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 is a pub in the village which serves nice food, and another which is due to open very soon. There is also a good pub in the next village, Tholthorpe, which serves evening meals.There are no shops, but Borobridge and Easingwold are only 5 mils distant, and everything is available there. 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.
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.
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 let 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!
Maggie was always in contact with me leading up to arrival and although she wasn't there her partner Humph made us feel very welcome. Danny the wonder-dog also made us feel very welcome! This place is unbelievable, my wife and I were so impressed by the caravan and everything that was laid out for us.
One of our particular highlights was the outdoor bath, quick tip, if you're going to use it use a firelighter to get it going and put it on for a good hour, with flames!!!
York was close by but next time we're going to use the garden more and if possible talk more to Maggie and Humph......oh and maybe throw a ball around with Danny :o)
There was also talk of bringing our yoga mats and having a bit of a stretch..........we'll definitely be back!
The caravan was exactly as advertised! So cozy and charming with more room than you would expect inside and plenty of outside seating space. Maggie was there to welcome us and having Dan (the dog) visit us regularly was a treat. There were eggs, juice and even bacon in the fridge for us which was a wonderful extra!
We had a wonderful stay at the showman's caravan. It was clean, lovely, and incredibly comfortable. Maggie and Humph were really helpful with any requests but left us to our own devices. We loved preparing dinners on the grill and going for lazy walks. Would definitely return!
We had a great 2 night stay with Maggie. Despite the rain we managed to experience the outdoor bath which was a real joy to be in between the showers and is thoroughly recommended. Maggie made us feel welcome and was available if required. Overall, we would recommend to anyone wanting something a little different.
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!
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.