Swinton Park

img_5578-760x260On Tuesday more than a dozen of us took the scenic route over to Swinton Park for lunch. The weather was pretty miserable but it was still a lovely drive through Pateley Bridge, Summerbridge and Grewelthorpe.

Swinton Park was built in the 1700’s by the Danby family but in 1882 it was bought by Samuel Cunliffe-Lister (Owner of Lister Mills in Bradford) and the estate has been with this family since. The actual house was sold in 1980 but the family managed to buy it back in 1998 and started work on turning it into a stunning hotel.19424442_1949758821720027_5087283769960401980_nWe relaxed with a coffee in the lounge when we first arrived, it was lovely to have time to just sit and chat in such elegant surroundings.

Samuels-RestaurantOur lunch was held in Samuel’s Restaurant, a beautiful room with high, decorative ceilings. We had chosen our meal beforehand, I had fresh salmon followed by a lemon tart, it was delicious and went very well with the bottle of dry white wine we shared .20170627_14440420170627_12444120170627_12443520170627_124428After our lunch Mark Cunliffe-Lister, Earl of Swinton, gave an interesting talk on the history of the castle and their plans for the future. As usual there was a raffle, as a WI event would not be complete without a raffle. Whilst we didn’t win the top prize of a day at their new spa, Andrea won a gorgeous plant arrangement.


Another great Federation day out!






About craftycreeky

I live in a busy market town in Yorkshire with my husband, kids, dogs and chickens. I love trying new crafts, rediscovering old ones, gardening, walking...anything creative really I started this blog after my New Year resolution worked so well. My resolution (the first one I've ever kept!) was to post a photograph of my garden on Facebook every day. My hope was that I would then see what was good in the garden and not just weeds and work, which was my tendency. The unexpected side-effect was that I have enjoyed many more hours in the garden. I am hoping that 'The Crafty Creek' will have the same effect. Happy creating!
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2 Responses to Swinton Park

  1. Sue says:

    Another lovely day out at Swinton Castle. Fabulous surroundings, great company, and good food. What more could we ask for !


  2. Anne F says:

    Well done Margaret, sounds very hectic but lots of fun and laughter.


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