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The Victorian Slip Coach holiday carriage

St Germans - Cornwall - PL12 5LU

Our holiday carriage Mevy has been finished to the highest standard and has several features unique to the coach, including a sumptuous first class bedroom compartment, a proper bath with ball and claw feet and a traditional cooker in the kitchen. Mevy The Victorian Slip Coach GWR
Unlike the Old Luggage Van and the Travelling Post Office, Mevy doesn't have a wood burner, but is very warm in winter as it is centrally heated by our wood fuelled biomass boiler. We do the work so you don't have to!

Mevy is suitable for allergy sufferers as it is pet free and has hypoallergenic bedding. Please let us know if you would rather we didn't put in fresh flowers! Mevy will sleep up to five, so is good as both a romantic retreat for couples, or for families with young children.
Mevy The Victorian Slip Coach GWR
Outside there is a private deck, perfect for long summer’s evenings. There is private car parking and access to the children’s play area and games room. The view from the carriage is stunning - over the river Lynher to rolling fields - and with binoculars you can see trains coming through the cutting on the other side of the valley.

Guests in Mevy have access to our ten acres of private woodland, with winter snowdrop walk, nature trail, bluebell, garlic and summer flowers and sweet chestnuts in autumn.

St Germans is in the Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Its location on the river Lynher with its Site of Special Scientific Interest status makes St Germans the perfect base for your bird watching, cycling or walking holiday. Furthermore, the railway station and Railholiday are within the beautiful St Germans Conservation Area. The coast with its beaches, fishing villages, magnificent cliffs and coastal footpath is only a short bus or train ride away. For more about St Germans and South East Cornwall, please visit our St Germans page.

Mevy has a unique character. Slip coaches were put at the back of fast trains and uncoupled on the move by the guard, who then brought the carriage to a halt in the station. Because they had to cater for all classes in one coach Mevy has first, second and two third class compartments, as well as a guard's room.

Mevy is 38 feet by 8 feet and offers the following facilities :

Mevy GWR Slipcoach Floorplan

Please follow these links for more about the Carriage Inventory, Accessibility, Visitors Comments or the History of the carriage.

Mevy The Victorian Slip Coach GWR Mevy The Victorian Slip Coach carriage restoration

To see what has gone behind the scenes to make Mevy so special, and where we have sourced our materials, please scroll down to the bottom of the page, or click here.

The Eliot Arms in St. Germans St Germans is a small village with a population of 600. The village pub, The Eliot Arms (01503 232733) serves Cornish ales and food and is adjacent to the St. Germans Community ShopSt Germans Community Shop and Post Office, (01503 232887) a general store with an excellent range of stock including food, household supplies, newspapers and magazines, local products, alcohol and tobacco amongst many other things. The shop is open 7 days a week.

St Germans Railway Station was built in 1858 to a design by Brunel on the Great Western Railway main line from London to Penzance. It is served by 51 stopping trains per day including direct trains to London, Bristol, Gloucester and Cardiff. Cornwall was fortunate in retaining most of its branch lines and it is easy to holiday without using the car at all. Please see our Transport Page for more information.

Mevy The Victorian Slip Coach GWR Courtesy of Kernow Dream Photography Mevy The Victorian Slip Coach GWR

Mevy - our sources

Staying in Mevy is a very special experience. We've done our best to make sure the work is of the highest standards.

Before Mevy the GWR Slip coach was kindly sold to us it had been held in secure storage for many years at the South Devon Railway in Buckfastleigh. We are grateful to all those people involved in preserving this body in the past and saving a piece of history. We have ensured that our restoration of this coach is of the highest quality and carried out in the most sustainable manner possible. We have deliberated at length over the eco credentials of each part, from phoning material suppliers to hours spent researching hand made nets and eco paints. We were lucky enough to have good television exposure from Wall to Wall's Holiday Home Sweet Home and Michael Portillo's Great British Railway Journeys, which have doubtless helped us in achieving our aim.


All wood used is FSC certified and carefully chosen for longlevity and quality. Scaffold boards for the temporary platform were salvaged from a local yard
Wood for the panels and windows - Totem Timber, Plymouth
Fences and gates - Bond Timber, Trerulefoot, Cornwall
Plants - Tartendown Nursery, Landrake, Cornwall
Turf by RG Moore, near Saltash, Cornwall. 01579 350704


Curtains and all upholstery - Luscombe Upholstery, Newton Abbot, Devon.
Curtain Material - fire retardent, made from a mill in Lancashire and supplied by Just Fabrics. online.
Bespoke metal work - curtain poles and Luggage Racks - Paul Ager, St Germans, Cornwall.
Art work by Brian Hoskin, St Germans, Cornwall.
Hand made nets by Bridport Nets.
Odds and ends Screwfix and Trago Mills, Liskeard.
Plumbing by Mike Eastment, St Germans.
Electrical work by Richard Elliott, St Germans.
With paints, wherever possible we've gone for low VOC and have used a variety of paints from Nature Paint, Hayle, Cornwall, Breathe Easy satin finish paints from Crown and Dulux exterior and interior gloss.
Windows - Westcountry Glass, Saltash.


Gilding equipment - Stuart R Stevenson.
English gold leaf - Habberly Meadows.
Gilding Advice - Sarah James of Essential Decoration.
Upholstery - Luscombe Upholstery.
Fire retardent treated upholstery material by Kobe - made in Italy. Supplied by Custom House Design Topsham, Devon.
Pure digital clock radio - H.B.H.Woolacotts, Cornwall.
Bedside Cabinets - Bedside table - Trerulefoot car boot sale run by the Liskeard Lions and upcycled by John.
Wool carpet - by Axminister, from Trago Mills, Liskeard.

Lounge and Kitchen

Upholstery - Luscombe Upholstery, Newton Abbott.
A rated cooker - Beko and A rated Fridge - Lec from John Lewis.
Carpet - from Saltash Carpets.
Roberts digital radio - special order from H.B.H.Woolacotts, Cornwall.


Bathroom fittings and fixtures from The Bath Store Plymouth.
Bespoke brackets by Paul Ager, St Germans, Cornwall.
Respertex Panels by Wignells, Newton Abbot.

Bedroom 2

Bespoke beds by Paul Ager, St Germans, Cornwall.
Patchwork covers made in house with materials from charity shops, donations and from Trago Mills, Liskeard.

A big thank you to our team of willing helpers of friends and family - John Stroud, Nic Watts, Ben Patrick, Kath Revell, Lil Lanyon, Tony and Frankie Lister, Paul Ager, Lara Kleckham, David and Emma Lock, Katy Havelock, Clare Abbott, Walter and Poppy Stroud, Selina and Paul Luscombe, Fiona Sneyd, Brian Hoskin and all those who have helped along the way with time, moral support and childcare!

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