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Calling all steam railway enthusiasts! Best self-catering cottages for train lovers.

Why not combine your passion for traction with a family holiday, romantic getaway, or just a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life? We have a wide selection of properties that will appeal to the train spotter in you, many properties that are near restored, heritage lines and even some with the trains rushing right past the window! View our inspirational choice of cottages for railway enthusiasts

Here’s our pick of some of the best…


Holiday Cottage with miniature steam railway on-site
East View Farm Cottages have a miniature steam railway on-site

East View Farm luxury cottages are two beautifully decorated barn conversions set within ten acres of landscaped grounds, within the Norfolk Broads National Park. Perfect for a family holiday, they are Enjoy England five star rated and epitomise luxury modern living mixed perfectly with traditional features. Sounds good, but what’s all this got to do with steam trains, right?

Well… this property is totally unique, as close to the properties there is the 7 ¼ gauge, miniature Ashmanhaugh Light Railway. The railway has three circuits of track, a signal box, platform, carriage shed and ticket office; a perfect afternoon’s entertainment, especially for kids. You might catch the team at work as well to pick their brains!

Miniature steam railway in cottage grounds
Great fun for steam lovers and children alike!

The cottage also offers Driver Experience Courses, so you can learn to drive a steam train during the day, then in the evening you can treat your family to a joyride! These make fantastic gifts at Father’s Day and Christmas for rail enthusiasts.

And if steam’s not your thing, there are diesel and electric trains to ride too.

If that’s not enough, there are also 3 other heritage lines: the Barton House Railway, a 7 ¼ inch gauge in Wroxham, Bure Valley Railway which is Norfolk’s longest 15 inch gauge line, and the North Norfolk Railway’s Poppy Line, which offers a 10.5 mile round trip on a full-sized steam or vintage diesel train.

Beautiful sitting room
Beautifully furnished and luxurious

Don’t despair if you’re not potty about trains, the cottages are also linked with a nearby craft centre, so you can leave your husband to his trains whilst you get on with your sculpting course, stained glass making, jewellery and gift making, quilting and much more…





Heritage steam railway self-catering cottage
Dramatic views over the railway

Railway Cottage in Somerset is a lovely, single storey stone cottage which was originally built for none other than Isambard Kingdom Brunel, who was building the adjacent West Somerset Railway. Nowadays, the cottage has been entirely modernised to a luxury level with beautiful furnishings and a relaxing hot tub in the garden, but still retains some of its heritage features.

Perfect for train spotters, you’ll be able to watch the engines chugging right past the front of the house, within only a few metres of the window. The views are stunning all the way round; to the rear of the house you can look over the beautiful Quantock Hills. This cottage is also perfect for mini-trainspotters, with a huge range of children’s toys available and a swing set and slide in the completely enclosed garden.



Cottage to rent, great for trainspotters and kids
Enjoy an afternoon watching the trains chug by!

Steam Cottage, set within the stunning surroundings of the Cairngorms National Park in Scotland, is another brilliant choice for lovers of all things steam! This welcoming and traditional cottage is in an area which is fantastic for walking, hiking and all manner of outdoors sports, as well as touring the spectacular mountain ranges and exploring castles. In fact, you may well recognise the area as the setting for TV’s Monarch of the Glen!

All this aside, we think the very best thing about Steam Cottage is what’s at the bottom of the garden… Strathspey Steam Railway runs right past the bottom of the large, private garden; you can spend a relaxed afternoon waving to the jolly passengers, or indeed take a ride on the steam trains yourself!



If these cottages tickle your fancy, why not check out our other cottages for railway enthusiasts?