Van Goff

Pricing

Van Goff is priced for 2 people from £95 per night, (discounts: 6% for 4 nights + & 10% for 7 nights +, in low season), all bed linen and towels supplied all bed linen and towels supplied. We're asking guests to please bring your own pillows until the Covid-19 pandemic is over.

There is room for up to two children or one adult sleeping on single mattresses, (the daytime seating). The cost for extra people is £15 per person per night. All extra people will need to bring their own bedding (sleeping bags), pillows and towels. There is enough space for a baby under 2 years in their own travel cot at no extra charge, but we do ask politely that you make provision to remove all nappies at the end of your stay. In Van Goff we can usually accommodate a 5th person, please call to discuss.

Van Goff is perched next to it’s own spacious raised deck, situated in un-beatable solitude in the corner of woodland over looking glorious views and gorgeous sunsets.

With a bit of imagination, make do and mend, up cycling some vintage bits and pieces and a lot of love we’ve brought this old vintage 1970’s caravan back to life. Making use of many original features, and adding a wood burning stove, it’s now almost completely ‘off grid’ with solar powered LED lighting, and gas cooker, hot running water with a shower and flushing loo, and even a small fridge, what luxury!

The real luxury bit is that after listening to our guests’ feedback we now have a small heater in the bedroom that keeps it toasty in the colder months, and even an occasiopanl electric blanket in the bed (only in the colder months)! There is one charging point for devices should you need it, for peace of mind.

As the sun goes down, light up the hurricane lanterns, spark up the chiminea for a barbecue, and relax under the stars.
Van Goff is ideal for a romantic couple but will easily sleep an extra two on the sofa beds, so it is also enjoyed by families.

We encourage our guests to conserve water, use less plastic where possible and recycle as much as they can during their stay. The delicious spring fed drinking water is filtered so please resist the urge to bring plastic water bottles, thank you 🙂

Please have a look at Old Larch Yurt, and Jericho Yurt if you want to experience something slightly different.

Useful information

SEASONAL AVAILABILITY

Van Goff is open from April 1st - January 2nd, then we have a chance to give it a good clean and carry out maintenance

CHECK IN

Between 4pm-5pm (please send text message with ETA on the day to Richard's mobile - number supplied with booking confirmation)

CHECK OUT

We would be grateful if you could check out of the van before 10am, but you are welcome to enjoy a walk before you set off home.

CORONAVIRUS

IN THE INTERESTS OF TRYING TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE WE ARE ASKING GUESTS TO BRING THEIR OWN PILLOWS, AND TO STRIP THE BED AFTER THEIR STAY. HAND SANITIZER IS SUPPLIED TO BE USED REGULARLY THROUGHOUT YOUR STAY - THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE :-)

SAFETY

Very small children should be supervised at all times around the ponds, wood-burners, chiminea, and the Scary swing.

CONNECTIVITY

There is good EE mobile signal. If you need to check emails, you can go just outside the main house to access free Wi-Fi

WHAT DO WE SUPPLY?

Bed linen and towels for the double bed, matches, firelighters, washing up liquid, lanterns,enough charcoal for one meal.

WHAT TO BRING?

Please read the information sent from the owner on receipt of booking and remember to bring your own pillows, and supplies such as food, drink, fire-lighters, tea lights, charcoal (if you want to barbecue more than once), wellies or walking boots, slippers for inside and binoculars. There is a cool box, the owners supply ice blocks and you can re-freeze your own, nearby.

COOKING

There's a kitchen inside the van with a classic Calor gas stove and oven, and all the utensils you would need. Barbeques on the chiminea.

DIRECTIONS

You can use your satnav to get you to the village of Llanfechain, thereafter please follow the directions on the booking information sheets

What our guests say

As a couple we loved staying in Van Goff. It was the perfect romantic getaway in a beautiful and unique setting. It really felt like our own little private paradise. Hosts, Richard and Flavia, were also wonderful and welcoming. We can't wait to visit again.
Emma September 2021
It fulfilled the ‘Totally stripped back’ essence we look for in a break. Stunning wild location, no frills, surrounded by nature, friendly hosts that leave you to it but are there on hand if you need anything.
 
