Swinton Bivouac Yurts & Tree Lodges
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Swinton Bivouac Yurts & Tree Lodges

Off of Knowle Lane Ripon, Masham HG4 4JZ England
Druids Temple
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Handmade rustic luxury Woodland Shacks, Meadow Yurts and Bunk Barn on a picturesque farm in Wensleydale, North Yorkshire. Barns converted to a cafe/bistro, shop, comfortable facilities and luxury showers. Open every day with stunning views across the Yorkshire Dales, open moorland and beyond. Non-residents welcome to enjoy cafe, walks and views. 19th Century folly stone circle ‘The Druid’s Temple’ in the heart of 40 acres of woodland. Find a hearty Yorkshire welcome, with activities including climbing and foraging and (nearby) pony trekking, falconry and fly-fishing. Hot tub by the Woodland Shacks and massage treatments. Enjoy fresh air, long views, outdoor adventure, relaxation by the fires.
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Pash wrote a review Sept 2020
Clay Cross, United Kingdom4 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed in a yurt for three nights, we were running late because of traffic and rang to tell them. The gentleman that answered said it's fine. When we eventually arrived we were met by the sam man we had a conversation with on the telephone. He was so helpful and made us feel very welcome. The yurt was clean and fresh bedding was supplied, it was a little cold so we made a fire in the log burner, matches, kindling and logs were provided. After only a few minutes the yurt was lovely and warm. Pots, pans and cutlery are provided. We took a gas camping stove but there is a kitchenette a short walk away with gas hobs, a sink with hot and cold water, also in the area are gas barbeques.. There is a hot tub on site but wasn't available because of Covid-19. Each yurt has its own outside toilet. Outside the yurt it has a small decking area, a table and four chairs, a log store and a brazier. Also provided is a swing ball and boules. The views are amazing and the only sound you'll hear at night is an owl and if you're lucky you may even see it. The showers are located behind the main building and I was pleasantly surprised to find some birds of prey nearby. The showers are clean and adequate, the water wasn't that hot but I do like my showers really hot. There are plenty of places to explore and you don't really need to go in the car to do this. The druids temple is worth a visit and children will love spotting the signs about elves, fairies and unicorns. On our first night we sat outside and fortunately the sky was clear and because their is very little light pollution the stars and some planets were visible. All in all a brilliant, relaxing stay. We would highly recommend visiting here for anyone, whether you are young, old, a coulpe group or solo.
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Date of stay: September 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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john5f5n4q2jdhjkqaa9 wrote a review Jul 2020
Farnham, United Kingdom1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
The yurts are in a lovely location with a fantastic view across the North Yorkshire hills. They are well thought out with private toilet, wood store, running water and sink and the wood burner. The local village of Masham is also really nice with fantastic ice cream and fish and chips shop (and Co-Op). We had a really good week - Steve was really helpful when we had questions.
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Date of stay: July 2020
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Familyof4 wrote a review Aug 2021
Ashton-under-lyne14 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed here with friends and family and had the most amazing time, this is now our favourite place with more bookings made in the future.

The lodges are quaint and magical each has its own wooden walkway upto the cabin underneath the trees lighted with tea lights, lanterns and fairy lights inside the cabin, it's equipped with 2 double beds and 3 single beds with the most magical ladder upto the top bed, each cabin has a fully fitted shower room with hot water, power shower and flushing toilet.
Dining room table with chairs to relax at while you cook your dinner on the gas hob, whilst there is no electricity it's really nice to get back to nature and away from the technology of phones and television. There is a big tepee in the field with blankets logs and a fire pit, perfect for toasting marshmelllow and for story telling.

The restaurant on site is lovely. The area has the most beautiful walks with some lovely ruins to walk around, highly recommend this magical place.
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Date of stay: September 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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Alyshardy wrote a review Sept 2020
Leeds, United Kingdom56 contributions18 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Firstly, I'd like to keep this brief as the management are more than aware of the situation and negativity surrounding our booking. Here's a simple list of issues that we experienced during or prior to our stay.

