Holiday cottages near train stations: 11 car-free breaks
Sometimes it’s nice to leave the car on the drive and head out somewhere new on the train. There’s no need to worry about parking spaces or getting lost on the way to your destination – instead, you can sit back and enjoy the scenery. Plus, it’s a far more eco-friendly and sustainable way to get about the UK. Here are 11 of our most popular holiday cottages near train stations to give you some inspiration for your next break.
1. Station House
Best for: Discovering the beauty of the Lake District National Park
Closest station: Staveley, 200 feet away
You don’t get much closer than at the two-bedroom Station House, set just across the road from Staveley’s railway, where the station was built in 1892. Nestled right in the heart of the Lake District, it’s a lovely base for a hiking holiday amid the rolling hills and glacial lakes of this gorgeous part of Cumbria. Best of all, it’s dog friendly – so your pooch can join in on all of your adventures too.
2. Baggergate House
Best for: Discovering the rich history of York
Closest station: York, 0.7 miles
Baggergate House is a charming three-bedroom home, conveniently located in the heart of York. Just a few minutes from the centre, you can spend your days browsing the boutiques and eateries of this bustling city, before heading back and unwinding in the peace and quiet of the private garden – complete with a bubbling hot tub.
3. Tower View Cottage
Best for: Indulging in some retail therapy along Chester’s pretty cobbled streets
Closest station: Chester, 0.6 miles
Set within Chester’s busy centre, Tower View Cottage is a cosy two-bedroom retreat with lots of history. First built over 200 years ago, this Grade II listed building has been beautifully renovated to include all the modern comforts you could possibly need, making it a great choice for a romantic weekend or a family break away.
4. Little Cow House
Best for: Exploring the nearby Chirk Castle
Closest station: Chirk, 0.8 miles away
Little Cow House is a charming three-bedroom cottage, set on a working farm in the hamlet of Pontfaen. A tranquil escape from the everyday bustle, you could easily spend your entire weekend sitting back and soaking up the peaceful countryside views of Pembrokeshire from the garden. If you do decide to explore the local area, the characterful market town of Llangollen is just a short bus or train journey away.
Best for: Strolling through the historic streets of Conwy town
Closest station: Conwy, 0.5 miles away
Westfield is a warm and inviting three-bedroom home, just a few minutes walk away from the town centre of Conwy. There’s also a bus service just outside of your door if you feel like heading out further afield and exploring the Snowdonia National Park, National Trust attractions, and the many pretty villages in the local area.
6. Little Acorn
Best for: Enjoying scenic walks along the River Taw
Closest station: Barnstaple, 0.7 miles
Little Acorn is a sweet one-bedroom annexe in the delightful surroundings of Barnstaple in North Devon. Whether you are planning a romantic getaway or an action-packed hiking holiday, this lovely little cottage has everything you need. The private balcony is particularly gorgeous – perfect for morning coffees and lunches with a view.
7. The Shipwreck
Best for: Soaking up the seaside views at Lowestoft Beach
Closest station: Oulton Broad South, 0.5 miles
The Shipwreck is a beautifully furnished three-bedroom home in Oulton Broad, just a short walk from the train station where you can hop on and reach both the Norfolk Broads National Park and Suffolk’s stunning coastline. In the local area, you’ll find a good selection of shops and restaurants within walking distance.
8. Pear Tree Cottage
Best for: Exploring the enchanting woodlands and riverbanks of Ceirog Valley
Closest station: Chirk, 0.4 miles
Pear Tree Cottage is a lovely two-bedroom cottage, nestled within a small hamlet in the pretty Ceirog Valley – close to the border of Shropshire. From the front lawn, you can enjoy far-reaching views of the wooded river valley and up to the rolling hills of Pembrokeshire. Originally built in the 1790s, this idyllic retreat has retained much of its original charm.
9. 4B Waltham Road
Best for: Strolling along the nearby Boscombe Pier
Closest station: Pokesdown, 0.4 miles
The three-bedroom 4B Waltham Road is perfect for a family break in the popular coastal town of Bournemouth. This detached cottage feels like a real home-from-home, with a cosy lounge area, a well-equipped kitchen and an enclosed garden for children (or pups) to run wild.
10. Arundel Mews
Best for: Unwinding by the seaside
Closest station: Scarborough, 0.2 miles away
Arundel Mews is a deceivingly spacious three-bedroom cottage set within Scarborough. Although it’s conveniently located in the heart of this bustling town, this charming home is tucked away in a quiet cul-de-sac and offers plenty of peace and quiet when you need it. The bathroom is particularly lovely, with a gorgeous roll-top bath to sink into after a busy day!
11. The Drift
Best for: Checking out the art scene in St Ives
Closest station: St Ives, 0.5 miles
The west coast of Cornwall holds many delights, including the gorgeous coastal town of St Ives. The Drift is a stylish one-bedroom apartment with a convenient open-plan sitting room and kitchen. Set just off the high street, this stylish retreat overlooks a pretty courtyard and is just moments from all the shops, galleries, and restaurants in the town.