Unusual Places to Stay - No Booking Fees

High Barn Heritage

Halstead, Essex, England

1880's railway carriage has been loving restored and offers a rural retreat for couples and families near Colchester.


Oct - Dec (excluding school holidays) for short breaks / 3 nights

£120 a night for midweek and £140 a night per weekend night.

10% off weekly stays from 6 Jan - Feb half term only £99 a night


Retreat to the Essex countryside and enjoy a stay in a restored 1880's Great Eastern Railways train carriage for 2+2 people near Halstead and Colchester.

The carriage offers home from home comfort with a double bedroom with balcony at one end of the carriage and a double sofa bed in the living area thus suiting a romantic stay for a couple or a family staycation. The carriage is cosy in winter with heating and cool in summer with full air conditioning.

The carriage comes complete with a living area with Freeview TV & DVD player, plus various board games for a spot of good old traditional entertainment. The kitchen and dining area has a combination microwave oven plus a fridge and even a slimline dishwasher! You can enjoy a stay here all year round with heating available for winter stays and air conditioning for summer visits.

Outside you can relax in the garden and enjoy the countryside views as far as the eye can see. Be sure to make use of the charcoal BBQ supplied and enjoy a spot of al fresco dining! Children will love the freedom of the meadow and delight in spotting some wildlife too, including pheasants and even deer! 

Locally you can enjoy a bike ride, a stroll through the countryside to one of the local pubs or a visit to the Norman Castle of Hedingham or the Roman town of Colchester. Why not complete your rail carriage stay with a ride on a working steam train at the Colne Valley Railway Museum or visit East Anglian Railway Museum both a short drive away - fun for all the family! 

There is a minimum 3 night break with Tuesday and Friday arrivals in low season (November until Easter). The rest of the year only weekly breaks are available with starting dates on Saturdays offered. 

£160 a night for short breaks and weekly rates from £110-£140 a night.

Please note: Due to covid, guests are asked to bring their own bedding and towels at this time. Due to the nature of the site and the constrains of the carriage (with steps and tight areas) it is not suitable for infants or young children (under 5 years). No pets are allowed also.

Room Types

Double Ensuite
Family Rooms

Nearest Airport/s

London Stansted