The Edwardian

Wagon with views for gorgeous summer glamping

IN BRIEF

  • Authentic Edwardian showman’s wagon with beautiful detailing
  • Lovely site with idyllic view, deep sun-terrace, an orchard and a garden
  • Fire-pit and Kotlich grill
  • Luxurious comforts: gas-heated water, electricity, flush loo, great shower, washer/dryer, wifi, radio and wood burner
  • Warm and cosy enough for year-round visits
  • Dog-friendly: up to 2 well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Within easy reach of Hay and The Black Mountains
  • Good pubs and restaurants a short drive away

'A magical hideaway where the only sound is birdsong and you can see as far as the Black Mountains. Every detail is perfect, from the beautifully conserved interior to the vintage crockery and wild flower arrangements. With a cosy bathroom and an amazing shower, the wagon has all of the magic of outdoor living with none of the drawbacks! We had a wonderful time!' Pete & Sue, Bradford

Ever imagined glamping in Edwardian splendour, but with all today's mod-cons - wi-fi, flush toilet, washer/dryer, deluxe shower with endless hot water? Read on...

High in the corner of a Herefordshire field, with breath-taking views of miles and miles of rolling hills leading towards the Black Mountains, this green-and-gold-ribbed Edwardian showman's wagon is most certainly glamorous camping. With full bathroom facilities in its own cedar extension, complete with turf roof, and a fantastic wood burner for year-round cosy warmth, you can enjoy all the wildness and romance of camping with every comfort from home. Sleeps a couple, plus a babe in arms and up to 2 very well-behaved dogs.

Big, spacious wagon interior for fantastic, stylish self-catering
Cosy living room Sausage!
Bench seating outside glamping wagon

Situated a short distance from the hamlet of Newton St Margaret’s, The Edwardian has been exquisitely restored to its former glory as a circus showman's residence. With its beautifully detailed wood panelling, its believed-to-be-original burgundy-and-gold colour-scheme, and its filigree gold-leaf stencilling on the ceilings, it has a truly Edwardian feel. At the same time, with the antique red velvet curtains drawn at night and the old gas and paraffin lighting cleverly replicated by gentle electric light, it is so cosy you could be forgiven for imagining you had landed in the first class compartment of the Orient Express! 

This is, though, much, much bigger than a first-class railway compartment, with its own separate bedroom - with one window onto the east, and blue-tits nibbling on the bird-feeder four feet from your pillow; and the other window onto the south, a picture window at your feet with a full sweep of the glorious view. 

Cooker Kitchen and dining
Outside dining Pantry foods

There is a sitting room, with wonderfully efficient wood-stove that stays in all night with a bit of care, and keeps the wagon toasty warm in all seasons; and a view from the stove-side armchairs (with their individual reading lights) out south through the French windows onto the very generous veranda and the hills beyond.

Pantry and kitchen of wagon

At the far end of the wagon is the kitchen with its 1950's gas stove and little round kitchen sink, and a window west onto the wagon's garden, and the fire pit where you can cook superb grilled food on the state-of -the-art Kotlich grill. You can dine cosily in the kitchen; al fresco at the table on the veranda, (or lounging in a deckchair); or around the fire-pit in the garden.

Beautiful, traditional wagon interior

Behind the wagon is the beautiful cedar extension, which houses a hallway with larder and fridge, and a shower room with a loo, hand basin and expansive shower. This has a high window onto the wooden glade at the back of the wagon, is made of Moroccan plaster or Tadelakt, which is like silky marble - in a shade of Veronese blue. There is, very luxuriously, limitless gas-heated hot water.

Comfortable and spacious glamping

You arrive into your own car park on the edge of an orchard of old Herefordshire apples (pick as many as you fancy in season). From the car park, your way is lit by light sensors, under a wrought iron arch, through a woodland glade, past a Victorian iron water pump, and down the path to the wagon's entrance. 

Bed

THINGS TO DO AROUND THE EDWARDIAN SHOWMAN’S WAGON

This is farming country, so there is peace and quiet in profusion with only occasional farming sounds, like the baa of a sheep, the cluck of a chicken, or an occasional tractor in the lane. But overall, there is a simply wonderful silence - no background A-roads in this beautifully empty part of the countryside. Instead, the sky-larks sing intermittently high above the field; nesting lapwings in season make their inimitable cry; and there is the odd mew of the buzzards that visit regularly. And, of course, all the many small songbirds that come to nibble at the bird feeders. So, staying put and enjoying all these peaceable sounds is immensely relaxing. There are plenty of walks from the doorstep, too.

