Retiring to a leafy, back-to-nature escape feels good any time of the year - but especially now, when things are turning greener and life's a little sunnier. The Tree Lodges at Swinton Bivouac, Swinton Park's 'glampsite', are worth exploring... 

Swinton Estate will once again play host to the Tour de Yorkshire this coming Saturday (April 29), as the second stage of the now-famous cycling race passes through Masham en-route to Harrogate.

To mark the occasion, its uber-snug ‘glampsite’, Swinton Bivouac, is launching a brand new bike hire service for residents and visitors, plus lots of other celebratory treats – things like cocktails, slices of homemade cake and ice cream in the Bivouac Cafe Bistro.

A stay here this weekend means you’ll be right among the action – but if you can’t make it, it’s a hideaway still worth exploring for future springy jaunts.

Bursting with rustic charm, the site’s six secluded Tree Lodges are hidden away, surrounded by lush woodland, yet are only a five-minute walk from the site shop and cafe. They provide an intimate, back-to-nature setting, great for small groups and families.

The lodges can sleep up to seven people (you’ll find one king-size double bed, one double and three singles) and come fully equipped kitchen and bedroom-wise.

The open-plan living area is a lovely space – small, but perfectly-formed, perfect for kicking back after a day exploring on foot or by bike! Cosy up by the wood-burning stove – there will be wood waiting for you on arrival – or cook your dinner on it, if you fancy.

The kitchen itself comes with a range and gas hob for cooking and hot water heated by the wood-burner, but please note there is no electricity – so bring torches! Bathroom-wise, there’s a WC and toasty shower, and you’ll find fresh bed linen, pillows and more when you rock up.

Our favourite feature, though, is the wooden verandah, offering superb views of the surrounding valley. Head out before the sun comes up, armed with your morning coffee, and enjoy.

It’s also worth noting that all the lodges have windows, allowing you to enjoy the views from inside and solid wood lockable doors, providing you with peace of mind as you head out and explore the Yorkshire Dales – or cheer on your favourite bikers.

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