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

Well, here we are approaching October 17 and we are pleased to report that Millpool is approaching the finishing straits. It has taken much longer than originally anticipated, mainly because Dave will insist on doing everything properly! When we removed the cladding to insulate inside the walls we discovered the frame was very rotten, so it all had to be taken apart and remade, with hand carved sweet chestnut from our own woodland. Likewise the doors were rebuilt using reclaimed oak. So all those bits that can’t be seen are carefully constructed micro masterpieces. And we won’t mention the months of paint stripping... (Thank you John!).

However now we have moved onto fitting out the interior and landscaping, work is moving apace. As I write on the 15th September, all the partitions are complete, we have curtain rails (the curtains have were ordered a few months ago and are being handmade in the village), a smart wet room and the kitchen is underway. Lizzy is painting a mural for the bathroom windows and we are looking forward to the next few weeks as the finishing touches are completed.

Our vision for this coach is to provide a fully wheelchair accessible holiday carriage with provision for those with impaired hearing and vision. There will be a dedicated car parking space adjacent to the carriage with level, step free access to the accommodation. The accessible patio and sensory garden has a view over rolling hills. MillpoolThe carriage will be equipped to the Visit England M3I, V1 and H1 National Accessibility Scheme standards. For more information on the carriages accessiblity please view our access statement. Millpool can be booked now either online or over the phone for holidays starting from the end of October 2017.

Millpool was built by the GWR at Swindon in 1897. It is a 31 foot Brake Third with 3 third class compartments and a gaurds compartment complete with duckets (a ducket protrudes beyond the normal profile of the train and has narrow windows so that the gaurd could sit in it and look along the train without putting his head out of the window).

In the longer term Gorseblossom, the coach next to Millpool will have a wheelchair accessible lounge/diner, so it will be possible to rent the carriages together for larger parties of mixed mobilities. 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 :

  • Sleeps a maximum of 3
  • Galley kitchen with fridge, hob and oven with microwave and grill
  • Lounge diner with TV/DVD/CD, digital radio, single sofa bed and option of riser chair or 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

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 8am to 2pm; 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!

...Book your holiday on-line NOW !!! Just click on your holiday start date in the calendar below and you will have your holiday booked in minutes. If you prefer, we are very happy to accept telephone bookings at any time on 01503 230783...

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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