Swinton Country Club and Spa Day Review – We stayed in a fabulous tree lodge at the Swinton Bivouac in North Yorkshire earlier this year, and ever since then I have been keen to return to try out the Swinton Country Club and Spa. It was built at great expense (£8 million I read) in 2017. Now, before I start to tell you what was there, I shall make the bold assertion that this is the best spa I have visited to date! It’s got lots of space, lots of facilities and makes the most of high quality, luxurious finishes.
I have used some photos from the Swinton Estate website for the places it would not have been appreciated to take my camera!
To begin with, the changing rooms are large and modern. The lockers are set with a passcode that you’ve given on check in. There is space in the lockers for a hanging rail and there’s shelving and a drawer space. There are several private changing rooms as well as a communal changing area.
When we walked in there was a cupboard labelled ‘Alternative Sized Robes’ which was music to my ears, being of more than average proportions woman! The robes went up to an XL though a robe a little larger again would have been better for me! We were also given ‘magic bands’ as we were using the Thermal Suite. This allows access at the door points with a simple touch of your band.
Swinton Country Club and Spa Day Review
There is a large, main swimming pool with lots of comfortable beds bedside it as well as a cosy reading corner. The Thermal Suite, features an aroma steam-room with “seasonal natural fragrance and 100% humidity for deep muscular relaxation; a salt room to ease congestion and strengthen the immune system, the Finnish sauna provides dry heat and a fragrant wood cabin.” There are also showers and foot spas (nice for a bit of a chill out and a natter!)
There is also a small, very warm pool, almost hot tub temperature I would say. It has a lovely steel lounger along the width of it at one end where you can relax and press a button for jacuzzi style bubbles. Along the length of it there are aqua jets that you can massage your back upon as well as a cute little bubble tub (a cylindrical space where you stand and bubbles come up from the floor). The pool is also lined with loungers that have a table next to them with menus. There is even a button to press to order drinks! Made me feel like Lady Mary Crawley summoning Carson!
Beyond the hot pool there is an al fresco sauna and outdoor seating with blankets and furs and a log burning stove. I can imagine this is a lovely place to sit on a summer’s evening.
Finally there is an outdoor natural pool for eco-friendly bathing in bio-filtered water, which means the water is chemical free. Next to the pool you will find a cedar barrel style hot tub. Again, lots of comfortable loungers line the pool, this time equipped with lots of blankets to keep you toasty.
We had a set lunch included in our spa day. You can take this in your spa dressing gown, in the cafe area overlooking the pool, or get dressed and wander along to The Terrace restaurant. We didn’t want to waste any time away from the spa, so decided to stay put. You can choose a main and dessert when you check in, and then ring a bell from your table when you are ready to eat.
After lunch I headed up to the Treatment reception. Just like everywhere else this was beautifully decorated with comfortable sofas in front of the reception desk, and a glass walled room behind full of comfortable beanbags in the shape of Hershey Kisses. I was greeted by my therapist Kat, who was lovely and put me at my ease. I was booked in for Gel nails (which turned out amazing!) followed by an Elemis Peptide Facial. I absolutely loved the facial. The treatment was of a high standard like the rest of the spa. The bed was adjustable to support your back and was also heated which was divine. I may have relaxed so much during my treatment that I nodded off and woke myself up with a snore. Kat says this absolutely didn’t happen (it did!).
Next to the treatment rooms you will find two large relaxation rooms. One contained heated water beds and the other, the cosy pods shown below. I think what impressed me most about the spa was not just the high quality finishes (but this was excellent) but the amount of space. There are so many different and well thought out areas and so many comfortable places to relax. The only problem is that if you go, you will definitely want more than one day there to make the most if it!
We were invited to the spa to review, but as always, all opinions are my own.
Also have a look at our reviews of other spas in Yorkshire.