Coastal footpath at Aberporth, Cardigan Bay
One of the most remarkable places to stay in the UK, this converted railway carriage holiday cottage is the perfect holiday for train-lovers or those who want to watch dolphins. Sleeps 5, dogs welcome, and has WIFI too.
Treat yourselves to somewhere really VERY special - Conde Nast Traveller - Top Five 'best spots to enjoy the British Seaside' '[The carriage] has reached her final staging post - between the beaches of Aberporth and Tresaith. The only neighbours are the birds...this is the perfect place for toasting crumpets after a day's walking or dolphin-spotting' (Sally Shalam for Conde Naste Traveller magazine).
The Independent named our coastal carriage as one of the best sites in the UK to spot bottle-nosed dolphins and seals!
Enjoy some of the finest views in Wales from our converted Edwardian railway carriage located on the coastal footpath between the sandy beaches at Aberporth and Tresaith. This holiday home sites between (walking distance) from two of the loveliest sandy beaches in Wales. Many guests see Europe's largest colony of bottle-nose dolphins in the bay in front, and direct access to the heritage coast footpath makes Wendy the ideal location for exploring the West Wales coast. Peaceful location with no roads within 300 yards. You can catch sea bass and mackerel on lines from the rocks in front of the carriage. Read an independent review of Wendy from the travel section of the Guardian newspaper or see real guest holiday albums here, here, here, here and here.
History - Our carriage is the sole surviving carrriage of her type. The Vintage Carriages Trust rates her as 'very important' historically. She was built in 1905 as a LSWR (London & South Western Railway) Sleeping Car for the Plymouth-Waterloo 'boat train', with seven single and two double compartments, a lavatory and a compartment for the attendant. The train was timed to line up with passenger sailings from Plymouth.
She was sold to GWR (Great Western Railway) in 1911 and converted to 8 single, and 1 double in 1919. In December 1931 she was retired from use, and in 1936 she was purchased from GWR Swindon and delivered by rail to (then) Newcastle Emlyn railway station. She was then delivered by lorry and bogey to Aberporth where she has rested ever since. Her original neighbours at Aberporth were cariages from Queen Victoria's own train... but one has since been removed to a museum, though other historic carriages can still be seen on the coastal footpath. We keep her painted in GWR colours. There have been many changes but original detail remains including the side corridor past the bedrooms.
An absolutely amazing place - A fantastic experience and much enjoyable rest break. Great scenery and location-reccommend it ***
All rooms in the carriage are lined in oak, are insulated and have panel heaters so are suitable for use all year round. We love it when it is stormy in winter!
WIFI provided free of charge, works in every room (note we've never had any problem with it, and to our knowledge it always works, but like any accommodation provider we cannot guarantee WIFI)
Kitchen with cooker, microwave etc. Fairly basic as kitchens go but better views than most you'll have used! Fridge with small freezer compartment. Door to rear patio.
'Salon' with woodburner (first basket of fuel supplied) two sofas, oak dining table for 5
Bedroom Compartment 1: Double bed, cotton bedlinen, wardrobe etc, luggage racks! Its compact, but cosy. Fitted wardrobe and dressing table.
Bedroom Compartment 2: Double bed + one narrow train bunk (suitable only for child). Again, note it's compact!
Shower Room with quality quadrant shower, toilet etc. Heated chrome towel rail and blast fan for warmth when you get out of the shower.
Garden (enclosed) with access to sea an coastal footpath
Verandas front and back
There are a few good restaurants around: Here are a few suggestions:
Hammet House - Llechryd (approx 20 mins) Country House hotel - high end dining
Harbour Master - Aberaeron (Approx 25 mins drive) on the harbour-side - great food, seafood, views etc.
The Hive - Aberaeron (Approx 25 mins drive) also on the harbour-side - good food
The Pentre Arms - Llangrannog (Approx10 mins drive) on the harbour-side - fresh catch of the day - plus bar type menu
The Ship Inn - Tresaith ( Approx 8 mins drive) Great place to watch the sunset from - good menu
An absolutely amazing place - A fantastic experience and much enjoyable rest break. Great scenery and location-reccommend it ***
Had a great time for the two days we stayed in the railway carriage. It was lovely and warm inside as it was very cold outside. The local people and businesses were extremely friendly and welcoming and we had some exhilarating walks along the coast path. The only problems were difficulty opening the key safe and the door lock, both overcome with a little ingenuity.
A magnificent quirky and cosy property with fabulous views. The lay out is great for a couple or family. A lovely stroll to good beaches. Wendy is very welcoming and perfect for a hideaway and a place to unwind. Great care has been taken and the attention to detail is perfect.
