Hello, It’s Charlotte here. If you’ve read Part 1 of this blog, you’ll know that Annie and I visited some of our favourite quirky properties in the Midlands.


Railway Carriage stays


Coalport Station Holidays.

As soon as we arrived we realised we were somewhere special. Whilst we had seen many photos of the carriages, they hadn’t portrayed just how amazing the whole setting would be.

The two carriages, set next to the original station buildings and platforms, sit upon real railway tracks.

The main buildings date all the way back to 1861 when Coalport was part of the Severn Valley Line.

Views of carriages

Overlooking the river and surrounded by acres of private woodland walks owned and managed by Steve and Lisa, it’s a blissfully quiet setting and what’s amazing about Coalport Station is how well the past and the present are integrated.

The carriages are fully fitted with modern amenities whilst being nestled within the World Heritage site of the Ironbridge Gorge.


View of carriage stays


Annie and I stayed in carriage 2 and we were blown away by the luxury and spaciousness of it. With room to sleep 4, both bedrooms had their own bathrooms with whirlpool baths, there were TV’s in both bedrooms as well as the living room, and the kitchen was fully equipped.

It wouldn’t be the end of the world if you were rained in here! However, getting out and about, the woodland walks took you right into nature, with plenty of wildlife to be seen and there’s a pub and river a stone’s throw away.


Countryside views

Steve and Lisa were incredibly hospitable, and we felt very welcome during our stay at Coalport Station Holidays – we did not want to leave! Thank you so much to you both. 

Thank you so much for reading! Follow our adventure in Part 3 of our Quirky Midlands Tour.


Browse all railway carriage stays or take a look at the selection below!

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Prices from £100/night
Historic coach offers a tranquil stay with train line and Bodiam Castle views in the High Weald AONB.
East Sussex, England
  • Historic coach sleeps up to 5 guests (age 12+) in Bodiam Station with views of the Kent & East Sussex Railway.
  • Relax in your cosy living area or head outside to the terrace and take in the surrounding countryside.
  • There is a fully equipped kitchen and BBQ for cooking al fresco.
  • Bodiam Castle is just a short trip away and well worth a visit.
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Prices from £120/night
Beautiful vintage railway carriage with modern comforts, located in the heart of the countryside at Eardisley, not far from Hay on Wye.
Herefordshire, England
  • Enjoy a private country setting with views and a wonderfully restored vintage Victorian railway carriage on the inside.
  • Great for a couple in a double bed - and 2 children can be added in bunk beds.
  • Lots of original features within the carriage for you to enjoy.
  • Not far from the City of Hereford and the 'town of books' at Hay on Wye.
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Prices from £100/night
Former railway carriage now offers a lovely staycation near the city of York, perfect for families and their dogs!
North Yorkshire, England
  • Converted railway carriage that sleeps 2+2 in a double bedroom and bunk bed room just south of the city of York.
  • Inside the carriage there is a open plan living and dining area with fully fitted kitchen plus a family sized shower room.
  • The carriage has heating and air conditioning so can be enjoyed all year round.
  • Outside you can relax on your private decking, the perfect place to enjoy a morning cuppa or late night tipple.
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Prices from £72/night
Historic Salt Van set at Northiam steam railway station offers a quirky stay in the beautiful High Weald area of natural beauty.
East Sussex, England
“I was really impressed immediately by the clean, modern and fresh interior of the carriage. No clutter, clean lines.Check out the steam train times or you can enjoy train journeys to coastal towns. There is a watersport centre on the river closeby and plenty to do in all directions.A great escape for couples or small families with a lovely garden area for al fresco dining.  CEO Jess' visit on 22nd February during The Quirk...”

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Prices from £107/night
First Class!! Former loading bay with Hot Tub, set in pretty rural setting, near The City of York.
North Yorkshire, England
  • Converted loading bay offers a stylish stay for 2 guests with private hot tub half an hour from York.
  • Inside there is an open plan ground floor with living and dining area and well equipped kitchen, plus your master bedroom with en-suite.
  • There is also a mezzanine level where you can sit back and relax with a good book, do some yoga or simply enjoy the views.
  • On site you can enjoy a game of badminton or swing ball.
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Prices from £93/night
This 100 year old Victorian Carriage, restored with love, will take you back in time to a bygone era. Near Bridport.
Dorset, England
  • Step back in time at this restored Victorian train carriage that sleeps 2 on a sofa bed plus 2 in single beds in a separate living van near Beaminster.
  • Inside the carriage is a well equipped kitchenette, dining table and heating to keep you warm and cosy.
  • There is a traditional Victorian toilet and sink on board plus a modern electric shower.
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Prices from £90/night
Luxuriously refurbished railway carriage accommodation in Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site.
Shropshire, England
  • Stay in a renovated railway carriage with fully equipped lounge/kitchen/diners.
  • Set in two acres of beautiful woodland.
  • Plenty of things to do in the local area.
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Prices from £125/night
Unique railway carriage accommodation set in a working steam railway station nestled at Northiam. Great for a family, or 2 couples - can sleep up to 6.
East Sussex, England
“Named after its colouring and once a diner car this has been converted to make a comfortable family staycation with outdoor dining area.Check out the steam train times or you can enjoy train journeys to coastal towns. There is a watersport centre on the river nearby and plenty to do in all directions.CEO Jess' visit on 22nd February during The Quirky Tour 2023”

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Prices from £81/night
Spacious railway carriage close to the city of York offers a great place for fun for all the family. Dogs welcome.
North Yorkshire, England
  • Converted railway carriage that can sleep up to 4 guests in a double bedroom and bunk beds near Skipwith.
  • There is a spacious living area, separate dining area, modern kitchen facilities and good size shower room.
  • The carriage has central heating and air-conditioning so great for holidays all year round.
  • Relax on your decked platform with your favourite tipple taking in the rural views.



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