5 Bubble Spa 2017

The Swinton Country Club and Spa


A stylish new spa in a glorious location: 200 acres of landscaped parkland within a 20,000 acre estate in the Yorkshire Dales. The stylish Country Club and Spa opened in July 2017 and offers Elemis and Bamford treatments. There’s an 18-metre indoor pool with windows overlooking the spa garden, a hydrotherapy pool, an aroma steam room and a Finnish sauna. Outside you’ll find a 10-metre pool with eco-friendly bio-filter waters. Try yoga, Pilates, mindful walks and running trails outdoors.

Features

  • XXL robes available
  • Family swim times
  • 18m indoor pool
  • Outdoor heated pool
  • Hydrotherapy pool
  • Cedar hot tub
  • Salt steam room
  • Aroma steam room
  • Finnish sauna
  • Alfresco sauna
  • secret spa garden
  • Gym
  • Exercise studio
  • Fitness classes
  • 2 couples suites
  • Beauty cottage
  • Blow dry bar
  • Sleep room
  • Relaxation room

Products

  • Elemis
  • Bamford

Our Spa Spy review

First impressions

First Impressions

Swinton Park Hotel is a sprawling property in 200 acres of landscaped grounds within the Yorkshire Dales, dating back to the 1800s. You'll find it hard not to be impressed with the hotel's façade: think climbing ivy and ornate turrets.

Opened in July 2017, the standalone spa is a short walk from the hotel. If it's raining or you're laden with luggage, you can use a golf buggy to get between the two. With its contemporary wood and glass construction, the spa is in sharp contrast to the hotel. Glass sliding doors open to reveal a palette of earthy browns, fern greens and sky blues, designed to bring the outside in.

On offer

What's on offer?

Staff warmly greeted us in the light and spacious reception area with its exposed wood and colourful artwork, and offered us a shot of the juice of the day. Despite being bright green, the juice was fresh and easy to drink. We loved the living wall behind the desk and the giant pebble stools in the main area.

The spa, set over two floors, is surprisingly vast; we were very grateful for our comprehensive tour. Remain on the ground floor for the gym, fitness studio, pool, thermal suite and outdoor area; head upstairs for the treatment rooms and changing facilities.

Plenty of large lockers adorn the walls of the large, well thought-out changing rooms, each containing the fluffiest of robes, a towel and slippers. A vanity area offers comfortable seats and hairdryers, while large showers contain Bamford shampoo, conditioner and shower gel. Help yourself to a fresh towel, of which there are plenty, after showering.

One side of the impressive indoor pool is made up of exposed brickwork; the other, floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook the sunny terrace. At 18 metres, the pool is a good size for working off your delicious spa lunch (or working up an appetite). Relax on one of several stylish loungers afterwards.

We began our thermal journey at the foot baths, selecting a warm setting to prompt relaxation. Next door is a hot Finnish sauna and a 100% humidity steam room designed to encourage deep muscle relaxation. Both can accommodate up to six people. The Salt Steam room by the hydro pool is smaller and a wonderfully warm temperature. 

The hydrotherapy pool, with its warm bubbly water and three powerful jets, is a real highlight, as is the spa garden. Delight in lie-flat loungers laden with duvets, a 10-metre natural pool for bathing in bio-filtered water (sadly, this wasn't up and running on our visit), a hot tub and a hot sauna. We wrapped ourselves up in the fat quilts and listened to birdsong.

Feeling restless? Make good use of the spa's well-equipped gym and fitness studio.

Post-treatment, there are three relaxation zones to choose from, designed to fit your specific needs: to chat, relax or sleep.

Tell us about the treatments

Tell us about the treatments

We enjoyed a Bamford Signature Facial (90 minutes; £110).

My therapist, Hannah, greeted me in the treatment area and led me to a clean, minimalist room with white walls and oak-wood features. My treatment began with a foot ritual. Hannah cleansed my feet with a salt scrub before washing it off with warm water. Hannah then enquired about my areas of concern and conducted a sensory test so that I could select an oil for my massage (jasmine, please).

