For us it was crucial we coould take our dog with us. He was allowed here and had the place to run free. This retreat wagon is perfect, set next to the river one can hear the peaceful sound of water flowing by. The Romany wagon is just perfect and with a heater too so it's snug and cosy. In addition to the wagon there is a cabin with sitting room, kitchen and bathroom, all very lovely.
There is also a covered open area where one can have a fire and listen to the river. If you go there you will only need to take food and drink, the owner's have thought of everthing right down to a cork screw and plenty of kitchen implements. This is a unique and tranquil place to which we are sure to return in the future. 100% satisfied. Thank you.
2nd visit this year. it is perfect i. wouldnt change a thing. i adore this beautiful tranquil place. it has helped me so much on my road to recovery from the dreaded C word. thank you steve and krysia i will be back. went exploring this visit up to st davids and cilgerran brillant. and of course newquay. for any one who needs to unwind and just remenber how much enjoyment you can have from a simple life.this is the one for you. BEAUTIUL SOUL FOOD!!!
This place is a real find: Total escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, and a great opportunity to unwind and relax in complete private seclusion. It was truly wonderful being entirely alone in Nature.
Steve, the friendly, cheerful and helpful owner, bought this place a few years ago from the previous owner (who kept it a good deal more 'natural' - euphemism for 'muddy' - and with hippies and treehuggers in mind!) Since Steve took over, he has been steadily making massive improvements such as completely refitting the cabin and building the veranda roof shelter, making a pallet and woodchip path, putting up an electric fence line upstream to deter cow visitors in the wagon, starting on the hammock and improving the steps! He is very good at acting on customer feedback to further enhance the place.
The cabin was the perfect size for us two: small and compact but well organised and has all the amenities we needed: it has 3 little rooms, living room, kitchen and shower room. The living room has a small sofa, shelf unit with boxes of useful local attraction leaflets, visitors books (everyone raves about staying here, even in January!) a folder of local info, and a sweet little woodburning stove (which we didn't use because it was warm and July). The shower room has a lovely hot shower with plenty of luxury white fluffy towels and a heater strategically placed under the towel rail, a basin and flushing loo. The kitchen has a ceramic butler kitchen sink, nice clean fridge and 2-ring induction hob, brekkie table and chairs (hubby wanted to put a board over the slatted table under the tablecloth), bins, drawers, cooking utensils and cutlery, microwave and toaster, shelves of white crockery and glassware. The worktop was solid wood, which was lovely and right in keeping with the rustic atmosphere, but the high water pressure meant we were constantly mopping water off the worktop (didn't want "our" lovely worktop getting spoilt!) Luckily we had brought our big microfibre cloth with us, as we'd pretty much knackered Steve's tiny dishcloths by then! We left the next guests a new microfibre cloth since it was so useful.
Another useful thing we were glad we brought was a sharp kitchen knife - since this place is booked solid all year round, Steve's set of knives were pretty blunt! Same with his axe but we didn't think to bring an axe! Luckily we found loads of fallen dead wood lying around and were able to bring a stack of it up to light the fire.
We found it a fabulous haven of tranquility, so much so that it took us several days to adjust, fully unwind and de-stress. (I admit we did spend some time cleaning and polishing when we arrived - possibly more about staking ownership than dirt!) It was pretty clean in the cabin, given its proximity to woodland and the great outdoors, but the dust and cobwebs on the veranda and windows bothered us. Luckily Steve forgave us for disturbing his 'fairy hammocks"! The cleaning seemed a ritual we had to go through in order to mark our territory! We did get a little carried away.......but in the end were able to stop and relax!
It seems a slower, more laid-back pace of life over here in Wales than we're used to in the rat-race South.
We had a wild meadow with trees to wander in, a musically gurgling brook to fall asleep to, paddle in and gaze at, friendly neighbouring cows, the distant sound of cockcrows and sheep bleating. We had silent magical sunrises and smoky BBQ sunsets on the outdoor 'sofa'...we had total seclusion and peace. It was amazing.
