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General

  • Luxury site with upcycled features in the Yorkshire Dales
  • Three miles from the market town of Masham
  • Hot tub, café, craft workshops and regular activities

Well. You might not know where to start with the top options abounding at luxury sustainable site Swinton Bivouac near Masham in the Yorkshire Dales. Outdoor hot tub – tick. Carefully crafted woodland and hillside accommodation so purty it'll likely make your eyes water – tick. Meals delivered direct to the door – tick tick and another, very big, tick.

All these ticky things are on The Bivouac’s rustic site in the Swinton Park Estate, 20,000 acres of spectacular scenery in the Yorkshire Dales, running from the River Ure and market town of Masham in Wensleydale up to the Yorkshire Dales National Park. It's close to the fably odd Druids’ Temple too, a well-known local landmark and nineteenth century folly built by local writer William Danby as his answer to Stonehenge.

Swinton Bivouac’s café also deserves a huge tick: it has a family den underneath leading to a walled garden, views down to the valley from the patio, and is open late on Friday and Saturday nights for meals and drinks. And the sign leading to it says ‘muddy boots welcome’, which is obv the best type of café ever. Tick…

Please note

Commercial vehicles (vehicles used for work related purposes, carrying goods or fare-paying passengers) and sign-written vehicles are not permitted on site.

Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.


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8.7

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67% would recommend this site to a friend.

67% would stay here again.

 

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overpriced - been to far better for far less. Tractor in camp field??? 11/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Andrea H. Confirmed

  • 1 bedroom yurt
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    location, toilet next to yurt, spacious yurt, lovely cafe on site, beautiful woodland at druids temple

    Disliked: 

    no roof on toilet, tractor constantly driving feet from yurt, making hay bundles, for 5hrs- was like camping on motorway. No cooking facility in yurt. Standard of cleanliness poor. Cafe menu extremely limited.

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Be back next year 06/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Kay W. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • 1 bedroom yurt
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    The Yurt, the area, the team at Swinton, we had an amazing stay and such fun, even the constant rain didn't dampen the stay, prepared with appropriate dress. Awesome

    Disliked: 

    Absolutely nothing to dislike

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Every one Keen to go again, staff extremely helpful, site spotless 19/04/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom joyce_b298766 Confirmed

  • 1 bedroom yurt
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    We organised a surprise birthday weekend for my husbands 70th birthday so our party ages ranged from 5yrs to 70! Everyone loved it. The four children turned into excited little giddy kippers when they saw inside the bivouacs, they did go to sleep eventually. The place was spotless from the bivouacs to the shower blocks, they were also exceedingly warm. George made us feel so welcome and nothing was too much trouble, the cafe served good food, delicious coffee and cakes in a beautiful building.
    The little dog had a scamper about outside with the grand children. We would take more lights for the bivouacs, the lanterns looked very pretty but didn't give out much light.Everything else is provided, pots pans even tea towels and hand towels, put your kettle on the log burner and then when you are ready for a cuppa finish it off on the outside gas ring. would go again.

    Disliked: 

    Nothing

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Bar or club house

Cycle hire

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Fitness centre

Games room

Hot tub

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Play area

Take away

Tennis

TV room

Watersports

Amenities on site

Bath available

Disabled facilities

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Launderette

Local produce

Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Public telephone

Shower available

Tents for hire

Toilet block

Washing-up area

Wifi

Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Rules

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Themes

Budget/backpacker

Forest

Gastronomic delight

Luxury

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Remote location

Spectacular scenery

Walkers' paradise

Wildlife haven

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Canoeing/kayaking nearby

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Restaurant nearby

Groups welcome

D. of E. welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Rallies welcome

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

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Bar nearby

Nearby farmers' market

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Type

Small (11-25 pitches)

Camping 2.0

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Location

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  • High Knowle, Knowle Lane, Ilton Masham, North Yorkshire, England, HG4 4JZ
  • Timezone Europe/London BST (GMT+01:00)   GPS 54.2037°N 1.7250°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Ripon Bus Station — 9.5 miles
Catterick Coach Stop — 12.6 miles
Thirsk: Market Place Clock Coach Stop — 15.6 miles
Train stations
Thirsk Rail Station — 14.4 miles
Northallerton Rail Station — 14.6 miles
Harrogate Rail Station — 16.4 miles
Ferry ports
Transporter Bridge South Side — 33.0 miles
Airports
Leeds Bradford International Airport — 23.3 miles
Durham Tees Valley Airport — 24.3 miles

Directions


Bivouac Swinton is about five miles west from Masham, about 30 minutes' drive from the A1 and eight miles north of Ripon.

Please note when planning your journey that due to road works on the A1 (M1), guests coming from the south should be aware that the nearest junction is not currently open. The site suggests you come off at Junction 48 and travel to Masham via Ripon. If you are using satnav it probably will not alter the route for you so you may need to deviate from its instructions. Guests coming from the north should take the Masham/Leyburn turning as normal when leaving the A1 at the Bedale junction which is also under construction and subject to diversion.

Once you reach Masham, take the route below as passing places have been provided to aid the journey on the narrow country roads that lead up to our site.

