Railholiday Ltd offers self-catering accommodation in beautifully restored and sympathetically converted railway carriages. The Old Luggage Van and The Travelling Post Office are situated in the picturesque village of St Germans in South East Cornwall, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Both carriages offer all the comforts of home, whilst retaining many of their original features. Each has its own enclosed garden and guests also have the use of ten acres of woodland. Walkers, children and dogs are all welcomed. We have Quality in Tourism certificates for being Dog Friendly and Child Friendly accommodation, Green Acorn certification for being environmentally friendly and we hold a Walker's Welcome award.
The Old Luggage Van is sited on a delightful site at the western end of St Germans Station. Quirky, cosy and charming, it nestles amongst a garden of spring bulbs and camellias, while it’s double bed and wood-burning stove provide a relaxing base from which to explore Devon and Cornwall. It has been featured on BBC Breakfast News as well as in several local and national newspapers and magazines. The Old Luggage Van was Railholiday's first venture and it’s success and popularity led to the conversion of our other coaches.
The Travelling Post Office sits at the other end of the station, adjoining the far east end of the up-line platform. Featured on the BBC's Great British Railway Journeys with Michael Portillo, this Victorian coach is a real gem. Clerestory windows run along the full length of the coach and give a really special feeling of light and space, while retaining the cosiness of a wooden coach. Children love the bunkroom with its tiny windows looking out over the railway, and the garden is a mass of roses in the summer. This carriage dates back to 1889 and was hauled by the City of Truro when she broke the 100mph barrier in 1904. A wood-burner, with an unlimited supply of fuel from our woodland, makes the Travelling Post Office great for a winter retreat.
Mevy, A gem of Victorian splendour, sleeps up to five and is converted to the highest environmental and comfort standards. The first class bedroom has gilded mahogany and maple panels and Italian velvet walls. The second bedroom has a handmade bespoke triple bunk bed, perfect for children. Rather than looking over the railway Mevy has stunning views over the rolling countryside beyond. The coach is fully insulated and centrally heated, making it cosy at any time of the year. Fully furnished with hypoallergenic bedding, we have a no pets policy in Mevy, making it suitable for allergy sufferers.
Millpool, is our first fully accessible wheelchair friendly carriage. Millpool is designed for two and pets are welcome. For maximum flexibility it has an option of either a single profiling bed or a double. There is a small folding sofa bed in the lounge for traveling companions, a generous wet room, electric recliner and a whole range of mobility aids available on request. There are stunning views over rolling hills and a sun terrace. We are awaiting grading for accessibility, but have made sure our design complies with the M3i guidelines.
St Germans Station was built in 1858 to a design by Isambard Kingdom Brunel and although the main railway station building is now lived in by your hosts, the platform is still in use and is served by over 20 stopping trains per day. The railway siding on which the Travelling Post Office now sits was used for loading agricultural produce. Guests have a key for their own private access onto the platform.
The Village and Surrounding Area - St Germans is a delightful gentle village, with a pub and community shop at its heart. The Eden Project, Falmouth, St Ives and Plymouth are all easily accessible by train. Not far to the south are the popular and historic fishing villages of Looe and Polperro, while Whitsand Bay and its miles of golden sandy beaches are a short drive or taxi ride away. St Germans is also home to the magnificent Port Eliot Estate, which opens to the public annually between March and June, and also hosts the renowned Port Eliot Festival every July. Their highlights include woodland and riverside walks, walled gardens and within the Grade 1 listed house the Round Room, with a striking mural by Robert Lenkiewicz, who was a friend of the family.
Special Offers: We offer a £25 cash-back incentive to guests arriving by public transport. We also regularly run Short Break Specials in spring and autumn/winter months.
Environmentally Friendly Accommodation: All carriages are run in an environmentally friendly way, with renewably sourced energy and full recycling facilities. Our prices include all fuel and logs. If you’re looking to explore Devon and Cornwall Railholiday offers a sustainable yet comfortable holiday experience.
An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty: With its deep wooded valleys, rivers and streams it is no surprise this area has been designated as an Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and also as a Site of Special Scientific Interest on account of the diversity of wildlife around the river Lynher.
Ten Acres of Woodland: Guests in St Germans have unlimited access to our woodland that runs alongside the railway, only five minutes walk away from the carriage. In the spring and early summer the ground is carpeted with wild garlic and bluebells. It makes a great place to nature watch as the woods is home to badgers, foxes, the occasional wild deer, buzzards and many other species of wildlife.
Children Welcome: We have a special play area for children, complete with ride on and climb on train, rope swing, playhouse and sandpit. We have a games room with air hockey and football tables, lots of toys for all ages and a good range of family DVDs. There is also an excellent village play area and children are welcomed at the local pub. And of course a trip to nearby Looe never fails to please!
Dogs (and other pets) Welcome: Your dog will thank you for the free range of our ten acres of woodland, although of course there are many other reasons for dogs to love their Railholiday. All gardens are fully enclosed and there are some wonderful walks from the carriages into the neighbouring countryside. Add to this the fabulous range of dog friendly beaches in the area. In spring dogs also have the benefit of Port Eliot on the doorstep, which has a special weekly dog day in which dogs are free to run wild across the parkland.
Rail Enthusiasts Welcome: For the madcap rail enthusiast this accommodation is heaven – great views of the passing trains and a fantastic rail service. For those less enamoured, be reassured that there are not usually any trains overnight – you will be surprised at what a peaceful location it is.
Disability and Accessibility: We do our best to accommodate everyone within the confines of the accommodation. Autistic children and adults are very welcome. We have a smoke alarm for the deaf, available at no extra charge on request. Guide dogs for the blind are free. For those with limited mobility we can offer a ramp into the Travelling Post Office and although this has not been fitted with mobility aids, once inside the accommodation is all on one level. The Old Luggage Van is unsuited to those with mobility problems. From 2013 we hope to have a carriage fitted for wheelchair users.
Excellent Public Transport Links: You couldn’t wish for a better place to spend a holiday using trains and buses, which is why we offer guests £25 cashback if they arrive by train. Thirteen stopping trains towards Devon and the same into Cornwall serve the station on weekdays, with a reduced but adequate weekend service, and there is also a Western Greyhound bus service to Looe and Plymouth.
Friday Changeover: Our changeover day is on Friday but we are often happy to be flexible during the off peak periods.
Railholiday in Hayle: We also have a holiday carriage in Hayle – please visit our website for details.
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