If you’re looking for a weekend away that’s a little bit different, check out Wriggles Brook Gypsy B&B in Hoarwithy (between Hereford and Ross-on-Wye). It’s a really magical spot and makes a very memorable stay for kids and parents. It is a really special place which visitors seem to fall in love with – the visitors book showed lots of return stays. Wriggles Brook have three gypsy caravans available to stay in, each with its own outdoor area with open fire, table and hammock. Two of the gypsy wagons are only suitable for 2 people. However the Showman’s wagon is just perfect for a small family.
Wriggles Brook Showman’s Gypsy Wagon
The Showman’s wagon at Wriggles Brook is over a hundred years old and has recently been restored and refurbished. It has a double bed bunkbed stretching along the width of the wagon, with a top bunk suitable for adults and a crawl-in kids bed below. The kids bed is made up a little magical zone with a gyspy skirt curtain which can be pulled across to make a special den. There are fairy lights inside and the owner Jane had left out lots of little soft toys for our children to play with.
In the ‘living area’ of the Showman’s wagon, there are some cute seating nooks, a range fire and an area to make tea/coffee. Looking out of the windows, we could spot lots of birds and hares in the fields.
Outside the Showman’s wagon there is a grassy area with a table and chairs and an open fire, perfect for toasting marshmallows. With a big double hammock it’s a lovely zone to hang out and the trees are hung with lanterns. There are some children’s toys stowed away in the wagon including skipping ropes and balls. Watch out with very young children as there is an open brook running past the wagons.
The Showman’s caravan has it’s own private ‘portaloo’ style eco toilet outside. There is a cute shower block nearby which is shared with the other wagons. There is also a small fridge here which you can use.
Eating at Wriggles Brook
We had read great reviews about the food at Wriggles Brook before we arrived. We were not disappointed and agreed that the food was amazing! We phoned in advance to discuss options. The hosts, Jane and JP, were very happy to accommodate our request for some very plain food for our fussy children and made some sausages and pasta which was perfect. For the adults they made an amazing pork and chorizo dish with local ingredients which was fantastic. The breakfasts were incredible too with homemade pancakes and a full English breakfast. We were doing a canoe trip on the River Wye and called it the ‘9 mile breakfast’ as it fuelled us all up for a full day of paddling!
You have the option of eating outside at the table by your gypsy wagon, or eating in the little dining room. With vines growing across the room and fairy lights twinking, the dining room was a really magical option which our kids loved.
You an also self cater – Wriggles Brook can provide a gypsy griddle and a stew pot with BBQ tools for use on the camp fire.
Things To Do
The towns of Ross-on-Wye, Hereford, Symonds Yat are all an easy drive away. The Forest of Dean is also great for cycling and walking. Wriggles Brook is a 10 minute walk from the River Wye. A family canoe trip on the River Wye is fantastic fun and easily arranged – read here for more details.
To make a booking, check out the Wriggles Brook website.