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Built in 1695, Swinton Park is surrounded by vast stretches of parkland that includes five ornamental lakes and stunning gardens. Surrounded by rivers, reservoirs, moorland and dales, it is an impressive setting and provides opportunities for a brisk walk or a gentle stroll before taking afternoon tea in the bar, the Drawing Room or outdoors by the river.
As this is the ancestral home of the Cunliffe-Lister family, the stunningly beautiful drawing room displays portraits of family ancestors and offers luxuriously elegant sofas and armchairs in which guests are seated during tea. While taking tea outside in the fresh air, guests can watch entertaining games of croquet and the deer grazing in the parkland or simply enjoy the views of the gardens that are tended by Susan Cunliffe-Lister, owner and well-known gardener who takes pride in looking after the flowers, plants and the walled garden that is also open to visitors.
Swinton Park is proud to serve only the very best, flavoursome and interesting teas sourced from a local supplier as are their famous preserves which come from Fearby, a small village on the estate.
Choose your tea from an excellent selection which includes, to name just a few, Swinton Park's Own Blend, Assam Single Estate, Darjeeling Single Estate, Ceylon, Earl Grey, China Rose, Lapsang, Blue Sapphire or opt for one of several Green Teas offered.
Enjoy your choice of tea with one (or more) of the following Afternoon Tea Menus;
Cream Tea: Choose your tea which is served with a warm home made scone, clotted cream and locally made preserves.
Traditional Wensleydale Tea: Your choice of tea served with world famous Wensleydale Cheese and Fruitcake.
Full Afternoon Tea: Your choice of tea served with hand-cut sandwiches, home made scone with clotted cream and locally made preserves, followed with fruit cake and a selection of delicious and dainty cakes.
Royal Garden Party Afternoon Tea: As above and served with that all important glass of champagne!
Opening Days and Hours:
Tea is served every afternoon from 3.00pm until 6.00pm
Booking highly recommended