Luxury Tree Lodge

UK England North East England North Yorkshire Masham Swinton Bivouac

  • Sleeps 7 (max 7 adults, 6 children)
  • Cooking facilities
  • Beds Provided
  • Bed Linen Provided
  • Private Bathroom
Beautifully constructed rustic wooden cabin in the woods
  • Short walk from the Bivouac shop and cafe
  • Spacious wooden veranda to enjoy expansive views over the Yorkshire Dales
  • Wood-burning stove for a toasty interior and fire pit provided for evenings outside

The Owner Says

Our charming secluded tree-lodges are hidden away in woodland a five minute walk from the bivouac shop and cafe. They provide an intimate, truly authentic, rustic back to nature setting for your Yorkshire holiday.

The tree- lodges can sleep up to 7 guests (one king size double, one double and three singles). They come with gas-rings for cooking, hot water and bed-linen, however they are un-electrified, so bring a torch a with you!

What's included:
  • 1 king size double bed, 1 double & 3 single beds. With bed linen provided
  • An eclectic mix of hand made and preloved artefacts
  • Open plan layout living area
  • Wood burning stove to keep the lodge warm, with gas rings to cook on. We'll also provide wood to fuel your fire. Please note we do not allow campfires!
  • Kitchenette area with sink
  • Wooden veranda with stunning views of the surrounding valley
  • En-suite toilet and gas heated shower with hot running water
  • Each lodge has windows allowing you to enjoy the views from inside and solid wood lockable door providing you with peace of mind as you head out and explore the Yorkshire Dales.

Features & Facilities

Shacks have toilet, warm-water shower (if you light the burner) and sink; yurts and bunkhouse share excellent facilities down at the café and reception – 6 showers (including 1 disabled-access and 1 dedicated family shower, both with twin shower-heads) and 6 toilets (including 1 disabled-access). Site shop sells some food and supplies, but it’s more of an organic chocolate, eco-toiletry, arty-crafty outlet. Hot-tub requires pre-booking (£60 for a day’s use). Off-ground BBQs are fine, but no campfires.

Activities

To be honest, you might not even venture off-site, though brewery tours of Theakstons (01765 680000) and Black Sheep (01765 680101) in Masham are tempting. But with a tramp around the estate, a climb to the Druid’s Temple, organized Bivouac art and craft workshops, artisan food and drink courses, and wine-tastings and music-nights in the café, there’s not going to be a whole to lot of time to explore the nearby Yorkshire Dales (03004 560030). Should you wander further afield, though, Bivouac is enviably situated on the edge of both the Dales and the Nidderdale AONB (01423 712950). Explore the Wensleydale valley, the balancing Brimham Rocks (01423 780688) and, of course, the famous creamery (01969 667664). The medieval ruins of the Jervaulx (01677 460391) and Fountains (01765 608888) Abbeys are a must see, with the latter a designated UNESCO World Heritage site. Nearby 12th century Middleham Castle (03703 331181) and the Wren-designed stately pile, Newby Hall (01423 322583) are also both well worth a visit. The area also boasts one of the UK’s top amusement parks in Lightwater Valley (08717 200011).

Food & Drink

Yurt dwellers are free to self-cater, making use of the communal kitchen and Weber BBQ area. However, with the Bivouac’s onsite cafe (open daily 9am–4:30pm, until 8pm at weekends) serving up delicious snacks and light meals, you could do a lot worse than this reasonably priced menu. Posh trip out is down the road for afternoon tea, lunch or dinner at Swinton Park (01765 680900) – estate HQ – which is an honest-to-goodness castle with grounds plus swanky cookery school.
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Getting There

Bivouac Swinton is about 5 miles west from Masham, a charming Wensleydale market town renowned for its breweries (Black Sheep and Theakstons) and annual Sheep Fair. The villages of Ilton, Fearby and Healey are all a short drive/half hour walk away. The Bivouac is 30 minutes drive from the A1 and 8 miles north of Ripon. The nearest train stations are in Thirsk and Northallerton. If you would like to coninue on public transport from there than you will need to get a bus to Ripon, where you can hop onto a bus to Masham. It is also possible to get a bus from Richmond and Leyburn to Masham.