My favourite bits were all the little details I noticed: the pretty flowery feminine touches in the wagon: rose potpourri, pot of roses in the window (artificial but looked really nice), pretty pink patterned curtains, flower-sprigged batting padding the struts of the roof, and cushioned seats each side of the bed; the 2 little heaters under the bed were amazingly warm. The bed itself was very comfy and we had wonderful nights sleep in there. It was unbelievably cosy in the wagon, enclosed by the dome of the roof sparkling with flowery fairy lights, our own tiny world! We felt like 2 mice in a mouse nest (or "2 snails in a snailshell" as my husband put it!)
Waking up to the sparkling dawn, the bubbling water, cows mooing, distant calls of the farmer and his child ushering them in for milking....it was heaven. We cooked on the outdoor firepit under the shelter in the evenings, which was really fun. We experimented with the various grills until we found one that fitted at the perfect height for cooking. We made everything from toasted Welsh cakes to sausages and steak. (There's a fab butcher just up the road, and a very well-stocked Londis 10 minutes drive away, so we didn't need to bring much food with us).
OK, I will admit we did "improve" the outdoor seating area a little as well....being so close to the fire and weather, the shelves of painted stones from previous visitors needed a good clean. We got carried away again (easy for us as our jobs both involve quite a lot of cleaning up!) and had great fun, starting with a few bits but ending up taking every stone off every shelf, brushing and scrubbing the shelves and walls, washing every stone and arranging them all again nicely. We even polished Steve's proudly displayed award certificates! We were then finally able to relax and enjoy this space (honest, we don't suffer from OCD, there just isn't much to do but sit around, relax and notice details!) Anyway, it was all part of the fun of making it our own.
A new addition to this incredibly tranquil space is the little hammock, which Steve is still in the process of constructing an enclosure for. We were thrilled to hear bout his plans to grow Russian vine across the back fence/hedge to give hammockers more privacy, as well as grow flowering plants up the hammock supports and across the roofed area, which we gave him our ideas for. There is a lovely view across the fields from the hammock, as well as a useful woodpile.
The cabin is initially accessed from the entrance across the field by a pallet path (to avoid mud) and then up a woodchipped pathway to the veranda. The cabin is set back behind the wagon which is just below the veranda, down some rustic woodland log steps with a bungee strung between trees and simple wood handrails to help you up and down (not for the elderly or infirm). The veranda is on stilts which sits on the level of the treetops, giving a real "treehouse" feel. It has a rail around it and a picnic bench, also 2 folding chairs under the little canopy which covers the first couple of feet of the veranda space. Steve has placed loads of bird feeders around in the trees near the veranda, so we had the pleasure of watching little birds and squirrels darting about and visiting us during the day. (Please can you leave the bag of bird food in the cabin next time Steve? They gobbled it all up by day 4!)
So what else is there to do? Plenty as it turned out. I wanted to add to the painted stones displayed in the 'art gallery' by the outdoor sofa, and Steve obliged with some new paint when it turned out that his paint supply had run out. Being an arty type, I painted a picture of the gypsy wagon on a piece of slate, which I left propped up on the windowsill to greet new visitors. I also painted a couple of other stones to add to the 'gallery' shelves. I left some new brushes in a little protective wallet, and tidied up the paint materials box so the next people could have as much fun as I did.
