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|Swinton Park wins national award for Best Hotel|
|Date: 23rd April 2004|
Swinton Park has been awarded one of the highest accolades in English tourism at the industry’s “Oscars”, the Excellence in England awards, held at Kensington Palace on Thursday 22nd April. The event is organised by Visit Britain, the body responsible for marketing Britain following the amalgamation of the British Tourist Authority and English Tourism Council in April 2003, and the awards were presented by Sue Lawley and HRH The Duke of Kent.
The luxury castle hotel, set in 200 acres of parkland in the Yorkshire Dales, won their category with a gold award for Hotel of the Year 2004, having been chosen from nearly 100 winners put forward by England’s from nine regional tourist boards and following rigorous assessment.
"We are absolutely delighted to be awarded this prize, and to have reached this level of recognition within the industry. We opened our hotel three years ago, and we have always set ourselves the highest standards in quality customer service. This is a great achievement, and a tribute to our staff” commented proprietor Mark Cunliffe-Lister.
The castle hotel is the seat of the Earl of Swinton and is set in 200 acres of parkland, lakes and gardens at the gateway to the Yorkshire Dales. The hotel opened in March 2001 and has since been awarded four AA red stars (82% rating) and 2 rosettes, Yorkshire Life Hotel of the Year 2002 and Yorkshire Tourist Board Hotel of the Year and Outstanding Customer Services Award 2003.