Last weekend we stayed at Ninks Wagon in Shropshire - a 1920s authentic circus wagon which sleeps 2, set in the beautiful Shropshire countryside. Liam and I needed to get away for a couple of days and escape the business of our jobs and every day chores, and this was the perfect to place to sit back and relax.
Ninks Wagon is located near Shrewsbury, in a small village called English Frankton (what a cute name!), and is run by Nink who spent years working for the circus. She's lovely, and has so many stories to tell about animals and circus travels - it was fascinating speaking to her. She is very helpful and friendly with anything that we needed.
The wagon is so cute and cosy - interiors are decorated with antique and vintage circus inspired finds, with plenty of cushions, fairy lights and books. There is a working log fire which keeps the wagon warm in the winter (plus a little electric heater if needed), lots of crystals which reminded me of my grandmothers house, and old photos. It is truly beautiful. The way the fairly lights shine at night makes you feel like you're in a fairy tale.
There is a small kitchen which has a fridge and a cooker, dining area with table and chairs, living room, and bedroom. It's pretty spacious actually when you're inside - like Dr Who's Tardis which looks deceiving from the outside!
I loved the bedroom - it is literally 70% bed and the rest a dressing table. Perfection! The big bed is so soft and bundled with cosy blankets (which you definitely need in the winter) - it's like a little cave, all for yourself. We snuggled in bed and fell asleep so peacefully each night - just the relaxation we needed. I usually fall asleep with my laptop playing a favourite comedy show, but here I enjoyed the silence and serenity.
The dressing table is covered in vintage style trinkets and mirrors, it was perfect for applying makeup and feeling like an old school starlet.
There is so much to discover at Ninks Wagon from old books to items collected from different countries and eras - our weekend was definitely enough. We would like to spend the whole week there soon, perhaps in the summer as I have to say it was very cold! Not in front of the fireplace where it was just perfect for chilling and sipping on wine.
The bathroom is located just outside the cabin, and I was surprised to find that the bathroom is very modern with heating - not at all what I expected from an outside bathroom!
There is so much nature around - the first morning I woke up, I saw bunnies rush from our front door and hop into holes under an old tree trunk which is where their home was located. Horses are everywhere, and a cute Shetland pony called Mini Me greeted us early in the morning - right outside our door! He was so friendly and cute - I just had to have a little snuggle! I also met a feisty black chicken, and a duck couple who bathed in a little bath by our wagon!
Ninks told us we could explore anywhere on the grounds, so I was so excited to go and say hello to the horses at the stables. Most of the horses (if not all) are rescue, so are the three dogs that Ninks owns. I think this is amazing - I have always been pro rescue, and so has my family. I think rescues need the love and the attention more, and as much as I would love a cute little pomeranian puppy I would always pick a rescue mutt over a bough puppy. There's just something about them that makes you whole, the hilarious personalities, the stories from their past. I managed to say hello to all the horses, even a gorgeous boy who was abused by his previous owner - although he was a little spooky, he was very friendly and nice.
I love animals which made Ninks Wagon even more special to me, but if you're not too keen on fluffy bottoms and 4 legs then maybe this isn't the right vacation for you because animals and humans live in complete peace here.
The grounds are huge and at the bottom of the fields is a beautiful lake - there is nothing there but a small picnic bench and table, which was perfect because I had made up a little cheese and meat picnic for us to have with some red wine. Yum. Picnics are awesome - what can be more enjoyable than eating your favourite food, drinking nice wine, and chatting by a serene lake. There was no one around except for us, some Canadian geese and a couple of horses.
We ran out of wine, but there was a second bottle at the wagon so we decided to 'rock, paper, scissors' and the loser would go and get the wine. I was so comfy sat down, but Liam insisted I stand up to compete in this challenge which I reluctantly did. We counted down to 'rock...paper...sciss...' - I couldn't even finish my draw when he pulled out his hands from his pockets and in one of them was a square wooden box. He knelt down and this happened......
We got engaged!! Liam proposed, at the most beautiful location, in the most perfect way he asked me to spend the rest of our lives together and of course after the initial shock and tears (of happiness!) I said yes. I am over the moon, so so happy and excited for the future - it's safe to say this trip has been the best trip of my life so far. My ring is beautiful and dainty - I love it.
Ninks Wagon will forever be a special place to us - will it be yours?