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Ten great rural places to stay near train stations

Posted by Florence Fortnam at 11:00 on Monday 30 December 2013

Taking the train to your holiday destination doesn't have to mean opting for a city break. On greentraveller, we feature lots of lovely places to stay that are within striking distance of rural railway stations that are great for a car-free break. Here's a selection:

Seren Loft, near Llandovery, Mid Wales
This barn conversion and artist studio in the valleys of Mid Wales is within a spit of the train station. It's especially set up for little greentravellers – pack a toothbrush, tuck the baby under your arm and jump on a train. You will want for nothing and enjoy your hosts warmth and enthusiasm, the peace and quiet and artistic licence to be creative in the studio downstairs.
>> Read our review of Seren Loft

Above the artist's studio in Seren Loft. Photo: Lucy SymonsAbove the artist's studio in Seren Loft. Photo: Lucy Symons

Blue Seas Hotel, Cornwall
Overlooking Mounts Bay and with Penzance's promenade just yards away, Blue Seas Hotel has fantastic sea views and is ideal for a short break. Breakfasts use local, fresh ingredients, and Penzance's train station is just a half-hour stroll along the quay.

Smart City Edinburgh photo: Smart City: Reception are of the smart city hostelSmart City Edinburgh photo: Smart City: Reception are of the smart city hostel

Smart City Hostels, Edinburgh, Scotland
A 5 star hostel with dorms and private rooms (with en suites) right in the middle of the city centre and just off the Royal Mile. Cheap and cheerful with a bar and restaurant and over 600 rooms so bring your chums. Edinburgh station is a short walk. A lively option for a metropolitan stay. 

Blacksmith's House, Brockenhurst, New Forest National Park
Located right in the middle of the action within the New Forest National Park is The Blacksmith's House. It's a very short walk from Brockenhurst train station where the hop on, hop off New Forest Tour open top buses convene. It's a perfect spot if you have no car – you can arrive by train and get around on the bus effortlessly. The New Forest is just begging for you to hire a bike or an electric car and explore this beautiful area. >> Read our review of Blacksmith's House

The double bedroom at Blacksmith's House. Photo: Lucy SymonsThe double bedroom at Blacksmith's House. Photo: Lucy Symons

The Coach House, Wroxham, The Broads
A warm welcome awaits at this B&B, where attention to the small details make a big difference. Set back from the leafy main road, this charming converted coach house is within easy walking or cycling distance of Hoveton & Wroxham train station, with bus services stopping nearby.

Just off Brighton's promenade: Paskins Townhouse. Photo: Florence FortnamJust off Brighton's promenade: Paskins Townhouse. Photo: Florence FortnamPaskins Townhouse, Brighton
Paskins was green long before the term even existed. Quirky and original, this art deco-inspired B&B mixes tradition in the bedrooms (brass bedsteads or wooden carved beds) with modern flourishes – geometric patterns and bold colours. The comfy beds may be difficult to leave but whatever you do, don't miss the famous breakfasts, which are local, organic and fair-trade. No rules, late checkouts, welcoming smiles on arrival – you’ll be planning your return trip before you’ve even left. The train station is just over a mile's walk through the bustle of bohemian Kemptown. >> See our Greentraveller Guide to Brighton

Graig Wen, southern Snowdonia
Skirting the market town of Dolgellau is Graig Wen, a close-to-nature collection of slate-roofed cottages, secluded yurts and camping, plus a smart, five-bed B&B. There's a new sustainably-built eco-cabin with a blanket-warmed double futon, a camping stove and a wood-burning fire to ward off bedtime chills. You've got direct access onto the Mawddach Trail and Morfa Mawddach station is just a mile away.

Getting back to nature: one of the yurts at Graig Wen. Photo: David AtkinsonGetting back to nature: one of the yurts at Graig Wen. Photo: David Atkinson

Burnside Park, Bowness-on-Windermere, The Lake District
A hop from stunning Lake Windermere are these gorgeous self-catering cottages and apartments. The train station at Windermere is just over a mile away, and you're perfectly placed for a holiday without the need of a car, with plenty of activities on your doorstep, from walking, fishing and kayaking to cultural pursuits such as theatres and museums. Mention Greentraveller when you book and you'll receive a welcome hamper of local Damson gin and Kendal mintcake!

Uncluttered harmony. Photo: Hôtel les OrangeriesUncluttered harmony. Photo: Hôtel les OrangeriesHôtel Les Orangeries, Poitou Charentes, France
Swim in a long pool beneath the orange trees and enjoy wonderful food in this tranquil and harmonious hotel. The young architect owners have used their creative talents to breathe new life into this old house. The train station at Lussac les Château is just a five-minute walk (change at Paris and Poitiers).

Bryn Elltyd, Snowdonia National Park
This must be one of the greenest places to stay in the UK, and a great base from which to explore the Snowdonia National Park, particularly if you are looking for a comfortable, no-nonsense B&B. Expect hearty breakfasts and a relaxing atmosphere. The train station at Blaenau Ffestiniog is just over a mile away. >> Read our review of Bryn Elltyd

The steam train chugs along in the distance. Photo: Bryn ElltydThe steam train chugs along in the distance. Photo: Bryn Elltyd

>> See our guide to car-free travel in the UK's national parks
>> Plan your journey by public transport

This blog was first written by Florence Fortnam and updated by Lucy Symons in June 2017

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