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TOAD Brake Van

Northiam, East Sussex, England

Converted TOAD Brake Van stay at Northiam with views over the working steam railway station.

The TOAD Brake Van offers a fantastic base for 2 to explore the local area with plenty of activities to suit everybody in this rural location at Northiam in the heart of East Sussex.

Designed and built in 1940 by the Great Western Railway, the van is fully insulated, heated and double glazed for cosy stays. There is a double bed, en-suite WC and shower facilities, a fitted kitchen and dining area, Freesat TV and an elevated balcony with panoramic view. There is an allocated parking space directly outside for Toad's guests.

Don't feel like cooking? Within 1/2 mile of the TOAD, you will find not 1 but 2 great places to eat, relax and enjoy the countryside. The Lime Wharf Cafe offers a great breakfast and lunch menu from Tapas to Burgers and fantastic BBQ and live band evenings most weekends! The White Hart has a great traditional pub menu to suit everybody, whether it's a chilly winters day sat by the open fire or a glorious summers evening soaking up the sunset from the beautiful pub garden.

Bodiam Boating station just 1/3 mile away offers kayaking and boat rides along the River Rother to Bodiam.

Rother Rides is a great way to see the countryside with their guided eBike tours.

Dixter House & Gardens offer fantastic house and garden tours.

Travel Kent and East Sussex steam railway to complete the railway experience!

There is a 2-night minimum stay. No pets.

Price for the TOAD brake van is £700 for a week stay and from £290-£355 for a short break. 

Also see Railway Retreats; a train carriage conversion that sleeps 6 and The Ammunition Wagon that sleeps 2-4- Both are listed separately on QuirkyAccom.

If you are interested in visiting to view steam trains please check train timetables before booking as the trains do not run everyday.

Room Types

Double Ensuite

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