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New management team at luxury North Yorkshire camping venue

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A luxury North Yorkshire camping and cafe destination has appointed a new management team.

Graham and Heather Raine will be taking on the running of Bivouac at Druid’s Temple, near Masham, from Thursday, August 1.

They take over from Sam and Beth Hardwick who are moving onto new adventures.

The Raines have a strong track record in the hospitality business, having run The Hare at Scawton, Oswald’s Restaurant with Rooms,  and, most recently, the cafe, delicatessen and shop Raines of Helperby.

The change of management will see longer opening hours for the cafe, 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, which is the principal investor 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.

 Felicity Cunliffe-Lister for The Swinton Estate said:

“The Hardwicks have designed and built a beautiful and unique venue at Bivouac, and their vision has been inspirational.

“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.”

Beth Hardwick said:

“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 excited about what might be next.”


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