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The roof is curved like a traditional gypsy caravan with a slight overhang at the front and back. Structural pine was used for the roof beams and frame, and tongue-in-groove pine for the interior roof. The walls inside are marine ply. In keeping with the authentic design, Andrew even made the drawbars a horse would typically be attached to in order to pull the wagon (the white wooden poles on either side of the stairs). Here, they’re purely decorative. The wheels, also decorative, are made of meranti. The outside was painted with Duram’s water-based exterior enamel in White, Berkshire Green (dark green), Valentina Valley (light green) and Sandy Smile (pink). The stairs unhook from the front of the wagon.
The roof is curved like a traditional gypsy caravan with a slight overhang at the front and back. Structural pine was used for the roof beams and frame, and tongue-in-groove pine for the interior roof. The walls inside are marine ply. In keeping with the authentic design, Andrew even made the drawbars a horse would typically be attached to in order to pull the wagon (the white wooden poles on either side of the stairs). Here, they’re purely decorative. The wheels, also decorative, are made of meranti. The outside was painted with Duram’s water-based exterior enamel in White, Berkshire Green (dark green), Valentina Valley (light green) and Sandy Smile (pink). The stairs unhook from the front of the wagon.

Photographs Amora Erasmus Styling Marian van Wyk

When Andrew and Karin Yates think back on the devastating fire that swept through Knysna and surrounds in 2017, a sense of relief overwhelms them. It was a miracle their own home wasn’t destroyed.

However, the blaze did completely ravage a freestanding log cabin on their 10-hectare plot, where guests would usually stay. Many trees were also turned to ashes. “With the beautiful forest surrounds gone, we wanted to make sure that our new guest space was something really special,” says Andrew, a retired mechanical engineer.

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