Swinton Park Spa and Country Club – North Yorkshire
R N Wooler & Co Ltd
Ripon, North Yorkshire
The Swinton Estate, one of England’s largest privately owned estates, is set within 200 acres, much of which is designated as a Grade II* Registered Historic Park and Garden.
Bowman Riley Architects was commissioned to support the design delivery on site of a new country club and destination spa inspired by the stunning countryside in which it lies.
Sitting right in the heart of the estate, adjacent to Grade II listed Swinton Park – a 32-bedroom hotel and cookery school – the design combines both existing estate buildings with new contemporary structures.
The new spa is home to nine treatment rooms, 18-metre pool, hydrotherapy pool, steam room and sauna. Outside there will be a secluded spa garden with herbal sauna and shower, a cedar hot tub plus a 10-metre natural water swimming pool. There will also be a beauty cottage in one of the estate’s original buildings and fitness facilities.
The wider estate has been incorporated into the overall offering with the use of produce from the four-acre walled kitchen garden – the largest hotel kitchen garden in the UK – and using the outdoor space for activities such as walking, hiking, running, cycling or outdoor yoga.
Next to the spa, The Terrace restaurant will serve dishes by Swinton’s Executive Chef Simon Crannage. The restaurant, kitchen and lounge are accommodated in a converted and extended joinery shop building, which cleverly brings the outside in with light and airy rooms.
A wood-panelled bar and coffee house adjoins, housed in the former powerhouse, with its own courtyard garden. The large terrace garden provides for alfresco dining.