Millpool’s open plan design gives it a feeling of light and space. The views over the surrounding countryside are magnificent. Millpool is packed with original railway features, from picnic basket signs, to cast iron luggage racks and brass match strikers.
Millpool is fully accessible accommodation. You don’t have to be in a wheelchair to enjoy Millpool, but if you are you will find everything to suit your needs. Although Millpool has been designed with accessibility in mind it is completely suitable for the able bodied too. We have worked hard to ensure that it is practical without being clinical and that it retains its unique railway carriage character. Click here to see our Access Statement.
Millpool Floor Plan
Millpool measures approximately 31 feet by 8 feet (9.4m x 2.2m) and offers the
following facilities :
The location - some practicalities
The railway station at St Germans was built in 1858 to a design by Brunel on the main Great Western Railway line between London and Penzance. Although the railway station building is now lived in by your hosts, the platform is still in use - served by over 20 stopping trains per day including several High Speed Trains affording direct travel to and from London. Access to the Up (London) bound platform is step free and is approximately 50m. However the Down (West) bound platform requires crossing the footbridge or going via the step free pavement, a distance of approximately 400m. The St Germans Rail Users group produce a Train Timetable for St Germans - or you can "like" St Germans Rail Users Group on Facebook for the latest news and up to date information.
Millpool was built by the GWR at Swindon in 1897. It is a 31 foot Brake Third with 3 third class compartments and a guard’s compartment complete with duckets (a ducket protrudes beyond the normal profile of the train and has narrow windows so that the guard could sit in it and look along the train without putting his head out of the window).
St Germans is a small village in south east Cornwall on the banks of the Lynher estuary, 4 miles inland from the south coast. It grew around a priory dating from 937AD, parts of which became incorporated into the nationally renowned Parish Church and the Grade 1 listed Port Eliot house. The old part of the village (which includes the railway station) is designated as a Conservation Area and the surrounding countryside is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The estuary is recognised as a good bird habitat by several Site of Special Scientific Interest areas.
The village pub, The Eliot Arms, (01503 232733) serves Cornish ales and excellent food.
Beside the Eliot Arms is the St Germans Community Shop and Post Office a general store with an excellent range of stock including food, household supplies, newspapers and magazines, local products, alcohol and tobacco amongst other things. It is open 7 days a week: Mon to Fri 8am to 1pm and 3pm to 6pm; Sat and Sun 8am to midday. The shop's telephone number is 01503 232887.
For more on the village, visit our St Germans Village page or for more on the local area visit our St Germans Area page. For holiday planning ideas try our Things To Do page.
Guests also have the use of ten acres of private woodland 400m distant. This is step free but at present unfortunately requires some "off road" capabilities!
Out and about - while staying at Millpool here are a few recommendations specifically for places that will be suited to wheelchair users. For a comprehensive list of other suggestions please use the Explore button at the top of this page. This section is in progess and we hope to add more soon.
Anthony’s Taxis, our own village taxi service, has a specially adapted car that will accommodate a wheelchair and up to seven people. Anthony is very friendly and helpful. His number is 07788 900222.
GWR is our local train provider and offer an assisted travel service at GWR assisted travel page. They can be contacted by phone on 0800 197 1329 (06:00 to 23:00), or by using type talk on 18001 0800 197 1329.
Although neither of the eating options in the village is completely wheelchair friendly Scholars will deliver food on china plates to Millpool for no extra cost, and their chef is very good. The Eliot Arms is accessible for those with limited mobility (you can get a wheelchair in, but there is no accessible toilet, although the toilets are on a level).
On Mondays a fish and chip van comes to the village and parks in the car park beside the village hall. They are there from 12 until 7pm.
Kernow Mill at Trerulefoot, less than two miles away, offers a fully accessible experience, with cafe and shop. Also at Trerulefoot is the American Diner Route 38. Friendly service, massive portions. There is disabled access and space in the restaurant for wheelchairs. The manager comments "Our toilets can accommodate wheelchair users but are not a disabled facility, but this is coming in the next building phase." So presumably some help may be needed to use the toilets. We will endeavour to find out more when we visit next.
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