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About Bivouac

Our guests can retreat, enjoy quiet reflection and snuggle down with a good book or engage in activities that are active, unusual and creative. We’re passionate about adventure sports, with offerings to suit all abilities.

  • Here at Bivouac at Druid's Temple 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

    Our woodland is spread over the hilltop and is not only home to our gorgeous rustic Shacks, built using traditional round wood timber framing techniques, but also Druid’s Temple, a local historical site and impressive folly constructed during the late 1800s. As you stroll round the woodland there is a plethora of breath taking views looking out over the moorland and valley below.

    Bivouac at Druid’s Temple was opened in 2012, having been designed by Sam and Beth Hardwick who (in partnership with The Swinton Estate) also project managed the restoration of the farmhouse and barns, and building of the woodland shacks and yurts. A new management team, Heather and Graham Raine, took on the running of the site in August 2013. The Raines have a strong track record in the hospitality business, having run the Hare at Scawton, Oswald’s Restaurant with Rooms (Yorkshire Life Newcomer of the Year) and most recently, the café, delicatessen and shop Raines of Helperby (Flavours of Hambleton Awards Newcomer of the Year and Outside Caterer of the Year).

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    As you stroll round the woodland there is a plethora of breath taking views looking out over the moorland and valley below.