Swinton Park

Swinton Park


An exclusive 31 bedroom luxury castle hotel.With 4 Red Stars (Inspector's Choice) and 3 Rosettes awarded by the AA for excellent facilities, high levels of service and quality of cuisine, this is one of the highest rated hotels in Yorkshire and Cumbria.Swinton Park is the ancestral home of the Cunliffe-Lister family and is set in 200 acres of parkland, lakes and gardens.The castle is surrounded by the family estate in which guests have access to rivers, reservoirs, moorland, dales and the beautiful Yorkshire countryside. Lavishly furnished, this is a unique opportunity to enjoy a stately home experience, combining the traditional warmth of a family home with all the modern creature comforts of a contemporary hotel. Each of the 32 spacious bedrooms are individually designed, with a choice of views across the gardens, lake, parkland or gatehouse....

Teachers and trainers (6)

Chris  Bax
Chris Bax

Chris Bax is the instructor on our Wild About Food day courses, and also our Back to Nature foraging and survival skills courses for private groups. Chris trained as a chef, before venturing into wild food. As recently seen on BBC’s Country file, Chris is passionate about living from the land and preserving rural skills.

Gilly  Robinson
Gilly Robinson

Gilly Robinson is Rosemary’s demonstration assistant during her courses and, as a working mother and a Girl Guide Leader, she has always championed nutritious wholesome family food. Her Children’s Cookery Courses also inspire children to enjoy and experiment with cooking themselves. She also runs the Christmas in a Box afternoon course.

John Rogers
John Rogers
Cookery School Head Chef

John Rogers, the Cookery School Head Chef , runs the majority of the day courses along with his own residential Weekend course. He has trained at Michelin starred restaurants and joined Swinton Park Cookery School in December 2011 after spending over three years in the hotel's main restaurant kitchen.

Rosemary  Shrager
Rosemary Shrager
Guest Celebrity Chef

The celebrated TV chef, Rosemary Shrager, runs her two day residential courses themed on Modern British, French and Italian, Fish & Seafood and Mediterranean Food. Rosemary is a legendary teacher, with an infectious enthusiasm and passion for food.

Simon  Phillips
Simon Phillips
Sushi expert

Susan  Cunliffe-Lister
Susan Cunliffe-Lister


The cookery school is housed in the ground floor of the converted Georgian stables, which overlook the castle turret and parkland. The two-day courses are run by resident celebrity chef, Rosemary Shrager (seen on BBC's Royal Upstairs and Downstairs, the Alan Titchmarsh Show and Ladette to Lady). Special rates are available for guests wanting to book accommodation with one of Rosemary's two-day courses or day course, from £105 per room, per night (bed and breakfast)

There are a wide range of day courses including Italian cookery, Butchery, Fish and Shellfish and Dinner Parties which are run by John Rogers, Swinton Park's Cookery School Head Chef. John also runs the residential weekend courses.

Advantages of studying here


Areas of specialisation

Cookery courses, foraging, nature, game, fish, bread making, sauces, dinner parties, Italian, French, Modern British