Ravendale & Eskdale Railway
“Two beautifully restored camping coaches – lovingly brought back to live – a must for all rail enthusiasts.” - VisitEngland Assessor
Elmira and Maid of Kent – both camping coaches – have been lovingly brought back to life and their fascinating history is now on display to be admired. As you step on board, abe transported to a bygone era. The carriage’s original features have been uncovered and sympathetically restored. From the ‘Pullman Car No.’ plaques in the lounge, to the beautiful marquetry that has been delicately repaired. Both offer elegance, comfort, and a sense of nostalgia. You do not need to be a train enthusiast to appreciate the splendour and importance of these special camping coaches. Entrance: Steps lead up to the entrance vestibule, ample space for coats and walking boots. This is the end of the carriage and has two doors. The front door is accessed via a set of steps (quite steep). Elmira - the rear door leads to the fire escape ramp, a set of steps lead down to the communal grassed garden area at the rear of the coach. Maid of Kent – exit from the rear door leads down to the fenced patio area and fire escape ramp. There is a gate on the fenced patio area that leads to the communal grass garden area. Please ensure children and dogs are always supervised. Kitchen: The compact yet fully equipped kitchen includes a two-ring electric enamel hob, electric countertop oven and grill, microwave, fridge with a freezer box, full size sink and drainer. There is also a kettle and toaster, cutlery and crockery, plus plenty of storage. Opposite the kitchen is a storage cupboard where you will find an iron and ironing board, clothes airer, vacuum cleaner and dustpan and brush. Lounge: Reupholstered original Pullman seats form part of the dining area which comfortably seats 4-5 people. Additional furniture includes a handmade bench and sofa, set of three mahogany tables and pull-out extra ‘bed in a box’ single bed. TV with FreeSat and Wi-Fi. There are several plug/USB sockets throughout. Electric wood burning stove and electric heating. Master en-suite bedroom: Double bed. Plenty of hanging space, including a coat stand, shelves, as well as room under the bed for bags or suitcases. There is room for a travel cot (not supplied). White modern en-suite with vanity unit, shower and toilet, plus heated towel rail. Main bathroom: The white modern suite includes a vanity sink, toilet and shower, plus heated towel rail. Second bedroom: The compact second bedroom comprises twin beds with central bolster and a three shelve unit for storage. These beds can be zipped together to form a king size bed. Outside area: Elmira - just beside the entrance at the front is a paved patio area with seating. Behind the carriage is a grassed area overlooking the line. This area is shared with the guests staying in Maid of Kent. Maid of Kent - behind the carriage is a paved fenced patio area which overlooks the line. Beside the patio is a grassed area accessed by a gate, shared with guests staying in Elmira. The front of the carriage overlooks a sensory garden.
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Cumbria's rugged yet beautiful landscape is best known for the Lake District National Park that sits within its boundaries. It’s famous for Lake Windermere, England’s largest lake, and Derwent Water, ‘Queen of the English Lakes'. This beautiful countryside once inspired William Wordsworth and his home, Dove Cottage, in Grasmere is a popular museum. Another place of literary pilgrimage is Hill Top, home of Beatrix Potter, located near Windermere. Tom Kitten, Samuel Whiskers and Jemima Puddleduck were all created here.
Much of Cumbria is often overlooked in favour of the Lake Distirct. In the south, the Lune Valley remains as lovely as it was when Turner painted it. The coast is also a secret gem. With its wide cobbled streets, spacious green and views of the Solway Firth, Silloth is a fine Victorian seaside resort. Other towns along this coastline include Whitehaven, Workington and Maryport. Carlisle is well worth a look – once a Roman camp, its red-brick cathedral dates back to the early 12th century and its 11th-century castle was built by William Rufus.
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