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Swinton Park Estate

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There are currently no planned visits to Swinton for 2022

About Swinton Park Estate

Swinton Estate is a 20,000 acre Yorkshire Estate situated close to the market town of Masham in Wensleydale and owned by the Cunliffe-Lister family since the 1880s. As well as being a rural Estate made up of farmland, forestry and open moorland, the Estate is also home to Swinton Park Hotel, Swinton Cookery School, Swinton Bivouac glamping site and Café and Swinton Country Club & Spa. The iconic Yorkshire landscape is ideal for getting outside and enjoying the countryside with a range of outdoor activities available on the Estate, including fishing, shooting, pony trekking, mountain biking and golf.

Swinton Park is a luxury Grade II listed castle hotel set within 200 acres on parkland and gardens on the Swinton Estate. The 42 bedroom luxury hotel recently featured on the BBC’s Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond the Lobby.

Construction of Swinton Park first started in 1695 by the Danby family, during the mid-1970’s it was developed to include the stable block and gatehouse, with the wonderful parkland being created together with the chain of five lakes. In the early 1800’s, the Cunliffe-Lister family came to Swinton, with Samuel Cunliffe-Lister, a pioneer in the wool and silk combining industry in Bradford, developing Swinton Park further, including adding the wing which now houses Samuel’s Restaurant. From 1975 to 1997, Swinton Park was owned and run as a management training centre by Lindley Lodge, bought back by the Cunliffe-Lister family in May 2000. Swinton Park opened as a 4-star hotel on 19th March 2001 by Mark & Felicity Cunliffe-Lister, followed by the Cookery School in 2003, Swinton Bivouac in 2012 and the Country Club & Spa in 2017.

On this fabulous trip to Swinton Estate, you will be welcomed with a glass of prosecco before afternoon tea is served in the Library. Learn more about the history of the Estate with a talk after afternoon tea before being able to explore the grounds with access to the parkland and gardens. Visit the working kitchen Walled Garden which is run by Head Gardener and Mark’s Mum, Dame Susan Cunliffe-Lister, where Chefs are often seen picking fresh ingredients for the restaurant and flowers are grown for the floral displays around the hotel. Walk the parkland, visit the lakes, witness the herd of Fallow deer and enjoy the Birds of Prey at the Swinton Estate. Afternoon Tea will be served in the Library at 12.30pm, departing at 04.30pm.

On the 8th of July there is a local cricket match being held on the front lawn with the awe-inspiring back drop of the turret and Yorkshire landscape.

Swinton Park Hotel

Swinton Park Champagne afternoon tea

Swinton Park

Swinton Park Birds of Prey

Swinton Park Afternoon Tea

Swinton Park Lake


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