If you’re looking for an unusual holiday escape, get on board a charming self-catering railway carriage. Railholiday have been offering unique and unusual award-winning holidays in Cornwall for over 19 years.
‘Millpool’ is an accessible carriage and is far from what you’d expect. Its open plan design gives it a feeling of light and space – and most unusually, for anything railway related: tranquillity. Millpool is packed with original railway features, from signage, to cast iron luggage racks and brass match strikers, evoking thoughts of Thomas the Tank Engine and The Tifield Thunderbolt. Views over the surrounding countryside are simply gorgeous too.
Millpool is fully accessible but retains every drop of its original character. Of course, practicality is key in a smallish space so you’ll note, for example, that the table is attached to the wall and folds down to make more room. There’s also a surprisingly spacious wet room.
Meanwhile you can prepare food in a galley style kitchen on a worktop with clear space underneath, before taking it out on to a level paved patio area with further seating, table and barbecue. (A highly detailed access statement is available on the Railholiday website.)
The carriage sits in a lovely spot in St Germans, a small village in south-east Cornwall on the banks of the Lynher estuary and just four miles inland from the south coast. The old part of the village (which includes the railway station) is designated as a conservation area and the surrounding countryside is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Few could have foreseen the incredible transformation of this carriage when it was built in 1897. Having said that, the Great Western Railway (GWR) was given the nickname: ‘God’s Wonderful Railway’ – and you can still see why.