The Old Luggage Van - St Germans, Cornwall
The Old Luggage Van updates the camping coach tradition by offering quality self catering holiday accommodation sleeping up to two people, with a double bedroom and a woodburning stove. It is located on a delightful site adjoining the station platform at St Germans, in South East Cornwall, UK. There are good views of passing trains on the adjacent GWR Plymouth to Penzance main line. In an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Special Scientific Interest, The Old Luggage Van makes the perfect 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 woodburning stove keeps the carriage cosy throughout the colder months and all fuel is provided.
Passenger 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 It was recovered from a site at Wadebridge, Cornwall in 1995 where it had been since being withdrawn from service in August 1932.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. The inside has been sympathetically converted into wonderful, cosy holiday accommodation 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 visit their websitefor current timetables and information. Guests also have the use of ten acres of private woodland.
The van measures 24 feet by 8 feet and offers the following facilities :
Visit the OLV Gallery for full internal and external pictures of the Luggage Van.
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.
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 4pm; 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
An addition to our OLV Visitors Book. Thank you Chrissy, Dane and Jay!
For maps and aerial photos try the St Germans Area page or for holiday planning ideas go to the Things To Do page
A look at life in the Luggage Van, by Eric Goldsworthy
Notes When Booking
South East Cornwall Tourism Association inspected member
SECTA Green Acorn Award in recognition of our contribution to sustainable tourism and our commitment to the environment
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