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New management appointment at Bivouac

24th July 2013

New management appointment at Bivouac at Druid’s Temple as founding partners head for new adventures

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Bivouac at Druid’s Temple, Masham, Ripon, North Yorkshire. HG4 4JZ

Sam and Beth Hardwick and The Swinton Estate, the founding partners at the award winning Bivouac at Druid’s Temple, the luxury camping and cafe destination near Masham in the Yorkshire Dales, have announced the appointment of a new management team.

Graham and Heather Raine will be taking on the running of the site from 1st August 2013. The Raines have a strong track record in the hospitality business, having run The Hare at Scawton, Oswald’s Restaurant with Rooms (Yorkshire Life Newcomer of the Year) and most recently, the café, delicatessen and shop Raines of Helperby (Flavours of Hambleton Awards Newcomer of the Year & Outside Caterer of the Year).

The change of management will see longer opening hours for the café, with dinner served every night apart from Sundays and a new menu. Many of the popular activities and events for families, locals and outdoor sports enthusiasts will remain, but also with shorter and more flexible bookings available for accommodation in the yurts or hand built woodland shacks.

The Swinton Estate, who are the principal investors in the Bivouac project, will remain at the helm, with Graham and Heather Raine forming part of the management team for the Estate operations which also include the luxury castle hotel Swinton Park. “The Hardwicks have designed and built a beautiful and unique venue at Bivouac, and their vision has been inspirational”, commented Felicity Cunliffe-Lister, for The Swinton Estate. “We wish them all the best with their future developments. We are really looking forward to welcoming Heather and Graham who have a great following, and their sense of style and professionalism will be a great asset to the venue.”

Sam and Beth Hardwick are moving onto new adventures, looking for the next thing which they can create and give as much passion to as they have with Bivouac at Druids Temple. Beth Hardwick states “We are incredibly grateful to everyone who has been a part of this project from the beginning five years ago. This is a special place which we hand over to Heather and Graham and wish them and the business much success. We will miss life on the hill but are excited about what might be next”

Graham and Heather Raine

Graham and Heather Raine - click for full size version


Notes to the Editor:

  1. Bivouac at Druid’s Temple opened in March 2012 as a luxury camping destination, with cafe, eight yurts and six woodland shacks.
  2. The site is adjacent to the Druid’s Temple folly and walking destination on the Swinton Estate, in the Yorkshire Dales.
  3. Since opening Bivouac has been awarded the AONB Conservation Award 2012, the Ripon Civic Society Awards 2012 – Sustainability and Craftsmanship and the 2012 Dalesman Awards for Rural Tourism.

Press: Felicity Cunliffe-Lister: 01765 680944: felicity@swintonpark.com


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