The golden age of steam travel is revived in Lizzy and Dave's sensitively converted '50s railway coach, now a wonderful place to stay with all mod cons, outside St Ives and close to Cornwall's miles of sandy beaches.

Quote greentraveller when you book and you will receive a lovely Rail Holiday tea towel

Rooms: 2 doubles, 1 quad, two living/sleeping rooms
Price:

High season - 1 week sleeping up to 13 £1350, but much lower outside of school holidays. Couples have option of renting only one end. Weeks at low season begin at £445.

Meals: There are a plethera of restaurants, cafes, shops and takeaways within a few minutes walk
Open: Year round
Address: Harvey, Hayle Station, Hayle, Cornwall, TR27 4NG
 
reviewed by greentraveller

Why we've chosen Harvey

How does Harvey minimise its impact on the environment and contribute to a sense of place? All of the energy involved in running this wonderfully-converted 50's railway coach is provided by the Green Energy company, while all the lightbulbs are low energy. The original taps only release water when the button is held down, and the toilet flush works in a similar fashion, reducing the amount of water used on site. The garden has also been planted with flowers that do not need regular feeding and watering. There are also full recycling facilities on site, as well as a compost bin for food waste.

Guests will also be greeted with a welcome pack full of Cornish produce, including locally-sourced wine, apple juice, soap, biscuits and milk, and are also encouraged to use the local shops, eateries and pubs. Anyone arriving by foot, bike or public transport will receive a £25 cashback, plus there's a detailed book of day trips by train, which is in the carriage, and also on-line. The large garden also has been split into three; a butterfly and herb bed, lawns, and a wild space where children can enjoy den making experiences, with a brazier for campfires. The garden has been cultivated to attract a rich biodiversity of fauna. A signal box play house doubles up as a bird hide.

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This is a perfect spot for a family holiday or for couples. Dogs are welcome. Occasionally there is some late availability so please do get in touch with Lizzy direct for a last minute break.  Free tea towel for everyone who quotes Greentraveller when they book!

>>Winner of the 2016 Visit England Sustainable Tourism Award!

 

Reviewed by Chloe Stickland

"Drinking tea in Lizzy and Dave’s kitchen, in their converted railway station home, surrounded by several cats, colourful paintings, and the warmth from the aga, it’s easy to see why their journey of being the proud owners of several beautifully restored railway carriages began and why it’s far from over."

>> Read Chloe's full review of Railway Holidays

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Top eco features at Harvey

 
  • Energy provided by the Green Energy company

  • Recycling and composting facilities on site

  • Guests receive a welcome pack full of local produce

  • £25 cash back for anyone arriving by foot or bike

 

Location

Harvey, Cornwall, England
Nearest train station: Hayle

Directions from station:
The carriage is on a site beside the train station. There is an excellent bus service both from Hayle, and also Penzance, two short stops down the line. An easy short ride to St Ives, only a few miles away. There are numerous cycle and walking routes in the area, and the carriage provides the perfect base for discovering the industrial and archeological history of Cornwall, as well as being a great place for surfing and birdwatching. Lots of attractions within easy reach.

Plan your journey by train

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