Lisa – June 2021
It was an excellent experience! The cabin was clean, tidy and warm with all the provisions you could need.
Laura – May 2021
What an excellent place to relax and get away from busy lifes. The secluded position peeping out of the trees gives you privacy. There is everything you will need, a wood burner, and chiminea for outside barbecue. With views of the countryside and sounds, sights of nature. There is lots to do, exploring the grounds to river walks, and drives further afield. Richard and Flavia, look after you from the start, Lots of information to hand in the van, which has everything you will need.
Margaret – May 2021

Van Goff was all and more we wanted. Nice attention to detail, and those little extras nice welcome touch. Fresh air, countryside, and wildlife retreat that brings you back to nature with a wonderful gentle bump !
Bob & Lena – May 2021
Dear Richard and Flavia - another wonderful visit, thank you! The Goff surroundings are wonderful in spring - yes, we were lucky with the weather (bright days with wonderful light), but it was such a breath of fresh air (literally as well as metaphorically!) that I know we would have enjoyed it even if the weather had not been so favourable. The temperature did drop at night - but we were very warmly ensconced in Goff!!! So - many happy memories (again!) of excellent meat on the best of barbecues (local meat, brochettes and fire lighters all superb!),long walks and long evenings of cards. Of course, the ducks and woods all played their part too! Thank you for your very generous hospitality in sharing all of this with us and we look forward to seeing you next time..Best wishes, Anne, Nathan and Bea.
Anne, Nathan & Bea April 2021
What an amazing, hidden gem of tranquility and history. We loved our time in Van Goff, with the walks, the 'wishing tree' (which blew our minds away as to how old it was), the escapee sheep that came to say hello and the stunning views from the wooden decking. Just beautiful and what we needed. Rita 27/07/2020
Rita
Lovely cabin with a great deck and chimera. We had BBQs on the chimera every night. We loved the fact there is minimal electricity (but we were still able to charge mobile phones for car journeys and calls) everything was either gas or wood burning. They even supplied us with a larger fridge in the near by barn for our food and we had a mini fridge in the caravan. The Owners were very friendly and the list of activities and local advice was great. They even came to check on when there was a thunder storm but apart from that one evening the weather was great. We would definitely book again. The kids absolutely loved it and it was just what they needed after being in lockdown.

Dan 10/08/2020

Dan
We just got back from the most amazing time. Van Gogh was everything we wanted and more. The solitude was just what we needed after these past 6months. Richard and Flavia are the nicest people and fantastic hosts x

Joanne 05/10/2020

Joanne
A very, very heartfelt 'thank you' .. we had a wonderful time. Many happy memories, and we certainly hope to visit again. We forgot to write in the visitors' book! So good of you to share so much with us...thank you again!
Anne & Bea – Sept 2020
We had a great stay , good walking and remote enough to get away from people. Even managed the boat despite the cold.
Vicky 20/10/2019
Amazing stay! Everything we needed and so much more!

Marie-Louise 18/10/2019
Words cannot describe just how fantastic this place is. The hosts Richard and Flavia were there if we needed them (such as changing the gas immediately when we let them know it was empty) but otherwise left us be to explore the area and spend time with each other. Van goff is small but has everything you need. The wood burner kept the caravan nice and warm and the decking area was great for sitting out and eating/star gazing. The local area offers lovely walks and being a reasonable walking distance to the pub is a great bonus. We will recommend this place to everyone! A great escape for some peace and nature.
Molly 11/09/2019
It was fab from start to finish, everything we wanted from this holiday and more. We have named Van Goff the time capsule on the hill, there is something very endearing about going back to basics and taking time to reflect and be calm.
Jade 06/08/2019
We stayed here for three nights as a "bolt-on" holiday after having a week in Portugal. It was just perfect for a few days winding down. The location is pretty special, there's even a small lake with a rowing boat! The cabin was cosy but big enough for the four of us. The board games were a nice touch. Playing Scrabble as the sun set over the hills was great fun! The local information sheets were very helpful and helped us make the most of our time here.
Duncan 15/08/2019
My husband, myself and our 5 year old granddaughter stayed 22/7/19 for 4 days we had an amazing time there was a nature hunt and treasure hunt for Jessica and she loved the animals and Wishing Tree would definitely recommend and definitely return for another stay from Sharon, Dave and Jessica

Sharon 22/07/2019
Lovely stay with Richard and Flavia at Van Goff. Unfortunately weather was terrible, but Richard and Flavia went out of their way to ensure we had plenty of wood and supplies to make our stay as comfy as possible. This was hugely appreciated given we had our 1 year old with us. And Van Goff could more than cope with the heavy rain. It was actually really charming siting by the log burner and watching the rabbits hop about in the rain. Huge thanks to the hosts.

