Recently returned from a weekend stay with five friends in Bivouac's Cuckoo Hollow shack. Despite arriving extremely late on the Friday evening (just passed 12.00am in the morning actually!!) we were still met with friendly staff who had waited to greet us at reception. When we arrived at our shack we found the wood burning stove had been lit ready for our arrival making the shack nice and cozy - just what you need on a cold February night!
The beds were extremely comfortable with lovely duvets and plenty of extra blankets, although we didn't need them as the stove did such a good job. Breakfast the next morning at the Bivouac cafe was delicious and served in truly magnificently decorated and styled surroundings. In fact - the attention to detail across the site when it comes to quirky and inspiring furniture and fixtures was fantastic and real proof that 'alternative camping' doesn't have to be characterised by sweaty, scruffy hippy-types! These guys have obviously bought in some seriously talented interior designer.
We didn't travel with children although we have to say we were very impressed at the extent to which children were catered for. In the cafe there is a dedicated downstairs room equipped with children's toys; in the shower room there are more toys and more than adequate changing facilities. Around the site there are swings as well as plenty of open space to run around. We would love to bring our children here in the future.
Even though our shower/stove was producing a good water temperature, because there were six in our party three of us opted for the onsite shower facilities in order to speed things up. Having experienced traditional campsite shower blocks in the past we weren't expecting much! To our delight however we were met with fantastic facilities - absolutely spotless (no muddy floors or surfaces) AND underfloor heating!! Lots of sinks and space to put clothes down and use the hairdryers provided. There were ample individually lockable cubicles, as well as a designated family section and separate disabled section. Because of the underfloor heating the whole space was TOASTY!
We have come home recommending this place to all our friends and cannot wait to return in the summer when its warmer so we can make the most of the spacious decking area outside each shack and appreciate the unspoilt views.
Finally - I have read that some have complained about noise on this site. I have to say that we had shacks either side of us which a large party were sharing (possibly a hen-do). We heard nothing throughout our stay and felt that the shacks were well spaced apart.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Handmade rustic luxury Woodland Shacks, Meadow Yurts and Bunk Barn on a picturesque farm in Wensleydale, North Yorkshire. Barns converted to a cafe/bistro, shop, comfortable facilities and luxury showers. Open every day with stunning views across the Yorkshire Dales, open moorland and beyond. Non-residents welcome to enjoy cafe, walks and views. 19th Century folly stone circle ‘The Druid’s Temple’ in the heart of 40 acres of woodland. Find a hearty Yorkshire welcome, with activities including climbing and foraging and (nearby) pony trekking, falconry and fly-fishing. Hot tub by the Woodland Shacks and massage treatments. Enjoy fresh air, long views, outdoor adventure, relaxation by the fires. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bivouac At Druid's Temple Masham/Ripon