Masham, North Yorkshire
Eco-friendly cabins and glamping accommodation on the Swinton Estate in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
Swinton Bivouac is listed in affiliation with Booking.com.
They like things cool, cosy and off grid at Bivouac; a luxury camping retreat in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales, where the accommodation is as stylish as it is eco-friendly. Whether you choose to stay in a Tree Lodge or a meadow yurt, or if you fancy a group getaway in the bunk barn, you will soon come to realise that Bivouac is a place where you can leave it all behind and have some down time in a stunning natural setting.
The meadow yurts will be a big hit for young families who want an adventure- kids love staying in these giant tents, designed to blend in with their grassy surroundings. After a long day exploring the trails of the dales, children will love flopping down in front of the log burner and recounting their woodland tales with a mug of hot choccy. Don’t think this place isn’t perfect for grown-ups too though, oh no- forget the kids, replace the chocolate beverage with an alcoholic one and hey presto- a totally romantic, ridiculously cosy pad for two. Yurts have an adjoining en-suite WC with communal showers and include the use of a camping kitchen with power, gas hobs, communal seating and BBQ facilities. Enjoy the communal hot tub and shared outdoor seating area with a fire pit and play area for boules and swing ball.
Wanting to push the boat out a bit? Like the idea of glamping, but also relish the thought of four walls? The Tree Lodges will be right up your street- think shabby-chic log cabin with a big dollop of rustic charm. Sleeping up to seven in a comfortable haven of handmade and refurbed furniture, the Tree Lodges have a fully equipped kitchen with gas hobs and en-suite bathrooms with gas powered hot water showers. See out the evening under a blanket on the veranda and, as night draws in, you can snuggle down on the top, or middle mezzanine bed, or get cosy in the luxury bottom bunk- a night time adventure by candle light! Guests also have use of the meadow tipi with firepit.
The Loft is a cosy, flexible option for individuals who want a bed for the night, or big groups who want a country crash pad. Centrally heated and with electricity, the barn contains twelve bunk beds, which can be booked individually, or the whole barn can be booked for groups. The bunk barn sits above the Bivouac reception and shop and guests have easy access to the cafe.
The site is quiet, disturbed only by the sounds of nature, footsteps of walkers and the occasional chatter of campers around fires. The main hub of activity is the onsite cafe which sells delicious dishes made, where possible, from locally sourced produce; the food here is highly recommended! There are music nights at the cafe throughout the year, quiz nights and a selection of speakers who are sure to enthral and captivate their audience. Bread making and various craft workshops take place throughout the year too. Children are particularly welcome at the cafe, and there are a selection of beautiful toys and books to keep them occupied.
Drawing people to this area is a fascinating folly, known as Druids Temple. It consists of a rather impressive circle of standing stones and no one quite knows why it was built. However, Druids temple is a very short walk away from the Bivouac site, so why not visit yourself and find out?
The area is great for walkers who want to explore the beauty of the Dales. While you’re in the area be sure to stop off at one of the local villages for a mug of Yorkshire tea and a slice of cake. There’s plenty to keep the whole family occupied; take a walk along the banks of the Aysgarth Falls in Wensleydale and see what you can see lurking in the water. Visit Fountains Abbey; an amazing Cistercian abbey, with beautiful landscaped gardens, a medieval deer park, mill, church and lakeside tea rooms.
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