The vardo (caravan) is a work of art – a real treasure, and the cabin is so well-finished, bright and cheerful.
Indulge your childhood fantasies about running away with the gypsies by staying in an original Romany wagon or ‘Vardo’, with a charming accompanying cabin, in the middle of lovely Monmouthshire countryside. Sleeps 2 adults, plus 2 children and up to 2 well-behaved dogs. There is a double bed in the caravan, but we don’t recommend it for those over 6 ft 1in tall. There is also a sofabed in the cabin. We provide one lovely high quality goose down double duvet for the caravan, and if you would like to use the sofabed in the cabin for children, please bring your own bedding for that. There is electric heating in the cabin and caravan, as well as a top quality woodburning stove in the cabin, so you won’t be cold – even in mid winter.
The gypsy caravan is situated in the nook of a field with a view of the foothills of the romantic Black Mountains. The surrounding meadows are designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest, and in the summer are a riot of wild flowers, unusual grasses and larks singing high above. Beautifully carved, the Romany caravan was lovingly restored by Romanies from Ireland, and it has allusions to its Irishness in various places. More recently, Raquel, a friend of ours with Welsh origins, added some Welsh Celtic touches, such as a couple of superb stylised Welsh dragons either side of the doorway to guard you while you sleep. The inside of the Romany caravan is very cosy, with a pull-out double bed. There is an electric heater, as well as a high-quality goose-down duvet and, for chilly nights, two hot water bottles.
Next to the Romany gypsy caravan is a little dark green cabin, with all the comforts inside – bathroom, complete with large shower, loo, wash hand basin and little roll-top bath; and a living-room with a fully-equipped neat little kitchen, a sofa, an easy chair, a table (with 2 folding chairs), a radio/CD-player, a radiator and a wood burning stove. The verandah is perfect for sitting out on warm summer mornings, and behind the cabin is an area of decking with a barbecue, table and chairs – perfect for watching the sun slip down behind the hills. The cabin is extremely well insulated, so warms up quickly in winter, and is nicely cool in summer. The low impact cabin is designed with greenness in mind, so that it stands on old telegraph poles, not on a hideous concrete ‘pad’. If it was lifted by a crane, there would be no trace of it left behind.