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Published September 1st 2021
Waggons, cosy nights and stargazing
A unique and wonderful experience
Want an experience out of this world? Do you yearn to escape the madness, hustle and bustle of modern life? Imagine sleeping in a traditional travellers horse-drawn waggon. Cooking over an open fire and then stargazing. Enjoying the outdoors with a whole field to yourself. Now imagine no more, because you CAN!
Your sleeping quarters for the duration of your stay
Via the company Airbnb, you can book two or more nights at Calon Gypsy Waggons, and have a unique 'glamping' experience. The waggon itself comfortably sleeps two, and there is room for a smaller child in a lovely cubbyhole beneath the main bed. We went to Calon for two nights and had a restful and very cosy sleep in the caravan, which felt very roomy with its windows by the bed and seating along the sides. The waggon interior is immaculate and full of painted wood and lovely curtains.
Comfortable and surprisingly spacious!
A stay like no other, with a wonderful host
Host Sharon has lovingly created her waggon camp, and there are thoughtful and helpful touches wherever you look. Nestled between the two waggons in the field is a wooden summerhouse which provides cooking and washing up facilities, a table and chairs, refrigerator and cooking implements, should you wish to cook and eat inside. A heated shower is tucked away in the adjacent field and is full of creative and thoughtful touches, as is everywhere else.
Feeling more ambitious or after the real gypsy experience? Sharon also provides cast iron pots and a pan, and there are generous wood and kindling materials that Sharon tops up, should you need them. We found cooking over the fire to be a very satisfying and enjoyable experience. There are even special pokers and leather gloves to keep you safe from stray sparks, whilst you repose on rustic seating.
This wonderful place has very little impact upon its beautiful surroundings, and this is achieved by having a compost toilet at the edge of the site. Housed within a wooden shed and full of soap and covid-compliant cosmetics, it is a short stroll from the waggons. Drinking water comes directly from a spring, and there are tealights and solar lamps for light in the evenings.
The view of the waggons from the middle of the field
Carmarthen is just 10 minutes drive from Calon and this place is a perfect base for exploring the coastal areas of Camarthenshire. Access to the site is also via a field, which is privately owned and behind a metal fence. One of many lovely things about this place is how private and secluded it feels, despite being easy to locate. There are even sheep, ponies and a Gypsy cobb horse to visit, should you wish to.
The other waggon on site. Not available to stay in, but stunning nonetheless!
The waggon experience really has been painstakingly created by Sharon, who told us that she has loved gypsy waggons since her childhood. She is a wonderful host and was in regular contact with us throughout our stay to see if we needed anything. She is warm and kind and we will certainly be visiting the waggons again.