1. Property is listed as sleeping 5 adults on booking.com however the management then advised us that this wasn't recommended. It's listed as this in all marketing documentation as well as online. If it is only suitable for 2 adults &3 children, this needs highlighting. One of our party ended up just visiting for the day instead of enjoying the weekend.
2. The hot tub is closed due to Covid-19 however sadly this wasn't communicated to us, we found out when trying to pay to privately hire this. It's a natural hot tub which makes it difficult to clean, understandable, but guests should be made aware and given a simple explanation.
3. When we complained about the lack of communication, I received an email from the residential manager which was the worst customer service I have ever had, to top this off we then found out that this was circulated with staff prior to our arrival (breach of GDPR) and we were also told that they'd been looking into my social media following.
4. We booked a pizza oven and 'Yorkshire Hamper' picnic to enjoy during our stay. The pizza is well worth the money and we all had a lovely time making them in the wood fired oven however the 'Yorkshire hamper', was very poor. For £9.50 a head, we had one white sliced bread sandwich each, a small bag of crisps, some shortbread, a kids carton of juice and a can of water. We did consider complaining over this however based on our previous experience we decided against it.
5. There were a number of times where we'd gone to reception and were unable to find anyone. It was extremely difficult to book the kitchen and we had to drive to find extra supplies which were advertised as being readily available
6. As mentioned in previous reviews, the decking is dangerous during wet weather. There are some strips for gripping however these don't run to the edge, nor do they go to the toilet.
7. We did find the yurt itself to need a little refresh as there were quite a lot of cobwebs and some of the pots and pans were put away quite dirty.

Overall, we managed to enjoy our stay due to the location and finally being able to reconnect with friends after months of isolation. It really is a terrible shame that this beautiful spot is managed so unprofessionally as it could be an absolute hidden gem.
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Date of stay: September 2020
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: Use this place as a base but organise your own food.
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Vegan Rich PT wrote a review Aug 2020
3 contributions1 helpful vote
2.0 of 5 bubbles
There's a fine line between rustic and filthy and this I'm afraid crossed that line.

You've got to question the cleanliness of a place when the first thing you say when you enter is "oops, I think we may be too early. I don't think the cleaners have been" only to realise that you are indeed on time.

Off grid rustic living is not alien to us but paying for accommodation that's this dirty is taking it a bit too far. For example, there were food remind in the kitchen sink plughole, there was a serious accumulation of dust on the clothes dryer and I even found a Cheesy Wotsit amongst more dust and hairs under the single mattresses. There were crumbs and more food stuff in and around the crevices of the hob and a cracked and stained mug for us to enjoy!

Beyond the general cleanliness the Tree Lodge was a bit beyond its best with window handles falling off, taps not being securely fastened to the counter and a wheelbarrow for collecting fire wood that had a punctured tyre. The door stuck and needed some serious shoving to get it open and closed and holes in the ceiling revealing the insulation.

Outside the Tree Lodge however we found the place to be great. Very friendly staff and great food in the cafe which, thanks to Eat Out to Help Out was very reasonable and also catered well for us Vegans. The landscape is superior and the surrounding towns and villages are beautiful. A short walk to the Druids Temple and you'll find an amazing creation and a walk further takes you deep into the Druids Plantation which is stunning.

Will we return? YES! But only for a day trip I'm afraid to say.
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Date of stay: August 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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Jo wrote a review Jun 2021
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom24 contributions6 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Fabulous long weekend with friends in a beautiful setting. Yurts were well equipped with sink & log burner with added bonus of own toilet just outside. Lots of lovely walks close by including Druids Temple & woodland walks. Great for couples, friends and families.
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: Parking close to yurts. Communal bbq area & fire pits with wood provided.
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ApplebyAdventures wrote a review Jul 2021
Northumberland, United Kingdom46 contributions33 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
We booked a tree lodge after seeing it on a BBC programme and it looking amazing.

Upon arrival we were greeted in reception and given our key and directions to the lodge, unlike the website states parking is actually very close to the lodge, about 30 metres through a wooded path. I had been dreading getting everything into the lodge but In reality it was easy!

The lodges are simply magical, tucked away in the woods down a fairy light lit path over looking fields for miles and miles.

Everything you could need to get started is there, pots and pans, kettle, cutlery etc. Plenty of firewood and matches, there is a gas powered cool box ‘fridge’ outside that kept our stuff nice and cool for the duration with the addition of a few ice packs.

Towels and bedding are also provided and super duper comfy!

When we got into our lodge there was a little welcome pack waiting for both of the kids which is a lovely touch.

There is no electricity in the lodge, which adds to its ‘off grid’ charm. I took a small power pack for my phone and also a solar charger which worked well! Lights in the lodge are battery powered and reception will swap them over each day if they lose power.

Its an easy walk to the reception and cafe, and there is a small play park with fantastic views.

One evening we booked to do the pizza in the deer park experience up at Swinton Park Hotel- it was fabulous freshly made pizza whilst over looking the many deer at the hotel; whilst it was pricey it was a delicious treat and the kids still talk about it now: the road back to the bivouac is very narrow and bendy so if you can walk (apparently it’s an hours walk) or get a taxi if you would like a drink!

In the Bivouac grounds themselves we had a lovely walk around the Druid ruins and attempted the bike ride. Whilst for an adult the bike route would be very easy- my two are only used to paved/tarmac routes so found the rough stones hard going (they are 4&6)

Another afternoon we did a birds of prey experience up at the hotel which was out of this world- some of the birds of prey are kept on site at the bivouac so you will be able to see them.

