Swinton Bivouac – Between the Moors and the Dales
Cabin for 7 from £108 per night
The shacks sleep 7 adults tightly, but they are best for families. See "Essentials" for bed details
Suitable for children of all ages
Not suitable for pets
The Bivouac is a huge project, constantly changing and always exciting.
The shacks themselves are beautifully constructed using natural timber framing techniques. Each shack has a ‘giant bunk bed’ arrangement, with a king-size bed on the top bunk under the velux window, three single beds in the middle bunk and a double bed on the lowest bunk (with low clearance - take a look at 'essentials' for bed sizes). They are off grid, but creature comforts have been replicated with ingenuity and style: gas hobs, and a wood-burning range which also heats the shower (there are more modern showers a short walk away if you can't wait for the wood-fired version). Get in touch with nature by setting up camp by one of the firepits and toasting marshmallows, or book a session in the secluded hot tub and bathe under the stars.
Geographically, the hub of the site is a great big café barn, the perfect watering hole for guests, walkers, families and nature-lovers alike. It serves delicious, freshly-prepared meals and snacks - pop in for coffee or dine in the evening. On and off site, there's so much to do, and something for everyone: bike hire, falconry, outdoor pursuits and pony trekking can be arranged locally. Swinton Park Hotel nearby has a deer park, cookery school and a spa if you fancy some pampering. You can lose yourself in the rambling beauty of North Yorkshire, head down to the barn for a browse in the gift shop, or just laze in the peaceful shack.