The easy access holiday carriage with a view!
St Germans - Cornwall - PL12 5LU
Millpool is fully accessible accommodation to Visit England's National Accessibility Scheme level M3. Although Millpool has been designed with accessibility in mind it is completely suitable for the able bodied too - just look at the pictures further down the page. We have worked hard to ensure that it is practical without being clinical and that it retains its unique railway carriage character. Take a look at our Accessibility Guide and for holiday planning, visit our Out and About in a Wheelchair page.
Millpool’s open plan design gives it a feeling of light and space and although not adjacent to the railway line, the views over the surrounding countryside are magnificent. Packed with original features, from picnic basket signs, to cast iron luggage racks and brass match strikers, Millpool was built by the GWR at Swindon in 1897. It is a 31 foot Brake Third with 3 third class compartments and a guard’s compartment complete with duckets (a ducket protrudes beyond the normal profile of the train and has narrow windows so that the guard could sit in it and look along the train without putting his head out of the window).
Pets are welcome and will enjoy the enclosed terrace and the ten acres of private woodland just a few minutes walk away. Our pets page has more 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.
The coast with its beaches, fishing villages, magnificent cliffs and coastal footpath is only a short bus or train ride away. For more about St Germans and South East Cornwall, please visit our St Germans page. Guests in Millpool have access to our ten acres of private woodland, with winter snowdrop walk, nature trail, bluebell, garlic and summer flowers and sweet chestnuts in autumn. Unfortunately the woodland does require "off-road" capabilities. For more on our woods please visit our Woods Page.
Millpool measures approximately 31 feet by 8 feet (9.4m x 2.2m) and offers the following facilities :
- Inspected by Visit England National Accessibility Scheme and awarded M3 status (suitable for independant wheelchair users)
- Will sleep a maximum of 3, but is designed for parties of 1‐2
- Galley kitchen with fridge, hob and oven with microwave and grill
- Lounge diner with TV/DVD/CD, DAB radio, single sofa bed and riser chair one of which can be removed to create more wheelchair space
- Wet room with toilet, shower with fold down seat, washbasin and shaver socket
- Bedroom with option of single adjustable bed or conventional double bed
- Wireless and wired free superfast broadband internet access
- Ample hot water and central heating from our biomass boiler with electrical backup
- Fenced patio with seating and chiminea
- Free on-site car parking space
- Laundry facilities, deep freeze, games room and information centre
- Pets welcome by prior arrangement
- All energy, water, linen and hand towels included in the price
Please follow these links for more about the Carriage Inventory, Accessibility, Visitors Comments or the History of the carriage.
We work really hard with all our carriages to make sure everything in the renovation and conversion is as sustainably sourced as possible. To see how we do this please visit our Green Page
Click here to book your holiday in Millpool on-line now or check availability and prices.
If you prefer, we are pleased to accept telephone enquiries and bookings at any time on 01503 230783.
Only a ten minute reasonably level walk from the carriage is a great village pub, The Eliot Arms, (01503 232733) serving Cornish ales and food.
Beside the Eliot Arms is the St Germans Community Shop and Post Office (01503 232887) a general store with an excellent range of stock including food, household supplies, newspapers and magazines, local products, alcohol and tobacco amongst many other things. It is open 7 days a week.
St Germans Railway Station was built in 1858 to a design by Brunel on the Great Western Railway main line from London to Penzance. Although the main railway station building is now lived in by your hosts, the platform is still in use - served by 20 stopping trains per day including several direct London, Bristol and Cardiff trains. 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. Cornwall was fortunate in retaining most of its branch lines and it is easy to holiday without using the car at all. Please see our Transport Page for more information.
The St Germans Public Transport 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. For much more information on St Germans and the environs, please visit our St Germans page.