The Coastal Carriage

Coastal footpath at Aberporth, Cardigan Bay
Guests: 5       Wifi: available       Pets? Pets welcome (max. 2 dogs), fee applies

The Coastal Carriage

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One of the most remarkable places to stay in the UK, this converted railway carriage holiday cottage is the perfect holiday for train-lovers or those who want to watch dolphins. Sleeps 5, dogs welcome, and has WIFI too.

Enjoy some of the finest views in Wales from our converted Edwardian railway carriage. 

History - Our carriage is the sole surviving carriage of her type. The Vintage Carriages Trust rates her as 'very important' historically. She was built in 1905 as a LSWR  (London & South Western Railway) Sleeping Car for the Plymouth-Waterloo 'boat train', with seven single and two double compartments, a lavatory and a compartment for the attendant. The train was timed to line up with passenger sailings from Plymouth.

She was sold to GWR (Great Western Railway) in 1911 and converted to 8 single, and 1 double in 1919. In December 1931 she was retired from use, and in 1936 she was purchased from GWR Swindon and delivered by rail to (then) Newcastle Emlyn railway station. She was then delivered by lorry and bogey to Aberporth where she has rested ever since. Her original neighbours at Aberporth were carriages from Queen Victoria's own train... but one has since been removed to a museum, though other historic carriages can still be seen on the coastal footpath. We keep her painted in GWR colours. There have been many changes but original detail remains including the side corridor past the bedrooms.



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We had a lovely time staying at the carriage. The location was spectacular and the accommodation was very comfortable. Excellent touches included good knives in the kitchen, blankets, starter basket o...

Dianne B, November 2020

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£514 (based on 2 staying)
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£1298 (based on 2 staying)
pets welcome (max. 2 dogs)
bed layout
Master Double (ground floor), Double (ground floor), Extra bed (single) (ground floor)

facilities at The Coastal Carriage

farm or rural location
open fire / woodburner
beach (within walking distance)
coastal location - within 5 miles of the sea
pub nearby (walkable)
media & technology
wifi broadband available
young children welcome

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in detail

All rooms in the carriage are lined in oak, are insulated and have panel heaters so are suitable for use all year round. We love it when it is stormy in winter!

WIFI provided free of charge, works in every room (note we've never had any problem with it, and to our knowledge, it always works, but like any accommodation provider we cannot guarantee WIFI)

Kitchen with cooker, microwave etc. Fairly basic as kitchens go but better views than most you'll have used! Fridge with small freezer compartment. Door to rear patio.

'Salon' with woodburner (first basket of fuel supplied) two sofas, oak dining table for 5

Bedroom Compartment 1: Double bed, cotton bed linen, wardrobe etc, luggage racks! It is compact but cosy. Fitted wardrobe and dressing table.

Bedroom Compartment 2: Double bed + one narrow train bunk (suitable only for a child). Again, note it's compact!

Shower Room with quality quadrant shower, toilet etc. Heated chrome towel rail and blast fan for warmth when you get out of the shower.

Garden (enclosed) with access to sea and coastal footpath

Verandas front and back 

local area

  • Aberporth - Pub, shop, Chinese takeaway, beach cafe
  • National Trust - Penbryn beach - 3 miles
  • Llangrannog - small fishing village/beach - 5 miles
  • Cardigan - a great market town, shops, castle - 4 miles
  • Tresaith beach - a walk along the coastal path
  • New Quay - Boat trips, Dolphin sightings - 9 miles
  • Aberaeron - pretty harbour seaside town - 15 miles
  • Llanerchaeron - National Trust estate - 18 miles
  • Ceredigion Coastal Path - outside the front door!
  • National Woollen Museum - history - weaving/spinning - 15 miles
  • There are a few good restaurants around: Here are a few suggestions:
  • Harbour Master - Aberaeron (Approx 25 mins drive) on the harbour-side - great food, seafood, views etc.
  • The Hive - Aberaeron (Approx 25 mins drive) also on the harbour-side - good food
  • The Pentre Arms - Llangrannog (Approx10 mins drive) on the harbour-side - fresh catch of the day - plus bar type menu
  • The Ship Inn - Tresaith ( Approx 8 mins drive) Great place to watch the sunset from - good menu

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customer reviews for The Coastal Carriage

We had a lovely time staying at the carriage. The location was spectacular and the accommodation was very comfortable. Excellent touches included good knives in the kitchen, blankets, starter basket of wood, local OS maps and a good selection of books. The visiting wildlife (robin, blackbirds, stone chats, rabbit) were all very welcome. The weather wasn't great, but we still had a really good time.

