I recently abandoned the hills of Wales for those of Shropshire as I headed off to Clee Hill, Shropshire to enjoy a weekend staying in a bow top gypsy caravan with accompanying charming wood cabin. This was certainly a romantic stay with a difference and fulfilled all those whimsical fantasies of escaping with the gypsies.

On first arriving at the Hillside Gypsy Caravan I was truly awe struck by how pretty and romantic it looked. An original bow top, dating from the 1920’s it has been lovingly restored and is painted traditionally by a local artist. It stood in its own meadow that offered seclusion and as we arrived in the evening on a clear night it sat beneath a blanket of stars making it just that extra bit special.

As my partner and I entered the meadow through a wooden latched gate, we could see that the caravan was lit and it would be no exaggeration to say it looked like something from the pages of a fairytale. The caravan was tenderly lit with lamps and fairy lights which created a lovely ambience. There was a sense of great tranquillity in this place and from the moment I arrived I felt all my stresses and strains wash away.

There was no risk of slumming it when it came to experiencing ‘living as gypsies’ on the Hillside Gypsy break, because whilst the caravan itself offered the utmost in romantic escapism the wooden cabin, situated at the side of the caravan was styled in a true country vintage fashion and was fully equipped with a bathroom, kitchen and open plan living space and cosy log burner.

After a wonderful weekend spent cooking traditional gypsy recipes, gazing at the stars and generally escaping from the stresses of modern day living it was time to leave; so with great sadness we packed up the car and left with some wonderful memories of our gypsy escape. Although we recently found out that we came back with more than just memories of our escape as we are now expecting a little gypsy prince or princess. Well just goes to show, I should have listened to my mother, she warned me about the gypsies!


Hill Side Gypsy Caravan Holidays | Tel: 01584 891165 | Email: bookings@hillsidegypsycaravanholidays.co.uk

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About Seren Charrington-Hollins

ABOUT SEREN-CHARRINGTON-HOLLINS Describing my work through just one job title is difficult; because my professional life sees me wear a few hats: Food Historian, period cook, broadcaster, writer and consultant. I have a great passion for social and food history and in addition to researching food history and trends I have also acted as a consultant on domestic life and changes throughout history for a number of International Companies. In addition to being regularly aired on radio stations; I have made a number of television appearances on everything from Sky News through to ITV’s Country House Sunday, Holiday of a Lifetime with Len Goodman , BBC4’s Castle’s Under Siege, BBC South Ration Book Britain; Pubs that Built Britain with Hairy Bikers and BBC 2’s Inside the Factory. Amongst other publications my work has been featured in Period Living Magazine, Telegraph, Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail and Great British Food Magazine and I write regularly for a variety of print and online publications. I am very fortunate to be able to undertake work that is also my passion and never tire of researching; recreating historical recipes and researching changing domestic patterns. Feel free to visit my blog, www.serenitykitchen.com