- Beach nearby
- Golf nearby
- Horse Riding
Set within flower rich meadows just 5 miles from Dorset’s magnificent Jurassic Coast, the High Cross Camping Coach is a cleverly converted Victorian railway carriage where you can enjoy a holiday with a difference.
If you want to climb aboard into another era then you’ve come to the right place. Built over 100 years ago for the London, Brighton and South Coast railway, this camping coach and adjacent living van are full of character and original features, from brass luggage racks and leather window straps to a traditional ship’s porthole and a French art nouveau stove. They are also fully equipped with contemporary comforts and nearby you will find beaches, harbour towns, historic houses, family attractions, cafes and local pubs. This takes glamping to a whole new level.
There are lots of lovely beaches and seaside towns nearby - Burton Bradstock, West Bay, Charmouth, Eype and Durdle Door to name a few - and there are also plenty of beautiful old houses and gardens nearby, from Montacute House and Forde Abbey to Lytes Cary Manor and Mapperton House. Children will love attractions like Monkeyworld, Abbotsbury Swannery, Swanage Railway and the many museums in Dorchester, and there are several pubs both in and around Beaminster, which is just a 2 mile scenic walk from the carriage.
Your nearest stations are Crewkerne (20 minutes) and Dorchester (30 minutes), both reached from London Waterloo. Alternatively there are detailed driving directions on the website and there is parking for one small - medium sized car (no vans or large vehicles as there isn't sufficient space).
Nearest Train Station:
Crewkerne and Dorchester
Pubs in and around Beaminster
The Camping Coach is oozes style and atmosphere, with one fold-out double bed, a microwave / grill and two ring induction hob with a Belfast sink, and a bathroom with plenty of hot water and a flushing loo. The nearby Living Van has a cheerful interior where you can either sleep two extra people or you can read, play games and eat your meals.
The Camping Coach and Living Van sit in a private corner of a pretty cottage garden, with unobstructed views over the meadows towards the hills. In the garden there is a table and chairs, as well as deck chairs for that all-important afternoon siesta.
Also within the garden of High Cross Cottage you will find a First Class Family Saloon railway carriage, a museum standard restoration where you can experience for yourself the delights of a First Class dinner or afternoon tea prepared by a professional cook. Please inquire for details, menus and prices.
Conditions of Rental
Recommended for children over 5 years because of ponds, high walls and steep steps. Dogs are welcome by prior arrangement. We charge an extra £10 per person per stay in the living van to cover laundry. Check in is from 4pm and check out is 10.30am. Minimum stay is usually 2 nights, sometimes 3.