Overlooking the the platform at Northiam – a stop on the popular Kent & East Sussex Railway – Railway Retreats gives you the chance to sleep in your very own converted railway carriage, right up close to the track of a working steam railway. It’s a unique place to stay, and is definitely more of a first-class than a third-class experience: the beautifully converted carriage sleeps up to 6 people in comfort, there is a fully functional kitchen, an open-plan lounge and dining area and a glass balcony for an elevated view of the steam railway and the surrounding countryside. Of 2 double bedrooms, one has an en-suite bathroom, plus there’s a bunk bedroom for kids (complete with Dennis the Menace wallpaper), and a family bathroom. They’ve recently added other options too – a Brake van and a goods wagon that can sleep 2 in cosy comfort, making it a romantic retreat as well as a perfect choice for young families, not only because... hey... you’re staying on a train, but also because it’s an excellent base to explore his part of Kent and East Sussex.
The most obvious way to do this is perhaps on the railway itself, whose steam trains run to Bodiam – and its magnificent castle in one direction – and in the other to Tenterden in Kent, home of the Chapel Down vineyard. The magnificent gardens at Great Dixter are also within walking distance from Northiam Station. Plus you're also just a short drive away from the Go Ape centre at Bedgebury, a little way north, and to the south the coast at Rye and Camber Sands. Fancy a bite to eat? The White Hart in is just a 10 minute walk from the property, over the River Rother, whilst Sahebs Indian is a short stroll in the other direction.
Available all year.
Two double bedrooms and one bunk-bedded room, sleeping six in comfort.
Railway Retreats, Railway Retreats Station Road Northiam East Sussex TN31 6QT
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