Life in a Magical Gypsy Vardo Style Caravan


Gypsy Vardo Wagons have become something of a symbol of freedom. The home of the traveller, yet home none-the-less. For Frenchy, a young woman from Wellington, New Zealand who works in performance arts and frequently travels, building her own Gypsy-Vardo-Style Caravan was the ideal housing solution.


Her wonderful caravan is packed full of inspiring artistic flare. Testament to her many close friendships with individuals who share her love of art and talents for creation. Nestled amongst the trees, this home is now situated on a rural property, close to town, which is shared with others who live in similar structures as well as a main house. Together they share organic gardens, pizza ovens, fire-baths and all the benefits of community.


Walking inside the gypsy caravan is like being greeted by a work of art. It’s warm, cosy and completely engaging. Everywhere you allow your eye to wander offers a new trinket of art and wonderful design. Artworks created by friends of Frenchy can be found in every place you look, including the impressive mural on the door, completed by her friend Reuben, a tattoo artist in Wellington.


Beyond the artistic flare though, is a very functional caravan and home. With a full kitchen, lounge area, bed, lots of storage and even a toilet (although Frenchy does have use of the main house for showering and bathroom needs).


The Caravan is incredibly well insulated and those cold Wellington nights are kept at bay by a beautiful, custom wood stove that is every bit as artistic as the gypsy wagon itself. Made by Frenchy’s friend Dave (from Stoked woodburning stoves), the stove is built with marbles placed in the sides, which glow when the fire is lit and cast dancing coloured light from the side of the fire.


Of course, no magical home would be complete without the cat, who spends her hours cuddled up on the bed, warmed by the fire and staring out the window watching the world.


Somehow, what a home is like at night is almost more important than during the day. After all, these are the hours when we really need our shelter. A safe, secure place to rest our heads. When the sun sets, and the cold bunkers down for the night, Frenchy’s caravan remains toasty warm and very welcoming.


Not only is this Gypsy Caravan a wonderful home, it’s testament to the determination and skills of Frenchy. She has constructed her own home, for herself, in the way that she likes it. Now, it affords her the freedom to follow her passions and her dreams. Frenchy has blogged about the entire build project of this home, which you can read about here.

Posted on by Bryce Posted in Tiny House Tours

About Bryce

Bryce Langston is a New Zealand based actor, musician, filmmaker and environmentalist who has spent the past five years travelling the globe exploring the Tiny House movement as the creator and host of the popular online web series Living Big in a Tiny House

13 Responses to Life in a Magical Gypsy Vardo Style Caravan

  1. Morgan

    I tryed to find Frenchy’s blog and I can’t. Help anyone?

  2. Sal

    I was going to ask where did you buy the beautiful gypsy wagon, did you do the whole thing from beginning or is there somewhere the shell can be purchased?

  3. david

    I love this wagon and i love you Frenchy! Keep that laugh going strong. This video has helped me clarify and inspire some epic life changes happening for me. Thank You both so much.

  4. Kiya Hay

    I would also really love to know where this community is. It’s very interesting and I would love to learn more.

  5. Romani Child


    … But a true mobile wagon of the sort would have a traditional toilet. A proper deep hole dug outside far away from food and water, for the purpose, is more hygienic than the bucket arrangement shown in the video.

  6. Reigh

    I Love this!! Is there any way to get like plans or anything for how she created this? I have always loved the idea of a gypsy wagon and tiny living!! I love that this is so whimsical and affordable! so close to being obtainable!! I would love to get more information on this tiny house!

  7. Christine Cassidy

    I love your spirit, Frenchy. Beautiful home!

  8. Rasa

    Amazing place!

  9. Magpye

    French has crafted a delicious home and life. It will inspire my van build,and a coat of many colours. Thanks.

  10. Iron Lung Panda

    Such a beautiful story. This is the best Tiny House video so far, and heart behind the house is very strong.

    Thank you for making the home and telling this wonderful story.


  11. Tamara Heikalo

    Finally! A tiny home in the original tradition! Superbly done!

  12. Cecily Guarrera

    Love this video thank you! Inspires me! Can you tell me where in Wellington this community is? Thanks 🙂

  13. Cat

    Truly magical. Every tiny home I’ve been fortunate to view from your videos are a unique display of originality. Each is peaceful and welcoming, this tiny wagon is no exception. I hope we can find such a spectacular location for our forever tiny home.

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