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Bivouac at Druid's Temple
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Fakenham, United Kingdom
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“Amazing!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2014

We stayed in the bunk barn for a hen weekend with 11 staying and 3 more people joining us for day time activities, we had an amazing time.

The bunk barn has comfortable warm beds, a communal room to gather in, tea and coffee making facilities, the toilets and showers are very close with constant hot water. It also has plenty of electrical points for hair dryers, straighteners and phone charging...... Very important for hen party's oh and plenty of mirrors!

The cafe was great we had a lovely home cooked evening meal, afternoon tea with so much delicious food we could hardly move and a great breakfast to set us on our way home.

We hired the hot tub which is heated by a wood burner and has amazing views, very relaxing, the trek across the field to get to it adds to the adventure. The treasure hunt was great fun and the treasure was enjoyed back at the Druids Temple!

We hired a taxi from Yorkshire taxis to take us to Harrogate for a night out which was great, but, we would of been happy to stay on site eat in the cafe again and enjoy the live music.

We all enjoyed the the whole experience, the surrounding make you relax immediately, the staff are friendly and helpful with good old Yorkshire humour, the views take your breathe away.

We are planning coming back as a group and individually with our families.

Thank you BIvouac!

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with friends
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Dublin, Ireland
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2014

We stayed at Bivouac for one night in a yurt. Having looked at the website and read the glowing reviews we were very much looking forward to our stay at the site. After travelling from Hollyhead that day we had a meal in the restaurant which was very nice (despite the restaurant having no black pepper). When we arrived at the yurt one of the first things that caught my attention was a sign on the door to ask us to have our bed sheets taken off and left at the yurt door by 9am. When I mentioned to the manager that I thought this was a bit early, especially for the one nighters, he thanked me for my comment and said that no else had ever made this complaint. In the evening we found there was a shortage of candles and logs. However we were provided with more logs when I phoned the manager. The weather worsened until the early hours of the morning and the noise of the canvas flapping on top of the yurt was horrendous. Of course management are not responsible for the weather but at £130 our stay was not cheap and I think it would have been appropriate for management to warn guests that they have no chance of sleeping during bad weather and offer them the opportunity of cancelling. I spoke to two other groups of people who stayed in the yurts that night and they had the same experience. I noted there were daily events for children but all at a cost. The option of glamping appealed to us as we are not die hard campers but I think if we pitched a tent at the side of the road it would have been more restful ! By the time we left at check out time, 10am, the sheets were still outside the door......

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
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Cornwall, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2014

We stayed as a family with three small children under 4 very recently and would struggle to fault our experience. We opted for a yurt and found these to be charming and comfortable with comfortable beds (with additional thick wool blankets if required) and a useful little wood stove for cooking out on our deck. It was our first experience 'camping' with the children and we would definitely visit again. We had debated whether to go for a shack or yurt (en suite facilities when you have children in nappies being very appealing) but didn't regret our choice once we were there. The yurts really do make you feel like you are camping but with a bit of luxury and it was lovely to lie in bed listening to the rain drumming on the canvas whilst feeling cosy with our wood burner crackling away (these do go out in the night and the yurt did get cold but the wool blankets meant that everyone kept warm anyway). The recent addition in the yurt meadow of a wooden structure containing a toilet and sink with hot running water as well as an open air 'kitchen' again with hot running water was such a useful facility which we made regular use of ... the yurt meadow is close to the main building and a short trek to the toilet block but this was MUCH better for a night time trip to the toilet! The yurt meadow is spacious with lovely views and the yurts are clustered together but with enough space in between to feel sufficiently private. Sound does / did travel but most of the yurts were occupied by families and so things settled down as night set in. One of the yurts did have what seemed like a small hen party and there was a bit more noise quite late into the night on one occasion however the children slept through it and the rain provided a bit of 'white noise' to cover so I wasn't terribly bothered. As many other reviewers have noted the café is lovely, the family area with toys a welcome feature and the food very tasty. We sampled breakfast and dinner here and upon discovering that they also have pre-cooked, frozen meals (lasagne, beef bourguignon etc) for you to take back to your yurt we tried that as well ... and they very kindly warmed everything through and provided it on a tray with sides of chips and salad for us to take away. There's a small Co-op in nearby Masham but you can buy small jugs of milk from the café if you forget or run out (which we did). The toilet and shower facilities were very clean and decorated in the same quirky style with lots of natural materials (large slates to stand on and useful mirrors in each individual shower cubicle) and there was a larger 'family' shower which was perfect for dealing with small children used mainly to baths at home. There is a lovely little play area outside the café with a couple of tyre swings and a climbing frame / slide and also some outdoor tables and a bench or two for enjoying the surroundings. The staff were all friendly and seemed keen to ensure that guests were enjoying their stay. Oh! The outdoor kitchen in the yurt meadow also had two plug points and we had good mobile phone reception the entire time. In terms of activities we would definitely recommend the nature trail detailed on the Bivouac website which is quirky and perfect for small children though not buggy friendly so we used a rucksack for our youngest. The hedgehog walk was lovely as well. We also visited Fountains Abbey (spectacular) and Aysgarth Falls which was also spectacular and you can take away sandwiches, cake etc from the café and eat by the river. All in all a really fab first camping trip and we hope to return in the future and stay for longer.

