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"Perfect place for families to go back to basics and enjoy the yorkshire countryside…"
I spent a weekend at Bivouac with my 3 children (aged 14, 13 and 10) and my brother, his wife and my nephew aged 3 when we visited Yorkshire for a family get together and it was the perfect place for us to stay.
Bivouac offers guests the choice of Yurts (sleeps up to 5), woodland shacks (sleep 7) and a bunk barn that can sleep up to 12). We opted for the woodland shack. They are a short drive away (or a walk across a field) to the main buildings where the reception, bar and restaurant and shower blocks are) tucked away in the middle of a wood and slightly raised so you get a stunning view of the yorkshire countryside. The shacks are elegantly designed with timber frames and inside is both rustic and effortlessly chic - all which helped create the cosiest stay which even the cynical teens couldn't deny. A wood burning stove kept us warm at night and heated water (although I must say this wasn't so effective for our short stay and we used the showers in the main block across the field). The shack was really well equipped and we cooked on the stove both nights of our stay. Sleeping arrangements were cosy but perfect for our group - one double bed on the groundfloor and then one mezzanine directly above with 3 single beds and then another ladder leading up to a higher mezzanine with a double bed. Not one for those scared of heights but the mattresses and bedding were extremely comfortable and we all slept very well.
The main farm building has been converted into a restaurant/bar, shop and shower block around a lovely courtyard with areas to sit out and have a drink and enjoy the views and a great area for younger kids to play with toys etc. indoors. The shower block was spotless and showers lovely and hot.
We didn't eat in the restaurant thought the menu looked great, though quite pricey. Bivouac also offers an all year round evening entertainment programme - the nights we were there they had a quiz and then a band the following night. However, the idea of navigating across the field with the kids in the dark was dismissed, however much fun it would have been, mainly because we were so cosy in our wooden shack. So we eshewed the evening entertainment for a bottle of wine and game of family triv in our shack.
We were lucky - the sun shone down on the yorkshire countryside but I would recommend Bivouac whatever the weather (definitely take wellies!) It's relaxing and a great way to take the kids back to nature and enjoy the beautiful yorkshire countryside.Read moreLess