Tiiram 09/06/2019
We stayed here for three nights as a "bolt-on" holiday after having a week in Portugal. It was just perfect for a few days winding down. The location is pretty special, there's even a small lake with a rowing boat! The cabin was cosy but big enough for the four of us. The board games were a nice touch. Playing Scrabble as the sun set over the hills was great fun! The local information sheets were very helpful and helped us make the most of our time here.It was fab from start to finish, everything we wanted from this holiday and more. We have named My husband, myself and our 5 year old granddaughter stayed 22/7/19 for 4 days we had an We chose Van Goff for our mini half term break as we deliberately wanted to get well away from our busy London lives and go off-grid for a few days. It was the perfect decision. The van itself is an absolute delight - really well equipped & comfortable with lovely personal touches and vintage décor. It's tucked away at the top of the Body Hall estate, just above the woods. The spacious terrace is a huge bonus (tho sadly we weren't blessed with the best of weather!) and inside the log burner ensures cosy evenings round the fire. Richard & Flavia were brilliant hosts; friendly and helpful, but also unobtrusive & left us to our own devices. Their estate is stunning - fields of lambs, old oak trees, shady wooded paths for children (and adults!) to adventure in - and even a quarry for fossil hunting and a lake for boating! The only sounds you hear all day come from the birds or the sheep - and on a clear night the stars above the van are amazing. We had a totally relaxing and restorative break, switching off from everything and just being at one with nature and being able to spend proper quality time together as a family. I would heartily recommend a visit - certainly we will return!
Clare 28/05/2019
My partner and I are in the midst of wedding planning, alongside fairly high-stress jobs. We wanted a real get away - off the grid, to have an opportunity to really kick back and relax. And that's exactly what we got. From arriving at Van Goff - with the gorgeous Zulu barking our arrival, to the three cosy nights we spent in the Van or around the Chiminea, we felt truly relaxed. It was really easy to imagine you were alone in the world - no sounds except the bleating of the lambs and the call of the rather fantastic wild chickens running around. The Van itself is set in the grounds of Bodynfoel Hall, where the owners live. It's near to two other properties (the Yurts), however you cannot see them, and indeed, we didn't even hear the other inhabitants. There is limited power in the Van - a few lights and a divine electric blanket - so be prepared to make fires if it's cold! (indeed, we had snow, hail, sun and rain, all in 3 months - the glory of Wales!). However, what it might 'lack' in technology, it more than makes up for with the cosy interior, and the absolutely fantastic decking - if the sun is out, you will get it all day!

Rebekah 01/04/2019
Thank you Richard and Flavia for letting us stay in the gorgeous van goff caravan. You are both lovely and very welcoming people.
Joseph 13/05/2019
We stayed at Van Goff over the May Bank Holiday weekend, and it was perfect in every way. The location of the van could not be better, right on the edge of woodland, surrounded by fields and hills. Once Richard had taken our things upto the van with his quad bike and trailer and quickly shown us round, we were left to ourselves the whole weekend. The only time we saw Flavia or Richard, was to replenish the log bin and Flavia brought us some eco washing up liquid. Once you are alone, you really are alone, a long way from the main road and the nearest yurt is way down the hill, so you really do have complete peace and quiet. The van is very cosy and comfortable, the kitchen has all you need, gas oven and hob, all utensils etc. The log burner is great, and only needs a small amount of fuel to take the edge off the cool nights. The deck outside is fantastic and spacious, allowing you to view the woods etc all around. There are some amazing walks straight out of the van, I recommend the walk up Jericho, which you can see from the van window. It is not a huge hill, but short and sharp, so the view gets better and better, very quickly. Not one complaint at all, recommended.
Ian 24/05/2019
We received a very warm welcome on arrival. Richard kindly transported all of our essentials to Van Goff which was a great help. Van Goff was comfortable and very cosy especially when the log burner was lit. We enjoyed exploring the estate during the day and relaxing in front of the chiminea at night. The peace and quiet was just as amazing as the beautiful views of the night sky.
Andrea 28/09/2018
Superb location, well equipped caravan and faultless service from Richard. We stayed for two nights and were made to feel welcome from the start. We enjoyed a restful break and made the most of the space and long walks. Enjoyed the personal touches from plenty of games and marshmallows to toast on the chiminea. Would recommend to anyone!
Joe 13/07/2018
We stayed for four nights, along with my daughter and her partner who stayed in the Jericho yurt. We did a number of great walks in the area, canoed on Lake Vrynwy and had a lovely meal in the local pub and generally enjoyed the peace and quiet.
Carolyn 25/07/2018
We had a wonderful stay in Van Goff with our two boys. The caravan was full of rustic charm and had all we needed for a short stay (the shower and loo where a real novelty for a clamping experience too). The log burner made the caravan lovely and cosy at night and we all enjoyed roasting marshmallows over the fire on the decking! The hosts Richard and Flavia where great with our children and made us feel very welcome. The boys loved the treasure hunt and searching for fossils in the nearby quarry (we came home with a hoard!) and they adored the friendly chickens.
Gemma 22/08/2018
Our stay at Van Goff was very peaceful. Set in a lovely area, surrounded by nature, feeling comfortable and relaxed was easy. The accommodation had everything we required for our stay. Bed was comfortable and the wood burner stove made things extra cosy. Richard & Flavia are pleasant folk who took time to get to know us and gave us any information we needed.
Samuel 31/08/2018