experience I have ever had. Nothing is too much trouble, the facilities are spot on and you are treated like a welcome guest at a wonderful private country castle. The food is spectacular and I cannot understand why it doesn't have a Michelin star - we had the 7 course tasting menu. Quiet, tranquil and understated, the peace and quiet was just what we needed to unwind. The bed was the most comfortable I have ever slept in, the bathroom amazing and the moulton brown toiletries lovely, nice go to a hotel and not have to take shampoo and conditioner because quality has been provided. The complimentary gin and tonic in the room was big enough for a double for two and the delivery of fresh ice delightful. I can't stop raving about this place and am just looking forward to our next trip. I will be booking to go back in winter as the fires in the main rooms look specacular. The privacy of the grounds and the walks also mean that you are usually the only people to be seen in the grounds, they are that vast. This has set me up for disapointment for any other hotel as I will forever be comparing.

Room Tip: Look for the rooms with the best bathrooms as some have the most amazing massive tubs and also a roo...
  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 June 2012

I use Swinton Park to recharge my batteries ~ just the odd night every now and again. I go on my own and never feel out of place or awkward. The food is divine, the surroundings just perfect. The staff friendly and professional.The Birds of Prey flying demonstration is a good pre-breakfast activity.

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 29 May 2012

The landscape was superb but the rooms had a heating problems. Our room was above the kitchen and the pronbem is known and they do NOT do anything against it.
The number of TV channels is VERY limited.
At least the food was good

Room Tip: NOT above the kitchen
  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled with family
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1  Thank henryschoice
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gmswintonpark, Manager at Swinton Park Country Club and Spa, responded to this reviewResponded 2 June 2012

Dear Henry

Thank you for your review regarding your recent stay at Swinton Park and I understand that during your stay the room was hotter than we would prefer. This was due to the small but hot period of nice weather in May 2012, and as the house is a Grade 2 listed building we cannot put modern a/c units into each room to solve the un-naturally hot heat during that weekend. We do remember your stay with us and I was pleased to note that we did offer fans for the room and changed your duvet to sheets which I hope helped. Finally to show our concern for your stay we did also wish to move you to the best suite in the house, which you may have forgotten, but you decided you would prefer to stay in your orignal room, so I can only apologise for you not allowing us to help you enjoy your experience further. I appreciate your point about the tv channels and presently we do have 13 channels with a view to increase this shortly. It was lovely to read that you enjoyed our award winning restaurant that prides itself on sourcing local produce from our 'local hero' suppliers list and from our own 20,000 acre estate which includes a 4-walled acre garden offering 60 different fruit, vegetables and herbs which goes straight into our kitchens to use. Thank you for your review and I hope you will give us the opportunity of welcoming you back to Swinton Park in the near future.

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Reviewed 29 May 2012

We have stayed at Swinton Park 3 times now, most recently this April. From the moment you arrive you know this hotel is very special. The staff are efficient and helpful but always relaxed and friendly, and the restaurant staff are very well trained and knowledgeable. The building itself is simply beautiful, with so many fascinating architectural features. We have stayed in three different rooms (Bradford, Fountains Abbey and Burton Agnes) and all were excellent, each with its own individual character. We particularly liked Bradford and Burton Agnes, which are corner rooms with lovely views over the grounds and the river. Everything is provided for, from Molton Brown toiletries in the beatiful bathrooms to a small decanter of gin and whisky. (A gin and tonic whilst soaking in the bath is a wonderful way to start your evening here). The little jacuzzi-spa can be pre-booked for your private use for an hour, at no extra cost and we found this a lovely way to unwind after our journey or a day out. Spa treatments are also very good and even my husband thoroughly enjoyed his hot and cold stone massage. The restaurant is, for us, a major part of any stay at Swinton Park. The food is an absolute delight and the staff cannot be faulted. From pre-dinner drinks in the drawing room, the meal itself and coffee and petit-fours back in the drawing room, it is a wonderful experience. Of course a hotel like this does not come cheap, but there are often special offers which can make a stay very good value indeed. We shall be back next time we have something to celebrate!

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  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 May 2012

We stayed at Swinton Park for two nights in May 2012. Simply the best hotel i have ever stayed in for so many reasons. Primarily the staff who are faultless and the relaxed luxury of the hotel. Already booked to go back for our 25th Anniversary. Although the prices are high i think they do represent good value for money. The food is exquisite and the quality of rooms and special touches are worth every penny. I cant wait to go back. Truly not one thing i would change.

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Additional Information about Swinton Park Country Club and Spa

Address: Masham, Ripon HG4 4JH, England
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Region: United Kingdom > England > Yorkshire > North Yorkshire > Ripon
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre 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: ₹ 13,793 - ₹ 28,289 (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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