Yorkshire isn’t short of quirky places to see and stay at, and Skipwith Station is no exception. Situated just south of York, Skipwith Station hosts 3 railway carriages, all completely transformed into the ultimate alternative hideaway in a pretty, rural setting.
The carriages are all different, with a former loading bay, an ex-Virgin West Coast carriage, a converted MK2 Mail Van, and a Derwent Flyer carriage all available for guests to choose from.
The carriages sit on the old Derwent Valley Railway on the ‘blackberry line’, adjacent to Skipwith Common which is aptly covered in blackberries. The ‘Lady Deramore’ carriage, an-ex Virgin trains carriage, offers some of the best views at the station, overlooking open countryside and featuring its very own private garden – perfect for winding down at a home away from home.
Each carriage is completely unique to its former purpose, with Lady Deramore featuring its original train windows, the Derwent Flyer retaining its beautiful wooden panelling, and Blackberry Halt keeping its unique arched ceiling.
The Derwent Flyer carriage can be conjoined with the Mail Van, accommodating up to 8 people for the perfect group stay – and making for great photos.
Close by to explore cities such as York, Leeds, Beverley and Hull, the spot is a great option for those looking to head out and see all that Yorkshire has to offer, or hide away in for an idyllic retreat away from city life.
Skipwith Common nearby offers fantastic views for walking fans and is one of the last remaining areas of Northern lowland heath in England. The common provides 270 hectares of open heath, with three walking routes to choose from where explorers can see WWII runways, hidden archaeology and the historic village of Skipwith. The common to this day has remains from the Bronze Age and the Iron Age.
Skipwith village itself is home to its very own Gastropub, The Drovers Arms, serving award-winning locally sourced food and is regarded as one of the best pubs near York. The place is dripping with history, with over a thousand year old farmhouses, a parish church dating back to the Saxon era and buildings remaining from the 1700s.
Each converted carriage includes everything you need for your stay, including fitted kitchens, open plan living areas, en-suite bathrooms (some including jacuzzi baths!), Wifi, central heating and air conditioning. The loading bay even includes under-floor heating for extra cosiness during your stay.
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