Sunday, 15 September 2013

First class accommodation at Selsey

Would you like to see where we stayed in Selsey? It was a very special place so mind your head as you join us!


This was the view from the window- we couldn't get much closer to the sea, unless we camped on the beach!


We only had one meal out, on the first night, as nothing could beat this view!


But the view and close proximity to the beach is not the best part of our accommodation. It has two very special and unusual features.


Do you remember reading my post last year here about my dream to live in a railway carriage well last week it came true, as you can see.........



 Isn't it just fantastic? I found it on the internet and instantly fell in love with it! I have been looking  forward to our holiday here since February.




 Although we didn't need to use the wood burner it was still a lovely place to sit in the evening with a glass of wine and candle light, listening to the waves......


.......  and then when it was completely dark retreating to the cosy lounge to read or listen to some music. (The acoustics in the carriage were really good.)

 I thought of the carriage's former life on the London Brighton and South Coast railway line, maybe taking excited families down to the sea side for the day. It is a fitting way for them to spend their retirement, don't you think?


The beach wall was quite busy with beach users, dog walkers, ramblers, cyclists and runners going by. It was amazing how many looked or stopped at the sight of the carriages through the window, and also stopped for a chat. My brother and sister-in-law came down to spend the day with us too and thought it was an amazing place to stay. It was nice to have such a good time with them, as they too have had a difficult year.



As I have mentioned in my previous  railway carriage post after the 1st World War, railways were being amalgamated and there were many carriages surplus to requirements. At the same time there was a shortage of houses and the carriages were often given to soldiers to live in.

We were amazed how many houses we saw in Selsey that had been converted from railway carriages. We had fun spotting them all week and must have counted about 20 - above is just a small section!


Sesley has had 2 famous sons :-

Sir Patrick Moore the famous astronomer, broadcaster and author, who sadly died this year, lived in Selsey. The night sky there was so clear I wish I knew the name of all the stars.


The second was Eric Coates, this view towards Bognor so inspired him that in 1930 he wrote " By the sleepy lagoon". This became the BBC's well-known signature tune for "Desert island Discs"

We didn't need a desert island, we found our paradise here at Seabank!


Since returning home autumn seems have arrived too, there has been quite a nip in the air in the early mornings. 
This weekend we have had an enjoyable time visiting 3 Eco homes which have been opened under the Heritage open days , did anyone else visit any interesting buildings this weekend? We saw many great ideas and were given lots of advice on how to live more substantially, which has given us food for thought. 

Wishing you a happy week.
Sarah x

36 comments:

  1. Sarah.....OHH DEAR it does NOT get any better than this! TO EAT WITH A VIEW AS SUCH? TO sleep in a car so comfy???? I want to go NOW! Thank you for this delightful share. You are a super blogger! LOVE! Anita

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  2. This former carriage must be an experience of a lifetime -- I'm jealous but thankful for you to share this experience with us :)

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  3. I too, am green with envy!! What a beautiful place you found, and the view...! Wow! Thank you for letting us bloggers tag along!!! The only interesting building I have visited this weekend - is home!! While we were staying in your lovely county last week, 'Crunchular' size spiders seemed to have moved in here!!! When my boy's were small they made that word up for BIG spiders of the hairy sort, and it has stuck!!! With love

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  4. Ooh Sarah it looks so nice, we did sleep also in a train in Australia, I think it was in Undara with some lava caves. But the train were you sleeps looks much nicer than were we were. I love your accommodation it looks so lovely. Have a nice week Sarah. Thanks for showing the wonderful train. Greetings Petra.

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  5. What a fun place to stay. We have a restaurant in town called The Sidecar which is an old train, but I have never seen a place to actually stay. The decor is so cute and the view tremendous.

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  6. Oh Wow! what an amazing place. I will ear mark Selsey as a must visit place and maybe even stay. Thank you so much for your inspirational posting. I must get around to blogging about Bosham.

