There’s no better feeling than the sense of freedom (and relief) of getting away from the usual 9-5, even if it’s for just the night. Back in the day however, hundreds of years ago, this feeling was non existent – as gypsy travellers, who often lived in a gypsy caravan, knew nothing different.

The fascination with the gypsy lifestyle has become increasingly popular over the past few years, with more and more gypsy caravans succumbing to a modern makeover. However the beautiful restored, yet still beautifully basic, gypsy caravan situated at Alde Garden, Sweffling in Suffolk hasn’t following suit.

Thanks to delicate workmanship, and plenty of recycled materials, the gypsy caravan, which is estimated to be at least 100 years old, still contains all of its traditional features and is ready to transport you into the travelling lifestyle.


So when I headed over to Alde Garden, for a stay in this discreet, luxury camping alternative with its much needed eco-credentials and back to basics attitude, what did I learn?

1. I over pack

…Or we just had too little room for the amount of stuff I needed. No, I definitely over pack. Which leads to my next realisation…

2. I don’t need all the things I have

As long as we have food, shelter and warmth (as tricky as that may be for two individuals with next to no fire making experience to achieve), we’re good. Why do we faff around with so many materialistic things?

3. You don’t have to travel far to get away

Life can be stressful and overwhelming at times – even for those who seem the most content and calm – and taking a step back is a great way to unwind. A luxury and likely pricey holiday can leave you coming back dreading the 9-5 even more than before you left, whereas enjoying the simple things on your doorstep can really help you relax.

4. It’s good to have friends, but it’s really good to have great friends

You could be in the most incredible resort in the most exotic place on earth, or in a tent in the middle of a wet muddy field… your experience is going to be made by those you have with you. I’ve been lucky enough to have a couple of rural getaways recently, both that have shown me what great friends I have. We may not all see each other all the time, but when we do, nothing ever changes.

5. I quite like the outdoors

I love waking up when it’s fresh (and slightly cold) outside yet I’m cosied up in my duvet. I love waking up super early, just as the sun is rising, to the sound of birds (and chickens) and feeling wide awake. And I love when I can sit outside, at the crack of dawn, coffee in hand and with the sun shining down. It really is the simple things that make the most difference.

The gypsy caravan at Alde Garden has shown me all of this – okay, maybe I was fully aware of the majority of the above, but a night here has confirmed it. Tucked away in a secret garden, in a tiny village not far from Saxmundham, Suffolk, this caravan could easily be missed. But this privacy is just another added bonus, and another reason I would recommend you to go and visit. You truly feel as if you’re out in the wilderness alone.

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