We were able to visit beautiful beaches very nearby (10-25 minutes drive), our favourites were Penbryn and Tresaith beaches which we had virtually all to ourselves, clean clear water, no rubbish anywere and we climbed across the rocks to the left of the beach and discovered a tiny private cove! It was warm enough to swim in the sea (OK, it did take me 30 minutes to get all the way up to my neck) and there is an extremely nice pub at Tresaith with fabulous quality yet cheaply priced food, overlooking the beach (see my other review for the Ship Inn). We also visited New Quay, which was more of a tourist hub, had a nice beach, again virtually deserted, but just loads of tourist tat shops full of 'dolphin' and 'boat' themed gifts. Pretty multicoloured holiday let houses covered the coastline. We also saw
We visited Rheidol Railway which has a traditional (and expensive, tickets for 2 cost £42) steam train that chugs across the Welsh mountains with lovely scenery to see, from Aberystwyth (50 minutes drive from our wagon retreat) to Devil's Bridge. My top tip is to arrive EARLY for the hourly train, which gets in about 15 mins before it leaves, so you get to sit in one of the 2 open carriages and get a better view, refreshing breeze and don't have to photograph the scenery through the window. The closed carriages are very hot in summer and the window seats not always well placed in the centre of a window. At Devil's Bridge, we paid £1 to see some interesting steep waterfalls and rock formations and the three bridges laid on top of each other in successive centuries. Also there is an additional (optional) precipitous 45 minute walk up and down thousands of steps to see more waterfalls, (with alarming warnings about it being "unsuitable for those with reduced mobility and carrying babies in backpacks"!!) I had visions of plunging off the sides of steep cliffs and dashing one's baby on the rocks. Luckily (or unluckily if you're super fit) the 1 hour train stop before the return journey didn't leave time for this scary sounding walk, unless you ran past the ice cream shop ignoring the luscious ginger fudge (I did not resist the call to eat fudge and ice cream and buy tat in the gift shop). The waterfalls etc are not signposted from the train station, which was a bit silly really as they are the main attraction at Devil's Bridge after all. We found them after a bit of casting about, they are a short walk down the road after turning left out of the station, and signposted just as you almost get there.
Cenarth Falls was another very pleasant morning, it's 7 miles away, strolling along a twisty tree rooted slate pathway beside some magnificent waterfalls and lovely river (which was shrunk to half its size when we were there due to very dry weather). The bridges have holes in them which you can climb up (with a leg up from a helpful hubby) and sit in for a photo!
One other plus...all the roads in Wales are in fantastic condition, not a single pothole or 'patchwork' in sight, either the reduced traffic or a very conscientious local council has contributed to a smooth and very pleasant driving experience.
I will leave you with my other top tip, which is avoid the motorway route to Wales, the country route is SO much more beautiful and less stressful! The sat nav predicted 3 hours on the M4, 4 hours on the country roads. It took us 5 hours of swearing and frayed nerves on the motorways to get here, and 4 hours of relaxed meandering past beautiful countryisde to get back home!
All in all this was a fabulous break with the perfect balance of laid back days out, beach relaxation and perfect bliss of our own gorgeous little hideaway! The end result was we now want to just sell up and move to Wales!
As soon as we arrived I knew it was going to be perfect. Far exceeded our expectations. The Romany Wagon is beautiful and has a spacious comfortable bed. The cabin has a treetop veranda, perfect for sitting eating breakfast whilst watching a variety of little birds. The under cover outdoor seating area is a bonus. Here you can relax on the sofa, light a fire and enjoy a bbq.
Our two little dogs loved playing in the stream whilst we sat by the campfire. The most tranquil place I have stayed. Close to coast although you won’t want to be away for too long, although totally relaxing I left feeling I had lived there rather than just a holiday stay.
I can’t recommend this slice of heaven enough.
We thoroughly enjoyed our second stay at this Romany caravan. It is in a beautiful spot and it was lovely to explore the area again and watch and listen to the birds outside the cabin. The stove in the cabin made it really cosy in the evenings.
Steve was very welcoming and helpful during our stay.
My husband surprised me for my birthday to this present. When we turned up, we were met by Steve (the owner) who was clearing debris from the river. He came up to us and introduced himself and shook our hands. He is such a friendly, helpful man and left us to ourselves almost immediately. We couldn't wait to explore the caravan and the hut and undercover seating area. We were overwhelmed with the whole experience. There are the luxury parts, such as the power shower and log burner, and the heaters in the caravan which made it so cosy and then the other end, where it was totally back to basics! we loved it! sitting outside with the fire and toasting marshmallows and watching the moon albeit with hats, gloves and scarves on but wouldnt have changed anything for the world. Watching long tailed tits, great tits and woodpeckers right outside the window was the icing on the cake! Would highly recommend if you are the kind of person who would go back to basics (with the added small luxury touch) Thank you Steve and Karyshia