NORTH YORKSHIRE, ENGLAND
WHERE AM I HEADING?
The six Tree Lodges at Swinton Bivouac are hidden within one of the scattered stands of forest on the otherwise open hills of Colsterdale, just beyond the eastern limit of Yorkshire Dales National Park. It’s part of Swinton Park, a 20,000-acre estate.
WHAT WILL I FIND THERE?
Each Tree Lodge sleeps up to seven, with two double beds and three singles. Raised slightly off the ground, the cabins have front porches fenced in with artfully irregular branches, and containing that much-sought-after feature, a dedicated welly-stand. The clapboard interior has a delightfully rustic feel, as though a carpenter has conjured it up out of the surrounding forest. At the front is a kitchenette with range and gas hob, and hot water heated by wood burner. The back of the cabin has a triple split-level sleeping area reached by ladders, with bed alcoves that can be curtained off – a likely favourite with kids. The lodges are not supplied with electricity, so pack a torch alongside your spirit of adventure. There’s a shared woodfired hot-tub on the site, and also a café that’s open for breakfast, lunch and weekend evenings.
The forest is home to the Druid’s Temple, a folly inspired by Stonehenge. The Yorkshire Dales rise up to the west, while just to the east is the small market town of Masham, with two breweries. (from £184; bivouac.swintonestate.com)