A former Victorian waiting room at St Bees Railway Station, now a unique self-catering holiday home.
All aboard! How about getting away from it all with a truly unique stay in the former waiting room of a Victorian railway station?
Station House is a detached, self-catering holiday home at St Bees Station, a popular stop on the Cumbria Coastal Line. Sleeping four, this cottage offers the perfect chance to stay in a very special place with its own special history. Ideally located on the Cumbrian coast, with the seaside to the west and the Lake District to the east, Station House offers a fantastic location as well as unique accommodation.
Dating back to 1848, the waiting room at St Bees was converted in the 1930s, and has since been modernised and extended to offer spacious accommodation for a family. Every thought has gone into this sympathetic renovation; the timber-clad exterior has been carefully preserved and Station House still retains its chocolate box charm.
Inside, Station House has been lovingly decorated to create a warm and welcoming space. The lounge comes complete with comfortable sofas and a log-effect electric heater - perfect for nights curled up in front of the wall-mounted TV. In the kitchen diner, decorated in a light and airy country style, you'll find everything you need for self-catering, as well as laundry facilities. Leading from the kitchen is the bathroom, complete with a large corner bath and shower overhead. The sun lounge is another comfortable place to relax back with a newspaper or a drink, with doors opening out to the garden.
Leading on from the living areas are the bedrooms. The first - a double room - has enough space for a cot if you're travelling with a baby, and the second bedroom offers two comfortable twin beds. In all, every thought has gone into ensuring your stay at Station House is a most comfortable one!
Outside is ample parking space - although being positioned right on the train line, you may not need to bring your car to Station House. The well-proportioned garden comes with patio furniture and a BBQ for fine days, and as Station House is pet-friendly, there's plenty of outdoor space for four-legged friends to play.
St Bees Station is located in the centre of the village and is close to all local amenities, including shops and restaurants. Take a stroll along the promenade or the large, sandy beach, and marvel at the red sandstone cliffs of St Bees Head, the most westerly point of Cumbria and an important seabird reserve. You may even see a walker or two setting off on the ambitious Coast to Coast Walk, which traditionally starts at St Bees.
With a train station on your doorstep, exploring the beautiful North West couldn't be easier. Whitehaven, just five miles away, is certainly worth a visit; this popular Georgian town has been named one of the 40 Gem Towns of England. 15 miles south is Ravenglass, a quiet, picturesque coastal village. From here, take a trip to the Lake District on the Ravenglass and Eskdale Steam Railway, a 15-inch narrow gauge heritage track that railway enthusiasts will adore.
A visit to nearby Muncaster Castle also comes highly recommended; this historic building is perfect for a family day out, with Himalayan Gardens, a hawk and owl centre and playground. And if you have nerves of steel, why not sign up for an overnight vigil in the haunted Tapestry Room to encounter some of the castle's former residents...?
With so much to do in this fantastic area, there really is something for the whole family to enjoy. So for a wonderful holiday that blends memorable accommodation with a beautiful location, steam ahead with a stay at Station House!
Things to note
Pet friendly, check in time from 3pm, highchair/cot available for infants, welcome pack provided.
Tried and tested
"What a wonderful week we have had! We chose Station House for the convenience of looking around Cumbria without being in a major tourist spot. The added bonus was dad was able to see and photograph the Class 37 Trains and other rail traffic. We also caught the train to Carlisle which gave me a day off driving those interesting passes!"
Williams Family, Barnstaple
"Excellent week in a cosy, well fitted refurbishment of the old Waiting Room at St Bees Station. Definitely stay again."
"I would definitely stay at Station House again. Stayed with my daughter and our dog and wanted somewhere close to the beach and the lakes and found this ideal for both. Many thanks."
Region: St Bees, Cumbria
Cost (from): £320 to £810 (per week)
Minimum stay: 2 nights
Property ref: 160
Sleeps 4 in a twin bedroom and double bedroom, bathroom with corner bath, shower, WC, linen and towels provided, kitchen/dining room with electric double oven, gas hob, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine and fridge freezer, lounge with sofas, widescreen Freeview satellite TV, electric heater, WiFi available, sun lounge with seating, leading to patio with barbecue, private parking,
Coastal walks, beaches, Muncaster Castle, steam railway, Lake District, roman forts, quad biking, archery, horse riding, climbing, mountain biking.
At a glance
- Sleeps four between a double room and twin room, with room for a cot
- Pet-friendly (can accommodate one dog)
- St Bees is a popular holiday town with good local amenities, a sandy beach and promenade
- Ideally located for the Lake District and nearby towns of Whitehaven and Ravenglass
- St Bees Station offers easy travel between Barrow-in-Furness and Carlisle