This is a unique opportunity to stay in our vintage showman's van set in mature gardens. It is a self contained open plan space consisting of a large double bed, a dining and sitting area, and a fully equipped kitchen with gas oven. The loo in is a separate hut beside the caravan. There is an outside cast iron bath in a secluded area nearby heated with a wood burning 'rocket stove'. A supply of firewood is provided. There is a wood burning stove in the caravan, and we will ensure a good supply of dry firewood for your use.
Linen sheets, fluffy towels and bathrobes are provided. Fresh breakfast food is supplied. Requests for special dietary needs can be met if forewarned.
Additional firewood must be purchased if free supply is used up.
There is ample parking space next to the caravan.
There is a radio and internet connection but no television.
Gardens around the house and caravan, fresh veg from the garden when we have a glut! 2 rope swings for kids, trampoline, safe playing for little ones as its well away from roads.
Interaction with Guests
There when needed, but privacy guaranteed.
The village lies midway between the Yorkshire Dales and the Hambleton Hills and Moors, ("the Golden Triangle.") Leeds, Harrogate, Ripon and Thirsk are all within easy reach. There are two pubs, both of which serve food and real ale. One of these doubles as a village shop - it sells most basics, milk, eggs, bread etc There are very few buses into York and Easingwold every day, returning from York the last one leaves town at 1715.
This is a walker's and cyclist's paradise with many historic buildings, abbeys and castles to visit within a radius of 20 miles. (Castle Howard, Fountains Abbey, Bolton Castle to name but a few) Fishing in the River Swale is popular, and day tickets can be obtained in the village.
There are several good golf courses in the vicinity.
As the immediate area is relatively flat being in the river valley, its great for cycling,
Day tickets for fishing on the Swale in the season are available in the village.
March 23rd - April 30th 2015 the bridge between Borobridge and Helperby is closed for renovation works. If you are coming from the south up the A1M, take the turning to York A64 and approach the village from the York ring road.
Arrival by car is the easy - train and bus is more complicate although possible, due to the lack of a regular bus service. Guests arriving by train should be aware that the last bus leaves York at 1715. There are NO buses on a Sunday. I can take guests to the nearest bus stop on a Sunday if they let me know in advance.
There are several buses form Helperby to York during the day, so it is possible to visit the sights - but you must catch that last bus back or take an expensive taxi ( £35.00 ish )
Please print out directions in advance as phone signal around here is awful.
Other Things to Note
Please note - there is a minimum 2 nights stay. We can book 1 night stays midweek, if guests are happy to bring their own sheets/sleeping bags and towels.
A newly erected sauna is an additional extra.
Please arrive between 5 and 6pm and check out around 10.30am. Guests travelling from a distance can of course arrive later, and as long as there is no booking on Mondays, feel free to stay for a late breakfast and relaxing departure. But please et me know your time of arrival if poss.
It would be appreciated if guests would leave the caravan clean and tidy.
This is a tranquil place where you can escape the hurly burly of city life. Please come to enjoy the peace and quiet.
We really appreciate guests leaving a message in the visitors book and coming over to goodbye.
Well behaved dogs welcome!
Thoroughly enjoyed the 2 nights we stayed in the caravan. Margie was a most hospitable host and made us feel very welcome. The caravan was very comfortable, clean and the surroundings idyllic. We made full use of and really enjoyed all the facilities offered. It really is quite satisfying to heat your own water from a log fire and take a bath outdoors. Hope to visit again some time.
amazing weekend and beautiful surroundings. Would recommend anyone looking for a peaceful time to go here!
We had a lovely few days in the showmans caravan, a very peaceful, relaxing place to be with nature all around us, it really is a piece of heaven. Everything was just as we hoped, comfy bed, nice breakfast, lovely friendly hosts and clean, cosy interior with lots of space. I think we will be back. Thanks so much x
Didn't get to stay due to a change in circumstances, thankfully Margie was very understanding, hopefully will get chance to stay in the future
We loved our stay in the caravan, from dan the residual dog regularly coming to visit our caravan to the outdoor bath. Very unique experience, beautiful surroundings and not far from York. Highly recommended. Hope to visit again in summer.
We had a lovely time in this beautiful caravan in idyllic surrounds. It's so nice to be made to feel welcome with a dog - more than welcome in fact! The caravan was really comfortable, the wood burner was lots of (sometimes slightly smoky) fun, and the breakfast was yummy. There's some incredibly lovely countryside to walk through, though I have to say my absolute favourite thing was the warm welcome we had from the ultimate trio, Marg, Humph and Dan :-)
Music therapist, interested and involved in all the arts. Love to travel and meet people. Keen sailor, read a lot, garden a lot, entertain a lot, play piano accordion a lot....love to give people the chance to share this tranquil spot in the depths of beautiful countryside.