Hanbury is our wooden railway wagon used on temporary railways in the late 1800s, early 1900s as an ambulance carriage during the building of local reservoirs. He was languishing on the site when we arrived and we have recently finished restoring and refurbishing him with the talented assistance of a local, artisan blacksmith.
We have tried to preserve as much of the original carriage as possible, the space used for moving stretchers in and out has been converted into a large window which floods the wagon with light. The chains used to suspend the stretchers have been incorporated into the table and storage areas, and of course he sits on his track and bogies.
Hanbury is our newest addition, and guests frequently comment on how welcoming and cosy it is, and with the artistic touches of the blacksmith adding charm, Hanbury is a truly unique and special space.
Day or night, a large platform area, made with reclaimed boards from Hereford cattle market, enables you to sit outside and watch the lambs and chickens, gaze at the stars or enjoy dining alfresco. Of course, there is an outside firepit for marshmallow toasting, and your own private grass area if you want to feel the earth beneath your feet. Or slip through the little gate beside your plot and head into the fields to cwtch with a sheep or climb the magic tree.
Sleeping two, Hanbury his own internal tiny kitchen. Complete with woodburner, gas stove, sink (with running cold water) and all the kitchen paraphernalia you need to cook for yourselves. If you prefer a bigger kitchen then you can always pop down to the shared kitchen in the stone barn, or cook alfresco on the fire pit. Whichever you choose Hanbury is perfect for a romantic winter or summer break.
During the day, relax inside on banquette seating, put up the table, using the chains that stretchers used to be suspended from, and enjoy a meal, or cup of tea made in your compact kitchen, while gazing out of the windows at the fields and grazing animals. At night the table can be folded down and the seating quickly and easy converts into a very comfortable bed. Pull down the blinds and close the shutter and snuggle into the cosy wonder of the carriage.