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 in addition when the railway is open you also have the benefit of the onsite cafe! 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 with a perfectly positioned table and chairs offering the perfect spot overlooking the platform, and the other leading to the well-equipped kitchen. The kitchen 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, fridge/freezer, washing machine and dishwasher
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
Please note Launceston Steam Railway is a seperate business please check for opening times. Owing to the use of sleepers, when wet please take extra care not to slip. Please note the charging of electric vehicles is not permitted at this property. However there are a number of charging points locally.
- No pets
- Travel cot and high chair
- Arrive/Depart Friday
- Short breaks available
- Private parking for 2 cars
- No smoking
- Pub 100 yds
- Patio furniture
- Full gas-fired CH
What a charming getaway!
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.
The dining-room floods with light and looks out over your private patio and of course the platform.
The main bedroom is a comfortable size overlooking the platform at the back of the house.
Railway Cottage sits on the old railways track that runs from your back door to Newmills.
The sitting-room is the heart of the cottage and enjoys a view out across your private patio to the platform.
Enjoy a drink on your private patio area next to the railway.
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.
Watch what is happening on the line while making your morning cup of coffee.
Watch the trains go by.
The view from the kitchen window is very unique.
The bathroom is on the ground floor and benefits from a bath and an electric shower.
Please mind your head as you ascend and descend the stairs which are steep but benefit from a handrail.
Cosy bedroom 1.
Bedroom 2 is a lovely twin room.
Charming Railway Cottage.
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.
There's private parking opposite the cottage for up to two cars.
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.
One of many stunning sandy beaches on the north coast, this is Bude.
Discover Dartmoor either by bike or on foot.
The Cheesewring on Bodmin Moor, a walkers paradise!
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.
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.