Masham Tourism Business celebrates Rural Award
Bivouac at Druid’s Temple, the camping and walking destination that opened in April this year, is celebrating following the announcement that they have won the Tourism Award (sponsored by Dales Holiday Cottages) at the Dalesman Rural Awards. Following a building programme costing in excess of £800,000, that included the restoration of two barns and the development of a new car park, Bivouac opened for business in the week before Easter with café, reception & shop, bunk barn, eight yurts and six hand built woodland shacks. Since then, Bivouac has received national acclaim, including reviews in The Guardian and Sunday Times Travel Supplement, and future plans for this summer include the creation of three natural Dales meadows in the surrounding fields and community events that include Forest School in the holidays and café music evenings.
“We are really delighted to have been awarded the Tourism Award by the Dalesman, which recognises our commitment to creating a unique holiday experience that respects the landscape and supports the local community.”, commented Sam Hardwick who, with his wife Beth, managed the build programme and now runs the site and team of 18 staff. The development has also been supported by Swinton Estate, which owns the nearby Druid’s Temple plantation, where day and resident guests are able to enjoy walks around the 18th century folly and woods, and enjoy views of the surrounding Dales.
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- Caption for attached image : Geoff Cowley, MD of Dales Holiday Cottages/Hoseasons (sponsor of the Tourism Award) with Beth and Sam Hardwick at the Dalesman Rural Awards held at Utopia, Broughton Hall.
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