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A fully disabled accessible self catering holiday carriage in St Germans, SE Cornwall

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).

Please note that 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 railway carriage character.

Millpool Floor Plan
Millpool Floor Plan

Millpool measures approximately 31 feet by 8 feet (9.4m x 2.2m) and offers the following facilities :

  • Will sleeps a maximum of 3, but is designed for parties of 2
  • Galley kitchen with fridge, hob and oven with microwave and grill
  • Lounge diner with TV/DVD/CD, digital radio, single sofa bed and riser chair which can be removed to create more wheelchair space
  • Wet room with toilet, shower, washbasin and shaver socket
  • Bedroom with option of single adjustable bed or conventional double bed
  • Wireless and wired free broadband internet access
  • Ample hot water and central heating from our biomass boiler with electrical backup
  • Enclosed patio and garden area with seating and BBQ facilities
  • Free on-site car parking space
  • Laundry facilities and deep freeze
  • Pets welcome by prior arrangement
  • Please see the Inventory for what’s in the carriage
  • All energy, water, linen and towels included in the price

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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. It was started on January the 8th 2018 and I hope to have a comprehensive listing by the end of the week.


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.

Eating Out
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.

Days Out
Mount Edgecumbe Country House and Estate - Beautiful gardens, accessible cafes and house with lift facility.
Countryside Mobility - This brilliant scheme has Trampers and other mobility aids at some of the most scenic locations in the country, including Mount Edgecumbe (above). Click on the links for sites in Cornwall and Devon.
The National Trust has plenty of wheelchair friendly places to visit. We recommend going to Lanhydrock or Cotehele.
Seaton Country Park and beach is a great place to spend time. There is parking adjacent to the beach and lovely walks through the park on hard surface, as well as toilets. As a bonus during the summer you should find the bright pink Travelling Diner van serving food too. Disabled toilets are at the entry to the park.

Do you have any recommendations for wheelchair friendly places to visit to add to our list? Please email us with your suggestions. Thank you.

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.

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.

Eliot Arms pubThe village pub, The Eliot Arms, (01503 232733) serves Cornish ales and excellent food.

St. Germans Community ShopBeside 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!

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Notes When Booking

  • Changeover days for Millpool are normally Friday for week stays and Monday and Friday for short breaks.
  • 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.
  • We are very happy to take your booking over the phone if you prefer. Just give us a ring on the above numbers.
  • Pets are welcome subject to our terms and conditions and payment of the appropiate fee of £20 per week per pet.
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