Car-free breaks: holiday cottages and cabins near train stations

Leave the car at home and let the train take the strain this winter - here is a selection cosy holiday cottages and cabins near train stations across the UK.

Quality Cottages. Old Stable Cottage

Holidaying without using your car is often easier than you might imagine. To help you plan your car-free break we’ve gathered a selection of cosy cottages and cabins near train stations across the UK.

Beacon Hill Farm Shepherd Huts, Northumberland

Situated between the magnificent Northumbrian coastline and the Cheviot Hills, Beacon Hill Farm is surrounded by 50 acres of ancient beech woods, and 300 acres of parkland and grass fields.

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Shepherd's Hut, Beaconhill, Northumberland

The three luxurious Shepherd’s Huts Bluegrass , Ryegrass  and Foxtail are located in a south-facing wildflower meadow. The 32 feet long properties feature three rooms and modern comforts include Wi-Fi, Bose Bluetooth speaker for use with smart phone or tablet, and a digital radio. The bedroom in each hut boasts a luxurious bed and a Smart TV. Guests also have access to a spa with indoor heated swimming pool, Jacuzzi, steam room, sauna, gymnasium and beauty salon. www.premiercottages.co.uk

  •  Closest train station: Morpeth – 7 miles away
  • Complimentary transfer service from the station can be pre-arranged.
"A very cold winter morning begins at St Oswalds bay on the world heritage coastline of Dorset/Credit: Getty Images

Millbrook Estate, Devon

Surrounded by the tranquil North Devon Countryside, Millbrook Estate offers four five-star award-winning properties, wild swimming on site, and a hot tub cabin that can be found along a lantern lit woodland walk. There are two lakes for fishing, a BBQ hut for all-weather al-fresco dining and nature trails where visitors might run into a friendly Alpaca or two. www.premiercottages.co.uk

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  • Closest train station: Umberleigh – 4 miles away
  • The picturesque Umberleigh Station is on the Tarka Train Line that runs from Exeter St David’s to Barnstaple.
  • Complimentary transfer from the train station can be pre-arranged with a week’s notice.

Cossington Park, Somerset

Cossington Park is located in a pretty village on the edge of the Polden Hills and Somerset Levels, between Glastonbury and Bridgwater and close to Wells and Cheddar.

Cossington Park's Park House

An elegant period house and cottage, it offers plenty of space for families to holiday in style. Grand internal features include roll-top baths, four poster beds and rooms brimming with antiques and portraits.  There’s even an impressive library available for guests to browse with some 5,000 books. Outside, the hide and seek opportunities are endless with some 22 acres to explore including extensive gardens and fields. There is also a children’s play area and games room. www.premiercottages.co.uk

  • Closest train station: Bridgwater – 3.8 miles away
  • Bridgwater railway station is on the main West Coast line from the Midlands to the South-west, and just one rail stop from Taunton on the main London-Plymouth line. Bike storage is available.
  • Complimentary transfer from the train station can be pre-arranged.

Hollington Park Glamping

Heated and insulated vintage-style glamping pods in a handsome and peaceful woodland clearing, bone china from which to sip tea, barbecue equipment and three local pubs within easy ambling distance all well under an hour from London and 45 minutes from the sea.

Hollington Park Glamping

Dog-friendly, the site covers ten acres of semi-ancient woodland on the Hampshire/Berkshire border and is just five minutes from historic Highclere Castle, the main filming location for Downton Abbey. Scenic walks, a brick-built fire pit for blazing up evening toastiness to sit at under the stars and full access to the ten-acre woodland for wood foraging, den building and wildlife spotting are all around: look out for deer, badgers and resident pheasant Bubble, often seen strutting around the site with his birds. www.pitchup.com

  • Closest train stations: Kintbury – 4.5 miles & Newbury – 4.5 miles away

Old Stable Cottage, Carew, Pembrokeshire

A stone’s throw from the magnificent 13th century Carew Castle, parts of this stone cottage were built in the 15th century to provide stabling for the castle itself. More recently, the property was a much-loved family home, now renovated to high standards.

Quality Cottages. Old Stable Cottage

There are three en-suite bedrooms and plenty of space for a family, with a large sitting room, characterful kitchen, bright and airy dining room and a games room with table tennis. There are views from the garden and patio across to the Castle and within a short drive are many of South Pembrokeshire’s top beaches and attractions, including Tenby, Stackpole and Manorbier. www.qualitycottages.co.uk

  • Closest train station: Lamphey, 3.9 miles away

Sara’s Cottage, Cornwall

Sara’s Cottage is a luxury five star family and dog-friendly cottage, which sleeps six in three bedrooms. It is all on one level in the peaceful countryside just three miles from Truro city centre.

