Former LSWR sleeping car
This holiday cottage consists of the body of a London & South Western Railway sleeping car, built in 1905 for the “boat train” between London Waterloo and Plymouth. The train was timed to connect with passenger sailings from Plymouth. The sleeping car had seven compartments with single beds, two double compartments, a toilet and a compartment for the carriage attendant.
In 1911 the coach was sold to the Great Western Railway, where it continued in service as a sleeping car. It was officially withdrawn from use in December 1931, and the body was one of several moved to a clifftop location near Aberporth for holidaymakers. It is the only surviving body of its type. The Vintage Carriages Trust, which researched the background of this carriage, rates it as “very important” historically.
Now named Wendy, the carriage is still used as holiday accommodation. Many of the original features are retained inside, including part of the side corridor past the bedrooms. In 2012, Conde Nast Traveller magazine named Wendy one of the top five places to enjoy the British seaside.