History of Long Hill Carriage

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For 25 years Annie and Chris have lived in the village of Cucklington, a little hilltop village on the borders of the three counties of Somerset, Dorset and Wiltshire.

An image of Long Hill Carriage on a beautiful summer's day.
An image of Long Hill Carriage and the surrounding beautiful cottage garden.

The lovingly restored carriage and goods wagon are situated in the large, colourful cottage garden of the Grade Two listed cottage in a secluded and peaceful rural location with stunning views across the unspoilt expanse of the Blackmore Vale, made famous in the novels of Thomas Hardy.

The living room and fully fitted kitchen are located in the GWR 'birdcage' third class carriage, the only one of its type still in existence. Built in 1882, the carriage started on the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway and finished in 1927 on the Barry Railway in South Wales, before being sold for accommodation on a farm in North Devon. It was rescued from the bonfire in 2003 and renovated before coming to Cucklington in 2006.

An image showing Long Hill Carriage in the dilapidated state it was rescued in before it was renovated.

The separate double bedroom and bathroom are housed in a 1952 goods wagon, once used for ferrying flowers, fruit and vegetables to market. Seventy years younger than the carriage, the goods wagon came from Stratford-upon-Avon, where for twenty years it had been used for storage by the local Archery Club. It was bought on eBay in early 2014, craned into the garden and then transformed into its present state.

An image showing the wagon in its role as an archery store prior to being renovated.

"..so lovingly restored by you both."

An image showing the wagon after being renovated into a luxury bedroom and en-suite bathroom.

Together these two pieces of British railway history make a quirky and comfortable base for a restful and tranquil escape from the pressures of city life.  We hope that staying in such a special railway carriage and wagon, both now in their third reincarnation, will be a unique, fun and unforgettable experience.

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