Railway Cottage offers a truly unique experience. Positioned at the end of the platform you can almost teleport yourself back to an era long forgotten and if you listen hard enough, you can imagine the hustle and bustle of a working railway. There really is something magical about the place from original signage to restored carriages, and not forgetting the splendour of the engines. The owners also run the Launceston Steam Railway, and this means you can also take a free train ride along the glorious Kensey Valley, stopping off at New Mills Farm Park. This really is a cottage with a difference and will be one to remember for years to come.
Railway Cottage still retains many of the original features and offers a lovely holiday for a family of four or just a couple. The sitting-room benefits from an electric fire for those chilly nights, there are two doors - one that leads to the courtyard garden overlooking the platform, and the other leading to the well-equipped kitchen. This is another room that has a unique charm with restored stained glass windows that frame yet another view of the platform, and the railway line leading away. Both the bathroom and the cloakroom are located on the ground floor, with the bedrooms being accessed via a steep cottage staircase with a handrail.
To the side of the cottage there is a secure outhouse that can be used to store your bikes, walking boots or beach equipment.
Railway Cottage is the perfect base for exploring further afield or perhaps explore the town by foot and make your way to Launceston Castle. You would never guess that the cottage is so close to the town centre, meaning that the pub and shops are just a stroll away.
Launceston is a town steeped in history with a castle dating back to Norman times. The town offers a good selection of shops as well as an excellent choice of restaurants, pubs and tea rooms. If textiles and quilting are more your thing, you can head off to the renowned Cowslip Workshops - where there is also a delightful teashop and cafe, so you can refuel for the walk back again!
There are great countryside walks right on the doorstep and, further afield, the wild rugged landscapes of Bodmin Moor and Dartmoor are a walker's paradise. Grand designs of bygone days and beautiful gardens are aplenty with Cotehele, Castle Drogo and Lanhydrock House to name but a few, and the coasts beckon with surfers riding the waves at Bude, Widemouth Bay and Polzeath on the north and maritime history galore at Charlestown and Plymouth on the south.
Launceston and Railway Cottage offer a unique self-catering experience with owners that go the extra mile to make the cottage and your holiday memorable.
Sitting-room with TV, DVD player and log-effect electric fire
Kitchen with electric cooker, microwave and fridge/freezer
Cloakroom with WC and wash-basin
Bathroom with bath, fitted shower, WC and wash-basin
Bedroom 1 with king-size double bed (5') and ornamental fireplace
Bedroom 2 with twin beds (3')
Outside Access to
- Regret no pets
- Travel cot
- Arrive/Depart Friday
- Short breaks available
- Private parking for 2 cars
- No smoking
- Pub 100 yds
- Patio furniture
- Full gas-fired CH
The sitting-room is the heart of the cottage and enjoys a view out across your private patio to the platform.
The kitchen floods with light and has wonderful views of the platform. At the end of the kitchen you will find a small utility area and the downstairs WC.
Railway Cottage sits on the old railways track that runs from your back door to Newmills.
The main bedroom is a comfortable size overlooking the platform at the back of the house.
Welcome to Railway Cottage.
Welcome to Railway Cottage with the original flagstone floor.
The kitchen supplied with all the essentials for your holiday.
Watch what is happening on the line while making your morning cuppa.
The view from the kitchen window is very unique.
The bathroom is on the ground floor, off the hallway, by the front door and benefits from a bath and an electric shower.
All rooms lead off of the sitting-room including the stairs to the bedrooms. The sitting-room is comfortable and cosy for those colder months.
The dining-room floods with light and looks out over your private patio and of course the platform.
The cosy twin sits to the front of the cottage.
The main bedroom has an original fire (now ornamental) and overlooks the platform at the back of the house.
Please mind your head as you ascend and descend the stairs which are steep but benefit from a handrail.
The twin is comfortable and warm for an original cottage.
Enjoy a drink on your private patio area next to the railway.
An original feature of the cottage.
Railway Cottage has a lovely patio-area linking through to the platform, perfect for your free ride from Launceston to Newmills.
A lovely patio area perfect for alfresco dining.
Your holiday cottage awaits.
There's private parking opposite the cottage for up to two cars.
Launceston Castle sits high above the town and rewards walkers with wonderful views as far as the eye can see.
The River Kensey runs through Launceston and is minutes from the cottage. Launceston has two town trails to help you find out more about the heritage of this market town.
St Thomas parish church, again minutes from the cottage, offers a tranquil setting and was once the site of the largest priory in Cornwall, which was dissolved by Henry VIII in 1540. The priory ruins are visible adjacent to the church.
Lanhydrock is the perfect National Trust country house and estate, with the feel of a wealthy but unpretentious family home. You can also hire bikes and head out on the marked cycle paths.