- Dianne B,
November 2020

We had a wonderful stay at The costal carriage. The setting is amazing and the carriage is unique and wonderfully cozy. It has everything you need for your holiday without compromising on the unique interior. It felt like going back in time and sleeping on a train. The wood burner is easy to use and effective and makes for very cosy evenings with the wind whistling outside. I would like to thank the owners for letting us share their remarkable space and also to thank them for maintaining its uniqueness. I can’t wait to go back.

- Bernadette F,
November 2020

It was all really lovely and I'd like to stay again. The carriage is beautifully done, all details were appreciated. There were no logs inside but I saw where they were and would have filled a basket if we had wanted a fire.

- Emma B,
October 2020

Sept 2020 what an amazing 3 nights - massive HP fans so a real treat - Wendy is perfect in every way and has been converted in a sympathetic manor to retain her charm. Nights spent playing HP trivial pursuit and listening to Radio 3. Coffee and Welsh cakes and sparkling water were lovely too thank you. Saw a glimpse of dolphin , a very small lizard and some diving youths off the cliff face... Felt like when sitting there the scenery would start changing as we left platform. Aberporth beach lovely and dog friendly too. Thank you for a wonderful stay - just what we needed at end of a strange year.

- J m timmins ,
October 2020

The Coastal Carriage - aka Wendy - is set in the most spectacular spot, overlooking a cove and headland with views to Tresaith and the rest of Aberporth. The coastal footpath outside the gate is frequented by any number of curious train buffs, wanting to know the history of this very lovingly restored carriage. It's a comfortable, warm welcome with outstanding views that we'd thoroughly recommend. Great woodburner means you can remain toasty in the worst weather, and watch the skies darken to starlight. Do take a torch!

- Liz waugh ,
September 2020

Wonderful quirky place to stay in a beautiful spot. Surprisingly sociable too as the coastal path is full of walkers and runners, many of whom stop by the gate to take a look and say hello as you are eating on the verandah. Lovely wild swimming spot in the cove just below, which attracts kamikaze local guys jumping off the cliffs at high tide - an impressive sight. But best of all is in the early mornings or evenings when the passers by are minimal and it’s just you, the dolphins and the sky. Even a sick baby didn’t take away the magic of the location, and our twins loved it! Definitely a special place to stay on this beautiful coastline. Thanks UTT.

- Sarah M,
August 2020

We had a lovely stay at Wendy. It was truly magical for our three boys (aged 6,5 and 3). We spotted some dolphins and seals from the carriage. The beach was close by as well as plenty of routes for walks. We look forward to a future stay at The Costal Carriage.

- Heather russell ,
August 2020

Location is perfect, right on Coastal Path. Ideal for walking and wildlife spotting eg dolphins and seabirds. Not luxurious, but owners have made a good balance between keeping original features and still providing everything needed for an enjoyable stay eg comfortable beds, decent shower, well equipped kitchen. Sea views and night skies amazing.

- Sue johnson ,
July 2020

We have had the most wonderful weekend in ‘Wendy’, the train carriage. We’ve spent the evenings playing board games and reading in front of the wood burner and the daytimes exploring Cardigan and Aberporth. We don’t want to go home!

- Claire H,
February 2020

I absolutely adored my stay at Wendy. The cosy, wooden decor of the unspoilt carriage, the large balcony and the sound of the sea just outside was simply perfect. Truly adore this unique place!

- Sarah D,
November 2019