Railway Retreats offer ‘ultimate’ heritage railway staycations

Railway Retreats adjoins the Kent & East Sussex Railway’s Northiam station in the tranquil and scenic Rother Valley on the Kent/Sussex border.

The company offers a unique range of sympathetically conserved and adapted carriages and wagons for the ultimate in heritage railway staycations for all ages to enjoy, with steam engines regularly passing by as close as 20 feet away. 

From the diminutive 1940s ICI Salt Van and Ammunition Wagon, through a beautifully restored GWR Toad Brake Van to a Southern Railway Maunsell Van B newspaper wagon and Mk1 restaurant car, all these homes from home are painted in period colours with as much of the original materials and appearance retained. Inside, the carriages offer a mix of traditional and contemporary, quirky design, and sleep from two to six in perfect comfort. 

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The latest addition to the range, perfect for a family of four, is ‘Pipe Dream’, based upon what was up to recently a rusty pipe wagon chassis.

This has now had a replica body built on top with the advantage of being wider than standard gauge, to allow more circulation space and an opening window that looks out directly on the K&ESR’s engines taking on water.

It is presented in LNER Black wagon livery, and despite being a new build, feels very much at home with its older neighbours.  

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Not to forget the new Railway Retreats ‘Gate Guard’, the Andrew Barclay 0-4-0 Saddle Tank that now stands at the entrance to Railway Retreats to welcome you to your holiday on rails. 

For more details of how to book, or to browse a gallery of the vehicles, please visit www.railwayretreats.co.uk 

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