About this listing
A converted railway carriage for 5 on the very edge of Cardigan Bay. No neighbours, just you and the waves...and dolphins as Europe's largest colony live year-round! Sleeps 5 in 2 bedrooms! WIFI & woodburner. INSTANT BOOK - Calendar updated daily :)
INSTANT BOOK - My calendar is updated every day of the year so you may 'Instant Book' with confidence. :) No need to ask 'if available'.
The carriage is snug ALL year round - panel radiators in every room and, woodburner, and double glazing.
What's included? Basically just bring yourselves, and food and drink. The bed/s are made (according to number staying) with 100% cotton linen, towels & teatowels provided, fresh dishcloth every time (and washing up liquid, and liquid soap, and first few toilet rolls). First basket of logs (and kindling, paper, matches) for the woodburner. The kitchen is equipped. All you need is to relax, get out on the veranda with your drink of choice, and start looking for dolphins!
Conde Nast Traveller - Top Five 'best spots to enjoy the British Seaside' 'This 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).
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.
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 our carriage 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.
In Detail -
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 covered patio 'the train platform'.
'Salon' with woodburner (first basket of fuel supplied). Two sofas
Verandah with views to the front. benches and table.
Bedroom Compartment 1: standard size Double bed, wardrobe etc, luggage racks! It's compact, but cosy. Fitted wardrobe and dressing table. Hairdryer.
Bedroom Compartment 2: Standard size Double bed + one narrow train bunk (suitable only for child). Again, note it's compact!
Dining Compartment: It wouldn't be a train without one! 1930s Oak dining suite.
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, picnic bench, also private patio to rear
WIFI included free of charge, but, like in any accommodation, cannot be guaranteed. Always worked so far :)
A complete detached railway carriage holiday home and direct access to the famous coastal footpath. Direct access down into the sea!
Interaction with Guests
Usually little as there is a keysafe so late arrivals OK. Local housekeeper and property manager in the village.
(website hidden) the Ceredigion coastal footpath and you'll see why I love it! Location between two of UK's best sandy, Blue-Flag beaches - Aberporth and Tresaith.
You can get there by train to Carmarthen then bus to Aberporth (or via Newcastle Emlyn). Car useful too.
Other Things to Note
300m walk along the coastal footpath (flat, 2m wide tarmac path - wheelchair accessible) from the parking area. Max. 4 adults. There is virtually always free on-street parking available (even in August) but please be mindful of local residents access, and park with due regard to safety.
There is a Community Car Park nearby which can be used but be aware in peak season the car park charges up to 3.00 GBP a day.
Garden enclosed but note nearby cliffs potentially dangerous for small children.
No smoking inside ever please (there's a covered veranda outside).
No pets on beds or sofas thanks and please clear any mess from garden. I don't charge for pets as so far people have respected this - thanks.
We absolutely loved our all too brief stay in Wendy! The weather was glorious, which helped as we were able to have breakfasts and evening meals outside on the verandah or in the garden, overlooking wonderful sea and coastal views - we even spotted Dolphins! Having said that, once it went dark and damp (British August weather!) it was fantastic to come inside to the lit log burner and snuggle up with more wine (we drank plenty whilst there!) and s book. We adored the decor in Wendy - the wood paneling, the long train corridor with lights and railway posters, the old leather suitcases, the Cody lounge and the verandah. It's so peaceful - I downloaded stuff onto my iPad to watch whilst there but didn't watch any of it - so much nicer to just enjoy the view and the peace. We did enjoy the radio though - good fun having it belting out music whilst preparing prawns and scallops one night and fillet steak the next!! Who would want to eat out when you have such a perfect view from Wendy!
We walked the coastal path to Tresaith and stopped for a pint at the Ship overlooking the beach then walked on to the National Trust beach Penbryn, walked back to the Ship for another pint then back to Wendy - fab! Aberporth is also lovely and the local stores near the car park sell great logs which we bought for the second night. We also visited Mwnt, an incredible NT beach and piece of coast with superb views.
The flowers in the garden at Wendy. were lovely and I cut fuchsias, montbretia and dog roses for a glass jug on the verandah - nice to have and I left them for the next visitors.
On the minus side, there were only 3 knives (tricky if here had been 4 of us) and a couple of the lovely vintage Welsh rail travel posters in the bedrooms are getting torn and tatty and need replacing as everything else is so lovely.
A wonderful, unique experience - we will certainly be back!
Wir hatten eine sehr detaillierte Beschreibung der wunderbaren Lage des Waggons; war ein kleines Abenteuer für sich, alle Sachen für eine 5-köpfige Familie über einen halben Kilometer dorthin zu schleppen, aber der Aufwand wurde voll entschädigt durch die atemberaubende Lage und stilvolle Einrichtung des Waggons und die Alleinlage und Ruhe durch die autofreie Lage. Alles war , wie beschrieben.
Vielen Dank für dieses schöne Erlebnis.
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 Greg.
This was a delightful two days. We did not see our host but he 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.
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.
We had a wonderful stay in Wendy over a very sunny weekend in April. We arrived late on Friday night- eyes peeled for Wendy's outline through the darkness. The amazing view from Wendy's windows were revealed the next morning. Wendy is located on the Ceredigion footpath- with beautiful views of the coastline. At night Wendy is very secluded however during the day the path is busy with walkers so be mindful of the blinds first thing in the morning!! We had some lovely walks along the coast, stopping off at the characterful coastal villages along the way. There is a lovely long sandy beach a miles walk away which is also easily accessible.
As we waved farewell to Wendy and closed the gate behind us we were lucky enough to see a dolphin busying itself in the waters below. So special. There I was thinking Wales was just full of sheep....!
Me and my girlfriend had a great stay in Wendy. It's in a really good location to just get away from everything and relax. Greg was a great host aswell, very helpful and always replied to messages quickly.
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About the Host, Greg
I'm an architectural historian and I restore unusual and historic buildings across Europe and let them for holidays.
I'm a former University lecturer from the University of Wales (archaeology/ architectural history), and have written several books and TV series on architecture. I love great views, privacy and finding the best locations, and then renovating and restoring in an appropriate style.
I speak English, Welsh and Polish, and I understand basic French. Learning Spanish.
My properties are managed by Yvonne and she speaks English and Spanish.