Total 1 Private shower-room Double
Origin: Gypsy Wagon
Price Guide: £32.50 - £40.00 per person
Open: All Year
Your Host: David & Lorraine Beany
This BOWTOP is as pretty as a picture and a lot cosier than its grander sisters, the READING, LEDGE and BURTON vardos, once used by travellers (and showmen) in the "good old days" before flash chrome and the flat bed truck replaced the horse. The sight of Romany families parked up on a country verge whilst their ponies graze the hedgerows, is just a fond memory from "the wagon time" - no campfires, no fiery gypsy music and dancing, no fortune-tellers, no lucky heather or wooden clothes pegs - sadly all have gone in the name of progress! So if you want to enjoy a little nostalgia, bring your CD player with some gypsy flamenco or Django Reinhardt CDs, light your own campfire in the traditional old oil drum and dream a little of a more tolerant age where the romance of the open road still survived!
The wagon's interior and exterior are traditionally hand painted with a "QUEENIE" stove and radiator as well as a pullout 3/4 size double bed on a high shelf - more suited to those under 6ft tall and probably not the best place to celebrate a "big fat gypsy wedding" !! Travelling families would have accomodated a couple of children in the cupboard under the bed with teenagers either sleeping under the cart or in a bender nearby, so this would be spacious luxury. As well as the wagon, you have your own adjacent chalet with shower room and dining/sitting room where you help yourself to a continental breakfast to enjoy on the veranda. Even if you aren't an early riser, you can leave the half door open and lie in bed enjoying the local wildlife performing for you - this could be anything from badgers and pheasants to foxes, owls and woodpeckers.
The GYPSY WAGON has come to rest in Deepdene's garden and looks out across idyllic open countryside far from the urban sprawl yet is only 3 miles from the White Cliffs and a hop, skip and jump across the "churning channel" to France. So if you are feeling lucky and romance is in the air, hop onto a ferry and kiss a few frogs to see if you can find your prince - or princess! If DOVER doesn't float your boat, try newly fashionable MARGATE with its recently opened TURNER CONTEMPORARY ART GALLERY, or top up on sexy slippery oysters in WHITSTABLE. Once sated on art and oysters you can add a little spiritual uplift with a visit to CANTERBURY CATHEDRAL and if you are still a little peckish pop in to SANDWICH, one of the original "cinque ports"!
|Private parking without charge||Yes||Credit cards accepted||No||Specialise in Vegetarian Food||No|
|Dinner by arrangement||Yes||Open Christmas and New Year||Yes||Entirely non-smoking house||Yes|
|Pets accepted||No||Restaurant||No||Within 1/2 mile of public transport or will collect||Yes|