Harvey of Hayle
sits in a lovely big garden beside Hayle station on the Cornish main line, one stop away from the branch
line to St Ives and only a short walk from three miles of golden sands.
This 1950's corridor coach offers a real trip down memory lane, retaining lots of original British Rail features including lamp shades, luggage racks, mirrors, blinds and upholstery. Harvey is close to beaches, attractions and family friendly pubs and restaurants - you will find lots of interest for all ages by visiting our Hayle page.
Despite its size (8 feet wide, 65 feet long and 35 tons) Harvey is only let to one party at a time, but is divided in the centre lobby into two ends; East and West. The price quoted is for the East End only, which will sleep up to six (one double, four bunks). The West End can then be added for an additional £120 when booking, giving a further double bed and bunk. The floor plan is illustrated further down this page. There is a large garden and decks at each end.
For larger parties who don't mind all squashing in, both sitting rooms can be used for sleeping in, increasing the capacity to 13. However we would only recommend this if you really don't mind living like sardines!
For two couples or families holidaying together, Harvey can be divided into two separate self-contained lets by lockable sliding doors. We find our children and their friends love having their own space (and there are times a 'grown up' sitting room compartment is rather an enjoyable luxury!)
Pets are welcome. All our coaches are non smoking.
Because Harvey is a railway carriage and we have endeavoured to keep it as original as possible, there are constrictions of space which may make Harvey unsuitable for taller visitors. The compartments are all the same size, 190cm by 190cm. Please be aware that if you are very tall that the beds may be too short for comfort, as the matress is a standard double with no space to extend the feet beyond the end. For more details please see our Access Statement. For a pdf printable access statement, please click here.
At Railholiday we know how important the environment is to our guests, so offer holidays that are eco friendly. At Hayle this includes full recycling and composting facilities, green energy supply (Good Energy), £25 off if you arrive by public transport and a wild area for butterflies and birds. You can read more about our green record on our green page.
We are the proud winners of Visit England’s 2016 national Gold Award for Sustainable Tourism, and Harvey has a gold rating from the Green Tourism Business Scheme.
There is unlimited free broadband in Harvey. The following local cafes also have free wifi; Johnny’s Cafe a lovely vegetarian and vegan cafe that doubles up as a health food shop and Salt a funky bar serving food and offering live music in the evenings.
We love this photo taken by Poppie Montgomery of her holiday in May 2015. Visit the Harvey Gallery for more internal and external pictures of the carriage.
For maps, aerial photos and things to do, go to the Hayle Area page.
One of the highlights of Hayle is its outside space - so much den making potential and a chance to see birds nesting in the escallonia and foraging for hawthorn berries and rosehips. In the autumn there's a good sized bramble patch in the wild area and a bounteous apple tree.
New for 2014 in the wildlife garden is a campfire area with chestnut seats made from our own woodland and a recycled washing machine drum that acts as a brazier, keeping the fire contained - perfect for roasting marshmallows on a summer’s evening.
Inside the living space is compact and quirky - it is a 1950's railway carriage through and through. We made the decision not to remove any compartments and so there is no large living area, but for extended families Harvey is a great place as each party can have their own space. Teenagers and children will enjoy their separate sitting room and grandparents can be on hand but still have a place to retreat. And we're confident small children will love their signal box playhouse!
Who is Harvey suited to?
Families - As parents of (no longer quite so small) children we understand the importance of a stress free holiday, so we have made sure the enclosed site is safe by adding a high bolt to the exterior gate and have strived to make the carriage perfect for families by adding everything you'll need, from a high chair to toys, books and DVDs.
Our own children Walter (18) and Poppy (15) have always loved staying in Harvey - and bringing their friends to join them! With two separate lets that can be divided off, or made into one large space, Harvey offers the perfect solution for extended families or friends who'd like to holiday together but still have their own space. We love the video Poppy made of Harvey - please click on this link to watch it.
Dog lovers - Pets are welcome and have the run of over half an acre of enclosed garden. There are dog friendly beaches within walking distance, although the closest is only open to dogs between October and March. For listings of dog friendly pubs and beaches, please visit our Pet’s Page.
Couples - Although Harvey has room for larger parties, it is just as good for smaller ones, and many of our guests choose to only book the East End. You’ll still have sole occupancy of the carriage and garden - the West End will simply remain locked.
Many couples love to visit Harvey off season - the Hayle area has something for everyone all year round - marvellous spring gardens, summer festivals, autumn colours and bracing winter walks along the beach.
Walkers and Heritage buffs - Hayle is a centre for the World Heritage Cornish mining site and has lots of industrial heritage to explore, as well as being very close to the fascinating prehistoric settlements that pepper the Penwith area.
Catch an open top bus from Penzance around the Lands End area, visit Geevor, Lelant, Porthcurno and the Minack. Put on your boots and go for a yomp along the beautiful coastal footpaths or the many trails that crisscross the moors.
Bird watching is particularly popular in the Hayle area, on account of the estuary and the mild climate all year round.
Cyclists - There is a cycle shelter, Hayle Cycles, a local bike shop offering bike hire, just down the road and Harvey is only a few metres away from cycle route 3 and the coastal footpath.
Train mad boys and girls of all ages (and even those who aren't so enamoured!) - For the rail enthusiast we've put up a viewing tower, so you can see the trains. However there are very few trains overnight and there is a hedge of roses and clematis between the coach and the platform, to ensure privacy.
Wildlife Lovers - Harvey has a butterfly and herb garden, bird boxes, log piles and a wildlife area, so there's never any shortage of nature to watch. We are the proud winners of wildlife several awards, including the 2013-14 Visit Cornwall bronze award for Wildlife Friendly business practice.
Book your holiday on-line now. Just click on your start date in the calendar below and you will have your holiday booked in minutes. If you prefer, we are pleased to accept telephone bookings at any time on 01503 230783. Book consecutive weeks and get a £20 per week discount, thats a saving of £40 on a two week holiday.
Find out what our guests think on our Harvey Comments Page.
Find out what our guests think on our Harvey Comments Page.
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