Long Hill Carriage is a unique and special place for two people to stay. Tucked away in the lower part of the owners' large cottage garden, the lovingly restored 1882 Great Western Railway carriage provides comfortable, roomy and stylish accommodation with a compact fully equipped kitchen in the end compartment.
Brimming with character and decorated in a colourful 1950s-inspired retro style with lots of vintage touches, the living area is suffused with light from its twenty windows and double doors swing open onto the 'platform' where you can sit and enjoy the breath-taking views of the glorious unspoilt Blackmore Vale, made famous in the novels of Thomas Hardy.
A step away the 1950s goods wagon houses a charming double bedroom and en suite bathroom. French doors open onto a balcony overlooking the guests' own pretty, private garden with panoramic views across the valley. Facing west into spectacular sunsets, this is the perfect place to sit and enjoy a sundowner at the end of the day.
A stone's throw from the picturesque 13th century church of St Lawrence, Long Hill Carriage is situated in the tiny peaceful hilltop village of Cucklington, on the borders of three counties, Somerset, Wiltshire and Dorset.
Surrounded by a glorious pastoral landscape, the neighbouring fields are grazed by cows which provide milk for the local butter and award winning cheddar cheese.
The National Trust garden and house at Stourhead are just 10 minutes away. Stroll round the glistening lake and discover grottos, bridges, classical temples and a multitude of exotic trees which are especially fabulous in the autumn with colours galore.
Other nearby National Trust properties include Lytes Cary Manor, a jewel of a medieval manor house set in glorious gardens (25 minutes) and the magnificent Elizabethan house and gardens of Montacute, film setting for Wolf Hall and Pride and Prejudice, and home to over 60 Elizabethan portraits on loan from the National Portrait Gallery (30 minutes).
Find out all about the world's most famous prehistoric monument in the impressive new visitor centre at Stonehenge, before walking round the iconic stone circle (35 minutes away).
Enjoy a cosy home-made meal in the comfort of the carriage with its own wood burner or why not take a trip to one of the many excellent eateries in the local area. The list below gives you a flavour of a few of our favourite nearby restaurants and pubs; there is an in depth guide of good places to eat and drink available at Long Hill Carriage upon your arrival.
The Beckford Arms is a traditional yet stylish country pub located on the edge of the stunning rolling parkland of the Fonthill Estate in south Wiltshire. The Beckford offers great food - varying from whole suckling pig spit roasted on the bar's open fire to their own home-smoked wild salmon - in a classic pub environment.
Surrounded by stunning countryside, this late 18th Century British pub with rooms will delight those in search of good drink, good food and real comfort. It was recently awarded Taste of Somerset Best Pub 2013.
Stylish converted chapel with a laid back friendly vibe and delicious bistro menu. Wonderful artisan bakery, bar and restaurant. Excellent takeaway pizzas from their brick wood-fired oven. Open all day every day from 7am.
SSK is an urban restaurant in the old streets of Gillingham - less than 10 minutes away - specialising in cooking with coal, wood & smoke. SSK has recently had a very strong review in the Guardian.
Enjoy farm-to-table tasty meals and snacks made from local ingredients in the former Cowshed surrounded by a spectacular medley of modern art. Visit the pioneering world class gallery and arts centre of Hauser and Wirth, and whilst you are there, wander through stunning drifts of colourful perennials in the 1.5 acre landscaped meadow.
What a wonderful spot for us to stay. From start to finish it has been great. However, what has really made it for us has been the accommodation - what a privilege to stay in the carriage and wagon which was so lovingly restored by you both. The welcome basket with the homemade scones just perfect for us to take with tea on the verandah looking out at a view that must rank pretty high on the top of our list of stunning views. It was good to see the album showing the progress of the accommodation from wrecks to what you have achieved. The weather was also good = sunshine on all four days. Thanks and best wishes.
What a perfect escape from London! Such a beautiful setting with stunning views. However, what made it for us was the passion and love with which the train has been renovated. Being able to see the journey from the photo album and discover its history made us feel a part of it. Loved having breakfast on the patio listening to the birds. Went to Redferns and At the Chapel and highly recommend both. If you are a fan of brie a visit to Godminster is a must. Thanks once again to Annie & Chris for welcoming us and being excellent hosts.
Thank you so much for the wonderful stay in the carriage. You have done the most incredible job of restoring and styling it, it is just perfect. We very much enjoyed the lovely welcome basket and all the little touches that you have obviously put so much love and care into. We really loved sitting out on the platform looking out over your beautiful garden and view. It was great to meet you both and we found a common interest in vintage things and fairs; fantastic as you could recommend the places to go. Chris it is so great you have such a passion for railways as your introduction to the carriage and the story of its journey is a delight. This has been the most wonderful relaxing escape from London. Many thanks.
Thank you for a wonderful break. We have had a lovely time in such amazing accommodation - so quirky and so comfortable. The 1950’s touches work so well. We were lucky with the weather and enjoyed lunch in the sun on the platform. Views are breathtaking, especially from the balcony outside the bedroom. You can see the love which has gone into the renovation of both carriage and wagon. The area around has so much to offer and hopefully we will be back. We can recommend lunch at the Talbot in Mells and a walk around the village and church afterwards. Finally, a thank you for our delicious ‘Welcome Basket’.
Thank you very much for having us. Please can we stay? Such a wonderful location for a relaxing break. Thank you also for the lovely welcome basket and the week of sunshine you supplied as well.
We have had an absolutely marvelous time here, from the delicious welcome basket and wonderful chat about the local history, to the beautiful surroundings and, of course, the carriage itself! We spent every day out on the grass or by the fire and wish we had "just one more night". Thank you so much for welcoming us and allowing us to stay in this little piece of heaven. We will definitely be returning for more books, booze and botany. Best wishes.
Situated in the heart of Wessex - on the borders of Somerset, Dorset and Wiltshire - Long Hill Carriage is a perfectly located rural retreat.
Long Hill Carriage has excellent transport links by both road and rail. Please use the directions button on Google Maps below to plan your journey.