The Railway Carriage at Lavender Hill

England / Williton, Somerset
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With an idyllic trackside location on the West Somerset Steam Railway, the Railway Carriage is the perfect escape for children, trainspotters, and everyone in between!

In a shade of gorgeous green, the Railway Carriage is a large replica brake van (just think of Toad in Thomas the Tank Engine...) but now offers unforgettable accommodation for up to four people.  Magical for young families or a romantic break for two, this perfectly packaged carriage has everything you need for a special self-catering stay in the countryside.

Set against the backdrop of the magnificent Quantock Hills and surrounded by fields and woodland, the Railway Carriage sits a matter of metres from the historic railway track. Marvel at majestic steam trains as they roll on under the nearby railway bridge - all from your pretty garden or the comfort of your carriage!

Inside, the Railway Carriage has been perfectly designed to incorporate a whole home in this single brake van.  As you enter into the long hallway, you'll find four doors that take you into each of the beautifully appointed rooms.

The door to your left enters into the sunlit open-plan living area and kitchen, finished in a modern, country style.  Relax back on one of the comfortable leather sofas to enjoy views of the railway, or gather the family round for a good film on the large, flat-screen television.

The wooden dining table with fitted benches and chairs is large enough for everyone to enjoy lazy breakfasts or long dinners together, while the fully fitted kitchen offers style and practicality in spades.  A fridge-freezer, a gas hob and electric oven, and even a dishwasher and washer-dryer, make self-catering a pleasure in this lovely space.

A set of double doors take you out to the veranda, complete with table and chairs, and conveniently shaded by the brake van's original roof!  From here, you can enjoy your petite garden and, of course, your own private hot tub.  Unwind in the jets, count the stars above, and listen to the sounds of the countryside, for a truly heavenly evening.

The bedrooms, both with views of the railway line, are set at the opposite end of the carriage.  The first - a king-size room with traditional fitted wardrobes - offers a peaceful place to lay your head.  Curl up in the soft duvet and sleep soundly all night long on your Egyptian cotton sheets.  The second bedroom offers twin beds, and is perfect for both children or adults.  The wardrobe is large enough for all your bits and bobs, and the quirky postage stamp curtains and cushions add a memorable splash of character.

The tasteful family bathroom comes with a large bathtub for relaxing soaks, and a shower overhead.  And don't forget to check out the original Great Western Railway toilet sign - great fun!

To make your stay extra special, why not order a delicious breakfast box, roasting joint, or bottle of prosecco?  You can also organise a relaxing spa treatment from the comfort of the Railway Carriage, or even arrange in-carriage catering for a special night in.

If you manage to drag yourself from your cosy carriage, there's much for both young and old to enjoy in the local area.  Of course, there's a ride on the West Somerset Railway (don't forget to look out for the Railway Carriage!), as well the local attractions of Cheddar Gorge, Wookey Hole, and the Haynes International Motor Museum to visit.  And there's loads for the kids here, from Tropiquaria to Bristol Zoo.  Take things easy in one of the excellent local pubs, and enjoy everything from fine dining to home-cooked comforts in one of the many superb restaurants.

Whatever you get up to during your visit, one thing's for sure - at the end of your time in the Railway Carriage, you'll have made some amazing memories to treasure.  So climb aboard and get ready for a wonderful stay!

Things to note

Minimum booking period is either a three night weekend break- Friday to Monday or a four night midweek break Monday to Friday. Friday to Friday full week breaks also available.

One dog permitted by prior arrangement, some local produce is included free, check in is 16:00, catering packages are available, see website for details. 

Tried and tested

"Quirky, Luxurious, Comfortable and a perfect location for a special birthday weekend - the steam trains are the icing on the cake!!"
Matt and Tanya, Brighton

"I am a self confessed stream fan as our our two sons so a week at The Railway Carriage has been our best family holiday ever- thanks so much and see you next year!!"
The Abbot family, Wigan

"Our weekend here has been amazing- the trains are totally unique- to experience them at close hand is utterly wonderful and the carriage itself provides a luxurious home form home experience in a wonderful part of our countryside"
Peggy, Dom, Mark and Emily and Bessie the labradoodle

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The basics

Region: Williton, Somerset
Cost (from): £395 (low season short break)
Sleeps: 4
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Minimum stay: 3 nights (weekends)
Property ref: 244

Facilities

Sleeps up to 4 plus one infant, king-size bedroom, twin bedroom, bedding, towels & bathrobes provided, private bathroom, bathtub, shower, fully equipped kitchen, electric oven, gas hob, dishwasher, washer/dryer, fridge freezer, kitchen/diner, lounge,  plasma FreeSat TV, DVD player, WiFi, verandah, private hot tub.

Local activities

West Somerset railway, Cheddar gorge, caves, motor museum, beaches nearby, adventure/animal park, science centre, cycling, walking, hiking, fishing, safaris, golf, hot air ballooning, 4x4 driving days.

At a glance

  • Large replica brake van offering unique self-catering accommodation, just metres from West Somerset Steam Railway line
  • Sleeps 4 (1 king-size room, 1 twin room)
  • Country-style décor, with oak floors and beautiful furnishings throughout
  • Private garden with hot tub
  • Gorgeous surroundings, overlooked by Quantock Hills
  • Excellent range of attractions and things to do in local area
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