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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2014 via mobile

They don't look much on the outside but in the inside they where amazing. Each where furnished in a very rustic way nothing modern ! All the cups and plates where miss matched which added to the feel. We stayed in the yurts 2 adults 3 kids 15,13 &9 we all had a lovely time. It was very warm and cosy at night with the log burner. Great to wAtch stars at night as no light pollution. On the yurt field they have just built a small area with gas burners and a toilet. This is great especially if you need the toilet at night. This also has and electric point if you need to charge up your stuff! We used the restaurant for lunch and dinner. Food excellent. You can even purchase frozen dinners (made by the cafe) for you to heat up later. They provide ice blocks for you to use in the cool box provided. You do need to take torches and lamps as it does get dark! We took a couple of camping chairs and picnic blanket to sit out on the porch. We only stayed for two days but will def come again and stay for longer !

Stayed August 2014
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2014 via mobile

Stayed in a Yurt in July and had a wonderful time. Great bit of outdoor space. Super quiet. Onsite restaurant is brilliant and made even better by George. Local beer rather nice too.

Walks around are good. Towns nearby are nothing too special in terms of tourism. Fantastic ice cream place down the road to Leyburn.

In driving distance you have amazing places to visit, really enjoyed Stump Cross Caverns.

Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2014

Staying here with a group of friends for two nights we explored the Druids temple and found amazing views at the end of the path as well as having a game of soft ball and camp fire.

The shack itself was amazing. For some maybe a little weird sleeping near each other but no complaints. No electricity allowed some real group time. Would do this again. May return in the future.

5*

Stayed July 2014, travelled with friends
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2014

Thank you to everyone for making my hen weekend so enjoyable. We stayed in 3 shacks and they were like something from a fairytale! The surroundings are utterly beautiful and the shacks them self were really well equipped with comfy beds and fab furnishing. We went on the treasure hunt organised by the staff and had a great treat waiting for us at the end (oh and what a view!). We then had a vintage tea party at the cafe and the cake and scones were to die for, sooo yummy! To top it off we made use of the eco hot tub and enjoyed a nice relax. Harrogate was 40 mins away and a great place to go for an evening out. I would recommend the Bivouac to anyone of any age and I can not wait to bring my future hubby back so he can see how lovely it really is. Thank you :) x

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with friends
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Property: Bivouac at Druid's Temple
Address: Off of Knowle Lane | Ripon, Masham HG4 4JZ, England (Formerly Bivouac Swinton)
Region: United Kingdom > England > Yorkshire > North Yorkshire > Masham
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 6 Speciality Lodging in Masham
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 26
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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. ... more   less 
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