Gorgeous Cottages – The Railway Carriage Helmsley

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North York Moors

Decadent, luxurious and impossible romantic… Welcome to The Carriage, one of Yorkshire’s most unique holiday cottages. Once a working Victorian carriage on GNR’s east coast railway line, this sumptuous railway carriage has been completely transformed into a stunning self-catering hideaway. Perfect for couples or small families, and if you’re planning a honeymoon with wow-factor – this is the place!

Tucked away behind the market square in one of Yorkshire’s prettiest villages, arriving at The Carriage is like stepping into an Enid Blyton novel. No expense has been spared refurbishing this fabulous retreat up to 5 Star standard accommodation. The carriage is very cosy inside, benefiting from brand new central heating throughout…

You’ll find a gorgeous open plan sitting room, kitchen and dining area – the perfect space to relax after a busy day’s sight-seeing in the North York Moors. All mod cons have been taken care of including a concealed HD LCD TV with DVD Player. Wi-Fi is also included.

In the bespoke kitchen you’ll find a hob, combination microwave oven & grill and a fridge freezer too. Use of the owner’s AGA is also available at any time and if you like the owner will be delighted to provide you with a slap up breakfast, served to you in the comfort of your carriage. Anything is available; full Yorkshire breakfast using top quality local produce, award winning free range eggs, salmon and other fish, fresh fruit platter, yoghurts breads and pastries (either home-made of from the local artisan bakery.

The luxurious memory foam double bed is in the main living space and ‘hides-away’ during the day. There is also a separate private bedroom in the carriage with bunk beds. The full size wet-room style bathroom sits between this room and the living area and features an overhead shower with complimentary shampoo, soaps and toiletries.

The Carriage is set within a very pretty garden. Divided up into several different sections you can take your breakfast on the patio, chill out on the sun lounger or dream a little on the garden swing.


Exactly why an old railway carriage ended up in the garden of a cottage in Helmsley in the 1920s is something of a mystery but its arrival was certainly memorable. It turned up, minus its wheels, on the back of a flat-bed truck and was craned into place on top of a set of railway sleepers. Since then, properties have sprung up on the fields next to the site, sealing the carriage’s fate as a permanent fixture.


The third-class carriage was built for the Great Northern Railway in 1887 and ran between York and Scarborough until it was decommissioned and sold. While many unwanted carriages went for scrap, a few were recycled by farmers as storage, which is probably why it ended up in the rural market town.