Swinton Park Castle

Outskirt Yorkshire United Kingdom

From: 1295 to: 3500 / week.
Night : 150

Swinton Park Castle

Castle - Outskirt

A luxury castle hotel, in the Yorkshire Dales, set amongst the extensive 200 acre estate

Owned by the Cunliffe-Lister family since the 1880s, and the ancestral seat of the Earl of Swinton, guests at the hotel enjoy an authentic stately home experience that combines the traditional warmth of a family home with all the modern creature comforts of a contemporary hotel.

Each of the hotel’s 32 spacious bedrooms is individually designed, with a choice of views across the gardens, lake or parkland.

Food also plays a prominent role at the hotel – from the commitment to minimising food miles and the four acre kitchen garden, to the award-winning restaurant and cookery school.

Weddings in the Swinton Park Castle

The grandeur of this historic building is complemented by the friendly and professional team who provide a level of service second-to-none.

A wide range of function rooms for a ceremony, wedding breakfast or celebration are available, enabling the castle to accommodate your every need, from a small intimate affair to something on a much grander scale.

Weddings at Swinton Park can be booked as a non-exclusive event, using one or more of the visually stunning reception rooms, with accommodation taken as required, or as an exclusive use event, taking over the whole castle and all 32 bedrooms for your big day. The team at the castle are equipped to cater for everything, from intimate weddings for 2 right up to the most grand affairs with a maximum of 250 attendees (through use of a marquee in the grounds).

32 indiviudally designed bedrooms
Weddings in the castle (upto) 100
Weddings using a marquee (upto) 250
Castle weddings for two (Show Packages »)
The castle’s award-winning modern British cuisine places an emphasis on seasonal fresh produce sourced from the surrounding family estate and the hotel’s walled garden. The array of menus offer an extensive range of dishes, which are complemented by a carefully selected wine list, that will help make your wedding breakfast truly unforgettable.


Combining the authentic natural elements of the Yorkshire Dales’ countryside with contemporary design and sophistication, the Swinton Country Club & Spa offers a unique wellbeing experience.

As a hotel guest, you have use of the Country Club and Spa facilities from 3pm on the day of your arrival to 11am on the day of departure. The spacious and light spa facility instils calm relaxation from the moment you arrive. There is an 18-metre indoor swimming pool and a hydrotherapy pool, whilst outdoors on the pool terrace there is a cedar hot tub and a 10-metre natural pool. Children can use the pool from 9:30am – 10am and 4:30pm – 5:30pm, with adult supervision.

Spa heat rooms include an aroma steam room which features seasonal natural fragrance in 100% humidity for deep muscular relaxation; a salt steam room to ease breathing congestion and enhance the immune system and a Finnish sauna which provides dry heat in a fragrant wood cabin. There are showers and foot spas to help you regulate your temperature as you start and finish your thermal journey, with loungers poolside and outdoors on the terrace for relaxation.

Tucked away in the corner of the pool garden, we also have an alfresco sauna where you can hide away with a few friends around the fire pit and heat up in the herbal sauna featuring herbs from the garden. Fitness and wellbeing activities are on-going and take place in the gym, the group exercise studio and in the Swinton parkland.

Indulge in a treatment from trusted spa brands Elemis or Bamford with one of Swinton’s spa treatment experts. Post treatment, downtime can be spent in the light and airy relaxation room, with slumber pods nearby for quiet time and cosy conversations. For those wanting to switch off completely, sanctuary can be found in the sleep room with heated water beds for complete sense of peace.

Property Features
  • Castle
  • 36 bed
  • 36 bath
  • 38 Parking Spaces
  • Air Conditioning
  • Pool
  • Alarm System
  • 38 Garage
  • Study
  • Built In Robes
  • Gym
  • Floor Boards
  • Broadband
  • Pay TV
  • Intercom
  • Spa
  • Tennis Court
  • Balcony
  • Deck
  • Courtyard
  • Outdoor Entertaining
  • Ducted Heating
  • Ducted Cooling
  • Split System Heating
  • Split System Aircon

Swinton Park Castle's History

The first house built on the Swinton Park estate was commissioned in 1695 by Sir Abstrupus Danby, an English wool merchant and country gentleman. His successors built the stable block and gatehouse and, during the 1760’s, planted the parkland and created the chain of five lakes. The building was substantially altered during the early 1800’s with the addition of a two-storey west wing (now the drawing room and master suite) and north wing. A few years later a museum was constructed (which later housed the family chapel and is now the bar). At the same time the building became a “castle” with the addition of a tower, turrets and battlements. The earliest record of the gardens dates from one laid out in 1699 in a design by George London, with fountains added a few years later. This was probably swept away by William Danby during his landscaping programme in the 1760’s. During this time, five lakes were also dug out within the parkland, with the stone bridge at Coffin Pond built during the 1880’s. There are also several follies, standing stones and druids seats in the grounds. The walking track around the lakes leads to Quarry Gill, which is by far the most dramatic part of the parkland with views down the ravine and through the bridge. The parkland also supports a herd of approximately 100 fallow deer which often graze in front of the hotel. In 1882 Samuel Cunliffe-Lister bought the castle and, at the age of 68, embarked on an extensive building programme, adding a third floor and enlarging the dining room with the addition of the existing fireplace and gold leaf panels of rosettes on the ceiling. Philip was later created Viscount Swinton in 1935 and the 1st Earl of Swinton in 1955. During the 2nd World War Harrogate Ladies College occupied part of the premises and, following their departure, Philip and Molly offered the major part of the castle to the Conservative College. The castle was sold in 1980 following Molly’s death in 1974. From 1976 to 1998, the castle was occupied by the Lindley Educational Trust who ran it as a management training centre. Mark Cunliffe-Lister, the great-grandson of Molly, along with his mother, brother and sister, bought back the castle in May 2000. On 17 June 2000 Mark and Felicity (the current Baron and Baroness Masham) married and, on return from honeymoon, moved to Swinton, to set up the family business. The 32 bedroom luxury castle hotel was opened in 2001 following an extensive refurbishment.


Swinton Park Castle's table of pricing

From: 1295 to: 3500 / week.
Night : 150

Bed & Breakfast


Bed & Breakfast From
Wensleydale Suite £335
Turret Suite £325
York Suite £325
Bradford £265
Richmond Suite £265
Harewood Suite £265


Bed & Breakfast From
Dukes Category £245
Earls Category £220
Barons Category £205
Knights Category £185


How to reach Swinton Park Castle

Explore everything rural North Yorkshire has to offer during your time at the castle.
Swinton Park, the ancestral seat of the Earl of Swinton and family home of the Cunliffe-Listers, is a Grade II listed English country house set in 200 acres of visually-stunning parkland, lakes and gardens just half a mile from the small market town of Masham, North Yorkshire.

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