An absolutely magical experience which I can and will recommend far and wide.
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Date of stay: April 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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RobsterD wrote a review Feb 2020
Oxford, United Kingdom32 contributions13 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed in the tree lodges as a family of 4 in Feb following both storms. The lodges are compact but well laid out. There’s just enough equipment in the kitchen to get you by but I’m not sure the outside fridge would be effective in the height of the summer. Lighting provision is very limited - the fairy lights and small candles are good for a cosy night but you’ll need something like a 1000 lumen lamp for the evenings. Being able to park behind the lodge is really useful but the path to the lodge was very muddy so be prepared. Only gripe is the quality of the mattresses, quilts and pillows. So money needs to be spent here to make the lodges really luxury.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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GlobeTrotter1025 wrote a review Jul 2020
Harrogate, United Kingdom123 contributions64 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
We had a lovely stay at a tree lodge; it was a wonderful location to get away. The views are amazing and the surrounding area is beautiful. Our sons (5 and 1) loved the tree lodge and had so much fun right outside the front door building dens and playing in the woods. We also loved just sitting on the porch watching the sheep. The 8k Swinton, Druid’s Temple, Sole Beck walk was nice with lots of varied scenery. We really enjoyed our lunch at the café after the hike and would definitely recommend having a meal there.
As part of the booking process we had pre-ordered a 4 pack of beer. We know that Masham is home to at least two breweries so we were expecting a local selection. However, they gave us a bag and put 4 Heineken in it. A bit surprised and super disappointed at that. We ended up driving over to Black Sheep and picking up our own selection.
The lodge itself was ok. It could use a few updates and some basic maintenance. The taps moved when you turned them and were badly positioned in the bathroom so that it was difficult to get your hands under the water, batteries were missing from all but one of the fairy lights, blinds were broken, the lanterns had so much melted wax built up in them it was difficult to add any new tea lights (I tried to pick away the wax in a couple of the lanterns so there could at least be a flat surface to sit a new tea light, but really that's not how I want to spend my holiday), and a lot of the dishes were grimy. Also, since the space can sleep 6, it'd be nice if there was more than one outdoor chair. Given these issues I really wouldn't describe this place as "luxury glamping".
Overall we had an enjoyable time and hope to return, in the meantime I hope they make a little effort to spruce up the lodges. And maybe consider highlighting local products in the preorders!
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Date of stay: July 2020
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Helen W wrote a review Oct 2020
Keighley, United Kingdom6 contributions5 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
From the moment we arrived we felt welcome and the bivouac’s have the perfect balance of “chic rustic”. The twinkly lights in the bivouac made the atmosphere magical for the kids and the small stoves made it cosy and warm to come back to after a long walk.

There were some great walks and bike rides nearby and the small cafe and ice cream parlour was a massive hit with the kids (and they did a lovely glass of dry rose for the adults!)

The BBQ area was an added bonus and a great outdoor space in which to partake in some socially distanced chat. My husband confirmed that the BBQ functioned brilliantly (obviously I was not allowed to operate said BBQ 🤣).

We will definitely be back, thank you Swinton Estates!
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Date of stay: July 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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Elaine F wrote a tip Apr 2024
Harrogate, United Kingdom8 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"It’s a Yurt in a meadow, in April, expect some muddy conditions. It was a gift from our daughter and husband, so can’t comment on cost."
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cbrown799 wrote a tip Oct 2023
Braintree, United Kingdom28 contributions11 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Light the hot tub ASAP"
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teresamow wrote a tip Jul 2023
19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Child friendly"
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Clare B wrote a tip May 2023
12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Plenty of parking on site able to walk through to Swinton Park easily"
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Michael G wrote a tip Aug 2022
Brigg, United Kingdom143 contributions70 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Take food to fry or boil…"
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£144 - £186 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
FORMERLY KNOWN AS
Bivouac Swinton
LOCATION
United KingdomEnglandYorkshireNorth YorkshireMasham
NUMBER OF ROOMS
26
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Nearby attractions include Lime Tree Observatory & Planetarium (2.8 miles), Farm Adventure Yorkshire (0.9 miles), and Himalayan Garden & Sculpture Park (3.0 miles).
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Some of the more popular amenities offered include an on-site restaurant, a spa, and free parking.
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Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and a snack bar during their stay.
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Yes, free parking is available to guests.
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Conveniently located restaurants include Kings Head Hotel, Old Station Cafe Bistro, and The Bay Horse, Masham.
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Many travellers enjoy visiting Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden (8.6 miles), Knaresborough Viaduct (8.2 miles), and St Gregory's Church (8.2 miles).
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