All aboard for a refreshing break in an original guard's van, elegantly restored to provide luxury countryside accommodation for four.
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathroom: 1
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights

Brockford Railway Sidings, found in the invigorating heart of Suffolk, consists of a two-acre site on which you’ll not only discover plenty of lush, wide open space surrounded by tranquil farmland and romantic country lanes, but also a selection of exquisitely restored, first-class railway accommodation!

Light, bright and lovely, the single-storey Guard’s Van comprises an original guard’s van, combined with a box wagon from the Mid Suffolk Light Railway to provide a stunning holiday home for up to four people.

Enter The Guard’s Van via steps that lead you to the carriage door. Step inside and feel immediately at home, with a warmly welcoming living and dining area that fully evokes that exhilarating feeling of chugging along the fresh countryside! Comfortably upholstered bench seats and wooden flooring add to the style and charm of the cheerfully decorated interior.

A well-equipped kitchen area will help you keep the railside buffet fully stocked, while a compact shower room is the perfect place to freshen up after a long day rambling through the countryside.

Enjoy your meals out in the open garden, complete with plenty of comfy furniture – why not linger awhile and watch the golden sunset disappearing over gently rustling trees? When it’s finally time to say goodnight, you’ll discover two perfectly appointed bedrooms – one double and one twin – both cosily furnished with freshly-dressed beds and boasting gloriously green views from their windows…what a wonderful way to wake up!

After a hearty breakfast accompanied by plenty of fresh coffee and lively conversation, it would surely be a shame not to venture out and explore the local area. Particularly when you’re surrounded by so much stunning countryside, with long lanes and fresh farmland that’s just begging to be rambled through, whether on two feet or two wheels.

If you’re worrying that you’ll be miles from anywhere in the countryside, there’s no need. Centrally located, The Guard’s Van is the ideal base for exploring all that Suffolk has to offer, with the picture-book village of Debenham just four miles away, and the charming village of Mendlesham even closer at just over a mile. If you haven’t had your fill of trains, why not pay a visit to the Mid Suffolk Railway Museum, where in summer you can take a trip on an authentic steam train?

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At a glance

  • Restored and renovated original guard’s van and station wagon, positioned with similar accommodation in the Brockford Railway Sidings site in Suffolk.
  • The Guard’s Van can be booked together with additional on-site accommodation, for groups of up to 25 people.
  • Parking is available on site. Pets and smoking are not permitted.
  • A welcome pack, linen and towels are included. From May-September you will have shared use of the owner’s heated indoor swimming pool, sauna and hot tub, located near the site.
  • Close to an array of local villages and cities with shops, bars, restaurants and attractions.


  • Family Friendly
  • Hot Tubs
  • Swimming Pools


Sleeps up to 4 people, double bedroom, two single beds, bedding & towels provided,  shower room, small kitchen, microwave, electric cooker, Freeview TV, Wifi, outdoor seating, welcome pack, parking.  

Local activities

Guests have use of indoor heated pool, sauna & hot tub of the owner, lakes, country parks, castles, golf, cycling, horse riding, birdwatching, festivals, museums, National Trust properties.

More information

Those yearning for a taste of city-style life can head to Cambridge for a relaxing punt on the river, or perhaps the award-winning market to be found in Bury St. Edmunds. Slightly further afield, you’ll find the city of Norwich, or how about stopping off at the coastal towns of Southwold or Dunwich for the day?

Of course, you may want to remain nice and close to your holiday home, and if you do you’re in for a treat, with the owner’s private heated swimming pool, sauna and hot tub all available during the summer months and located less than half a mile away!

So for a delightful break that’s as charmingly unique as it is rurally relaxing, book your tickets to Brockford Guard’s Van, pack up your sense of fun and get ready for some first-class holiday adventure!

Things to note

No pets permitted, no smoking, a cot is available on request basis.

Where you'll be staying

Nr Stowmarket, Suffolk

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