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TOAD Brake Van & Ammunition Wagon

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

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

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, a 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 Ammunition 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 1930s. It 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. This can therefore be a romantic retreat for 2 or a great base for a family of 4 people. 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.

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 ranges from £525 - £595 for a week stay and from £240-£300 for a short break. Price for the Ammunition Wagon ranges from £395 -£495 for a week stay and from £180 - £240 for a short break. 

Also see Railway Retreats; a train carriage conversion that sleeps 6 that is listed separately on QuirkyAccom.




Room Types

Double Ensuite
Family Rooms

Nearest Airport/s

Gatwick