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.
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it had been since being withdrawn from service in August 1932.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 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.
The van measures 24 feet by 8 feet and offers the following facilities :
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.
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.
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 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
An addition to our OLV Visitors Book. Thank you Chrissy, Dane and Jay!
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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
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