Our third stay at Wendy, we had previously vowed to come back for Christmas as on a previous stay, we arrived just after Christmas and left just before new year. We are certinaly glad we did come back for Christmas Day as our stay can only be described as spectacular! This beautiful carriage has been further improved with the removal of the TV, making our stay even more authentic! We all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and will definately be coming back again some day!
Lovely break staying in Wendy. Keep looking out of the carriage windows to take in the view, the sound of the sea and starry canopy at night this was all we needed to feel very lucky indeed.
If you're questioning whether to book this place, stop now, just book it! It's wonderful! We saw dolphins in our first hour of arrival. The beach is minutes away. - Edward from Copenhagen
We had the most fantastic stay in Wendy the railway carriage - sooo cute! We loved waking up to the sound of the sea, calling 'tickets please!' and using the station trolley to collect our luggage! Such a lovely property and a wonderful location right on the coastal path. All arrangements worked like clockwork and the fire was not only warm and cosy but a great companion and source of entertainment.
Wow, Wendy did not disappoint! The carriage is a wonderful place to stay, surprisingly roomy and big enough for my partner, a toddler, two fairly big dogs and me and so charming. It is situated in the most perfect spot and we were lucky enough to have beautiful weather. The garden is fully enclosed and dog proof and the back verandah gets full sun and is sheltered so a fine place to sit in the spring sunshine. The views in front are fantastic. Lovely to have Aberporth and Tresaith beaches within short walking distance. We had the best time and my son loved the fact we were living on a big train! We will definitely be back.
Loved getting reacquainted with this lovely old girl. Happily the weather was dry and we were able to do lots of walking, returning to our cosy carriage in the late afternoons to get warm by the log burner. It's wonderful being so close to the sea and the new veranda looking out over fields at the back is an added bonus. No Dolphins this time - doubtless they were in warmer waters!
We had a lovely stay in Wendy. The location and views are amazing and the accommodation is very cosy and comfortable. We will definitely be back.
Our host, from the start, was a great host: He ensured that we had clear communication, and, without delay, addressed each and every query which we had. As our first holiday break organised through utt, it could not have run more smoothly. The accommodation was jam-packed with character: The majority of the original features of the carriage remain, and are maintained to a high standard. My son absolutely loved it, and thought he was in a Harry Potter movie! I can very safely say that the views from the accommodation are nothing short of spectacular: An incredible cliff-top view of the Irish Sea, with the Welsh hills in the far distance. As a place to stay, we have never been in a more atmospheric environment, and I would be prepared to recommend this holiday, with confidence, to anyone.” Richard, GB
What a fantastic and unique holiday experience . It had everything there that u needed . The views were stunning and really enjoyed our stay . Never stayed anywhere like this before but will definitely be looking again for this or a similar break away with yourselves thank you utt !!!!!
What can we say except that we took our vintage clothes. And spent a very vintage 30/40s week in Wendy. Amazing place with a real bygone era feel and although it feels a bit of a trek from the car park with a weeks supply of holiday stuff (a larger trolley or wheelbarrow would be better), it was worth it. We would return sometime when pennies permit!
Thankyou for the opportunity to stay at Wendy for a what was an absolutely lovely week. We had such a great time and were blessed with lovely weather aswell. Can't recommend the place enough. Quite simply it's brilliant in every way!
We have just spent a delightful 4 days at Wendy. We had the good fortune to have perfect weather, and spent some of our time - when not out and about- sat on the verandah at the back of the property in absolute peace and privacy enjoying the sun. The carriage is very comfortable, with heating for the cooler months and has every home comfort - apart from a TV, worth noting if this is important to you. Having said that, we had plenty to fill our time, from eating out locally, seal watching(I saw one!) to just people watching. Hope to be back.
As a location. You can't beat Wendy. A spectacular view directly on your doorstep. Surprisingly easy to keep warm and cosy against the autumn breezes. Comfortable beds in quirky carriages went down well. And the dog couldn't believe his luck that numerous dog walkers marched past the gate keeping him well entertained. The town and beaches are a comfortable stroll away as is the car park. A lovely place all round. Thank you UTT
“The whole experience of staying in 'Wendy' was wonderful, Greg emails very clear notes for directions, access and parking and everything was as described with the wood burner set ready for lighting, a pretty bunch of flowers and pack of Welsh cakes on the table to accompany a cuppa on arrival. Full of character, charm and very practical as a self catering destination, great shower, kitchen, a cosy bed and comfy sofas by the fire. A nice touch were the blankets to wrap up in whilst watching the sunset when outside on the decking. The coastal path was well used so do expect a few onlookers, never a problem though and the fuscia and rose bushes add to a sense of privacy. We saw dolphins and seals (from further along the path) had some great walks and swam in the sea at Aberporth. A great place to escape to for a few days, I'm convinced the carriage gangway gets longer the more times you walk up and down it....just fabulous! Look forward to a return visit, thank-you Greg.” Robert, Sussex
Wendy, the Aberporth Express train, was everything we hoped for and more! We knew it would be fun and scenic, but we hadn't expected it to be quite as magical as it was. We were blessed with two separate dolphin sightings, a seal who appeared in the sea one evening and even a friendly bat who loved to circle Wendy at night. For us, being able to put our daughter to bed in a snug, safe and cosy room and then sitting outside and looking out to sea while she slept was much appreciated. Breakfasts on the veranda were also very special. Our advice is to pack everything in boxes (with a lid) then walk down to Wendy to collect the sack truck first. It's a long walk if you're carrying heavy bags. Wendy is sturdy, comfortable, historic and well-kitted out. We will definitely be returning in the future! Thank you. - Melanie J.
