How to stay home and still go wan­der­ing like a gypsy

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

GLAMPERS seek­ing a lux­u­ri­ous get-away ex­pe­ri­ence with a dif­fer­ence have a novel treat in store with the com­ple­tion of Ju­lat­ten Join­ery’s hand­crafted, be­spoke, full-sized Ro­manystyle gypsy wagon.

In­spired by the an­tiq­uity and his­tory of Europe, the gypsy wagon, which of­fers a ro­man­tic mix­ture of old and new, has been a labour of love for lo­cal crafts­man Glenn Cam­bage.

A wood worker by trade Glenn, to­gether with his wife Wendy, have lov­ingly built Sweet­wa­ter Lodge over the last 10 years, mak­ing the most of its idyl­lic lo­ca­tion in the Port Dou­glas hin­ter­land.

“Glenn has al­ways ap­pre­ci­ated old things such as vin­tage car­a­vans and cars, so when we saw a trailer on the side of the road for sale we jumped at it – he then sim­ply fol­lowed the plan in his head when it came to build­ing it.”

Built from new and re­cy­cled tim­bers, the wagon fea­tures a curved roof, ex­posed tim­ber rafters, tim­ber floor­boards and an­tique lead­light win­dows, which Glenn has had stored in his “garage for years”.

Al­though it sits on wheels, the gypsy wagon has a per­ma­nent home in a pri­vate spot about 100m from the creek.

In­side it has a queen bed, en­suite toi­let with hand basin, kitch­enette and sit­ting area, a tra­di­tional sta­ble door and porch seats by the steps.

“The wagon, like the two lux­ury eco-lodges, has been fit­ted out with a real Aus­tralian feel. It is just lovely and ev­ery time I walk in there it brings a smile to my face,” Wendy said.

Crafts­man and owner Glenn Cam­bage of Ju­lat­ten

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