Stay in a cottage at the end of a platform on a narrow gauge railway! In a quite unique position, Railway Cottage is a well presented cottage at the end of the platform of Launceston Steam Railway. Brilliant for the young and old and when open, you may have a number of free rides on the trains! It is a quaint property with a homely feel and great access to Launceston and, being close to the A30, link roads to Bodmin Moor, Padstow, Tintagel and all points west!
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The property is positioned at the end of the platform for Launceston Steam Railway which is run by the owners. If you rent Railway Cottage, during the season, when the LSR is open (details can be found on their website at launcestonsr.co.uk) you will be allowed to take a number of free rides on the train, what better way to keep the young (or old!) railway enthusiast amused than getting to grips with some beautifully restored 2'0" gauge Victorian engines.
Launceston was originally the capital of Cornwall and is a bustling market town with plenty of independent shops and restaurants.
Railway Cottage is a recently refurbished property with plenty of character features. There is a small garden outside, surrounded by a picket fence. The property can be accessed via the platform or also from Priory Lane. There is also a good sized secure store room to keep bikes or any other bulky items during your stay.
Ground Floor: Sitting room, dining room, fitted kitchen; bathroom with bath, (electric shower over the bath) and WC, small utility room and a separate WC. Separate entrance from Priory Lane to a store room for Bikes etc.
First Floor: Master king size double (6ft bed) bedroom and twin bedroom.
External: Rear garden overlooking the platform. Parking in the lane outside the property for 2 cars.
Facilities & Services
Gas central heating. The kitchen has a range of fitted units, an electric oven and hob, washing machine and fridge - freezer. The sitting room has a TV with digital Freeview and a DVD player, radio and CD player. There is mobile 3G coverage. There is WiFi available at the cottage. WiFi is also available in the station Cafe.
Electricity (reasonable usage allowed for), bed linen & towels are all included, but you will need to provide your own beach towels. There is plenty of parking space available at the property for 2 cars. We regret that dogs are not permitted and no smoking is allowed. There is a cot available. Please check this website for railway opening times - launcestonsr.co.uk.
General Booking Information
Arrival / Departure is a Sunday.
Short breaks are available during quieter periods.
£100 pre-authorised to your credit or debit card as a security deposit is required.
Discounts available for couples staying for 7 nights outside the peak season, using one bedroom only.
Launceston was originally the ancient capital of Cornwall, and now it is a bustling market town with plenty of independent shops and restaurants. Launceston is well known for its dominating 11th Century castle and also for the magnificent exterior of the Mary Magdelene Church.
It is also the home of the Launceston Steam Railway - Railway Cottage is at the end of the platform - the railway links Launceston with the hamlet of Newmills, the track is 2.5 miles long and was once the North Cornwall trackbed where express trains from Waterloo thundered along.
Bodmin Moor, bisected by the newly expanded A30 is home to one of Cornwalls Areas of Oustanding Natural Beauty. Reaching a height of 1,377 feet above sea level at Brown Willy, Cornwalls highest point. The heather covered granite moorland provides East Cornwall with the most stunning country views and rugged walks. Near Blisland you will find two of Cornwalls stone circles, the Trippet Stones and Stripple Stone Henge and just round the corner, one end of the famous Camel Trail. The 18 mile Camel Trail follows the route of the old railway along traffic free paths, providing a fairly flat cycle through Bodmin and Wadebridge out to Padstow, eminently suitable for families. The National Lobster Hatchery at Padstow neighbours Rick Steins empire on the North Coast. Just outside Bodmin is the Camel Valley Vineyard who have been winning awards for their home grown wine for the past 20 years. The National Trust have three properties nearby Lanhydrock House, Trerice and Carnewas and Bedruthan Steps. Slightly further afield is the Eden Project in St Austell.
North Cornwall is as famous for its rugged coastline as it is for its surfing. You can hire surf boards and equipment from Polzeath, up as far as Bude and Widemouth Bay. Boscastle is the only natural harbour for 20 miles and at low tides and certain weather conditions you can find a blowhole at the mouth of the harbour. Tintagel brings with it legends of King Arthur and the remains of Tintagel Castle can be visited on foot. Nearby Camelford is rumoured to be the Camelot of legends past, and the finding of 'Arthurs Stone' in 1998 has only fuelled these myths. On Bodmin Moor, Dozmary pond is thought to contain Arthur's Excalibur, and Merlin is thought to be still found walking under Tintagel Island. Port Isaac is the location of the televisions series Poldark and more recently Doc Martin, as well as being a gorgeous working fishing village.
