Friday, 2 September 2016

The Wagon in the Woods

AirBnB is a bloody wonderful thing. It has lead to so many unique places opening for guests seeking something a little bit different. Who wants to pay £100 to stay in a Travel Lodge when there are so many new and exciting places to go all over the world? I’m the kind of person that keeps lengthy wish lists on AirBnB designed to fuel my wanderlust and hopefully one day lead to new and exciting adventures.

Dom and I have now been together since we were 17, that’s six years! We still celebrate our anniversary, even though we aren’t married, because it’s kind of a big deal. To celebrate, we wanted to stay somewhere away from it all. Somewhere that was peaceful but not too far away as we were heading into London the next day. Living with my parents is hard and as our house isn’t finished yet, so getting anything resembling alone time is few and far between. I just wanted it to be the two of us, if only for one day.

When it came to booking somewhere special, the Wagon in the woods was an obvious choice. It was still in the back of my mind as something I had seen and I easily found it deep into my wish list. Since I started writing this, I've also found out that there's a post over on Little Winter too! It is a hand built wooden wagon in Meadstead with a beautiful glass window taking over the entire back wall. It looks out onto a huge grassy field full of cows that love to come and say hi. Waking up to Cows was a new experience but us city girls have to go country sometimes. The window is so big in fact that when we went to bed we could still see all of the stars shining in the sky outside.

One of the highlights is the incredible outdoor hot tub. Again it was hand built and looks out over the field. What was really was amazing is that the design means it is naturally heated by a chimney system. The log fire is it the back and lets heat into the water depending on how much wood you burn. Be careful though, Dom went in a bit heavy handed with the fire and we couldn’t get back in it in the evening as it was scalding! (Also, let me be the first to say it: I'm literally so pale in this photo, I'm like a vampire, I really need some sun).

The thing that really made it special was the detail that was so clearly put into the place. There was a secret bathtub under the floor that let you look out onto the field whilst pampering yourself. It seems so small inside the Wagon at first but everything tucks away so easily it’s like four rooms in one. The mini kitchen is fully stocked with tea, coffee, milk, marshmallows to roast on the fire and even Wagon Wheels! Ralph thought of everything, there is a map of local restaurants, firewood, blankets and bubble bath. I couldn’t believe that he had put so much care into building something that was so magical almost entirely by himself, but I am so pleased he did.

I would highly recommend the Wagon in the woods. It was absolutely beautiful and I would stay there again in a heartbeat. It’s always nice to have such a friendly host but it also helps if the place you stay is peaceful and perfect. I really couldn’t have asked for more. 

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