Badger Showman's Waggon

The Welsh Lake District, near Rhayader, Mid Wales

about the property

A genuine traditional Showman’s Waggon from the circus, kitted out with a barn for modern conveniences for the perfect Mid Wales holiday near Rhayader. You have access to a woodland treehouse too and can feed wild badgers every evening! Magic views!

In the Observer's 'Top Ten Winter Escapes' and in the top 'Unusual Hotels UK' (book) & reviewed by Buzz. Get close to nature in a secluded spot with modern conveniences and the luxury of a proper bed and wood-burning stove - 'posh camping'! Built in the 1940s, the waggon would have been the 'living van' home of a travelling showman and family, working on the fairs which toured the country - like a grand form of early caravan with its own kitchen, living room and bedroom.

See inside this amazing showman's waggon or here to see a photo album from real guests, winter here. Set in 1.5 acres of private meadow with wildlife close-by, and the opportunity to see wild badgers which are fed nightly while you watch from a fab treehouse above. Great for fly-fishing on the Wye - you have access to brown trout and (sometimes) salmon over a 1.5 mile stretch of the river.



latest review

I spent 5 memorable days here with my small grandson. We both loved everything about it. The van is generously fitted and the wet room works perfectly . There was enough comfort for me and it was enor...

Helen garlick , 12 August 2016

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7 nights from
£171.00 (based on two staying)
7 nights up to
£553.00 (based on two staying)
strictly no pets allowed
bed layout
Master Double (ground floor) only

facilities at Badger Showman's Waggon

farm or rural location
open fire / woodburner
cleaning services
washing machine

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in detail

The waggon itself comprises of:

Compact kitchen with a small electric oven with two cooking plates, fridge and sink. Fitted units and great views while you wash up!

Sitting/dining room with two leather tub armchairs, fitted cupboards and original woodburning stove etc - first basket of fuel provided. There is also electric heater backup if required. Beautiful cut-glass mirrors, fitted bureau and bookshelves and great views down the valley. Radio.

Double bedroom, bedlinen provided. The double bed is fitted, and higher off the ground than modern beds. It is 6'4" long (standard) and 4'1" wide - so comfortable for two but technically narrower than a modern standard double. There is a cute fitted dressing table and a small wardrobe. Views down the valley to make getting out of bed seem worthwhile.

There is also a large haybarn for your exclusive use so that you can sit outside/barbeque in any weather. Inside the barn there is a heated wetroom with shower, wash basin and toilet for your exclusive use (towels provided). On-site recycling facilities.

The accommodation is great but what makes this place a winner is the genuine sense of being close to nature and wildlife that you get from staying here. You have immediate access onto beautiful open mountain moorland which is intersected by great walking and cycle routes straight from your door.

Walk down the fields to the badger treehouse, or along the river Wye which borders the farm and has boardwalk along the damp sections - you have access to 1.5 miles of private river frontage.

Located a long field away from the main farmhouse ( with a genuine sense of privacy and seclusion) you'll find a games room in the old farmyard garden where you can play table-tennis, table-football and pool.

There is also a laundry room and freezer for the use of guests.

There is no TV but you're welcome to bring DVDs and a laptop. Bikes are available to borrow by prior arrangement and there are some great trails, and footpaths on the farm. The Elan Valley adjoins the farm.

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customer reviews for Badger Showman's Waggon

I spent 5 memorable days here with my small grandson. We both loved everything about it. The van is generously fitted and the wet room works perfectly . There was enough comfort for me and it was enormous fun for both of us. There is a barn that my grandson loved, with table tennis and football , an indoor maze and a slide and an outdoor adventure play area. Allison and Andre made us feel completely welcome. Thoroughly recommended . Thank you.

- Helen garlick ,
12 August 2016

An outstanding setting for a quirky vintage Showman's Wagon. Friendly and Informative hosts. Beautiful walks, hills, rivers, waterfalls & sheep. All this combined to make the ideal weekend retreat.

- Roland T,
29 May 2016

Had a brilliant time over at Badger Showman Waggon! The best bits included the Location, Views, The waggon, proper toilet & shower, badger watching The only things I'd change is have more signs to where things are, it was quite confusing where to write your name down for the badger watching and where to go: I'd also provide some repellent as the midges were quite bad when we were staying. Other than that: Brilliant Weekend.

- Manon O,
5 July 2015

The location is unique, we experienced so many firsts - badgers eating, woodpeckers just outside the window, hundreds of Red Kites, wood burning stove and owls hooting. A magical time, we were privileged to stay in the Showmans Waggon, transported back in time" ~ Peter and Sophy

1 July 2014

'The place is just magical. Where do I begin to extol the virtues of the place? We loved the delicious welcoming cakes, super comfy bed, stunning local walks, abundance of varied wildlife, toasty wood burner, beautiful interior, stunning views, friendly locals, amazing tree house and resident badgers, and the crystal clear river. A special mention for time spent hawking with Layla, Whisper the barn owl and Hope the harrier hawk from Hawksdrift. The experience of walking around Nannerth Farm with Hope the hawk as the mist rolled in over the hills made our trip. A must!" ~ Sophie & David Henzell

1 July 2014

"I am not sure that anything could have prepared us for how beautiful this place is! We had an amazing weekend, saw Badgers, had fun walking the hills and around the nature reserve and feeding overly enthusiastic lambs! Friendly owners and variety of wildlife made out stay superb! ~ Nicola and Gianni

1 July 2014

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