Bodmin Jail built in 1778, notorious for its public executions by hanging, was the first jail to be built housing inmates in individual cells. The Jail closed in 1927 and is now a museum open to the public, which during the First World War housed the Crown Jewels and the Doomsday Book. The famous Camel Trail follows the route of the old railway along traffic free paths for 18 miles, providing the whole family with a fairly flat cycle through Bodmin and Wadebridge, and out to Padstow where you can sample Rick Steins famous Fish and Chips. The market town of Launceston is the capital of Cornwall and well worth a visit to see the church of St Mary Magdelene, with granite carvings, unusual among Cornish churches.
Guest from Swanage stayed for 7 nights.
My wife and I chose Launceston as a location because it was an ideal base for all the places we intended to visit. i.e. the north and south Cornish coast, Bodmin Moor and Dartmoor. Railway Cottage, right on Launceston Steam Railway station, fitted the bill perfectly. The cottage was clean, warm, cosy and well equipped and a delicious cream tea was waiting for us on arrival. Our host, Kay, welcomed us soon after arrival and made sure we were happy and that everything was to our satisfaction. Although the railway was closed for the winter, Kay and her husband Nigel (who jointly own the railway) invited us for a footplate ride on one of their steam engines down to Newmills on our last day at the cottage and followed this with an escorted viewing of their workshops and museum. They are enthusiastic about the railway and their achievements and love showing it to their guests. To conclude, this was an ideal cottage in an ideal location with ideal hosts and if you love steam railways then this is the place for you.
Guest from Swindon stayed for 4 nights.
Very welcoming hosts, loved the railway with its pretty flowers and interesting history. Cottage is a good size, comfortable living room. Very quiet and peaceful. Bathroom and loo are downstairs, which may be unsuitable for some guests. Cornwall Cottages website does say there's a dishwasher, but there isn't. Would be good to have one. Enjoyed our stay.
Guest from Wellingborough stayed for 7 nights.
Stayed for a second time here, lovely little cottage well located, Launceston is an easy drive from places like Bude, and is a good central location to explore Devon and Cornwall. Will likely return again, highly recommended. :)
Guest from Orpington stayed for 7 nights.
Our holiday was excellent the cottage was lovely and comfortable we watched the trains from the garden it was lovely the location is excellent for going places
Guest from Redditch stayed for 5 nights.
Had a great holiday in Cornwall, staying at the Railway cottage, Launceston. Lovely cottage in a great location to visit different places in the area. Great to stay at this fantastic railway, Nigel and Kay gave us a great welcome, cream tea on arrival, free train rides all week, especially good for my steam fanatic husband who was allowed to travel on the footplate with Nigel. Will return very soon.
Guest from Winchester stayed for 7 nights.
We both thoroughly enjoyed our stay and Nigel and Kay were great hosts and made us feel very welcome,
Guest from Cullompton stayed for 4 nights.
This is the second time we've stayed here and we love it, my son is already begging to return. It's well located for many local attractions, the owners are very friendly and accomodating and the price is very good (especially give that it includes free train rides when the steam railway is open). It's also easy to get to being just a few minutes of the A30. The only suggestion for improvement I have would be to replace the matress in the double room. Otherwise everything was perfect and I'm sure we will be returning again soon. I would definitely recommend this cottage to others.
Guest from Havant stayed for 5 nights.
Excellent little cottage and week situated for lots to do. Kay was lovely and couldnt be nicer. This was a break to get away from hospital appointments and chemotherapy for hubby and it really helped. Would thoroughly recommend
Guest from Devizes stayed for 7 nights.
Great week in a lovely cottage. Ideal location. Very friendly owners help make the stay memorable. Just love coming back here.
Guest from Halesowen stayed for 7 nights.
It was a really nice and cozy cottage to stay in with a great location. When we arrived we were greeted with a cream tea and the cottage was lovely and warm. We were also treated to a free ride on the steam train which my grandson loved. The rooms were cozy and comfortable and really clean. Would recommend for couples and families. To sum it up it really was like a home from home.
