Holidaying at the Hanbury

If you’re looking for a holiday that doesn’t involve stuffing your toiletries in a plastic bag, endless queues and a day of travelling, then maybe it’s time to consider what the UK has to offer, right on your doorstep.

I have to say, my favourite holidays have been simple. Will and I, away for a few days, camping, B&B or….converted ambulance cart…

I took to Canopy and Stars to book a secret mini holiday for my husband's birthday this year. Neither of us have spent too much time exploring Wales so I searched South Wales, not too far over the Severn Bridge and discovered a true beauty.

The Hanbury is a beautifully restored ambulance carriage from 1885. The wagon sits in it’s own private plot and it felt so secluded - It was just us and the herd of friendly sheep, peeking through the back window. We huddled around the firepit on our first evening, munching on sausages from the farm shop at the bottom of the road and bread from the lovely welcome hamper left by perfect hosts Emma and Paul.

Little Oasis is a working smallholding - there were ducks, cats, Jack the one-eyed dog, sheep and chickens. I spent a whole evening pottering around Little Oasis, saying hello to all the animals, and sipping hot chocolates under the stars. My husband passed out in the cabin almost instantly as we arrived - he really needed the break and it was difficult not to give in to sleep in the serene location. At bedtime the sofa converted into a super comfy double bed - we left the window wide open at the back of the hut, so that every morning we were woken by the sound of the cockerel and sleepy sheep snuffling in the grass.

During the days we explored the surrounding area. We popped in to Abergavenny, just 10 minutes down the road, to visit the farmer's market for supplies. We stumbled across the beautiful Art Shop and Chapel. It was a gorgeous bohemian space, with amazing coffee and a stunning retail display. It was in here that we met a wonderful woman, who send us on a glorious drive through the lanes and the incredible Black Mountains to Hay on Wye - I wish i’d got her name to thank her.

We spotted so many beautiful shops in Hay-on-Wye, but my favourite has to be The Old Electric Shop. The store was full of vintage interiors pieces and indie makers, and I had the most gorgeous vegetarian lunch!

Many walks and pub lunches later, we were on our way home. At just 2.5 hours away, I would say it was one of the easiest return journeys ever. I left The Hanbury feeling rested, calm and thoroughly hooked on Canopy and Stars! So much so that I booked our next trip as soon as I got back. There are so many beautiful parts of the UK, you should try it. Head to Canopy and Stars and explore the wonderful spaces available.

Rosie Drake-Knight