About this listing
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!
A lovely little gem in the heart of the Yorkshire dales. Maggie was very welcoming and made us feel at home from the offset. The outside bath is an experience not to be missed.
Dan the dog is lovely and will visit you in the morning for a little stroke and a play.
Alex and I had an amazing stay in the caravan last weekend. Such a beautiful setting and interesting history behind the caravan and the area around it. We weren't quite brave enough for the cold water shower, but the bath was a great touch and has left us wanting our own in the back garden! Lovely touch to have breakfast bits and pieces provided and everything we needed was available. The soft sounds of piano floating around fit so perfectly with the backdrop and of course, Danny- what great company! Would highly recommend and can't wait to go back and stay again! Thank you Maggie, Humph and Danny for letting us stay!
Wow, this place is perfect, peaceful, tranquil, beautiful and fun.
Margie and Humph gave us a very warm welcome and were the perfect hosts during our stay, they are wonderful, friendly people and their dog, Dan is the sweetest hound we have ever met.
The caravan is exactly as described. The outdoor bath experience is just wonderful.
We had a brilliant weekend and would love to return.
I absolutely loved my weekend away here and was gutted when I had to leave. I wish I could come to this place every weekend! Completely tranquil, quiet and private. Building fires in the Woodstove and outdoor tub was delightful. And having their dog Dan as company every morning was great too (although I think he was really just hoping to mooch some breakfast...!).
Will return very soon. Thanks to hosts for everything.
The caravan was just as pictured in the photos, and the surroundings were lovely. The area was serene and quiet. We had a nice time, although there are a few things to mention that differ slightly from the description.
The owner's house was a mere 10 meters or so from the caravan, which can be a bit awkward when bathing outdoors, and when expecting a bit more privacy. The photos do not show this proximity to the owner's home.
The listing says clearly that there is wireless internet access, however, the signal from the owner's home is so weak that it is unusable inside the caravan, and nearly unusable in the back yard. While I fully agree that the intent of this property is quiet and serenity, I did have some work to do and had to venture to town to get it done. Perhaps a separate router or line for the caravan itself? In addition, depending on your provider, there will be no mobile reception either.
My partner and I did have a lovely time, and the outdoor bath, while a bit of work, was a fun experience.
A router for the internet might improve the signal, I will investigate this, but as the caravan is clad in aluminium the signal is never going to be fantastic!
O2 is the best, but its usually possible to get a signal somewhere in the immediate vicinity of the caravan.
We are very sensitive about our guests' comfort and privacy, and are fastidious about keeping a discreet low profile when there are people staying. The garden we share with guests is enormous, the bath and other facilities are well sheltered from public view. This is certainly the very first time the matter of privacy has been mentioned.
We were greeted by the lovely Danny, cheery black dog, who showed us where to go and made us feel very welcome! Margie had made sure everything was ready for us including supplies for breakfast in the fridge and a fire laid ready to light as soon as we arrived. It's off the beaten track, so security not an issue, only those who know, would know where it was!
The caravan is beautiful, attention to detail is everything, I could have stayed a week. Very cosy and homely (but with better towels than mine!), bathing outdoors with the smell of woodsmoke under an amazing evening sky was truly a unique experience.
I want to tell everyone I know, but actually want to keep it a secret more, so shhhhhh :).
About the Host, Maggie
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.