Guest from Christchurch stayed for 7 nights.
Had a wonderful time and every body was so hospitable and friendly that it made our holiday. The owners Kay and Nigel made us feel so comfortable and welcome that we could not have wished for anything else
Guest from Warminster stayed for 7 nights.
Ideally situated, very well equipped (particularly the super large bath towels) and a wonderful welcome.We thoroughly enjoyed all our rides on the steam railway, and plenty of good chat.
Guest from Littlehampton stayed for 4 nights.
Had a very enjoyable short stay at Railway Cottage with the added assistance of some excellent weather. The cottage is very comfortable and contained everything we needed for our holiday, with own parking right outside. It was great to be able to step straight out of the garden onto the Station platform and onto the train. Our hosts were excellent and this included the providing of a Cream Tea on arrival. Don't miss a look around the town and a visit to the Castle with it's great views; well worth climbing all the steps. Would thoroughly recommend Railway Cottage, especially to anyone with an interest in preserved railways.
Guest from Devizes stayed for 7 nights.
Had another great stay at Railway Cottage. The owners are attentive without being imposing and some of the freindliest people you could wish to meet (also some of the busiest people you will ever meet). The cottage is lovely and the location is perfect. Had tears from our 6 yearold when it was time to leave as he didn't want his holiday to end. Already booked next years stay. Can't recommend this highly enough!
Guest from Mansfield stayed for 7 nights.
A lovely cottage on the platform of a railway station. Excellently equipped with everything you could need. A cream tea awaited us and was delicious. Kay & Nigel who run the Launceston Steam Railway were ver welcoming and arranged a ride up the line even thought not fully open. Close to Padstow Bude & St Austell. Not the best selection of places to eat but found a fabulous pub the Bell Inn. Well worth the walk up the steep hill. Great week.
Guest from Cullompton stayed for 7 nights.
We loved our stay in the Railway Cottage. The cottage itself was lovely and well located, the owners were very friendly and helpful. The free rides on the steam train were a huge bonus, especially when you have a child that loves trains. We found it was very well positioned for exploring North Cornwall. We particularly enjoyed Hidden Valley which was only a 10 min drive away. We definitely hope to return some time soon.
Guest from Truro stayed for 7 nights.
Peaceful, comfortable and clean. The owners couldn't have been more helpful or kind. Lovely cottage, very convenient for town. Would definitely recommend.
Guest from Matlock stayed for 7 nights.
Railway Cottage is a delightful property in an excellent location.It is quite magical to be living on a station. You are only have a short up hill walk into Launceston. There is close by a supermarket,fish and chip shop and public house. Kay and Nigel are so welcoming and are always close by if help is needed. The cottage is extremely cosy with a well equipped kitchen. We are already anticipating our 4th visit.
Guest from Raunds stayed for 7 nights.
A very lovely stay for myself, my wife and two young children. Launceston has pretty good amenities, with a nearby supermarket and takeaways. A very large number of attractions and seaside locations are within a very scenic 30-45 minute drive. The cottage was very nice indeed, well located for exploring Cornwall and Devon, and with the added bonus of the adjacent steam railway, with free train rides! Nigel and Kay were charming very helpful hosts. Highly recommended.
Guest from Tonrefail stayed for 7 nights.
The cottage is located in the Newport area of Launceston right on the platform of the Launceston Steam Railway, and you can watch the trains go by out of the window, or from the small but lovely garden which fronts on to the railway. There is ample parking at the rear of the property. The cottage is very well presented and in great condition, comprising two bedrooms, a lounge, dining room, kitchen and bathroom. Small utility and further WC. It was perfect for two having a relaxing weeks break, but could easily accomodate four people. We found it very quiet and managed to sleep comfortably every night. The owners, Kay and Nigel are very good hosts and even provided a bottle of wine to welcome us. They live very close by and run the railway, so are on hand if needed. The railway is magnificent and a 'must do' whilst staying at the cottage - in fact rides are included! In conclusion, we had a lovely week and would not hesitate to stay at the cottage again in the future.
Guest from Newcastle Upon Tyne stayed for 7 nights.
