gypsy caravan

 A little getaway, staying in a 1940s gypsy caravan in Wales. Completely perfect.

Rising with Orla & the sun to light the wood burning stove, get the kettle on to boil & cook pancakes, as the birds sing in the morning from the trees.
Radio playing and steam at the windows. Then squelch through the mud in wellies, Orla tied to our backs, to climb hills and find tiny old chapels or ruined castles or hidden teashops. A break in the clouds and the first warm sunshine of spring has us taking off our coats & laughing.

Then home, for hot baths in the little wooden cabin next to our caravan, wine & sausages by the fire, stargazing, books, kisses, then bed. A goosedown duvet, coal stove, owls in the trees & raindrops on the canvas above our heads.

 I’m sure it’s lovely in summer too, but winter was perfect for us.

Caravan letting details here.

18 Comments

  • Stephanie

  • January 09, 2015

I think the reason I was so cold is that we were directly on the shore of Lake Ullswater (as in, our tent was 10m away from the shore, and there was nothing but our car acting as a mini windbreak). I think next time I’ll invest in thermal PJs and a fleece sleeping bag liner. It was my feet, mainly. I will not be thwarted! It’s just that in recent years my only experience of camping has been Reading Festival. Which is obviously in the south of England. In summer. haha 🙂 Thank you for bumping this, I really enjoyed reading it. Oh, and you mentioned on IG about how you’d edit the photos differently now… I get that, but don’t be hard on yourself. Firstly, they’re gorgeous, and secondly, it’s a process. If we did everything ‘perfectly’ first time and were happy with our first or early efforts in hindsight, that wouldn’t be much fun in the grand scheme of things! Besides, it’s always lovely to look back and see how much you’ve ( as in one has) improved. X

  • Sara

  • January 09, 2015

Yes yes yes – I love summer adventures too, but there’s a different kind of relaxation to be had when there are no crowds, no queues, no ice cream vans.
I firmly believe there is no bad weather, as long as you have the right agenda! We headed here with the full expectation to not get out much, which meant we didn’t mind spending so long cozied up with books by the fire.
3 sleepless nights from cold sounds pretty hideous though – thermal pajamas too? If you ever make it to this caravan, I’m sure you’ll find it much much toastier 🙂 xx

  • Sara

  • January 09, 2015

Thanks Freya – I think that’s up there with the nicest things anyone’s ever said on here 🙂 x

  • Sara

  • January 09, 2015

Oh, thanks Brooke! You are entirely too kind, but I’ll just bask in that compliment a little bit anyway *smiles* xxx

  • Stephanie

  • January 09, 2015

It looks amazing! I am so, so tempted by something like this! I just love camping and staying in the middle of nowhere, and spending all day outdoors. We went camping in the Lake District in April last year and it was so lovely going camping in the off season. Cold – as in I didn’t sleep for 3 nights as I couldn’t keep warm despite my 3 season sleeping bag – but quiet, and blissful. My kind of holiday!

  • Freyajohanna

  • January 09, 2015

So lovely. Looks like a little magic place. And i am always impressed how you capture these beautiful moments and make me feel like i was with you at this Winter vacation trip. Have a good day!

  • Brooke

  • January 09, 2015

Stunning! What a great idea 🙂
So glad I found your blog, you and orla are so beautiful xx

  • Sara

  • March 06, 2014

It was not far from Monmouth!… *tries to remember village name*
Was beautiful & very wild (but not too flooded) x

  • Sara

  • March 06, 2014

Thank you so much! It was amazing, I felt very lucky to be staying there!

  • Sara

  • March 06, 2014

☺️ I absolutely adore you! x

  • Sara

  • March 06, 2014

Ah thank you so much my dear! So many compliments ☺️

  • Sara

  • March 06, 2014

It was pretty magical. You should go! x

  • Mascara and Mud

  • March 05, 2014

Ooh! Which part of Wales did you visit?!

  • Zaparowana

  • February 20, 2014

I totally agree with Isabelle! Wonderful photos and amazing place!

  • Samira

  • February 20, 2014

I absolutely adore this post!

  • Isabelle

  • February 20, 2014

This looks like HEAVEN. And your writing is always so lovely. And that pic of you and Orla on the steps! <3 x

  • irina

  • February 19, 2014

lovely place ! 🙂

  • Rebecca

  • February 19, 2014

Eek. Sounds wonderful. *envious*

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