There are 40 farms on the Estate, covering 20,000 acres. Most of them are upland sheep farms, the most popular breed is the Swaledale which copes well with the more challenging climate at high altitude. What makes the farms distinctive is the pattern of small fields, many edged with dry stone walls, which forms the backdrop for the traditional stone houses and small barns that make up the farmsteads. The farms lower down the dale and beside the River Ure occupy a gentler more wooded landscape supporting a mixture of dairy, livestock and arable farming.
Masham is well known in the agricultural world as being the home to the prized Masham breed of sheep which have been bred on the hill farms in the North of England for over a century. They are produced by crossing a Teeswater ram onto either a Dalesbred or Swaledale ewe – both hardy hill breeds. The Masham sheep is popular for being hardy, having good mothering instincts, and also for its long wool.
Following the statement from the Government, Swinton Park Hotel, Swinton Country Club & Spa, all restaurants, Swinton Cottages and Swinton Bivouac are fully closed until 30th April 2020.
Since the outbreak, the health and safety of our guests and staff members has been our primary concern having closely followed the guidance from the Government to prevent the spread of Covid 19.
If you have a booking with us before the 30th April, we will be contacting you directly to rearrange your booking. If you would like to contact us, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note we are experiencing a high volume of calls at this time.
Gift vouchers that expire from now until 30th June 2020 will be automatically extended until 31st October 2020.
We would like to thank our colleagues, members and guests for their continued support. We will keep everyone updated throughout this difficult period.
We will be back!