Swinton Bivouac

on the Swinton Estate


Experience the great outdoors

Swinton Bivouac forms part of the 20,000 acre Swinton Estate – a piece of ‘off-grid’ heaven – providing an incredible feeling of space and tranquillity in a truly natural environment.

The Bivouac is founded on the firmest environmental principles, with an unwavering commitment to sustainable tourism; from the carbon neutral wood-chip boiler for all hot water and heating for the site; to grey water and reed-bed filtration system; to wood burners in the yurts and tree lodges.

Swinton Bivouac is situated at the edge of the moor and nestled into the shelter of the Druid’s Temple plantation. It is a destination with unparalleled views and scenery. We have miles of bike and walking trails, beautifully rustic accommodation, wood-fired hot tubs and the woodland sauna.

Tree Lodges

Our gorgeous, secluded Tree Lodges are tucked away in woodland, a five minute walk from the Bivouac Café and provide a truly authentic, rustic ‘back to nature’ holiday experience.

Meadow Yurts and Cabin Yurts

Nestled in the wild flower meadow at Swinton Bivouac is our small group of Meadow Yurts and Cabin Yurts. Each has a stunning view across the Swinton Estate and wider Yorkshire Dales, with unlimited blue sky and back to nature vibe. 

Our new Cabin Yurts enjoy an attached ‘bedroom cabin’, complete with log burning stove and double bed providing an extra level of cosiness and more living space.

The Loft

A large and airy room with plenty of space and an interconnecting room. The Loft is a wonderful self-contained space, great for those who feel that pull of the great outdoors and glamping, but just can’t do without the luxuries of a reading light or catching the latest episode in the series.

Dining at Swinton Bivouac

The quirky Bivouac Café is our on-site watering hole where delicious, hearty breakfasts, lunches and suppers await! Coffee, teas, oodles of cakes are ready to sustain after fabulous days outdoors. The Bivouac Café boasts fabulous views over the Yorkshire Dales, with plenty of space to eat outside.

Equally, if you’re cooking for yourself, we can have a box of local, ‘Yorkshire breakfast’ goodies delivered to your Meadow Yurt or Tree Lodge – ready to cook!

Aerial photo of the stone circle of Druid's Temple in the woodland at Swinton Bivouac in North Yorkshire

Druid’s Temple

The Druid’s Temple, situated in Druid’s Wood at Swinton Bivouac, is one of Yorkshire’s most interesting follies.

Just a short walk from the Bivouac Café, car park, Tree Lodges and Meadow Yurts is a unique collection of awe inspiring standing stones to intrigue and explore!

Built in the late 1700s by William Danby (then owner of the Swinton Estate), it is a fabulous place to visit with walking trails giving way to more groups of standing stones, bird watching hides and spectacular views.

Swinton Bivouac’s eco ethos

The Bivouac is founded on the firmest environmental principles, with an unwavering commitment to sustainable tourism. The landscape, local community and integration of the site are at the heart of what Swinton Bivouac is about.

Other places to eat

From the grandeur and opulence of dinner in Samuel’s Restaurant; a relaxed lunch or supper in the contemporary Terrace Restaurant and Bar; a quintessential Afternoon Tea in the Drawing Room; scrumptious and leisurely breakfasts; a Chef’s Table in the Cookery School; private dining experiences; through to a hearty lunch or piece of cake at Swinton Bivouac Café…

Dog-friendly accommodation

Dogs are most welcome across the majority of accommodation on the Swinton Estate. With miles of walks and trails on the doorstep, Swinton Estate offers the perfect location for a dog-friendly stay.


The Swinton Estate is the perfect location for family stays and holidays, with 20,000 acres of space and 20,000 (give or take a few…) things to do! Whether that is kicking leaves in autumn, school holiday activity clubs, getting on two wheels to explore, deer park exploration with the Deer Ranger, cinema and ‘den’, cookery school courses, birds of prey experiences, or perhaps clay pigeon shooting or fly-fishing lessons!

Enhance your stay

Upgrade your stay with any of our red carpet level experiences.


From inclusive stays, seasonal breaks, foodie experiences and wellness-boasting spa stays, we have a variety of packages to suit all tastes and preferences.

Upcoming events

Two bottles of rose wine in an ice cooler, outside at The Terrace Restaurant and Bar's summer Rose Bar on the Swinton Estate near Harrogate

Swinton Rosé Bar

Burger served at Swinton Bivouac Burger nights.

Burger Nights

Delicious woodfired pizza served at Swinton Bivouac Pizza night.

Pizza Nights

Dame Susan Cunliffe-Lister in the walled garden at Swinton Park

Garden Lunch


Stay elsewhere on the Swinton Estate

A range of self-catering Country Houses and Cottages lie close to Swinton Park Hotel; with Swinton Bivouac, a fabulously off-grid glamping experience on the edge of Swinton’s vast moorland.

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