Cooker Kitchen and dining
Bed

But The Edwardian is perfectly placed for all kinds of excursion, whether your favoured idea of holiday fun is to browse the second hand bookshops and enticing boutiques of Hay-on-Wye; to canoe down the River Wye; to visit the famous Chain Library and Mappa Mundi in Hereford; to follow the Black and White Trail of picturesque local villages with their ancient timber-framed buildings; or to stride up the slopes of the nearby Black Mountains for a view in a million. There’s a brilliant village shop nearby in Longtown (Hopes of Longtown), so you don’t have to go far to get really good local produce and useful supplies. Eating out in the area is great, too: there’s a fantastic pub, The Bridge at Michaelchurch, and a superb little French restaurant, Toi et Moi (advance booking a must).

Wood storage Wood store and washing machine
Decked terrace

The nitty gritty

  • Warm and cosy for year-round visits
  • Wifi
  • Roberts radio
  • Wood burner with generous supply of logs - with extra available to buy
  • Hot and cold running water (gas-heated)
  • Electric lights
  • Small gas stove has gas hob, grill and oven
  • Microwave
  • Full-sized fridge
  • Larder
  • Wonderful gas-heated shower
  • Flushing loo
  • Heated towel rail
  • Washer/dryer
  • Full-sized double bed in bedroom
  • Electric blanket
  • Bedlinen, towels, soap, loo roll and cleaning materials included
  • Electricity and gas included
  • Big deep verandah with table, chairs, deck-chairs, sunshade and view
  • Garden has fire pit with Kotlich enamel grill – great for cooking sausages or steaks. Logs available to buy for this by the box. Local charcoal also available to buy.
  • A babe in arms welcome (no toddlers)
  • Dog-friendly to up to 2 well-behaved dogs, but they mustn’t chase or worry the chickens or cats in the area, or any sheep in local fields
  • Private off-lane parking, connected to the wagon by a short path lined with light sensors
  • Apples to pick from the orchard in season
  • You can order a meal from the owners ahead of time so that it will be ready for you when you arrive: it will be a delicious organic homemade stew, including a vegetarian option, waiting warm on the stove or ready to heat up, a bottle of red or white organic wine, and brownies and cream (cost is £35 payable to the owner)
  • Excellent village shop a short drive away
  • Good pubs and restaurants in the area
  • Hay-on-Wye is about 30 minutes’ drive away
  • The Black Mountains are within striking distance for great walking, but walking local to the wagon is good, too

Live online booking

This property has flexible booking: you can book any number of nights from any available day, but the minimum stay is 2 nights, and you can't leave a single unsellable night. Check availability and book online below, or check availability for all cottages.

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Showmans wagin with firepit and cooking equipment
Bird feeder Orchard
Table view of meadow Apples

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Wagon in meadow for lovely, stylish stays in the Welsh borders

From the visitors book at The EDWARDIAN SHOWMAN’S WAGON

'Thank you so much for a truly wonderful stay. It’s been so peaceful and relaxing, surrounded by the chatter of the birds, the scampering squirrels and the beautiful view. A real ‘getaway’ – we are already looking at when we can return. The Edwardian has everything you would need and more. We loved all the pretty touches like the tiny vases of flower too. The log burner is fantastic, easy to use and kept us cosy. (We loved all the carefully placed bird feeders too.) We enjoyed a nice walk to St Margaret’s church through the fields. Fantastic views up on the hills. It’s been lovely to just sit and enjoy looking out, listening, and also sitting out on the deck in the dark – there’s a lot going on then too! Hope to be back again soon. PS the home made stew and brownies were scrummy.' Laura and Phil, Bedhampton

'This has to be the best den ever. It’s like being in the Famous Five or Cider with Rosie. There are all the best bits of camping without any of the less appealing bits. We have been blessed with great weather and have reached a state of total relaxation. Had some wonderful walks and seen wild flowers and terrific views. Can really recommend Temple Bar for great food and a very friendly welcome. All in all, a blissful holiday.' Mr and Mrs Roberts, Stockport

'We had an absolutely fantastic time here in The Edwardian. The weekend was a surprise for my 50th birthday - and what a fantastic surprise it was…how idyllic this weekend has been! Lying in a beautiful comfy bed watching our fabulous feathered friends feed was a joy! I kept shouting 'Nuthatch!' and Matt did get a good glimpse of him! I am sad we have to leave - the snow on Saturday morning made us feel even more snug as we looked out on the cold hills. Many thanks for your superb attention to detail.' Matt and Caroline, Staffs.

