Great Western ‘TOAD’ Brake Van

  • Guests 2
  • Beds 1
  • Bedrooms 1
  • Bathroom 1


Take it easy at this unique and tranquil getaway.Our Great Western Railway ‘Toad’ Brake Van dates from 1940 and was one of hundreds which ran on the main line between 1894 and 1968. Ours has been sympathetically converted into a smart, contemporary home from home, with a grandstand view of passing steam trains.

The nickname ‘Toad’ comes from the Great Western Railway’s telegraph code for brake vans, which were attached to the rear of goods trains to allow the guard to apply the brakes where needed and ensure that the train made safe passage. The large ‘Swindon’ sign on the sides denotes its home base.
Lovingly converted with lots of period details, the cosy Toad benefits from full insulation, double glazing and heating.

It also boasts an en-suite WC and shower, double bedroom, fitted kitchen with induction hob and dining area, Freesat TV and an elevated balcony just 20ft away from the station platform with lovely views over the Rother Valley towards Kent.

The Toad sleeps two adults with allocated parking directly outside.

You will have full access to the entire space

We will be available should you need us.

We are located in the beautiful Rother Valley on the Kent and East Sussex border in Northiam.

Located near Bodiam, Tenterden, Rye and Hastings, the carriages provide a fantastic base for you to explore the local countryside and coast with attractions and activities to suit everyone.

The carriages are situated within Northiam Steam Railway Station, a working station on the Kent and East Sussex Railway line. You don’t even need to leave the carriages to get the full railway experience as the steam trains will pull up at the station just over 20ft away.

We have painstakingly given some wonderful, care-worn rolling stock an exciting new life as modern, clean, inviting bases for you to relax in. We carry out as much of the work ourselves as we can, transforming the interiors into unique quirky spaces. The exteriors are painted in period colours and we retain as many original features as possible.

We recommend that you arrive by car and there is plenty of parking at the property. The nearest mainline train stations are Rye and Hastings with connecting buses to Northium.

£96 /night


  • Antiquing
  • Balcony
  • Bird watching
  • Car recommended
  • Carbon monoxide detector
  • Contactless Check-In/Out
  • Cooking basics
  • Dining area
  • Dining table
  • Electric kettle
  • Essentials
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Free parking
  • Heating
  • Historic
  • Hot water
  • Kitchen
  • Kitchen utensils
  • Linens
  • Long term stays allowed
  • Museums
  • Outdoor dining
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Oven
  • Private entrance
  • Romantic
  • Rural
  • Single level home
  • Smoke detector
  • Stove
  • Toilet
  • Towels
  • TV
  • Village
  • Wildlife viewing
  • Wine glasses
  • Winery tours
No Check-in