Romantic luxury castle hotel in North Yorkshire
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Facilities at Swinton Park
Swinton Park is an exclusive luxury castle hotel set in 200 acres of parkland, lakes and gardens. The castle is surrounded by the family estate with access to rivers, moorland, dales and beautiful countryside bordering the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
The ground floor consists of south facing rooms overlooking the lake and deerpark - the library, sitting room and private dining room, the drawing room and the dining room.
The courtyard houses a spa and fitness area in the conservatory with a variety of health and beauty treatments available. There is also the bar (in the family museum), a private cinema and a snooker and Victorian games room for your enjoyment and relaxation.
FALCONRY DISPLAYS AT SWINTON ESTATE
A number of falconry experiences for families, groups and individuals are on offer at the aviary and surrounding parkland at Swinton Estate. The Bird of Prey Centre offers educational and fun experiences, available to visitors upon arrangement. We seek to provide as much hands on interaction with our guests as possible, and to enjoy the personalities and behaviour our large variety of friendly owls, hawks and falcons display. - please book in advance
20,000 ACRES TO EXPLORE
They have a vast area of beautiful countryside to explore at Swinton Estate, a true walkers and runners paradise.
The parkland is divided from the castle by the serpentine stretch of water, Home Lake, designed to give the impression of a river. It supports a herd of approximately 100 fallow deer, including 10 stags. Some of these are very pale in colour – commonly mistaken for albino!
The moorland Dales comprise 8,000 acres of heather on the Estate, and rise up to a height of 540 metres above sea level. The scenery is breath taking, and from here you can see east to the North Sea and North Yorkshire Moors to the east, and westward the moorland landscape continues across the Pennines.
There are 665 hectares of mixed woodland on the Estate, which is managed commercially for timber, conservation, green energy and for the Estate's sporting interests. All the timber is Forestry Stewardship Council accredited and is certified as being from a renewable source under the UK Woodland Assurance Scheme.
The River Ure runs along the boundary of Swinton Estate, and flows the length of Wensleydale. It is 74 miles long, and feeds into the River Ouse which flows through York, draining into the Humber Estuary where it reaches the North Sea. The bridge at Masham was built in 1754, and there are records of an earlier ford further downstream.
The River Burn flows through the heart of the Estate, rising on Masham Moor and flowing down through Colsterdale, past the villages of Healey and Fearby and joining the River Ure just south of Masham.
FISHING FOR BEGINNERS TO THE EXPERIENCED...
Swinton Estate has fishing for wild brown trout, grayling and salmon along its 4 miles of single bank River Ure, and the River Burn has over 6 miles of double bank. Leighton reservoir, also on the Estate, is stocked with rainbow trout. For guests staying on the Estate, the Orvis Rod Room in Swinton Park Hotel is well equipped with fly rods and flies, jackets, waders, coarse rods – and a drying cupboard for those caught out in the elements! A refundable deposit of £50 applies for use of rods. Day permits are £25, guided days are available.
The River Ure is a typical "freestone" Dales river and fish can be caught with a wide variety of fly-fishing styles. The most famous style in these parts is the use of traditional Yorkshire Spiders. However, other methods such as dry fly, wet fly, upstream nymph and Czech nymphing can all be used to great effect - please book in advance.
Swinton Estate offers pony trekking and lessons at the Trekking Centre adjacent to the Swinton Park Hotel.
Guests at the hotel are also able to enjoy Racing Breaks which include accommodation, a trip to the races (nearby racecourses being Ripon, Thirsk and York) and a morning visit to the stables and gallops at Middleham please enquire with when making a reservation.
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