- Property code: GWRCOA
- Changeover day: Friday
- Access statement available
- Near beach
- Parking (see description for details)
- Nearby pub or restaurant
- Nearby shop
For those wanting a different holiday, reminiscent of the great seaside holidays of the 1950’s here’s an opportunity to climb aboard a recently refurbished 100-year-old Great Western Railway camping coach. Located in a quiet siding at the Blue Anchor station on the West Somerset Railway line, a short stroll from the long, wide sand and shingle beach, guests can experience the authenticity and carefree days of the GWR camping coach holidays, but with the advantage of modern facilities.
Blue Anchor station is part of the picturesque West Somerset Steam Railway, where families and steam enthusiasts can enjoy the nostalgia of a bygone era of travel as well as involve themselves in the many themed events scheduled throughout the year (see their website for details).
Sleeping 6, this comfortable carriage, presented in a classic seaside style is ideally placed to explore West Somerset, North Devon and Exmoor, including Dunster Castle, Porlock, Doniford fossil beach as well as Lynton and Lynmouth. Jump on the steam train and puff your way along a beautiful stretch of coastline to the seaside town of Minehead with all its attractions. Other places of interest include the ancient small harbour town of Watchet, Cleeve Abbey, the Bakelite Museum and some of the best cream tea places in Britain. Nearby there’s a small seasonal shop selling the basics, 2 pubs serving food and drinks and the Driftwood café, serrving delicious fresh cooked meals, including local fish, teas and cakes is a short walk away. Minehead, with all the amenities of a seaside town and its sandy beach is a short drive away.
Very Important: The Camping Coach is located on a siding on a working railway. For your own safety, please do not stray onto the railway and please make sure that young children are supervised at all times, especially if they leave the immediate area of the carriage. It is VERY strongly advised NOT to crawl under the carriage as you will almost certainly bump something. Also, always take care on the stairs up to the carriage. Neither the owners or Toad Hall Cottages will be held responsible for the safety of anyone not obeying these simple rules.
Accommodation: Steps up to the carriage doors. Living area with dining table and seating for 6. Comfortable seating area with sofas and armchairs with Freesat TV and DVD. Galley kitchen with electric cooker, fridge with icebox, dishwasher and microwave. Passageway leading to the three bedrooms; 2 twin bedrooms and 1 bunk bedroom, each with 2ft 6in beds. Shower room with walk in electric shower, hand basin and WC.
No real outside seating space, although the step platform is a nice place to sit and catch the sun. Steps lead down to parking area.
Parking: Parking area beside carriage, not designated.
Please Note. During West Somerset Railway attractions (see their website) parking will become restricted, but there will always be parking available on the coastal road, not far from the carriage.
- Included: Bed linen, towels, electricity and electric heating (panel heater in living area, plinth fan heaters in kitchen and fan heaters in bedrooms). Wi-Fi.
- Telephone: No landline telephone available however mobile reception is good.
- Local facilities: Beach a short stroll away. Two pubs, café and seasonal shop all close by. Minehead with all facilities 6 miles.
The railway was a joy....we shall return
We very much enjoyed our stay only marred by the absence of steam trains due to maintenance required at the location. We will book again if we can fit into any of the slots still available this year.
Loved our golden wedding celebration . On our own in a such a beautiful carriage. So handy for the trains ????. Something we had never done in 50 years ha ha . Perfection. Would fully recommend the experience. Hope to return again.
Yes, had a lovely relaxing time.
Initial wi-fi problems but sorted. Absolutely fantastic place- even 17 year old lad enjoyed it-high praise. Good breakfast at Driftwood Café. Great real ale and food at Blue Anchor Inn- well worth the long walk. Thoroughly recommended
We had a wonderful time - left some other comments in the carriage
Everything fantastic, As we were on public transport it was very good to see the tea and coffee supplied as there are no shops nearby
We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your stay and thank you for your comments. For your information there is a small shop nearby whereby you can purchase basics. We hope to welcome you back to the Railway Carriage again soon!
- The Toad Hall Team