An ivy-covered castle at the top of a sweeping drive, Swinton Park is a stunning place for a break in the Yorkshire Dales with the one you love. It offers traditional Edwardian rooms, a fine dining restaurant and a country bistro. Spend a day in the sleek light-filled spa, which has floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking a natural outdoor swimming pool. Soothe tired muscles in the al-fresco sauna, steam rooms, Finnish sauna and foot spas, or choose from the range of wraps, scrubs, facials, manicures and pedicures. For a real treat, opt for a 60-minute full body massage in the couples’ treatment room, before sinking into a cedar-wood hot tub in the spa garden.
At the heart of a country estate, the hotel is in a prime position for outdoor pursuits. Stride through the grounds and discover age-old countryside pastimes including falconry, shooting and horse riding. Afterwards, return to a roaring fire and relax with locally brewed ales, fine wines and hot cocoa. For a gourmet experience, visit the restaurant, which serves internationally inspired cuisine in its double-height dining room. Antique chandeliers, heavy velvet curtains and a gold leaf-adorned ceiling add to the grandeur.
Fulfil your childhood dreams in the castle’s turret suite. Spread over three floors, it comes with overstuffed red sofas, an old-fashioned fireplace and complimentary sloe gin. The circular bathroom has a roll-top bath at its centre, along with a free-standing shower and wooden floorboards. After a soothing night of sleep, take a walk through the woods to the ancient stones at Druid’s Temple, where you’ll have 360-degree views across the heather-covered moorland and rocky dales.