We had a fabolous stay and enjoyed our Holiday very much. The booking process was easy and the instructions how to get to the place were also very clear. We will definitely recommend the Website and will book again. Best Regards KLAUS HOHENSINNER
We had a fantastic time staying at Wendy - super location, beautiful views, and very cosy. Couldn't have been bettered!
My partner loves the sea and this little gem is a simply stunning location for that. My partner and another couple made Wendy our Christmas treat, including a full Turkey Christmas dinner. We all had a wonderful time and left so relaxed our feet dragged all the way to the car. Can't wait to go back, it might be our annual Christmas treat.
Our stay at Wendy was absolutely fantastic. We had everything we needed in the carriage, all we needed was food and wood and the odd bottle of wine. The weather was fantastic and you are in such a fantastic location within easy walking distance from so many beautiful places. We spoke to so many friendly people whilst we were there, a lot just walking past the gate at the bottom of the garden. We will definitely go back to Wendy, a welcome break from the mad world
We had a wonderful time in Wendy. The weather was typical April showers and quite chilly but we were snug inside. The views were amazing and we visited lots of pretty beaches along the coast. We definitely recommend staying in Wendy any time of year.
Wendy is in a beautiful spot and we had a great time staying there. Would love to go back again - maybe in season so we'd have more chance of seeing a dolphin....
We really enjoyed our holiday on the Ceredigion Coast! Wendy the Aberporth express is the perfect coastal getaway. The carriage is packed with character and had more than enough space for myself and two friends (one of whom was heavily pregnant!). It had everything we needed and more for a comfortable stay. I particularly enjoyed having my lunch sat on the bench outside whilst looking out over the ocean and listening to the waves - perfect! We explored Aberporth, Cardigan and Tresaith and their beautiful beaches. We also drove to Tenby for the day, which took just over an hour each way. 'The Ship' pub in Tresaith is a definite for Sunday lunch.
"This was a delightful two days. The host kindly left us a packet of Welsh Cakes and enough wood for a couple of fires. The converted railway carriage is charming, retaining much of its original character. Beds were comfortable, and the little rooms all very cozy. The views are stunning and it was great to be right on the coastal path for running and walking. The only problem is we're now addicted to Welshcakes!" Colin from Toronto
We had a fabulous time at the Wendy! We were blown away with the beautiful train carriage, the interior was so lovely with a lot of attention to detail and vintage touches. We were very warm and cosy and loved the log burner in the lounge. The kitchen had everything we needed and enjoyed breakfast on the veranda admiring the incredible view. Greg made us feel very welcome - thanks for such an enjoyable stay! Will definitely be returning to Wendy. - Gabriella Douglas
Enjoyed a wonderful weekend stay at the Wendy with my wife and 12 y/o son! We loved the outstanding views and the easy access to the coastal path. We found the Wendy very charming and look forward to staying again in the future. I did not hear my 12 y/o complain once over the weekend, so it was an aboslute success!! The only negative of the weekend was the Welsh Cakes that were waiting for us upon arrival. I had never had a Welsh Cake before and now I am absolutely hooked on them!!! :) Scott Adams
'Wendy is fantastic - what a location! Our 8 & 7 year olds have had a great time - crabbing, swimming in the sea, sandcastles and the simple pleasures of childhood. ~ Stuart, Nicola, Akex & Hamish from Penarth
'From the moment we arrived we felt that we had stepped aboard Harry Potter's Hogwarts Express - it is simply magical! Aberporth, Wendy, the surrounding beaches, views, wildlife and walks all exceeded our expectations.' ~Russell & Sally from Cheshire
'We saw dolphins every day just in front of the carriage, and loved watching the rabbits in the back field. Every day we walked to a different beach.' ~ Susan and Sean
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