Sara's Cottage

From Truro guests can easily reach Falmouth, Penzance, St Ives and other less well known Cornish towns by rail. By boat they can visit Falmouth or National Trust Trelissick using the Fal river ferry, plus by foot or bike, it’s easy to explore the Bissoe coast to coast cycling route, which goes from Devoran to Portreath. They can also enjoy the old railway route to Truro and pick up a Fal river boat or visit the beautiful city and cathedral. www.premiercottages.co.uk

  • Closest train station: Truro – 2.8 miles away
  • Bike storage available.

Pandy Bach, near Machynlleth, Mid-Wales

On the southern edge of the Snowdonia National Park, with breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding countryside, this converted 19th century woollen mill feels remote yet is easily accessible via Machynlleth station. Owned by a farming family, the three bedroom, three bathroom house is stylishly furnished and offers a great base for walkers and mountain bikers, with plenty of routes to explore right from the door including the Glyndwr’s Way and Holey Bike Trail. There’s a large terrace from which to enjoy the views in warmer weather and plenty of open-plan living space for a family and up to two dogs. www.qualitycottages.co.uk

  • Closest train station – Machynlleth – 2.2 miles away
Quality Cottages. Pandy Bach

 Llanfendigaid Estate, Gwynedd

The Grade II* listed Llanfendigaid Estate is steeped in history and located close to the sea on one of the most attractive stretches of Welsh coastline at the southern end of the Snowdonia National Park.

Llanfendigaid Estate

On site is an indoor heated swimming pool and there is access to one of the more secluded beaches in the area. Nearby is the Talyllyn Railway and Aberdyfi, with its excellent sailing, good pubs and five miles of golden sand and dunes. There are four cottages on the Llanfendigaid Estate sleeping between four and 17 guests. www.premiercottages.co.uk

  • Closest train station: Tonfanau – 0.6 miles away
  • Tonfanau station was built to serve an Army camp, long since closed and now just serves Llanfendigaid and a few local houses. It is on the Cambrian Coast line, which goes direct to Birmingham International for the airport or changes to London.

Wheeldon Trees Farm, Derbyshire

Set in the dramatic scenery of the Peak District National Park, child and dog-friendly Wheeldon Trees Farm offers nine award winning cottages plus a communal games room. Enjoy a Peak District Adventure straight from the cottage door, e-bike or walk The Monsal Trail or visit the picturesque and historic market town of Bakewell – home of the Bakewell pudding. Cottages sleep between one and four plus a cot. www.premiercottages.co.uk

  • Closest train station: Buxton Station –.6.5 miles away
  • Guests can take a taxi or catch the bus, which stops right outside Wheeldon Trees Farm door
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Treworgey, 18th Century Cottages in an idyllic Cornish setting

Treworgey Cottages offers fifteen luxury properties with stunning views over the Cornish countryside, situated just five minutes’ drive from Sandplace train station, which is on the Liskeard to Looe scenic valley branch line.

Treworgey cottages - each has its own private garden

Every cottage features flagstone or wood floors, and original features such as inglenook fireplaces and heavy beams complemented with antiques and king size beds. Kitchens boast everything from dishwashers, washer/driers and fan ovens to food processors. Onsite facilities include climbing frames, sand pits with ride-on diggers, table tennis, pool, plus, the indoor beach plus badminton and an all-weather tennis court. Guests who want to escape the chore of cooking can choose from a mouthwatering menu of dishes delivered direct to their cottage. www.premiercottages.co.uk

  • Closest train station: Sandplace, 0.8 miles away
  • Sandplace train station is on the Liskeard to Looe scenic valley branch line, which offers picturesque estuary views.
  • A pre-arranged complimentary transfer service can be arranged from station to cottage doorstep.

King’s Lynn Caravan and Camping Park – Mega Camping Pod

King’s Lynn Caravan and Camping Park is home to manicured, spacious pitches nuzzled into ten acres of established emerald parkland on the outskirts of King’s Lynn.

King's Lynn Caravan and Camping

A swanky, eco-friendly block houses the free hot showers, toilets and vanity cubicles (there’s also a roomy family bathroom and very good disabled provision), plus facilities for washing up and laundry, and freezers for ice packs. Guests can pick up the basics from the small shop within the reception area, but the site is in any case well-served for local amenities: there’s a big 24-hour supermarket five minutes’ drive away, and a variety of top-notch hostelries and eateries where you can sample the local ale and cuisine. www.pitchup.com

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  • Closest train stations: Kings Lynn – 2.7 miles & Watlington – 3.9 miles