On 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.We 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.
Our 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 .After 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!