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Reviewed 24 September 2017

Six of us stayed in one of the tree houses, Bracken Den. It was a fab and well equipped little house!
Beds were very comfy and made up on our arrival.
There were plenty of logs for the wood burner which heated the water for our shower.
Supplied were washing up liquid, tea towel, toilet rolls and hand soap.
It was lovely and warm and cosy.
We all went for breakfast to the cafe which was a short walk across a field. We had an amazing and generous bacon sarnie in a lovely cheerful setting.
The shower blocks available were fab with under floor heating.
Sophie and George were very friendly and helpful.
We will certainly return again next year, thank you!!!

  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled with friends
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1  Thank Nicky S
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Reviewed 4 September 2017 via mobile

We booked 2 tree lodges as a family comprising 3 siblings with partners and 4 kids. We arrived on the Friday expecting the advertised barbecue, which was nowhere to be seen. Instead, we had to order from the cafe burgers and sausages which was not the experience we had been expecting. The "eco" credentials were just an excuse for not providing proper facilities. The fridge was a cupboard outside that did not keep anything cool. The shower only had cold water. There were 2 rings for cooking, only one of which worked. The alarm bells should have rung when my sister called before our departure to ask about the cooking facilities, to be told that there were facilities, but why bother when there was a great cafe on site. Part of the reason we booked was to have a self catering option to keep costs down so the lack of facilities was extremely frustrating and a logistical nightmare. We had a problem one night as the key to one lodge was temporarily mislaid. We called the emergency number which diverted to the main hotel, and we were told that someone would come to open up. 40 minutes later the key was found but nobody had turned up or contacted us. No idea what would have happened if we hadn't found the key. The location is fantastic, the views wonderful and there is plenty to do in the area. But it is definitely not glamping or anything other than a basic rough and ready cabin. My partner and I stayed one night and then booked into a hotel in the neighbouring village for the remainder of the holiday. An expensive solution to a disappointing accommodation. It could have been perfect, but has clearly been done on the cheap and is not properly managed.

Stayed: August 2017, travelled with family
2  Thank MVR1
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Reviewed 25 August 2017

This is slightly delayed but I felt I had to write a review about my experience at Swinton Bivouac in July - it was amazing! From the initial enquiry the ladies in the events team were so helpful in planning the perfect hen party for my sister. We had a party size of 20 and I booked 5 of the 7 Meadow Yurts from Friday-Sunday for what we named #Rosefest. On arrival we were stunned how beautiful the site was and there was even a little baby owl was in reception too (so cute!). everything is so well though-through and attention to detail is lovely.
The Yurts themselves we're so fresh, clean, comfortable & equipped - just amazing! So convenient to have a toilet next to each yurt too (no pitch black trips to a communal toilet block here!) We all used the wood fires every evening too - just to be extra cosy.
We ate in the cafe where we had the mezzanine booked exclusively to us, once on the Friday evening for BBQ and games and again on the Saturday & Sunday morning for breakfast, the service was brilliant and the food was delicious every time.
We booked the hot tub on the Saturday (great addition to the weekend) along with the bonfire area on the Saturday evening too. The communal area at the Yurts was brilliant, it meant we could all be together - we pre-made some chilli so just re-heated on the hobs provided.
Shower facilities were wonderful (especially the heated flooring!)
Druids Temple was a short walk from the yurts - we explored around one morning. It doesn't take too long so definitely worth the stroll up.
Here's a special mention to George, the manager of the cafe, what a super star! There was nothing he wouldn't do to make sure we had the best time ever from chatting to all the girls, making sure the hen was happy, staying open for us to carry on playing games in the cafe and even nipping to Tesco to get one of the girls a toothbrush. He made us feel so welcome and really added to our trip.
I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this place and I will definitely be returning.
Thank you again.
Abby Wilks (and all of the #Rosefest girls!)x

  • Stayed: July 2017, travelled with friends
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2  Thank Abby M
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Reviewed 8 August 2017 via mobile

Fantastic trip with helpful and friendly staff especially as we struggled to get the fire started a few times and ran out of matches and fire lighters.

Amazing views and best of all fresh air... loads of things to explore in the woodland walk and the Druid temple is interesting place to visit.

One thing to mention is that in order to get to the cabins you have to climb through a small gap in the wall so not suitable for wheelchairs or those that can't easily climb over.

Comfy beds and nice bathroom. It does take a while to heat the water using the wood burning stove.

Pleasant stay and would do it again.

Stayed: July 2017, travelled with family
1  Thank Shreena P
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Reviewed 5 August 2017

We had a very comfortable and cosy stay in one of the Yurts. There were 3 of us sharing it which was just right (it sleeps 5 and that might be a little bit more crowded). There was basic cooking and crockery utensils provided for those wanting to be self-catered and a lovely cafe with delicious food for those who would rather not cook.

Nice bathrooms and showers (it's definitely a lot more luxurious than your standard campsite facilities).

The staff of the Bivouac cafe were extremely helpful and kind. They helped us out with taxi numbers and advised us on good things to do during our stay. The grounds of the Swinton Estate are truly spectacular and really worth exploring.

All in all, we had a great time and thank you again to the staff at the bivouac for all of their help!

Room Tip: We were told by people staying in the tree houses that they preferred the Yurts.
  • Stayed: July 2017, travelled with friends
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Thank hollyanne2017
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