The Carriage at High Barn Heritage

A lovingly restored vintage train carriage, calmly secluded in a green North Essex village with scenic riverside walks almost on the doorstep.
  • Sleeps: 2 (+2)
  • Bedroom: 1
  • Bathroom: 1
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights

High Barn Heritage is dedicated to restoring unloved railway carriages, helping to breathe new life into them.

You’ll find their first project, The Carriage, nestled on the tranquil outskirts of Greenstead Green, a sleepy North Essex village close to the historic market town of Halstead.  

Imaginatively created from a former Great Eastern Railways carriage that harks back to the 1880s, and a 20th century freight box, the quirky holiday home is set on rails and sleepers and furnished in vintage style, so you’ll feel like you’re relaxing in a first-class train compartment from elegant times past!

Sleeping up to four guests, there’s a stylish double bedroom with ample storage space, and a comfy double sofa bed in the lounge, which is also home to a wall-mounted TV and DVD player for cosy evenings in.

Whip up buffet car snacks and three-course meals alike in the well-equipped kitchen, which features an electric hob and a microwave combination oven, along with that all-important holiday essential: a dishwasher!

Enjoy the fruits of your culinary labours at the polished wooden dining table, before heading through the patio doors on finer evenings to enjoy laughter-fuelled conversation over a post-dinner tipple. There’s a charcoal barbecue, too, in case you prefer a sizzling al fresco supper.

In fact, you’ll soon discover a wealth of outdoor space to enjoy, with decked areas on either side of the carriage that means you can savour glorious sunrises and jaw-dropping sunsets alike… as well as inquisitive visits from the neighbouring pheasants, deer, and diverse bird life.

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At a glance

  • A lovingly restored restored vintage train carriage, peacefully secluded on the outskirts of Greenstead Green, a North Essex village close to the market town of Halstead.
  • The self-contained carriage sleeps up to 4 guests, in a double bedroom and a full-sized double sofa bed in the living area.
  • There is ample outdoor space to enjoy, with decking on both sides of the carriage to welcome sunsets and sunrises alike. Look out for visits from the friendly neighbouring wildlife!
  • There is a selection of friendly pubs just two miles away, while a short drive will take you into historic Colchester, and a wealth of local attractions.


Lovingly restored vintage train carriage, sleeps 4 guests.  Single-storey, 400 sq ft.  7 steps into open plan living space with full sized sofa bed, wall-mounted TV/DVD player.  Kitchen with electric hob, microwave combination oven, toaster, kettle, dishwasher, fridge with ice box, dining table and 4 chairs.  Double bedroom with linen, chest of drawers, wardrobe space.  Shower room with WC, heated towel rail, hairdryer. Patio doors to private balcony and furnished decking, charcoal barbecue.  Air conditioning and heating throughout.  On site: laundry room with washing machine, iron, and ironing board.  Off-road parking for 2 cars.

Local Activities

Walking, cycling, pubs, restaurants, shops, market towns, historic sites, zoos, wildlife watching, steam trains, museums

More information

If you prefer eating out, you’ll find a selection of welcoming pubs just two miles away, or head into Halstead for a wider choice of bars and restaurants. The River Colne runs through the heart of this pretty town, which has also won many awards for its floral displays.

Slightly further afield lie the charms of historic Colchester, Britain’s oldest recorded town, and Braintree, which is home to a huge shopping village that will satisfy the most discerning browser!

But if you can’t get enough of carriage life, Colne Valley Railway will take you on a nostalgic steam train journey through the countryside.  

All that’s left to do is make your way back to your very own vintage railway retreat, and get ready to enjoy yet another perfect sunset.

Things to note

Pets and children under 5 are regrettably not permitted. Due to the steps required to access the carriage, it is not suitable for those with restricted mobility.

Where you'll be staying

Halstead, Essex

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