Monday, 8 August 2016

Staycation: Swinton Bivouac part 2

Swinton Bivouac Meadow Yurts
Do you remember when I went up to a place in Yorkshire called Swinton Bivouac and stayed in a log cabin? No? Refresh your memory right here

They loved the photographs I took so much that they invited me back, but this time to stay in one of their Meadow Yurts to photograph these instead. What a great place to get your glamp on really as they offer log cabins or meadow yurts. I love the place so much that I decided to write another blog post, but this time explaining about my stay in the yurts as well as showing you the pictures I took for them
Swinton Bivouac Meadow Yurts
There were 6 yurts in total (If I remember correctly), and we were staying in one named Bluebell. I had never stayed in a Yurt before so I wasn't sure what to expect. I know I absolutely love their log cabins though

We found Bluebell easily enough within the meadow, and when you check in they give you a map anyway on where they are as well as your key. Because yes, these yurts have wooden doors! I was expecting a giant tent, not a giant tent that had its own wooden patio and a wooden door
Swinton Bivouac Meadow Yurts
The view from our Yurt was just beautiful. Full of trees and expansive meadowscape. We were literally in the middle of nowhere. There were no buildings to be found on the horizon at all. When we turned up, it was the day after the hottest day of the year so you can image it was pretty hot. The yurt was so hot inside (just like a tent gets hot in sunlight) so we stayed on the wooden patio just chilling out all afternoon with the yurt door open to let in some fresh air

We didn't tire of the view though and just sat there staring, drinking gin and prosecco and eating our picnic snacks
Swinton Bivouac Meadow Yurts
The yurts are equipped with everything you need, just no electricity! Which is what I love about Swinton Bivouac. You can totally digitally detox at this place and really get back to nature

We had a working toilet based in a wooden shed outside of the yurt, and a running sink inside of the yurt. There was also a fireplace which works as a stovetop too. 4 single beds and one double, so they can fit 5 people inside the yurts. Chairs to relax in as well as chairs that we took outside to sit on and enjoy the summer sunshine. A mirror and tealights in lanterns to light up your dark evenings

The yurts have a communal kitchen area so you can use even more gas running stove tops and there is a picnic style bench if you wish to sit down and eat properly. Plenty of plates, cutlery, and glasses can be found within your yurt!
Swinton Bivouac Meadow Yurts
The yurts are also just a short distance away from the reception/cafe so you can always pop by there and order some food or something to drink if that takes your fancy instead!

We brought picnic style snacky foods with us for the evening and ate at a service station (it is a 4 hour drive for us up to Yorkshire and Swinton Bivouac) so we didn't need a meal, but I can vouch that their food is amazing as I do enjoy their breakfasts
Swinton Bivouac Meadow Yurts

Swinton Bivouac Meadow Yurts

Swinton Bivouac Meadow Yurts

Swinton Bivouac Meadow Yurts
As part of our stay we also had usage of the Hot Tub booked for us! This is something you have to book as an extra if you wish to use and you need to let them know when you book, or when you get there

This is due to the fact it takes 4 hours for the Hot Tub to heat up! It's operated by a fire. Again, no electricity and all about that digital detox
Swinton Bivouac Meadow Yurts
Because we had the tub booked to use between 7-9pm the staff had lit the fire for us before we arrived and gave me instructions on how to use it and check on it. When I checked on it, it was ice cold which was kind of glorious because it was so hot outside

Turns out, the fire had gone out. Oops. We had to re-light it and let it warm back up. Because it was so hot we decided to get in for a little bit just to cool ourselves down with an ice cold prosecco in hand
We then got out, closed it up, left the fire running and let it heat up. The staff allowed us to use it all evening because we were the only ones who had it booked so we decided to heat it up so we could use it when the sun was going down
Swinton Bivouac Meadow Yurts

Swinton Bivouac Meadow Yurts

Swinton Bivouac Meadow Yurts
The hot tub is based right by the communal kitchen area with the yurts, and anyone can use it as long as you have booked the time

That means that even if you are staying in one of the log cabins you can still book to use the yurt. You just need to come down to the reception area as that is where it is based (the log cabins are a short walk away from reception in a different section of the woodland. But they do have the Druids Temple so yanno, Yurts get hot tub, Cabins get Druids temple)
Swinton Bivouac Meadow Yurts

Swinton Bivouac Meadow Yurts

Swinton Bivouac Meadow Yurts
It did start to get cold in the evening so we had to start up the fire to keep us toasty as we slept and had girly chats in bed. If we can start a fire in the dark then you know it is easy. They also leave you instructions on how to start it and operate it within the welcome pack provided

We also lit up the place with the tealights, even though we know we weren't going to be moving from the bed so didn't really need any light. It just added a soft glow to the place and made it seem very comforting and homely (home-ley? I don't even know if that is a word but you know what I mean)
Swinton Bivouac Meadow Yurts

Once again, I had such an amazing stay at Swinton Bivouac and am starting to think I should book for longer than a one night stay with them. I got so lucky with the weather also which helped! You simply can not fault their location and the views from the Yurts are just stunning. You truly begin to feel one with nature and it helps my body clock. I fall asleep when it is dark and wake up when it is light. Such a natural way to wake up, rather than to alarms and noises in the street

I took my friend Louise on this trip and we are now thinking of going next summer for a really long weekend. She has also decided that if she ever gets married, this will be her venue haha

Thank you once again Swinton Bivouac for a memorable glamping trip and I hope to see you again!


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My overnight stay was complimentary as they invited me back to photograph the Meadow Yurts for them. All views and opinions are my own as a blog post on the Yurts was my decision
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2 comments

  1. I can see why they invited you back, your photos are lovely.

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  2. Those log cabins look amazing, and even better that there is a hot tub too!

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