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TOAD Brake Van & Ammunition Wagon

both railway accommodations alongside
Converted TOAD Brake Van and Ammunition Wagon stay at Northiam with views over the working steam railway station
East Sussex, England

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Autumn/Winter Special promotional offer

TOAD Brake Van - 2 nights from £200 and 7 nights from £400

Ammunition Wagon - 2 nights from £150 / 7 nights from £300

New for 2018 GWR TOAD Brake Van for 2 guests, now ready for guests.

Also a converted railway ammunition wagon accommodation which comfortably sleeps 2 adults - plus 2 children if required - at Railway Retreats in Northiam.

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

The wagon started life as a War Department vehicle in 1944. Built by Charles Roberts & Co to an LNER design, although the LNER had stopped making timber under frames for their own wagons of this type in the early 1930's.

The Ammunition wagon includes a double bed, sofa bed, TV, en-suite shower room/wc, BBQ (charcoal not provided), fridge, kettle, sink, multiple power sockets & heating for those chilly winter months. Outside you will find an individual private garden with outdoor seating and a BBQ, offering a great place to relax overlooking the steam railway and surrounding Rother Valley.

Don't feel like cooking? Within 1/2 mile of the TOAD and Wagon 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.

The Ammunition wagon and TOAD Brake Van offer a fantastic base for your to explore the local area with plenty of activities to suit everybody.

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.

Kent and East Sussex Railway to complete the railway experience!

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

2 nights from £200 and full week stays for £500.

Railway Retreats also offer a train carriage convertion that sleeps 6, listed separately on QuirkyAccom.

Please click the Booking Enquiry link above to get in touch.

Room Types:

  • Family Rooms (2 Adults / 2 Kids)
  • Double Ensuite


  • Medium £85-£220

Nearest Airport: Gatwick


  • Car parking
  • Family friendly
Terraced seating with station view
elevated terrace overlooking station
ensuite bathroom facilities in Toad
the bedroom and entrance
compact space for 2 in Toad
dining area looking out over station
double bed in Toad
Double bed at the wagon
Brake van with terrace & station view
TOAD brake van for 2
kitchen with view
Beautiful views from the wagon
front view of the wagon
The Wagon
Ammunition Wagon
Van & Wagon alongside

Weekend in the Toad Wagon .
by Clifford Bird
on October 7, 2018
When we booked this we wanted a relaxing time away from the noise and busy life. This was just the ticket. When we arrived there was fresh bread ,biscuits,and milk in the fridge!The Toad break wagon is just amazing inside it has a fully fitted kitchen , a shower and a comfortable bedroom, when we stayed the evenings were a little chilly so we used the electric heaters. Relaxing on the bed watching the tv in the evening was nice too. There was no internet?
You really need a car if you stay here , although we walked to the pub in the day at night it’s not so good so take a torch ! There’s an Indian restaurant and a cafe a short walk away too. It’s very quiet here the sunsets are nice and you are surrounded by lovely countryside and the river is nearby too. It has a lovely raised balcony outside so in the summertime you can have a glass of wine and watch the trains go by. We had coffee in the morning out side it was lovely. It’s great for peace and quiet and for a base for visiting other places as we did.
Mild criticism is no free internet, apart from that its great. We will be back at some time in the future. Thank you.