Ninks Wagon, Shropshire.
Unsuitable for children
Ever wanted to run away with the Circus?!
This genuine 1920's Showman's wagon is one of the best examples of its kind currently available for a glamping holiday. She might be showing her age a little but if you appreciate authenticity, here is an opportunity to experience a unique break in a vintage Wagon.
In their heyday these wagons were called 'palaces on wheels' due their highly decorated interiors. Currently owned by the hospitable Nink (who was once a circus performer) it would have originally been the travelling home of the Circus owner and Ringmaster himself.
Interior & Facilities
The wagon is divided into three rooms, first up is the dinky
kitchen with quaint cupboards and a vintage stove, although it's just for show these days it certainly adds to the quirkiness! To preserve the wagon's antique interior cooking facilities have been kept minimal which is a great excuse to check out the local pubs!
The panelled sitting room with original cupboards and cut glass mirrors has quite an atmosphere. At night the reflections of twinkling lights create a magical space, especially when the log burner
is flickering away... it wouldn't be too difficult to imagine the original owner sitting here at night enjoying a brandy after the show!
The bedroom is very cosy - ok, small! with a built in raised bed (a hop up is required) from which you can admire the hand painted and gold-leaf decorations on the ceiling. All bedding and linens are provided and the bed ready and made up for you. If hot showers and flushing loos are on your 'must have' list, a few meters away is a simple heated cabin adjacent to the farm building, which has both, along with a washing up sink. Towels are provided.
The wagon's small patio and BBQ are enclosed in a fenced garden with views over the grounds and
lake... it rather reminds us of a cottage garden. Make the most of sunny days and evenings cooking on the BBQ fire-pit, which can also be used as a camp fire. And don't forget to look up to see amazing starry skies - there is little light pollution here.
Nink's Wagon sits adjacent to the stable farm building, which along with the new farmhouse sits in 60 acres of sweeping grounds. The original stately home has long gone but the tranquility of a rural English Estate lingers on. A badger set sits on the edge of nearby woodland making watching these beautiful creatures very accessible and a small peaceful lake is within a couple of minutes walk. Enjoy a stroll and maybe a picnic at the lakeside - it's a great spot for bird watching too.
This county is still something of an undiscovered gem, a few minutes away from the wagon is Ellesmere and the lakes,
Hawkestone Park golf course & Follies, Chirk and
Whittington Castles. Further afield are Church Stretton, the
Stiperstone Hills, Ludlow and the beautiful Medieval
town of Shrewsbury with fine architecture, museums, Shrewsbury Castle
and Theatre Severn.
The character and authenticity of this unique wagon are remarkable and sure to make your vintage glamping stay here a memorable one. Nink's Wagon is located on the same site as Romany Rose Vickers (approx 60 meters away), both can be booked together accommodating up to four people in caravan travelling style!
Arrival after 3pm Departure 10.30am