Owl Cabin & Romany Caravan

Cabin and caravan for romantic adventure in Wales
IN BRIEF
  • Authentic 1940s Romany 'bowtop' caravan
  • Comfy spacious cabin a few feet away provides all facilities
  • Situated in a very private spot in the foothills of the Black Mountains
  • On a secluded Monmouthshire farm, surrounded by organic meadows, designated a 'Site of Special Scientific Interest'
  • Wonderful walks in the area
  • Sleeps a couple, plus up to 2 children and 2 very well-behaved dogs

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. 

Cabin with verandah for dining in the country Rustic cabin for holidays in the Black Mountain

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.

Lucky horseshoe Verandah for lazy evenings Gypsy caravan viewed from holiday cabin

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 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. If it was lifted by a crane, there would be no trace of it left behind.

Cabin kitchen Cabin with stove

The Romany caravan sleeps 2 adults (ideal for a honeymoon or special anniversary), as well as 2 children and a babe in arms (but no room in caravan for a cot).
Bedding and towels, soap and loo paper are included in the price, as is electricity, hot water and logs for the wood burner. The kitchen is extremely well-equipped for its size, and comprises hob, sink and microwave.

Living area in Owl Cabin Amenities in cosy cabin Shower and bathroom
Caravan stove Cosy caravan Caravan holiday in Wales

Things to do around Owl Cabin & Romany Caravan

Once batteries have been recharged, there are plenty of excellent walks around the Blaentrothy Meadows on public footpaths, as well as further afield:  you can walk across the fields in under half an hour to the local pub, the Hunters Moon at Llangattock Lingoed. There are plenty of things to see and do in the area – castles, churches, country towns, markets, excellent restaurants (this area has been dubbed the Dordogne of Britain for good reason), outdoor pursuits (such as golf, riding, cycling, paragliding, climbing, pot-holing, mountain-biking, pony-trekking), and wildlife reserves are plentiful. 

Gypsy caravan bedroom - romantic decor Hand made cabin

The nitty gritty

  • Cabin has bathroom with huge shower, little antique roll-top bath, loo and wash handbasin; living-area with neat kitchen with all cooking equipment, crockery and cutlery, microwave, toaster, 2-burner gas hob and fridge, as well as a table and chairs for eating at; there is a sofa-bed, electric heater, wood burner, books, guide books, a CD-player/radio, tourist info
  • Caravan has pull-out double bed (not suitable for people over 6ft 1 in height, but sofa-bed in cabin can be used), electric heater and coal-burning Queenie stove - honestly only necessary for the coldest of nights, as it can otherwise get too warm!
  • Verandah with table and chairs for morning and daytime sun; little garden the other side with table and chairs for evening sun
  • Bedding, bedlinen and towels provided for a couple and are stored in the caravan (duvet for winter is a top-of-the-range goose-down duvet). Please bring extra bedding and towels for children
  • All basics (soap, loo roll, cleaning materials) supplied
  • Owners can do a service wash (but hand-wash liquid is supplied in the cabin, and there is a pull-out washing-line on the verandah)
  • Caravan and cabin are snug on the coldest days, so it is a great place to visit year-round
  • Up to 2 well-behaved dogs welcome (note that there are farm animals, chickens, cats, dogs and ponies in the vicinity)
  • Well situated for wonderful walks straight from the door
  • Surrounded by Blaentrothy Meadows, a Site of Special Scientific Interest (for its wild flowers and grasses)
  • Some mobile reception
  • A short drive from some really nice, welcoming pubs
  • A half-hour walk across fields to one of the local pubs
  • Bikes available to borrow (one man's and one woman's)
  • Owners may be able to arrange collection from and delivery back to Abergavenny station

Decking and outdoor furniture The owl of Owl Cabin and Romany Gypsy Caravan

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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Romany caravan for holidays, cosy evenings in the country

From the visitors book at Owl Cabin & Romany Caravan

 Via email: 'I  want  to  say  a  huge  thank  you  for  a  brilliant  time;  we  were  so  lucky  with  the  weather  and  the  children  had  the  time  of  their  lives. (So  did  Leaf,  the  dog!) The  Gypsy  Caravan  conjured  up  some  amazing  imaginative  play  and  the  Owl  Cabin  gave  us  everything  we  needed,  including  a  bottle  of  delicious  apple  juice!  Lovely.  We  will  certainly  recommend  the  holiday  location  and  its  proximity  to  Hay-on-Wye,  Hereford  and  Abergavenny,  and  of  course  the  stunning  surrounding  countryside,  to  our  friends.  A  lovely  memorable  time  for  us  all. 

Many  thanks  again,

Warmest  wishes,  Jeni'  from Malvern 

"Fantastic, relaxed setting...can't believe we slept so late every day. An idyllic location and a real sense of freedom and escape." ~ A & M

"The caravan is brilliant...we had to drag oursleves out in the morning, we were so warm. We travel a good deal and tend never to go back to the same place twice, but we'd definitely make the exception to the rule for this place. We wouldn't change a thing..it's brilliant!" ~ Caroline & Jude

"A short but sweet holiday, and a fantastic place to call home for a few days. Huddled around the shepherd's stove, listening to the wind, cooking up some corned beef hash on the stove and looking at the AMAZING stars. The caravan is gorgeous!" ~ Rosie & Rob

"Two days and nights in the snow! Snug and cosy we were, too, wrapped up in the warmest duvet in the caravan and with the incredibly efficient stove heating the cabin up. All in all, a lovely Valentine's weekend." ~ Sam and Paddy from Cirencester

"I could live here! Wild weather - lunar eclipse - owls and rain on the caravan roof!! What a wonderful birthday surprise from a great boyfriend! We'll be back...." ~ Candi and Scott from Bristol

"Thank you to the MacDonalds for taking the time and thought to make a perfect hideaway. Who needs to live in a large house, where you spend hours cleaning and gardening, when contentment comes in a small tin house and a tiny gypsy caravan. We need to change our lives!" Shula and Kevin from Kent

"We have had a wonderful time in this special place - many thanks! Some times wild and windswept, but all cosy indoors in the cabin and wagon. We made it up the Sugarloaf, and had a lovely walk through fields accompanied by a little black cat who walked with us all the way!" Fritha and Tasha

"Wow, what a wonderful birthday surprise from my lovely husband! I have always loved Romany caravans, and to see one hiding in the distance, then to find I was staying in it, is a dream come true. It was like being a child again! The cabin gave us all we could need, and sleeping in the caravan was very cosy and magical with fairy lights." The Lawrences