As I lay face down on the warm treatment bed, Hannah whispered for me to take a deep breath in so that I could inhale a warm bowl of water containing eucalyptus oil.  

The sweet smell of jasmine filled the air as Hannah drizzled the oil onto my back. A deeply relaxing back, neck and shoulder massage came next, followed by hot stones. Hannah used the warmth of the stones to relax my back muscles and work out pockets of tension in my shoulders.

The facial began with a deep cleanse followed by an enzyme mask designed to exfoliate the skin. The mask felt light and tingly rather than abrasive. Hannah removed both with steamy hot towels.

Hannah applied hydrating oil to my face and performed a light lymphatic drainage massage to rid my skin of toxins. Combined with some pressure work, this encouraged deep relaxation. She then used smooth hot and cold jade stones to awaken my skin.

As if this wasn't enough, Hannah applied a nourishing mask to add much-needed moisture. While the mask set, she treated my feet to some reflexology. Heaven.

The treatment ended with a hot steamy towel, a slick of Bamford serum, and a layer of Bamford moisturiser. These natural, fresh-scented products use plant extracts to moisturise without feeling greasy.

You'll find it hard to stay awake during a top-to-toe treatment like this (I drifted off on a couple of occasions); I would recommend this treatment for anybody desperately needing to relax.  

Swinton Country Club & Spa offers a good selection of Bamford and Elemis facials, wraps and massages, including deep tissue and hot stones. Men and mums-to-be are also catered for. For finishing treatments such as manicures and pedicures, try The Beauty Cottage on the ground floor. There's a hair salon here, too.

Food facts

Food Facts

You can opt to get dressed and eat in the Terrace Restaurant next to the spa or continue your spa journey (and remain in your robes) in the poolside atrium.

We chose the latter and enjoyed a tomato gazpacho to start (light and refreshing) followed by a chicken, hummus, beetroot and fig salad. Everything was fresh and beautifully presented. Our dessert of honey cake with raspberries was a sticky delight, while our spa companion's dark chocolate brownie was rich and indulgent. 

You can also have afternoon tea in the hotel’s Drawing Room or you can order a picnic from the hotel and explore the grounds.

We dined that evening in The Terrace and indulged in three delicious courses. A large proportion of produce is grown on the estate. The fresh crab salad was noteworthy.

We loved / we didn't love

We loved / we didn't love

We loved

The design: Swinton Country Club & Spa is a modern, stylish spa.

The food: Our spa lunch was nutritious and delicious.

The outdoor terrace: We loved snuggling under a duvet on a lounger while sipping mint tea.

We didn't love

Handing our robe back: They are super soft and fluffy.

The lack of hooks in the thermal area: We needed to carry our towels around with us.

Who do you think would like it?

Who do you think would like it?

Couples: With outdoor hot tubs and duvets to snuggle under, couples will feel right at home.  

Solo spa goers: Swinton Country Club & Spa is a fantastic spa for peaceful contemplation.

Wellness seekers: With its holistic treatments and clean food, Swinton Country Club & Spa is ideal for guests looking to rebalance.

What bubble rating did you give this spa?

What bubble rating did you give this spa?

We awarded Swinton Country Club & Spa a Good Spa Guide bubble rating of 5 bubbles for its fresh design, amazing food, and great facilities -- enough to fill an entire day.

Supreme Spy visited in August 2017 and awarded it 5 Bubbles.

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Swinton Park Hotel,
Masham, Ripon,
North Yorkshire,
HG4 4JH

01765 680950

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Extra Information

Dining

The Terrace restaurant and bar features Estate grown seasonal produce with globally inspired flavours for classic dining with a fresh new feel. Poolside service focusing on kitchen to lounger offering fresh juices, hot drinks and snacks. Hot drinks and snacks will also be freshly prepared for the Estate shop for a grab and go option.

Accomodation

Swinton Park Hotel is situated inside the castle and offers 32 rooms and suites, with stunning views of the grounds and parkland.  

Opening Hours

Monday - Friday 6.30 am - 9 pm

Saturday - Sunday 7 am - 9 pm 

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Swinton Park Hotel,
Masham, Ripon,
North Yorkshire,
HG4 4JH

01765 680950

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