We had a great week in Railway cottage. The cottage itself was lovely and clean and had everything that we needed, the fact that it was on the platform for a small steam railway was an added bonus for it 5 year old. The owners are very nice and very helpful, they also own the railway so we got free rides on the train. Great week.
Guest from Gateshead stayed for 7 nights.
A brilliant week away in a lovely cottage by the Launceston Railway. My son (aged 4) absolutely adored the cottage being right on the station platform and the free train rides offered by our excellent hosts. Many thanks to Kay & Nigel for making one little boy very happy especially when he got to ride on the engine on our last day. The cottage itself is well equipped and comfortable and highly recommended. We will definitely be going back!
Guest from Sleaford stayed for 7 nights.
Myself my husband and two friends stayed at the cottage (also great for families) which had everything we needed and comfy beds. We had a fantastic time exploring the Cornish countryside and villages. Riding at the front of the train was also a great experience. The owners were extremely friendly and helpful
Guest from Calne stayed for 7 nights.
We really enjoyed our stay at this lovely, well equipped, comfortable cottage, a quiet location but within walking distance of the town and shops. Owners Kay and Nigel are very friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. We all loved the trips on the steam train. Launceston is a great location to visit places such as Tintagel, Port Issac, Bude, Bodmin, etc.
Guest from Sherborne stayed for 4 nights.
Lovely comfy cottage right next to the railway. Very well equipped with plenty of space. Kay and Nigel were such warm and generous hosts. We will be back!
Guest from Machynlleth stayed for 4 nights.
The cottage is warm and comfortable with a well equipped kitchen for those who prefer to cook an evening meal. The owners are very hospitable and provide the basics to start you off i.e. beverages and bread. The cottage is well placed with easy walking distance in town which has a castle, museum and some lovely cafes. The unique feature is of course the steam railway with the museum. Strongly advise checking the times of opening before booking the cottage so you can make the most of the experience of been part of a busy station. A thoroughly lovely experience so much so I've booked to go again.
Guest from Norwich stayed for 7 nights.
The cottage was lovely and perfect for touring the local area. The owners were very helpful and welcomed us with a cream tea. Basics like tea coffee and milk were left for us. Go when the steam trains are running and Nigel and Kay will let you ride on the footplate, if you want to, and tell you all about the railway, what you are seeing, and the local area. We had a wonderful week.
Guest from Crowborough stayed for 4 nights.
The owners really made my holiday through their thoughtfulness, friendliness and kindness. .........we shall be booking again in the future.
Guest from Harlow stayed for 7 nights.
Just spent a week in this lovely cottage. Brilliant location, right on the platform of the Launceston Steam Railway. The cottage had all the facilities we needed for a week's stay, including milk, tea, coffee and biscuits and a lovely bunch of daffodils on arrival. Good, private parking right on the doorstep. We were lucky enough to have two rides on the train as well as the opportunity to look round the engine sheds and museum with the owners Nigel and Kay. Launceston is a good base for trips out to the coast and moors ad well as having lots to see in the town itself.
Guest from Devizes, Wiltshire stayed for 7 nights.
Great cottage. Wonderful location. Owners couldn't have been friendlier or made us feel more welcome. I wish there was a button to give 6 out of 5. It was that good!
Guest from Rowley Regis stayed for 4 nights.
A beautiful little cottage in a lovely setting. The owners were extremely welcoming and even treated us to a trip out on the steam engine for New Years Day. A great place to stay and our two little boys (3 and 5) loved it.
Guest from Whitby stayed for 7 nights.
the owners of this property are without doubt the nicest people you would hope to meet!! the cottage is very comfortable and the town with it,s numerous take away are very close by.
Guest from I.o.w. stayed for 7 nights.
We had a lovely stay at the railway cottage. Rode on the trains when they were operating, even the dog, and as the cottage is literally by the platform only needed to sit in the garden and enjoy them!!! Kay and Nigel were very welcoming and we would definitely recommend it to friends.
Guest from Norwich stayed for 7 nights.
We had an excellent week in the cottage, the weather was brilliant. The cottage has everything you need, and Kay and Nigel, were about if there were any problems. We had no problems! I grew up in Launceston, and remember when the railway was still there, we had a nostalgic trip along the valley. My Mum was in walking distance, so we could visit her easily, without having to use the car. nothing is very far away, which made the stay even better.
