Do I like camping? No. Even in a hot country? No. Even if someone else puts the tent up and opens a bottle of fizz? No. Did I love my shack at Bivouac? Oh yesssss. It turned into one of the best places to stay in north Yorkshire.
Local lad Sam Hardwick and his wife Beth have ploughed everything - and I mean everything they've got into this stunning hill top venture deep in Swinton Park just outside Masham. Yurts, a bunkhouse and half a dozen 'shacks', a groovy cafe serving great home made cake and very good espresso, a shop and several other spaces designed for people to enjoy a range of activities.
Anyone fancy bread making, foraging, pottery workshops, yoga? It's a 'green' site - the shacks are off-grid (which makes cooking at night interesting!) and every other care's been taken to be kind to the planet. The super-efficient wood stove in the shack heats the water for the frankly surprisingly powerful shower as well as the spacious living room; when we got back from the pub (yup, we cheated) our nest for the night was toasty.
There's just the right amount of vintage crockery, loads of tea lights, a shaggy wool rug and a somewhat precipitous ladder up to the mega-comfy double bed on a shelf. Probably best approached after just the one bottle of wine. Ahem.
We woke to the sound of, er, well nothing actually on a sparkling morning and wandered through the woods, stumbling into a Druid's Temple. I know! Breakfast in the cafe (scrambled eggs for Jane, roast tomatoes on cream cheesed toast for me) set us up for the day.
What a place to stay. Beat a path to the door of this whacky place in North Yorkshire and you'll go home a different, more chilled person.
How Much? Bunks 18 pounds, Yurts from 62 (sleeps 4) Shacks from 85 (sleeps 7)
Kid's Stuff? Bivouac is a very family-orientated place, with lots of activities for kids of all ages.
Well Placed? There are acres of all sorts of walking from the door - the Druid's Temple is a must-see. Thorp Perrow Arboretum is stunning and about half an hour's drive, and the charming market town of Bedale just a tad further.
Good Grub? The on-site cafe really is very good, with an interesting menu and value for money. If you're there for a day or two and fancy a change, The White Bear in Masham is a great place for good pub grub, or swank it up at Vennells. The Bruce Arms at West Tanfield is a short drive but well worth it.
Bivouac, Masham, Ripon, North Yorkshire HG4 4JZTel 01765 535020
Part of Stay North Yorkshire
Review by Mandy, 8 April 2015blog comments powered by Disqus