Bivouac at Druid's Temple Masham North Yorkshire HG4 4JZ 01765 535 020
Rustic, off-grid, luxury-budget accommodation – it's the Good Life all right at the eco-chic Bivouac, nestled in the panoramic woods and fields of the Swinton Estate, five miles outside Masham. There's a choice of accommodation here. Half a dozen hand-built, sheeps' wool-insulated timber 'tree lodges' shelter in the woodland – they sleep up to seven in a unique triple-tier bunk-and-bed arrangement, and come with running spring water, flushing toilet and wood-fired range (so you can pop in your casserole before you head out for the day). Fixtures and fittings are fun and funky, from sculpted wild wood railings to mirror frames recycled from tree-trunk off-cuts – basically, you get to stay in a pretty cool cabin in the woods with a minimal carbon footprint. Or there are seven yurts in the meadow (sleeping up to five people), all with super views and all rather beautifully fitted out – again, handmade furniture to the fore, plus wood-burners, rugs, rocking chairs, running cold water and a terracotta "fridge". You can book a woodland hot tub session to soothe aches and pains (they have their own eco-toiletry range for sale, naturally); otherwise for power, wifi, toilets and showers, guests walk across to the main reception area, where there's also a great café, and – the final piece of the jigsaw – a twelve-bed bunkhouse, built in the same sustainable vein and available either for sole-use groups or individuals. Built around an old farmhouse, the entire project is a classy advert for – in their words – "all things luxurious and rustic, sustainable and thoughtful", and is set in a beautiful part of the Dales. There's plenty to explore locally, but don't miss the short walk up from the site to the estate's Druid's Temple, an atmospheric and historic folly hidden in the trees. Bivouac also offer all sorts of courses, from wild-food foraging sessions to art and craft workshops.
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Places to eat & drink nearby
Black Sheep Brewery
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Follow the hoppy smell from all over town to the Black Sheep visitor centre, brewery and bistro
Bivouac at Druid's Temple Masham North Yorkshire HG4 4JZ
We can't think of a cooler place for coffee or a meal on this side of the Dales.
Things to see & do nearby
Millgate House Garden
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One of England's hidden garden gems whose owners have spent thirty years bringing it back to life.
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Yorkshire's very own Canyonlands, sculpted by thousands of years of wind and water.
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A simply magnificent construction, towering over the attractive town of Richmond.
Ripley North Yorkshire HG3 3AY
The same lucky family has lived at Ripley Castle for over 700 years, set in charming edge-of-Dales countryside.
Swinton Park Cookery School
Swinton Park Masham HG4 4JH
The celebrated Dales cookery school, based in Swinton Park's Georgian stables.
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