Guest from Oxford stayed for 3 nights.
We have visited Launceston Steam Railway several times over the years and always loved it. We had noticed a cottage at the end of the platform and wondered who might be lucky enough to live in this spot...then on our last visit we saw, to our joy, that the cottage was available for holiday lets! We booked in without delay and have just come back from the most wonderful relaxing stay there. The cottage is spotlessly clean, excellently equipped, and very comfortable. The owners, Kay and Nigel, made us feel completely welcome and looked after us beautifully. Kay had a bottle of wine and two glasses at the ready for us on arrival, and we sipped this gratefully, after our drive, as she showed us around the cottage. A lovely start to our holiday! There are plenty of things to explore in town (castle, museum, churches, priory ruins) as well as the delight of being able to step out of the cottage and board the steam trains. We were even invited to travel on the engines during our train journeys, rather than in the carriages - an unexpected treat - we loved every single moment of it! We can also highly recommend the delicious lunches (the home-made cheese and potato pie is a personal favourite) and cream teas available in the railway buffet. We had a really happy holiday at Railway Cottage and definitely want to go back. Many thanks to Kay, Nigel, and the whole LSR team for a lovely visit.
Guest from Cinderford stayed for 7 nights.
we loved staying here, both Nigel and Kay made us feel most welcome from the moment we arrived until we departed. we would highly recommend the cottage and loved the train rides that was included, we will definitely be returning here for future holidays
Guest from Grimsby stayed for 7 nights.
The cottage is in a good location for exploring Cornwall and Devon. We got a lovely welcome from the owners when we arrived along with a very welcome cup of tea. Fresh roses in the living room and milk in the fridge made for a great start to the holiday. The cottage is in excellent condition and had everything you could require during your stay. The private parking just outside is a big bonus. The cottage is just a 2 minute walk from a supermarket and there are also plenty of takeaways close by. On a sunny evening it was very relaxing to sit in the delightful garden with a cool drink and unwind after a busy day holidaying. One of the highlights of the stay for us was being invited to ride on the footplate on one of the wonderful steam engines 'Lilian' that Nigel and Kay have put their lives into. We cannot recommend this wonderful cottage too highly
Guest from Guildford stayed for 7 nights.
Had a lovely stay at railway cottage. Property was comfortable and clean. Was made to feel very welcome. My 4 year old son really enjoyed his stay there. Would recommend it.
Guest from Edenbridge stayed for 3 nights.
Very friendly owners of the cottage who went out of their way to advise on places to visit in the locality and also in allowing us to visit the railway installations and locomotives
Guest from Reading stayed for 7 nights.
we normally stay in a prem inn when in cornwall. book the cottage for a change and felt through out our stay relaxed and very welcomed by kay and nigel
Guest from Newport stayed for 4 nights.
Everything great, a wonderful cottage, with a great welcome by the owners. The steam trains were an additional pleasure. Some distance from the sea if you want a beach holiday. Would certainly go back.
Guest from Orpington stayed for 7 nights.
We loved Railway Cottage! It was very homely and had a lovely "feeling" about it, not to mention history which the very kind and welcoming owners told us all about. Everything is new (I think its only just recently been let as a holidayd cottage) and there is everything you need. Its lovely and warm and in a very quite, safe location. There were lots of books, games, leaflets about local attrations. Really everything you could want of a hoilday cottage. A really lovely place. Thanks to the wonderful owners who made us feel really welcome. Many thanks, we had a wonderful holiday!
Guest from Halifax stayed for 3 nights.
We have greatly enjoyed our stay at this cottage, it is off the main road, making it a quiet location but within walking distance to shops & town centre, it is cosy and well equipped. Owners are friendly and helpful, even shown us the workshop where they fix and keep their trains - which was a nice bonus and a bit of a history lesson. The location is good for travels, with an easy access to A30. I am happy to recommend this place.
Guest from Moreton Fitzwarren stayed for 7 nights.
Our stay at railway cottage, we could not fault, it was very clean, towels, bed lining. Comfy beds. Ideal location right on the platform wonderful. The owner Nigel & Kay were so helpful lovely people nothing was to much trouble. Will definitely book again. Bill & Doreen Kemp
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