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Eco-friendly, off-grid, and utterly luxurious and lovely

Over on the eastern edge of the Yorkshire Dales the countryside is less rugged and, dare we say, a tad more refined. Instead of hardcore hiking and hill-farming, think of glamping as rolling greenery, meadows and woodland – country-house country if you like, radiating out from well-to-do market towns like Masham. Bivouac fits these surroundings like a well-bred lady’s glove, offering genteel outdoors’ overnighting in a bucolic corner of the grand 20,000-acre Swinton Estate.

The glampsite is an enchanting location, set beneath a tree-shrouded, eighteenth-century folly known as the Druid’s Temple. There are fully furnished hillside yurts with see-for-miles views, as well as Robinson-Crusoe woodland shacks, with a rustic-chic terraced café at the heart of the operation (and separate bunkhouse accommodation here too, the whole lot stylishly fashioned from former farm buildings). It’s so achingly cool it could have been constructed just for us – from the hand-built, round-wood beds, bunks and timber shacks (using materials sourced from the estate) to the wood-fired stoves and rocking chairs. Fixtures and fittings are handmade or recycled, from chunky, locally made ceramic crockery to wall mirrors fashioned from gnarled tree off-cuts. There’s cold running water in the yurts (plus gas-stove and terracotta “fridge”), while the shacks not only have bathrooms with flushing toilets, but also wood-burners with a kitchen range attached – it seems entirely in-keeping that you’re encouraged to pop in a warming stew before you set out for the day.

There are some hardships – erm, let’s see, you have to walk over to the café for internet access – but between a soak in the woodland hot tub (using their own eco-toiletry range, naturally), a massage from the resident therapist, and meals from the café delivered to your yurt, we’ll think you’ll manage.

The campsite owner says

We have a picturesque spot on the Swinton Estate which is one of the most beautiful settings in the Yorkshire Dales. The 20,000 acre Swinton Estate stretches from the River Ure and charming market town of Masham in Wensleydale up to the moorland dales and the Yorkshire Dales National Park. We are also located in the Nidderdale AONB.


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