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The Tamar Belle

Yelverton, Devon, England
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Train carriage accommodation, with or without meals, at Bere Ferrers Station. Visitor centre for rail enthusiasts

In the heart of the rural Tamar Valley, sandwiched between Devon and Cornwall, lies the Bere Peninsula. Bounded to the east by the river Tavy and on the west by the Tamar, this tranquil corner of south-west England is home to the Tamar Belle Railway Heritage Centre.

Bere Ferrers station once echoed to the roar of mainline steam trains on the Southern Railway route connecting Plymouth to London but is now a stop on the Tamar Valley branch line running from Plymouth to Bere Alston, Calstock and Gunnislake.

The Tamar Belle offers a nostalgic step back in time for visitors. You can stay in comfortable restored sleeping car accommodation, sample the cuisine in the dining car, browse the exhibits in the heritage centre, visit the signal box and enjoy the demonstrations of railway working.

For those who wish to leave the car behind, the regular service to Bere Ferrers station links to Plymouth and the main London-Penzance railway.

Rebuilt to modern standards with heating and insulation enabling all year round occupancy, the ex-LNER teak Corridor Carriages provide compartments with double bed and ensuite WC/bath or twin beds with WC/basin. Combined units interconnect to accommodate families. Alternatively, a day lounge can be arranged. Each suite has personal tea and coffee making facilities.

Bed & Breakfast is offered at £25 per person per night. A 4/5 course evening dinner can be included for an additional £35, with a reduction for children. Accommodation only - a double bed, en-suite, lounge/diner and galley - is £20 per person per night. Weekly discounts possible.

Room Types

Double Ensuite
Twin
Family Rooms
Interconnecting Rooms

Nearest Airport/s

Plymouth / Exeter