Wind in the Willows
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- Showman’s wagon which featured in the film, Wind in the Willows
- Private and secluded, with superb views
- Spacious and cosy wagon with full-size double bed and wood burner
- Comfortable and warm cabin with all facilities
- Dog-friendly (garden fully enclosed)
- Gas-fuelled heating and hot water; solar lighting
- Walkable to local pub
This fantastic Showman’s Wagon made an appearance in the 1996 film, Wind in the Willows, featuring most of the Monty Python cast. Now retired to a Monmouthshire hay meadow with heavenly views, alongside a cool eco-cabin and a sauna, it makes a very romantic private escape for a couple (plus a babe-in-arms and up to 2 very well-behaved dogs).
A showman’s wagon was what an entertainer or a worker in a fair or a circus would travel and live in and, in some cases, would use as a stage for their particular show. This type originated at the end of the 19th-century, and continued to be made into the middle of the 20th-century. The earliest ones were designed to be towed by a horse, and were built high up on big wheels so as to be able to ford streams and manage rutted roadways. The height also served as a refuge from curious stares and as a vantage point for their act or show.
The interior of the wagon is very airy, bright and spacious. Windows let in the light, allow air to flow on warm days, and give you a magnificent view across beautiful Monmouthshire countryside. The bed is a proper double size, and the wood burner warms the space a treat on a chilly night.
The cabin has everything else you need – a centrally-heated interior with a shower room with proper shower, hand basin, heated towel rail, and flush loo; a kitchen area with gas stove, fridge, sink and running hot water; a place to sit and eat; and a sofa. It is fully off-grid and eco-friendly, but this doesn’t deny you any comforts at all. The shower and heating is gas-fuelled, and the plentiful lighting is solar.
The wagon and cabin are situated in the nook of a 5-acre hay meadow, surrounded by a gated, grassy enclosure. The site is two big fields away from farm buildings, so you are well away from it all, but neither too far in case of need. If the hay has been cut, there are often the delightful little black sheep grazing in the field, grass-fed all year round for sweet-tasting herby meat. (The owners are one of only 2 fully grass-fed lamb and hogget suppliers in Wales, and will take orders for meat at the farmhouse).
What a perk to have a sauna! This wonderful barrel-shaped building is eucalyptus-scented, with bunks to stretch out and relax on in the lovely dry heat. It is heated by a wood burner (logs supplied).
THINGS TO DO AROUND WIND IN THE WILLOWS HOLIDAY WAGON, CABIN & SAUNA
This is the perfect site for complete relaxation, where it can sometimes be enough just to contemplate the view – whether the undulating hills stretching down towards the Wye Valley, or the more dramatic profile of the Skirrid Fawr mountain in the other direction. You can walk to this and climb it for a good stiff stretch, or join Offa’s Dyke nearby to trace the steps of ancient travellers. The amazing White Castle is on a neighbouring hill, and this makes a really good walk. It too has wonderful views. It is also a superb example of a Norman garrison castle, once white-washed for visual impact (hence its name), and still complete with its moat. The Black Mountains are a short drive away for exploring: perhaps visit Llanthony Abbey in the valley of the same name, a picturesque Augustinian priory which eccentrically has a pub within its walls. At the end of this valley, you can drop down to Hay-on-Wye, a characterful town full of second-hand bookshops and interesting boutiques. Or, from Wind in the Willows, head in the other direction to visit the lower Wye Valley, starting at Monmouth and winding down-river to Chepstow, an area rich in sights to see and things to do.
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