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David Sorley posted this on 02nd May 2012
Here is a little video showing some of the craftsmanship that went in to the build for our Woodland Shacks
David Sorley posted this on 14th Jul 2011
Sick of buying plastic toys that only last five minutes? Have a go at making your own with this ace book
i just ordered this book by Todd Davis. Can’t wait until it drops on the doorstep
David Sorley posted this on 05th Jul 2011
We’ve been having lots of discussion about health and safety at the Bivouac.
We wondered what you thought of the Gever Tulley and his Tinkering School… We love it!
Claire Sorley posted this on 30th Mar 2011
Imagine you are staying at the bivouac for a week, you want to use the beautiful outdoors as much as possible and you want to make the most of our hot tubs and showers (that come with a surprise!) as well. What would you want or need with you on your break away in the way of toiletries?
It’s all a bit “Hush hush” right now, but we are currently working with a very local company who make beautiful, luxurious, natural bath and shower products, to design and make our own ‘bivouac’ toiletries. We hope these little surprises, found in and around your accommodation will be part of completing the “bivouac experience”.
We are designing products that will be ‘just the ticket’ after a day out walking, climbing or cycling in the Dales, things that wash away any aches and pains, and any dirt under your finger nails! But also things that look after your feet, hands and lips and, for those who want to pamper themselves, there will also be some luxurious treatments to try out!
The company we are working with are great, the philosophy behind their products fits really nicely alongside the bivouac’s ideals, respecting the environment and creating products with ethics. This, in “product form” we believe will give us even happier baths, showers and skin! More updates to come on the progress of this soon.
So, returning to the original question….. do let me know! You never know, you might even find some in your yurt!
Sam Hardwick posted this on 30th Mar 2011
Yesterday the planning committee at Harrogate Borough Council voted unanimously in favour of the scheme.
The application was presented and discussed at the planning committee meeting yesterday afternoon in an impressive room with dark wood and leather seating in the middle of the council offices in Harrogate. After considered and detailed discussion the committee voted unanimously in favour. This is a real encouragement to the scheme! We have found many people in favour of the scheme including the Nidderdale AONB, Yorkshire Forward and Welcome to Yorkshire (www.yorkshire.com). Indeed most people that hear of the vision find it exciting. It is really encouraging to hear that the ultimate decision makers are in favour of the scheme… All of them! We still have a long way to go, but this is a significant piece of the jigsaw now in place.
Please join us in this journey!
Sam Hardwick posted this on 28th Mar 2011
It seems that many have interpreted Fridays Gazette article announcing “Holiday park set to be approved” to mean Caravans! ... oh dear. We’d have to camouflage them… like this budding Ray Mears…
The phrase “Holiday Park” isn’t particularly helpful when applied to the vision we have for this site! If only these reporters would get in touch! All of our accommodation is handmade and sustainable… I’m hesitant to call them ‘eco lodges’ and ‘eco tents’... but they are wonderfully environmentally sound, built using natural materials, many of which will travel less than 30 miles to be with us. We don’t do plastic nor cheap… we’re about high quality craftsmanship with the highest environmental conscience. Caravans indeed.
Sam Hardwick posted this on 28th Sep 2010
So… we were expecting a decision today on the planning application for The Bivouac Swinton; but we have decided to delay the decision. It’s a shame as I feel like I have been working through loads of design detail for a very long time… BUT I realise that it’s so important to get this stuff right. So we shall press on.
So, we have encountered a few challenges. Quick headlines…
The ecologists felt that we hadn’t adequately surveyed the site for bats. We have therefore done another bat survey and submitted the results for their consideration. We’ve also given some extra thought to this special location… we are alongside a special moorland site which is home to some very special species of birds. – we’ve added a few details to make sure the birds are disturbed as little as possible.
The transport guys have some concerns. We have had a transport engineer get into the numbers, do some maths and look at the best ways that we can keep traffic to a minimum. We’re passionate about sustainability so it’s been great fun looking for ways to keep cars off the road and encourage guests to make responsible decisions. I’m hoping many guests bring their walking boots and mountain bikes!
The Landscape Architect has asked for a bit more info too so we’re pulling that together.
If anyone has ever got any questions PLEASE feel free to get in touch. – you’d be very welcome to the site to discuss plans. I have seen that a few people have written to the council with concerns where one or two their concerns are incorrect or misinformed. I’m saddened to see that people carry concerns about the project which are, in some cases, based on an inaccurate interpretation of the scheme.
Call anytime. 01765 535020
Sam Hardwick posted this on 12th Aug 2010
We’re now well underway with the planning process for The Bivouac Swinton.
We’ve recently attended the parish council meeting and done a further presentation in the village hall. It was a lovely evening with a good turnout and a great chance to answer questions, listen to concerns and get to know those in the area. Ahead of these meetings we circulated a summary document which gives an outline of the plans and shows some maps of the site. Do feel free to download this summary from the link below.
Feel free to get in touch anytime… we love hearing from people and would be happy to talk anything through.
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