HIGHLY COMMENDED – Green Tourism Week 2012
The fragile nature of the landscape surrounding us is something we are all very aware of. Swinton Park enjoys a wonderful setting, and it is our aim to operate the hotel in the most environmentally responsible manner possible.
In 2012, Samuel’s at Swinton Park was awarded the status of “Three Star Sustainability Champion” by the Sustainable Restaurant Association. The award followed a survey of 14 areas of sustainability with a focus on the three key areas of Sourcing, Society and Environment. The overall score was 84%, which was the SRA’s highest score in 2012 in the whole of the UK, with the restaurant achieving 100% in some areas.
In 2006, the hotel installed a wood-chip boiler, which is used to provide all our heating and hot water requirements. This avoids the use of oil and, as it uses a renewable energy source, it is a carbon neutral operation.
We have also installed our own laundry, using the latest O-Zone technology to wash at lower temperatures using the minimum amount of cleansing agents, water and energy (30% less than conventional laundries).
The Moors on the Swinton Estate are designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest, Special Area of Conservation and Special Protection Area, and conservation measures are in place to protect them (please see The Moors page) The Estate is also signed up to The Environmental Stewardship Scheme which safeguards wildlife habitat through adjusted livestock management. This modifies feeding and stocking rates as well as fertiliser input and weed control.
Set in a 17th-century castle surrounded by 200 acres of parkland,situated in the 20,000 acre estate, this upscale, English countryside family hotel is 1.5 miles from the market town of Masham, North Yorkshire and 3.1 miles from the Druid’s Temple at Swinton Bivouac.