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- 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
The nitty gritty
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From the visitors book at The EDWARDIAN SHOWMAN’S WAGON
'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
'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
'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 and Mick, Conway