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We have five holiday carriages in two sites, St Germans in South East Cornwall and Hayle in the far West of Cornwall. Guests at St Germans have access to ten acres of private woodland, while guests at Hayle have the benefit of over half an acre of formal and wild gardens. All our carriages are non smoking, and each has a good sized garden. Pets are welcome in all carriages except for Mevy. We are currently restoring other carriages in St Germans, including a royal saloon designed for Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee train, and are always happy to do tours of the works for our guests.

This page is only designed as a broad overview. For more information and images of each carriage, please click on the photos below or the hyper links within the text. For prices and availability please visit our prices and availability page.

Please note that due to their nature, our carriages are restricted in size and may not be suitable if you are exceptionally tall. Please look at our Access Statement before you decide to book.

Harvey Mevy The Old Luggage Van Visit England Gold for Sustainable Tourism The Travelling Post Office The Travelling Post Office

Harvey of Hayle ‐ North West Cornwall coast

Step back in time with our 1950's coach Harvey in Hayle - a nostalgia trip on a Harry Potter style corridor carriage that exudes the charms of a golden age of travel. At 65 feet long there is enough space for all the family, but with the flexibility for couples or smaller groups to rent only one end at a reduced price. The garden is large and fully enclosed with swings, signal box play house/ bird hide, butterfly garden and nature area. Pets are welcome.


In a World Heritage site, with the advantage of North coast surf and surf schools on the doorstep. Harvey is only a twenty minute walk from the three miles of Hayle beach. There are numerous family fun parks and attractions within easy reach, and the artistic town of St Ives is just around the bay. Harvey is especially popular during the summer holidays, so we advise booking well in advance to secure the week you’d like. The area is fascinating to explore on foot and bike. For information on the sleeping arrangements, local area and a diagram of the internal layout, please visit our Harvey page.

Holiday Carriages - St Germans, South East Cornwall

St Germans railway carriages

St Germans is a great place to escape the crowds. Only a few miles from the fishing villages of Looe and Polperro, and the beautiful beaches and rugged cliffs of Whitsand Bay, this unspoilt gem of a location is perfect for singles, couples and smaller family groups. For children there is a play area on site, and an excellent village play park. Both the Old Luggage Van and the Travelling Post Office are only a few minutes walk from Port Eliot Estate (open from March to late June) recently used for the filming of a Rosamunde Pilcher novel, with its annual festival and beautiful spring gardens.

Guests staying in our St Germans carriages have access to our ten acres of private woodland, with winter snowdrop walk, nature trail, bluebells, garlic and summer flowers and sweet chestnuts in autumn. For more on our woods please visit our Woods Page.

This map by the Cornish artist Brian Hoskin is provided to illustrate the location of the carriages, and shows both finished and unfinished carriages; carriages and gardens within the shaded area are yet to be finished. Click on the map for a larger image of how the site will look when work is completed.



New for 2018, Millpool is a beautifully converted carriage that is accessible for all. Packed full of original fixtures and fittings, Millpool has a private terrace and the stunning countryside views. Millpool is equipped to the Visit England M3I National Accessibility Scheme standards, and we are currently awaiting grading. For more information on accessiblity please view our access statement. You don’t have to be in a wheelchair to enjoy Millpool, but if you are you will find everything to suit your needs. 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 unique railway carriage character. We are offering a number of first year specials in Millpool, including weeks from £475 and two day short breaks from £150. Millpool is pet friendly and sleeps up to two people.

Mevy - A GWR Slip Coach


We are very proud of Mevy, a GWR Slip Coach, with its first class sleeping compartment and bespoke triple bunk beds for children. Converted and equipped to the highest standards in an eco friendly way, Mevy has fabulous views over the surrounding countryside and unlike our other coaches is set away from the line. Mevy is sumptuously upholstered and equipped with allergy free mattresses and bedding. Sorry no pets.

The Old Luggage Van

Old Luggage Van

Nestled in a sweet trackside garden beside the station at St Germans, The Old Luggage Van is suitable for single guests or couples. With a double bed and wood burning stove it makes a great place to retreat to in the winter and has a lovely enclosed spring garden filled with bulbs and camellias. At only 24 feet long it is very snug! We offer short breaks all year round in the Old Luggage Van and these are very popular. The garden is enclosed and pets are welcome.

The Travelling Post Office

Outside picture' book 2013

The Travelling Post Office, also beside the station in St Germans has been our most popular coach to date. Beautifully converted for families of four (or up to six using the sofa bed in the lounge) it is open for short breaks and weeks all year. It featured in Michael Portillo's Great British Railway Journeys on BBC2 and also with the Old Luggage Van on ITV1's Holiday Home Sweet Home, a collection of the best UK holiday breaks. Like Harvey it books very early in school holiday times, so do secure your break well in advance to avoid disappointment. Sleeping accommodation is in ajacent rooms; a double bedroom and a small bunkroom (top bunk only suited for a child or small agile adult) with a double sofa bed in the living area.


For those with limited mobility, Millpool has been designed to be fully accessible for guests in wheelchairs. The Travelling Post Office has a permanent ramp giving wheelchair access to the lobby, and a mobility scooter can be provided on request. We have a smoke alarm for the deaf available on request, and guide dogs are free. Autistic children and adults are very welcome. Please let us know of any special needs you have, and we will be able to advise on suitability. Please follow this link to see our access statement

All carriages are suited for walking and outdoor activities. Sited beside Cornish stations, public transport access is excellent - for rail enthusiasts there are always plenty of trains to enjoy, but not so many you won't enjoy a full nights sleep.


Trainspotting is best in the line-side coaches at St Germans, The Old Luggage Van and The Travelling Post Office . There is a viewing deck at Harvey so children can wave at the trains (and more often than not the drivers will give a friendly beep).

The Future

We are about to start working on a big project that will see the renovation the coach built by the GWR for Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee. Follow our progress on Facebook. To see a complete list of the carriages at St Germans, please visit the Vintage Carriages Trust website and search for St Germans in the location box.

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