The Railway Carriage
The Railway Carriage is a purpose built Railway Carriage/ Brake Van next to the West Somerset Steam Railway. Please do look at The West Somerset Railway website for full timetable details of when the railway is running. The Railway Carriage provides a unique and memorable holiday location.
The views from the Railway Carriage are stunning lying close to the railway line itself, what could be better for either children or train spotters of all ages than the magnificent steam locomotives passing by. You will not tire of seeing the beautiful steam trains pass by your holiday home. There is a fabulous brake van style covered verandah with outdoor seating.
The Railway Carriage is finished in a modern, comfortable coutry style. Railway Carriage has two bedrooms, one with a five foot king-size bed and views of the railway, the second bedroom has two full size singles with views of the railway.
The Railway Carriage is in a wonderful location for both short breaks and longer holidays, there is lots to see and do in this wonderful corner of Somerset from walking and riding to the Steam railway itself, Dunster and its castle.
Please note The Railway Carriage does not have use of the swimming pool on the other farm.
Due to their gorgeous setting on the railway line, the Railway Cottage and Carriage are set away from our other cottages and tree houses, which are around a 15 minute drive. This means that they don’t come with access to our swimming pool. However, they do come with hot tubs, which have one of the most idyllic settings you’ll find.
Our PhilosophyWe are surrounded by stunning countryside and nestled between Exmoor national park and the Quantock Hills an area of outstanding natural beauty. Our philosophy is to make the Lavender Hill Holidays as eco friendly as possible. We recognise we have a long way to go to be totally eco but each year we try to reduce our carbon footprint and increase our biodiversity.
EnviromentWe have tried to insulate the properties as much as possible. We also have a wood burning stove in each property and all our wood is seasoned and sustainably sourced.
TransportWe are very keen to promote the use of bikes and public transport for holidays with us. We realise that it is hard to access us without a car, but the train system is very good to Taunton and if you have bought your own bikes we will pay for an electric taxi to Halse. We are aiming to rent out electric bikes.
Supporting Local BusinessesWe are very keen on encouraging our visitors to support the many and varied local businesses we have in the local area. We buy all the hamper products from local farm shops and the excellent Taunton farmers market. We have great local pubs and cafes and encourage as much support as we can. We hope that guests will support the local food and drink businesses as much as possible.
RecyclingWe recycle pretty much everything and ask our guest to as well.
HeatingAlthough we realise that central heating is a must, we do ask that visitors in the winter turn down the radiators instead of leaving them on full with the windows wide open! In 2013 we converted our exisitng oil boilers which ran the pool and cottages ot a Biomass heating system fuellled by renewable wood chips. Its great to be using this fabulpous Norweigan system and heping our enviroment!
BiodiversityWe are trying to encourage the biodiversity of local fauna and wildlife. As a result we allow the summer grasses and hedgerows to flourish.
Hire an e-bike during your stay!
With so much to explore, there’s no better way to enjoy the breath-taking scenery and local countryside than on a bike! To make sure you can enjoy as much of it as possible, you can hire one of our e-bikes for the duration of your stay! How much effort you put into peddling is completely up to you!