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The Red Train Carriage

SuperhostSwanage, Dorset, England, United Kingdom
Train hosted by Sarah
5 guests1 bedroom6 beds1.5 bathrooms
Entire home
You’ll have the train to yourself.
Clean and tidy
9 recent guests said this place was sparkling clean.
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95% of recent guests gave the location a 5-star rating.
The Red Train Carriage is a special place to stay next to the train tracks of The Swanage Railway. We believe it was built in about 1858 for GER as a 2nd class passenger carriage. It was just a shell when we got it, with it's original walls, doors, ceiling and floor, but the seating had been removed. There was only a few clues about its history in some of the doors and windows. We have saved as much of the original carriage as possible whilst making it a comfortable place to stay for a week.

The space
The layout has been designed to give all the convenience of modern life but in a very small space, so be prepared to squeeze round each other on occasion. Victorian carriages have a smaller width and length than static caravans, therefore we have made the most of the outside space with decking all around as if at the platform. The carriage is very old and therefore not perfect. A window may stick a bit or the window ledges might feel a bit rough as it was 2nd class. Being next to a railway line it also gets dusty quite quickly. We will always clean and make it fresh between guests, but its just a gentle reminder that you are staying in a train carriage which is approx 160 years old and so hopefully it's quirkiness is something to be embraced.

The carriage is situated at the end of our back garden, away from the main house, in a sunny spot right on the Swanage Railway line, so be prepared for a bit of smoke as the steam engines pass by. We strongly do not recommend babies or toddlers to stay in the carriage, it simply would not be safe for them. We have 3 children ourselves and think that it is not suitable for that age range. We also would not recommend it to people who may suffer any reaction to the steam as the trains pass by. Particularly as the carriage is very close to the train line.

The carriage is secure and you will have your own sets of keys as well as a key to the side gate which takes you through our yard and to the footpath to the carriage.

There is storage under all the beds and a cupboard / wardrobe. There is also storage in all the luggage racks. Shampoo, soap, bed linen, towels, tea, coffee, sugar and milk are all provided. Well behaved dogs are welcome, and we would be grateful if you could let us know if you are bringing a dog as we like to leave a towel for them. Again unfortunately if they are puppies and maybe excitable or want to chew things we don't recommend the carriage as a place to stay, because we have young children that live next door and most of the carriage is made up of chew-able pieces of wood :o)

Please be aware we have a Patterjack dog (who is extremely friendly and loves other dogs and children) and two cats that live at the property and use the back garden.

Guest access
You will be able to access the carriage, platform around it and grass area in front of the carriage. You will also have access through the yard to the train carriage.

Other things to note
The 10am morning train tends to blow a lot of steam onto the track to clean it. You will sometimes see men walking along the track to inspect it.
The Red Train Carriage is a special place to stay next to the train tracks of The Swanage Railway. We believe it was built in about 1858 for GER as a 2nd class passenger carriage. It was just a shell when we got it, with it's original walls, doors, ceiling and floor, but the seating had been removed. There was only a few clues about its history in some of the doors and windows. We have saved as much of the origin…

Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1
1 queen bed, 1 bunk bed
Common spaces
1 king bed, 1 bunk bed

Amenities

Free parking on premises
Smoke alarm
Iron
Carbon monoxide alarm
Hair dryer
Free on-street parking
Private entrance
Essentials
First aid kit
Wifi

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Swanage, Dorset, England, United Kingdom

Swanage has the best of both worlds. A beautiful beach, Victorian Pier and a choice of restaurants, pubs and shops and as the start of the Jurassic Coast there are some incredible walks along the South West Coastal Path. Visit in the summer and there is something happening every weekend from the famous Swanage Carnival, Blues Festivals and Fish Festival to the Pirate Festival and nearby Bestival. We are close to Durlston Castle and Durlston Country Park.
Swanage has the best of both worlds. A beautiful beach, Victorian Pier and a choice of restaurants, pubs and shops and as the start of the Jurassic Coast there are some incredible walks along the South West Co…

Hosted by Sarah

Joined in February 2016
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Hello, we are Sarah and Brian. We are lucky to have 2 parts of our house that we use for Airbnb so if you are looking for a place that can sleep 8 comfortably both with kitchenette and bathrooms then look no further. We back onto Swanage Steam Railway which is the view from the Airbnb bedroom and of course where the Red Train Carriage sits. It's a 10 minute flat walk to Swanage's blue flag sandy beach and town centre. Swanage is famous for it's festivals and carnival, nearby Durlston Park, Corfe Castle and Studland. There's something for everyone. Our Carnival is one of the best along the south coast and our festivals include the Blues, Folk, Pirate and Fish! If you have any questions please get in touch and we look forward to welcoming you to our home.
Hello, we are Sarah and Brian. We are lucky to have 2 parts of our house that we use for Airbnb so if you are looking for a place that can sleep 8 comfortably both with kitchenette…
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During your stay
We will show you to the carriage, show you around and how things work, there will also be a folder with anything you need to know about the carriage, Wifi, and how to reach us. We will leave you in peace but if you need anything how to contact us will be in the folder, we are always happy to have a natter if you need to know anything.
We will show you to the carriage, show you around and how things work, there will also be a folder with anything you need to know about the carriage, Wifi, and how to reach us. We…
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Things to know

House rules
Check-in: 14:00 - 23:00
Check out: 11:00
Not suitable for infants (under 2 years)
No smoking
No parties or events
Pets are allowed
Safety & Property
Carbon monoxide alarm
Smoke alarm

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