As you approach Masham from the A1(M) or Ripon/Bedale ignore the left-hand fork that is signposted to the town centre and stay on the A6108, skirting round the edge of the town.

Once you pass the Wendsleydale Garage on your right take the second left on to Fearby Rd.

If approaching from Leyburn, turn right onto Fearby Road before you reach the centre of town.

Carry on this road for just under two miles through the village of Fearby and pass the Black Swan pub on your left.

Once you leave the village you will reach Kell Bank Primary School on your left and just before it take a sharp left down the hill.

After you have crossed over a small bridge you will reach a T-junction where you will need to turn right up the hill towards Ilton.

At the top of the hill the road takes a sharp bend to the left, follow it around and continue straight on.
After half a mile turn right signposted to The Bivouac and Druid’s Temple.

As you reach the top of the hill, the road comes to an end. Take the left-hand turn down a rough track to the farmhouse and parking area.

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel using the Get directions button above.

Local attractions

Stay close to your Swinton Bivouac home or flit all over North Yorkshire for historic pads, moor walks, seaside towns, gardens, gorges, Yorkshire teas and market towns.

Start off at Druids Folly with a picnic and a walk into the surrounding woodland and o’er the moors, or explore some of the rivers, moorland and dales of the nearby Swinton Park estate.

Masham, a market town known for its annual sheep fair and its two breweries, is about five miles to the west; hire a bike here if you’d prefer to get around by pedal.

Within a half hour walk you’ll reach the villages of Ilton, Fearby and Healey, and an eight-mile drive will bring you to the ancient cathedral city of Ripon; both Ripon Cathedral and Ripon Racecourse are hits with travellers of all types. Drive some distance further south for Harrogate and its spa waters, with Leeds and York also within reasonable driving distance.

Swinton Bivouac is between the Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors national parks: you might drive yourself slightly bonkers trying to fit in one trip all the things you can do here, but if you’re pushed for time top picks are Wordsworth favourite the Aysgarth Falls; dinner on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway; a summer boat trip at Castle Howard and exploring the White Scar Caves and Stump Cross Caverns.

The Stump Cross Caverns are at the town of Pateley Bridge, which has the officially most old (and maybe most tasty) sweet shop in England in its High Street; the 53 miles of the Nidderdale Way start out from Pateley Bridge too to walk off all the bonbons.

King Street in Pateley Bridge is worth a wander down as well for the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty visitor centre and the King Street workshops, with craftspeople including glassblowers, jewellers and textile artists.

Must see

  • Jervaulx Abbey (4.4 miles)
  • Fountains Abbey (8.3 miles)
  • Richmond Castle (13.7 miles)

National Trust

  • Braithwaite Hall (5.6 miles)
  • Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden (8.3 miles)

Cycle routes

Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel.

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Permitted arrival/departure time

On-site accommodation
Arrive:  3 p.m. –  6 p.m.
Depart:  10 a.m.

Swinton Bivouac cancellation policy

No refunds within 2 weeks of arrival date.

15 days to 6 weeks: 10% will be refunded.

No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.

Bookings cannot be amended within 14 day(s) of arrival.

If you need to cancel or amend your booking, please give as much notice as possible so that someone else has the chance to book. You may wish to buy holiday insurance for cancellations and for your property/injury whilst away.

Please note that your deposit is paid to Pitchup.com and is non-refundable.

Payment

A 15% non-refundable deposit is payable now. Swinton Bivouac will debit the balance from your card 6 weeks before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 6 weeks then the balance will be taken immediately.

Hired accommodation: £150 damage/cleanliness/bracelet deposit is required on arrival and will be refunded on departure after inspection of your unit should no damage/losses be found.

You can also opt to pay the full amount at the time of your booking.

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Terms and conditions

Please read the park terms and conditions below and the Pitchup.com terms and conditions.

Admission
Admission is only permitted after registering at reception.
All guests spending the night at the park must present their ID at the reception desk and sign registration forms.
Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.

Arrivals and departures
Late arrivals must notify the park as soon as possible. Your booking will be held for 24 hours. After this period the management reserves the right to relet your unit.
No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.

Changes to your holiday
Bookings cannot be amended within 14 day(s) of arrival.

Dogs
Dogs must be kept on leads and supervised at all times.
Guide dogs are allowed on site free of charge.

General
Barbecues are not permitted.
Bookings are nominative and non-transferable.
In the event of a complaint, please speak to reception immediately. Complaints which are not brought to the management's attention during your stay cannot be dealt with once you have left the site.
Quiet hours must be respected between 10pm and 7am.
Radio, music and TV players must be kept at a low volume. Car doors and boots must be closed quietly.
The management reserves the right to deny access or terminate the stay of those guests whose behaviour is deemed unsuitable. No refunds will be offered.

Hired accommodation
Hired accommodation: £150 damage/cleanliness/bracelet deposit is required on arrival and will be refunded on departure after inspection of your unit should no damage/losses be found.

Safety
Open fires are prohibited.

Vehicles
Commercial vehicles (vehicles used for work related purposes, carrying goods or fare-paying passengers) and sign-written vehicles are not permitted on site.
No cars/motorbikes by the pitch/unit. All cars must be parked in the designated area.

Visitors
Visitors must leave the premises by 10pm.

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