Swinton Park

Swinton Park, Swinton Rd., Masham, HG4 4JH, England

If you've ever wanted to experience the Downton Abbey lifestyle, head for this luxury hotel situated in a castle complete with battlements, a tower, and a turret. Dating back to the 18th century, it was largely rebuilt in the 19th century by its current owners, the Cunliffe-Lister family. The plush public rooms epitomize the traditional country house style, as do the spacious bedrooms, which are named after Yorkshire towns. The castle's location on one of the largest private estates in England, 20,000 acres bordering Yorkshire Dales National Park, guarantees seclusion and abundant outdoor pursuits including falconry. The property has 200 acres of parkland with 63 miles of trails, a newly expanded spa complex, an on-site cooking school, and eight luxury yurts in a meadow for "glamping" (camping glamorously). The restaurant specializes in seasonal Modern British food—much of it sourced from the estate itself. Masham is 8 miles north of Ripon and 35 miles north of Leeds and York.


  • eye-popping castle
  • gorgeous rooms
  • beautiful setting


  • restaurant service patchy
  • not big on heating


Phones: 01765-680900 | 1866-810–3039-toll-free from U.S.


31 rooms, 5 suites
Rate Includes: Breakfast