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Holiday off the rails: 7 railway-themed retreats

A unique selection of converted carriages, former train stations and breaks on relaxing railway routes

Holiday off the rails: 7 railway-themed retreats
Railway Carriage One near Stowmarket, Suffolk | Photos: Courtesy of

Salts Cottage, Saltaire, Yorkshire

Enjoy a trip out of time at Salts Cottage, located in the UNESCO World Heritage Site and Victorian model village of Saltaire.

Visit the stunning Salt’s Mill to admire David Hockney’s paintings before catching a train to Leeds for a little more vibrancy.

Southern Bell, Hampshire

A railway break with a difference, this gorgeous beach front property is part-made from two converted railway carriages.

Step out of your private gate and onto the pebble beach where you can enjoy windsurfing, sailing or leisurely walks along the beach.

Platform Three at Station House, Worcestershire

A perfect place to watch the trains go by, Platform Three is a stunning property on a working line. The interior decoration has been inspired by the London Underground.

Once you step out, you can visit London Paddington, Birmingham New Street and Hereford from the Malvern Link Railway Station.

The Signal Box, Devon

Set on the route of the former Great Western Railway ’Primrose Line’, this lovely rural retreat offers beautiful views through the trees and across the river to the valley beyond.

There are four acres of outdoor space to explore plus loads of comfort for up to four guests and two pets.

Station House, near Scarborough

Station House has been converted into four separate apartments, sleeping between two and four guests.

Enjoy the relaxing tranquillity of village life (Wordsworth was married in the church) or take a steam train on the North York Moors Railway – only eight miles away.

Railway Carriage One near Stowmarket, Suffolk

Choose from three converted carriages and a station house at this unique and beautiful holiday location.

Railway Carriage One allows you to ‘travel’ in complete comfort. Enjoy using the owner’s swimming pool, which is heated throughout summer, and there’s a hot tub and sauna to ease you into holiday mode.

Cliff Railway, Aberystwyth, Cardigan/Ceredigion

A stay at this lovely welsh apartment gives you free unlimited access to the Aberystwyth cliff railway where you can enjoy uninterrupted views of the coast.

There’s also a cafe selling delicious meals, homemade snacks and cakes at the top, so it’s good for all but the waistline!

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Words: Ben Webster,

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