Situated in a picturesque spot, it is one of the most beautiful settings in the Yorkshire Dales.
The woodland spreads over the hilltop and is not only home to the gorgeous rustic Tree Lodges, built using traditional round wood timber framing techniques, but also to Druid’s Temple, a local historical site and impressive folly constructed during the late 1800’s. As you stroll through the woodland there are breathtaking views looking out over the moorland and valley below.
Sleeping up to 7 people each, the timber-clad Tree Lodges are set on the edge of a dense pinewood, a 10-minute walk from the farmhouse. Each has a veranda, shabby-chic furnishings and a slate-tiled bathroom with a shower. The beds are arranged in 3 tiers, accessed by a ladder: a double on the upper level, set under a sloping roof with a skylight, 3 single mattresses on the middle level (ideal for kids), and another ‘secret’ double underneath with a curtain for privacy. The main living area has a table, benches, seating and a sink. There’s no electricity, but candles are
The mood is informal and relaxed, appealing to couples and families in search of an authentic yet comfortable back-to-nature adventure. The yurts and lodges have cozy wood-burners, proper beds, running water and basic cooking equipment, and great attention to detail is paid in everything from the rustic décor to the activities on offer. Swinton Bivouac also hosts groups (there’s a larger Loft sleeping 10) and organizes woodland weddings at the Druid’s Temple, a 200-year-old folly set among the pines nearby.
There’s plenty to do: hiking, cycling, visiting castles and waterfalls, and tasting famous Dales produce such as Wensleydale cheese and Black Sheep beer. And you don’t have to go far – trails lead out from the site, and there’s a homely café for those who don’t want to self-cater, serving delicious food prepared from local ingredients. The Lodges and Yurts have a cooking facility with bedding provided. There is no electricity. There is bike hire, horse riding and falconry offered nearby, along with a country club and spa. The Druid’s Temple is 200 m from the property.