Thursday, August 30, 2012

Castleton Caravan

Yesterday we went on a little road trip. We went to look at a caravan...it was advertised as being suitable for anyone watching cows calving, or ewes lambing. We only saw a photo of the outside, and the add said it was about 25 years old. (yeah, so am I!) I expected it to be dirty, and well worn inside.
Anyway, it was not a lot of money, less than the price of a playhouse for the kids...even a little cheap one!
We spoke to the seller, and he seemed very genuine, he seemed keen to leave it safe to tow home. He replced a tyre, checked lights, did all that he could. That meant a lot to us...we had a 3 hour drive with this, if we bought it.

Side

I have to say it was love at first sight for me (and for Maeve). All of us piled into the perfectly original 2 berth Castleton Rovana caravan, dated 1970 from what we can see. It is nicer inside than outide.

Front

Everything is inside it, including the brochure, with the price written on it. The instructions for all of the appliances. There is a canvas awning under the seat, and...well... just everything is still in it! Can you tell that we love it!?

Dining room!

The only problem now is, that I had great plans before I saw the inside, to paint it all pretty colours, and to make some dinky little curtains, and to cover all of the cushions etc! Now I'm not so sure...I kind of like it!
I think I will make some patchwork curtains for a start though, because the ones on it are well worn and faded. I will decide what we should do after that....

Kitchen

The door needs some repairs, and the fixed windows need new seals, but otherwise it seems sound. It was planned as a playhouse, but depending on how the awning looks when it is taken out, this little caravan may still end up going on holidays with us sometime!
As for it's role as a playhouse/den...so far, since yesterday evening, the kids have spent several hours in there...the two little ones and I even had our lunch in there today! I am seeing some bunting in there too....hopefully I'll get some sewing time tomorrow!

If you click on the photos, you'll see them on Flickr, and see the notes I've added.

10 comments:

Cirque Du Bebe said...

Major caravan envy here. I think you should paint the outside a nice minty color. What a find!

motherof5 said...

Millie,it is perfect!

Camille said...

Wow! That is totally awesome.

Cindy said...

It's the neatest caravan I've seen! How many will it sleep?

Sadhbh said...

Oh! I love it! What a find - it's in such good condition you lucky thing!! I'd definitely bring it on holiday!

Imen said...

Omg LOVE it!

Angela said...

What a piece of luck to get it in such great condition. Mine would love this too!

Millie said...

Glad you like it Sophie! I found a tin of minty green in the shed today..I was tempted to try it after your suggestion ...just to see how it looked! I might yet!

Thanks Nicole! We think so!

Thanks so much Camille!

Thanks Cindy! It only sleeps two, possibly 3, but the closed in awning will hold another few...I think! In reality, it would only do us overnight, not for long break, if we did decide to tour with it!

Thanks Sadhbh! We drove to South Tipperary for it...easy getting there, but we couldn't chance motorway home! I expected people to gawk at us, but no one passed any notice!

Thank you Imen! We do too!

Thanks Angela...it is amazing how well it has been minded. The little ones and I had lunch in it again today, and they all played out there after school!

justmejay said...

It is just perfect, Millie!

Kath said...

It's brilliant - lucky you. You mustn't paint the cupboards, they look great. I wish it was my playhouse.

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