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 £99/night
Converted pipe wagon offers a spacious and stylish accommodation overlooking the steam railway and surrounding Rother Valley.
East Sussex, England
  • Spacious carriage sleeps 4 in a double bedroom and bunk bed room in Northiam.
  • Cook up a storm in the fully equipped kitchen or cook al fresco on the BBQ.
  • Relax in front of the TV in the lounge or enjoy a drink at the picnic table taking in the views of the Rother Valley.
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Prices from £114/night
Large contemporary railway carriage set at Northiam steam railway station offers a unique stay for 2 couples or a family.
East Sussex, England
  • Converted newspaper van sleeps up to 5 guests in a double bedroom and bedroom with double and single bunk bed.
  • The open plan living area has a smart TV and picnic bench style dining table.
  • A fully equipped modern kitchen allows you to cook up a storm.
  • There is a family sized shower room with heated towel rail.
  • The carriage has full gas central heating so it suitable for all year round use.
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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
  • 1960's MK1 railway carriage sleeps up to 6 guests in 2 double bedrooms and 1 bunk bedroom.
  • The carriage has a fully fitted kitchen and open plan living area with countryside views.
  • Dine inside or al fresco on your elevated glass balcony.
  • The carriage benefits from gas central heating so is cosy all year round.
  • Located within Northiam Steam Railway Station, you can spot trains just 20ft away.
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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 £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 £102/night
Converted TOAD Brake Van stay at Northiam with views over the working steam railway station.
East Sussex, England
  • 1940's Brake Van has been loving restored and now sleeps 2 guests in a double bedroom with colourful en-suite in Northiam.
  • The van has a fitted kitchen and dining area with Freesat TV.
  • Enjoy the views from your elevated balcony over the Rother Valley.
  • Stay warm and cosy with full insulation, double glazing and heating.
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Prices from £90/night
Off grid train carriage on rural farmland with coastal views near Fraserburgh offers a romantic retreat for couples looking to reconnect.
Aberdeenshire, Scotland
  • Panoramic views across the Moray Firth from a vintage rail carriage that sleeps 2 adults plus space for 1 small child.
  • Off grid eco experience to enable you to reconnect with nature and your partner.
  • Cook on the wood burning stove or use the single gas stove if you are in a hurry.
  • Unique cable reel holds your eco WC with a vintage potty for nights when you don't want to venture outside.
  • Opportunity to spot dolphins.
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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 £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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