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Harvey - The Holiday Carriage at Hayle
(formerly known as The St Ives Bay SK2)

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Self catering holiday cottage in Cornwall Harvey 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.

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!

There is a large garden and decks at each end. 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. To view our access statement, please click here.

Main corridor Bedroom compartment with cot Bedroom compartment with cot Traditional seating in the lounge Main corridor Kitchen

Harvey features:
  • Ample free parking on site
  • Enclosed garden with bbq
  • Two well equipped kitchen compartments with fridge, combination microwave oven, hob, toaster, kettle, etc
  • Two Lounge/dining/twin compartments with TV/dvd and CD/radio
  • Unlimited free broadband (beginning at the end of March 2015)
  • Two double bedrooms, one with an additional bunk above the bed.
  • Bunk room with 4 single beds; the bottom two bunks utilize the original seats and can be made into a makeshift double bed if needed.
  • Separate shower and toilet rooms (East End) plus and additional shower and toilet compartment (West End)
  • Wooden sun deck
  • Gas heated hot water and full central heating utilizing original radiators
  • Connection to mains services - drainage, water, electricity & gas (inclusive in our prices)
  • Our prices are for the accommodation (not per person) and are totally inclusive. Electricity, heating etc. is included as is the use of bed linen (duvets, covers, sheets etc) and towels.
For the full carriage inventory please see the Inventory Page.

Floor Plan
Harvey Holiday Carriage Floor Plan

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.

Fun for all the family

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.

Bird hide and playhouse

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.

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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?

We welcome children 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 (16) and Poppy (13) 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.

We welcome teenagers

We welcome dogs
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.

We welcome walkers 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.

We welcome cyclists
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 no trains overnight and there is a hedge of roses and clematis between the coach and the platform, to ensure privacy.

Holiday Planning
We have created an itinerary of our favourite holiday day trips from Hayle on our Hayle Town page.

Sk2 The center door is only opened when the coach is being cleaned Renting the whole carriage? Sixty feet of corridor! Photo by Law Turley SK2 By Night (and it does have blinds!) the bunk compartment - photo by Law Turley

Eco Friendly 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.

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Please Note
  • Changeover day for Harvey is normally Saturday. We can offer flexibility - if you'd rather have a different start day please call us.
  • The special deals, part weeks etc that we offer on the website can sometimes not be booked online. If this is the case then please call us on 01503 230783 or 07776 261 192.
  • Pets are welcome subject to our terms and conditions and payment of the appropiate fee of £20 per week per pet.
  • The price quoted during the booking process is for the East end of the carriage. To upgrade to include the whole coach costs only £120.

  • All carriages provide easy access to the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site We are inspected by Quality in Cornwall Railholiday is accredited by the SE Cornwall Tourist Association for our efforts towards sustainable tourism

    Thank you to Mike and Vicky from Cornwall for emailling this description of their holiday in Hayle in March 2013.

    Our journey began on a chilly Late March morning. After leaving the car at St Germans station, the closest to our Whitsand Bay cliff top home, we boarded the train West.

    The line, part of the Cornish Main Line, runs along the spine of Cornwall, including towns such as Liskeard, Lostwithel, and Bodmin Parkway, before heading into the old industrial heartland of Cornwall. Along the way you cross towering viaducts, such as Bolitho, Tregagle and Tresulgan and through Treverrin Tunnel at no less than 565 yards long. St. Austell, Par and Roche are set below the shadow of the Cornish Alps, huge slag heaps, testament to Cornwalls once dominance of the global china clay trade. Next, the chimney stacks of the old mine engine houses, between Cambourne and Redruth, point further to Cornwall’s once industrial heritage. Finally the train pulled into Hayle station, set just before the viaduct crossing the Hayle River. As we alighted, Harvey, the 1957 carriage came into to sight, tucked in behind a wooden fence on the Westbound line.

    We stayed in the East End of the carriage, each compartment converted to a different function, but still retaining many of the original features. Even though, set just behind Hayle station, there is little disturbance from either passing trains or other travellers. In fact the noise of the functioning station and line only adds to the authenticity of the experience. Hayle itself, is a short walk down the hill from the station, with local shops, pubs and resturants all nearby.

    We particularly enjoyed the Sunday lunch at the White Hart Hotel, an imposing building dating back to the 1860’s. Within a short walk along by the harbour you come out onto the Towans, part of a long sweeping sandy bay, stretching from Godrevy, with its iconic lighthouse, to Hawkes Point on the West side of the Hayle River. At the right stage of the tide you can walk it's length, with the often crashing Atlantic surf surging up the beach.

    A good day trip is to take the branch line from St.Erth to St.Ives, home of the Tate Gallery and Barbara Hepworths home, and if the inclination takes you a surfing lesson on Porthmeor Beach. Alternatively, a day spent on Harvey wouldn’t be a day wasted, listening to the passing trains, whilst picking through the wealth of reading material on board. The break was fantastic and my wife and I couldn’t recommend enough the opportunity to experience an unusual, yet rewarding holiday.

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