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The Old Luggage Van holiday carriage
St Germans, Cornwall

Escape to another Age quirky accommodation

The Old Luggage Van Journey to the past without leaving home comforts behind! Our pet friendly, award winning Old Luggage Van is located in an enclosed garden adjoining the station platform at St Germans, in South East Cornwall, UK. Great views of trains on the adjacent GWR Plymouth to Penzance main railway line make it perfect for rail enthusiasts or as a romantic getaway for couples.

In an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Special Scientific Interest, The Old Luggage Van is a great base for your bird watching, cycling or walking holiday. We include lots of books on walking in the carriage, and the coast path is only a short bus ride away. The wood burner keeps the carriage cosy throughout the colder months (or you can use the electric heating) and all fuel is provided.

Escape to another AgePassenger Luggage Van No. 1353 went into service in December 1896 having been built for the London and South Western Railway (LSWR) at Eastleigh. It was recovered from a site at Wadebridge, Cornwall in 1995 where it had been since being withdrawn from service in August 1932. It is now mounted on a reconstruction of the original chassis and has been restored externally to the original colour scheme.

Escape to another AgeThe inside has been sympathetically converted into a cosy holiday home that even those that aren't madcap rail enthusiasts love.

The railway station at St Germans was built in 1858 to a design by Brunel. Although the main railway station building is now lived in by your hosts, the platform is still in use - served by over 20 stopping trains per day.

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.

Guests also have the use of ten acres of private woodland just ten minutes walk away.

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Old Luggage Van floor plan

The van measures 24 feet by 8 feet and offers the following facilities :

  • Flushing toilet with washbasin and shaver socket
  • Shower room
  • Galley kitchen with fridge, hob and microwave with convection oven
  • Lounge diner with TV/DVD and hi-fi, fireside chairs and wood burning stove c/w kettle
  • Wireless and wired free broadband internet access
  • Double bedroom
  • Ample electric heating. All logs and electricity are included in holiday price.
  • Enclosed garden area with seating and BBQ facilities
  • Free on-site car parking space
  • Laundry facilities and deep freeze
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We welcome walkerswe care for the environment We welcome pets

Pets are welcome by prior arrangement. If you're looking for somewhere to stay in St Germans close to Port Eliot, the quirky and cosy Old Luggage Van is the perfect place - only five minutes walk away, with your own garden to relax in and ten acres of woodland to enjoy. For more on the local area visit St Germans Area.

a woodland holiday

Short breaks are offered between November and March, then twelve weeks before the holiday start date at other times of the year. If you can’t find what you want on our online booking page, then do please call Lizzy on 07776 261192.

Click on the image below to visit the OLV Gallery for more internal and external pictures of the Luggage Van.

Old Luggage Van panorama

The Eliot Arms in St. Germans St Germans is a small village with a population of 600. Only 400 metres, or five minutes walk away, from the Old Luggage Van is a great village pub, The Eliot Arms, (01503 232733 - Open 11am-last orders) serving Cornish ales and excellent food all day. St. Germans Community Shop

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 8am to 2pm; Sun 8am to midday. The Post Office is open from Monday to Saturday between 8am and midday. The shop's telephone number is 01503 232887.

For much more information on St Germans and the environs, please visit our St Germans page

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OLV Visitor Book - June 2011
An addition to our OLV Visitors Book. Thank you Chrissy, Dane and Jay!

Steam trains through Cornwall pass occassionally railway carriage lounge

For maps and aerial photos try the St Germans Area page or for holiday planning ideas go to the Things To Do page

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...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...

How to light the stove in the Luggage Van, by Eric Goldsworthy. Our top tip; use part burnt logs to start the fire as they burn really well. We find half a fire lighter to be plenty when used with kindling and charcoalised wood.

Notes When Booking

  • Changeover days for The Old Luggage Van are normally Friday for week stays and Monday and Friday for short breaks. 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.
  • 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.
  • Award winners for Sustainable Tourism and Wildlife in the 2015 Visit Cornwall awards Award winners for Sustainable Tourism and Wildlife in the 2015 Visit Cornwall awardsGold for sustainable tourism in the 2016 South West Tourism AwardsCornwall Sustainability Awards Best Managed Small BusinessAward winners for Sustainable Tourism and Wildlife in the 2015 Visit Cornwall awards

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