'Thank you so much for another wonderfully relaxing stay. We've already booked again for October. It is just perfect in every way.' Louise and Mike, Bristol

'Fantastic mini-break in this beautiful step-backin time Edwardian showman's wagon. We loved it and made use of all the facilities - especially the log burner in these freezing conditions --1C! Ingenious use of space and as everyone else, we loved the bird feeders. Mesmerising little gorgeous bird visitors! Thanks for the brownie treats. Perfect getaway!' Kristina

'Thank you for such a relaxing and wonderful stay in the Edwardian. Such a great place to escape from the city and enjoy nature at its best - even when it does get down to -5C. It really is an amazing place to relax, unwind and forget about the stresses of everyday life.' Tom & May

'Booked the Edwardian for our first wedding anniversary. Quite simply the best glamping experience available in the UK today. But even saying that doesn't say enough about this wonderful place and surroundings. The care and presentation of the wagon is fantastic… the old electric cables, the old switches, the lamps ...etc awesome! And that shower is to die for! What a great extension, especially when the birds come to feed just through the shower window. Thank you Annie and John - it has been a wonderful way to celebrate our first wedding anniversary. We'll be coming back for longer next time!' Mark & Charlotte, Glastonbury

'Well, that was a bit special. An absolute delight… the pleasure of just sitting there in the evenings will stay with us for a long time… beware an influx of Scottish friends after we tell them that its even better than the website pics.' Graham & Hilary, Dumfries

'A thing of beauty is a joy forever - the wagon is perfect in every way.' Joanne, Stratford

'Eat, sleep rest, repeat… pretty much sums up our five amazing days here. We loved the perfect mix of basic-ness but with hidden modern gems, hot water, Wif-fi etc. Filled the bird feeder every day, and watched them feed for hours. Will certainly be back as this is a great place to switch off from our busy lives... thank you Annie and John for creating this perfect getaway.' Phil & Emma, Hampshire

'Perfect from start to finish. This was our honeymoon - and we could not have spent it in a more romantic and idyllic place. We look forward to coming back for our first anniversary.' Desh & Katherine

'Truly an amazing space. We loved it.' Sandie & Jeff, Bridport

'My fiancé and I stayed in this delightful, comfortable, unique and cosy showman's wagon in June. In a quiet, rural location with outstanding views of the black mountains yet not too far from the nearest town. We came for peace and tranquillity and that's what we got. The Wagon is beautifully furnished, the bed luxuriously comfortable, subtle lighting that's just like gas lamps and candlelight. A well-stocked kitchen area and a lovely clean bathroom with a MASSIVE shower and the wood burner keeps the place nice and toasty. We ordered a meal to be waiting for us, and what a meal it was. A delicious homemade organic stew, a bottle of organic wine and tasty brownies and cream…yum yum. We were lucky with the weather and took advantage of the fire pit in the garden. A real treat. We would definitely come back and we most certainly would recommend this to anyone who wants something a little different. Personally, I would live in the Edwardian I loved it that much. Thank you to the owners for a wonderful experience.' Kathryn and Phil, Surrey

'An amazing and unique place to stay. We didn't unpack for a while as we were wanting to take in everything inside the showman's wagon and the surroundings. Whether you stay for a day or longer, I'm sure you will feel physically and mentally rejuvenated and ready to go back into day to day life! We don't want to tell our friends about this place as we want it secret for us!! But we of course will so they too may experience a simply stunning and unique place to stay. Many thanks.' Phil & Kathryn, Sunbury

‘A beautiful place in a beautiful location… the attention to detail was amazing. Such a beautiful cabin and I cannot recommend it enough. The owners were very welcoming and it was a pleasure to meet. We will be coming again and telling friends and family as everyone should experience a place like this. Thank you.’ Richard Harper, Portsmouth

‘What a great place! We had booked it for the weekend, but after the first night, we immediately booked the rest of the week. We didn't want to leave. Lovely place to stay, relax, and take day trips from. Lots of fun and relaxation - thanks.’ Ruth & Mick, Conway