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Swinton Bivouac

Masham, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 4JZ
Swinton Bivouac


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Tel: 01765 535020

At Swinton Bivouac they love all things luxurious and rustic, sustainable and thoughtful. The site is located three miles from Masham in the sweeping landscape of the 20,000 acre Swinton Estate in the Yorkshire Dales. The local landmark of Druid’s Temple, an intriguing 18th Century folly, is located in the woodland adjacent to Bivouac. This off grid accommodation consists of six original, hand-crafted, round-wood timber frame Tree Lodges tucked away in the beautiful woodland, and eight canvas Yurts burrowed into the hillside, resting on individual wooden platforms. Above the reception area is the cosy bunk barn that can sleep up to 12 people.

The Tree Lodges share a similar layout with a maximum capacity of 7 adults. Sleeping space comprises of: An upper mezzanine with one double bed. You can also gaze at the stars through the skylight set into each lodge ceiling. Three x 2ft.6in single beds are nestled in the middle mezzanine; it is about 1.5 metres (5ft) off the ground and feels like the cosiest of places to settle down for the night. Perfect for kids or big kids alike. Under the middle mezzanine is a secret hideaway containing a double bed. 

The rest of the Tree Lodge is taken up with an open plan kitchen area, containing the wood burner, sink and shelving for crockery, cutlery and cooking utensils. Adjacent is a comfortable and homely lounge area where guests can curl up and enjoy the warmth from the fire, or relax together over a delicious meal prepared in the range. A separate room houses the bathroom which comprises of a flushing toilet, shower and sink. Hot water is generated through your wood burning stove; however they cannot guarantee hot showers. Alternatively, if you are unable to get hot water in your accommodation you are welcome to use the shower facilities near the reception barn, which has underfloor heating and hot water created through the woodchip boiler.

Each Yurt can accommodate up to five adults with a compact sleeping space comprising of one double bed, two single beds and an optional third single pull out bed. Bed linen is provided, as well as a basket of wood to fuel your fire! There is also a gas burner available for outdoor cooking on your veranda. The wood burner and sink take up one portion of the yurt, while a comfortable living area fills the remaining space providing a calm environment to unwind after an active day out. With an open plan layout, guests have access to their own running cold water, a terracotta cold store and a small wood burning stove which not only keeps the yurts nice and toasty but has the capacity to be used for cooking on the top as well. For more substantial food, internet access, hot showers and toilets the guests can easily wander over to Bivouac’s main area, which is home to the reception, shop, cafe and toilet/shower facilities. It is also possible to arrange for meals to be delivered to your accommodation at reception.

The Bunk Barn houses twelve bunk beds and each one has its own bedside lamp, lockable storage box and bed linen. There is a sink, kettle, drinks preparation area and cold store. Situated above the Bivouac shop & reception, guests staying there have easy access to the cafe, toilets and showers. Children are welcome to stay in the Bunk Barn, however, if you have little ones aged 0-3 years please note that the Bunk Barn must be booked out exclusively.

Up to 2 well behaved dogs can stay in 2 of the Tree Lodges.

Opening Times

2020 Opening (1 Feb 2020 - 31 Dec 2020)

* The café is closed on Monday and Tuesdays, except through school holidays and bank holidays

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