I’VE been on many holidays in my lifetime.

And I’ve seen some truly wonderful places.

But I don’t think a holiday has ever touched me quite so deeply as this one – a short two day stay in a beautiful painted gypsy caravan in The Lakes.

We stayed in the spectacular caravan at The Blue House Bed & Breakfast in Ayside, a beautiful location just ten minutes or so from Lake Windermere.

Just a couple hours drive from where we live in South Yorkshire, on arrival we were greeted warmly by the lovely owner Tina and shown to our small but beautiful lodgings.

And when we entered the caravan? Well, I don’t think I’ve ever seen Elsie quite as excited!

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After being a little worried that Elsie might not take to the caravan or that she’d find the space a little restrictive, she surprised us all by absolutely loving it and taking it all in her stride.

Our little free spirit knew we were on a mini adventure and relished every minute.

The caravan itself was, as you’d expect from a traditional gypsy caravan, small but incredibly beautiful.

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Well equipped with everything we needed to make it warm and cosy (including a wood stove, duvet and plenty of candles) we were all rather stricken by the absolute prettiness of it and how much could be achieved in such a small space!

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Just look at the paint work. Kind of puts our decorating to shame. *winks*

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And besides the stunning, romantic interior? Well when we opened the caravan door, this is what greeted us…

Rather beautiful isn’t it?

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And if all of this isn’t idyllic enough, there were chickens that roamed ( that we all grew rather attached to!…)

GC chicken wheelGC chickensGC Elsie chickenGC jamie chicken

There were flowers and more stunning scenery…

GC sideGC forget me notGC idyllic setting

And yes, there was a toilet and shower as well (!) plus hot drinking facilities, all just a mere stroll away in the main B&B cottage.

And of course there was food. Each morning were were treated to delicious home cooked breakfasts – including homemade bread and totally free range eggs – in the B&B restaurant in the morning. (Thank you Tina!)

The location itself was perfect for us to explore Lake Windermere and make the most of our few days away from home, which we did with a trip to The World Of Beatrix Potter, South Lakes Safari Zoo (more on these another time) and Bowness On Windermere.

And it was also incredibly relaxing.

GC elsie jamie benchGC jamie doorGC outside sunshine

What can I say?

As a family we really soaked up the fresh air, sunshine, stunning scenery and made the most of our time with the chickens!

GC with chickens under

Staying in a gypsy caravan has been a lifelong ambition of mine.

I’ve been obsessed with them since being a little girl and have always loved everything about them – the prettiness, the romance and the freedom as well as their old fashioned charm.

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They appeal to my free spirit and romantic nature and I dream about having one of my own one day to cover with fairy lights and use as my writing den! (It will happen people, it’s got to!)

So I was a little worried that this mini break might disappoint.

That our time together as a family of three with a toddler would be full of squabbles, that we’d get ‘on top of each other’ or find being out ‘in the sticks’ isolating.

GC me & Elsie

But I needn’t have had any such concerns.

We all loved the beautiful caravan and our break away as much as we could have hoped. And found that our time together as a family in this stunning, peaceful location was far from stressful or chaotic, and instead a real welcome tonic from the busyness of our everyday lives.

Certainly for me, our little stay has given me much food for thought and if I had to describe our break in one word, it would have to be this: magical.

Because it really, really was.

So magical in fact, that on our first evening, I found myself quite unexpectedly tearful.

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As I lay in the incredibly comfy bed, next to my husband as he snoozed and above Elsie as she slept in her special little bed, as the rain came down and drummed gently on the canope, I felt a feeling of total peace.

Serenity even, for the first time in a very long time. And also so incredibly grateful that I got to experience such a magical little holiday with my family and create such precious memories.

As I always suspected, the gypsy caravan holiday truly spoke to my heart.

And if you’re anything like me? Well, I have absolutely no doubt that it will speak to you too, in a very similar way.



Many thanks to Tina and The Blue House Bed & Breakfast for making us feel so welcome and giving us a holiday we will never forget.

If you want a stay that is unusual, charming and idyllic I urge you to give this beautiful place a visit. You won’t regret it. (Although I warn you, you may very well end up wanting to buy your very own gypsy caravan too!)

With love,



Disclaimer – we were kindly invited to experience the gypsy caravan in return for this review.  (I know, how incredibly lucky are we?!) 

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29 Discussions on
  • What a gorgeous post hun, the views, the gypsy caravan, it looks stunning, I kept crying in Jamaica too, just feeling so grateful for magical breaks, what a lush family break x

    • Thanks so much Vicki! It really was, truly magical. Looking forward to hearing all about Jamaica :) x

  • Katie, I’ve seen these on the TV before, and it may even be this particular site. I fell in love with them when I saw them on the TV, and I’m so glad to hear that they don’t disappoint in reality.

    They’re even more magical being in one of my favourite parts of the country – T’ Lakes. I used to live in Lancaster and frequented the south Lakes.

    Your holiday looked the epitome of romance. Those gypsy caravans look utterly charming and I’d love to stay in one. I can just imagine the lovely sound the rain on the roof at night whilst sitting beside the cosy little fire with a hot choccie. Bliss.

    I’m just writing up my camping trip, which has turned into an inexplicable 2500 words. Whoops. Might need to do some editing.

    • It was PERFECTION Fiona! Let me know when your camping post is up, as I’m keen to read. (I’ve never been camping(!) so I’ll see if you can inspired me) :) x

  • Oh my gosh it’s everything I imagined and sounds utterly perfect. We would love it there too I’m positive. Also yay for the rain at night drumming on the canope, just like we discussed. The caravan looks beautiful and I can imagine getting all snug on an evening in there as a family.
    Whenever we go away to places that strip away the hecticness of life and let us truly explore nature I find parenting much easier, don’t really know why. Maybe it’s because there are no other distractions for any of us. Whatever the reason it’s a lovely feeling. Glad you enjoyed it and it lived up to expectation. Xx

    • Good point Franki! I think you’re right, slowing life down a bit seems to work wonders. x

  • Reading this brought back some fabulous memories, my partner & I were lucky enough to stay here during easter 2013 & had, myself, described it as magical. I will now have to make a booking again very soon, bliss!

    • Diane, that’s wonderful! So glad this post did that for you. Make the booking! ;-) It’s only been a couple of weeks and I’m already itching to go back ;-) x

  • Wow what a stunning place to stay! My great, great, great Grandmother was a gypsy, according to family legend, and I’m convinced that’s where I get my love of travel from. This definitely appeals to the whimsical side of me and what gorgeous surroundings too – we love Lake Windemere. Glad you had such a magical break honey x

    • Oh my goodness Michelle! That is fascinating. It really was a magical break, now if I could only win a small fortune so I can buy one for the garden! ;-) x

  • What a magical experience! It looks so wonderfully nostalgic and a special way to spend time with the family. I’ll have to try it! X

    • Wonderful Nicola! I didn’t mention no, can I suggest you drop Tina an email and enquire? Let me know how you get on! :)

  • Aw this looks amazing Katie! The caravan is such a cosy space – it looks really romantic. I love how much care and attention has gone in to the painting detail. Those chickens are lovely, and I love the forget-me-not picture too of course.

    I’m totally with you about having a gypsy caravan with fairy lights as a writing space. What wonderful inspiration that would provide?

    Oh, and love the new look of the blog – it’s gorgeous. Glad to see you’re back xxxx

  • This looks like an absolute dream trip away. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do, but with five children would not be possible.
    Maybe one for our retirement! #SundayStars

  • Oh my… this looks absolutely amazing. I would love to take my little family on a gypsy caravan holidays, but with 4 children, I doubt we’d all fit in, sniff…

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