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  7. Beautiful images of what must have been a wonderful and relaxing vacation to enjoy not only the gorgeous surroundings but also the very very special accomodation you stayed in. I had never heard of anything like it but it looks so cosy. I had never thought the houses you're showing were all converted railway carriages.
    O, and it must be great to stay so very close to the sea. Absolutely wonderful!
    Marian

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  8. I'm jealous too! That looks an amazing place to stay. Do they take dogs? Xxx

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    1. If you look on the link to Seabank there was no mention of dogs. As I had fallen in love with it, and was desperate to stay I emailed them to ask if they would accept a small well-behaved dog and luckily they said yes. I will try this with other properties in the future, as they can only say no!
      Sarah x

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  9. We have a few along the coast in Felpham but not as smart as that, very first class! xx

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  10. Ooh Sarah, I'm so envious, how fabulous, you lucky thing, you!

    I love the bluey green colour of the first class carriage, amazing!

    Glad you had such a lovely time, you deserve it ... Xxx

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  11. What a fascinating post. I love the idea of staying in the railway car. Your views were incredible and how cozy is that car for relaxing in the evening! I think that looks like a terrific place to stay.

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  12. Oh I truly enjoy all your travels dear Sarah, and this one, I feel I am on the train with you. I've always loved trains and the comfy feel of that sleeping quarters is exciting! Thank you for coming to visit me! Anita

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  13. Dear Sarah,

    I did not realised staying in a railway carriage could be so comfortable! The rooms, the seating area....it all looks perfect! Happy to hear you had a good time!

    Have a lovely week!

    Madelief x

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  14. What an amazing place where you stayed! And that view...it's perfect. Lovely greetings

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  15. Oh Sarah it looked absolutely wonderful and so special, I love the sea view's and quite understand why you dinned in, I would have done exactly the same, all cosy and unique,
    trains have a special place in my heart too
    Thea xx

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  16. so cute.. i love the way it's been decorated!
    it must have been lovely so close to the water.
    x

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  17. Oh wow this is beautiful! The view, the interiors- everything! My father and step-mum lived in a converted train carriage for a while, right on top of a very steep hill. I have no idea how the owner got it up there! Whenever I visited them it was fun staying in the carriage. The decor was dark and woody, I just adore how light and airy they've made this one. x

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  18. What a wonderful idea! I want one! Although it must have taken some building, with plumbing and heating etc...
    Best wishes :)

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  19. Wow, wow, wow what a place - I'm a bit speechless it looks so amazing. There a few railway carriages in NZ that have been converted, but none I know of by the sea. My uncle & aunt have two on their farm. I have a strange fondness for the railways as our area lost it's railway in the 1950s (much uproar, and well before my time!). When we lived in Wellington we owned a railway cottage, http://www.nzhistory.net.nz/media/photo/railway-houses-in-ngaio S:)

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  20. What a fun place to stay, such a great idea. I bet nothing could beat your dining room view.

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  21. It is no wonder that you had such a relaxed and wonderful time. The railway carriage looks idyllic as does the spot where it lives - gorgeous.

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  22. Wow that's fantastic, and I'm green with envy. What wonderful views from your carriage. I love it and am going to Google this right now. Thanks for sharing this Sarah and love your stunning photos. Have a good week.
    Patricia x

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  23. What a beautiful place to stay Sarah, thanks so much for sharing these pictures with us-the place is picture perfect. What a brilliant idea too.

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  24. Oh Sarah, what a stunning place, the view is amazing and the carriage is stunning, simply stunning! I imagine you felt completely relaxed just reading and gazing out to sea. Lovely photos as always!

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  25. Wow, I'd love to stay in one of those. They look very confortable and cosy and the views are fantastic.

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  26. What a beautiful and creative place to stay. I love all your pictures. I feel like I just got a little vacation too!

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  27. Oh Sarah - what a wonderful retreat. I've only been to Selsey the once, but spent many a Summer a little further along at the Witterings and Hayling Island.

    A place I could fall in love with too.

    Nina x

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  28. What a fantastic place to stay, I've wanted to stay in a carriage for a long time, this one looks just right! Beautiful photos :)

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  29. woweeee that really was a trip to remember- i love railway cottages too & enjoyed elspeththompson.wordpress.com ~ she was making a home from one before she sadly died. i still often look back on her posts- very inspiring. i always enjoy your posts x

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    1. I too used to visit Elspeth,I was so shocked when I heard she had dies. She was so inspirational and I still re -read her posts too.
      Sarah x

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  30. What a beautiful place to find yourself! Just looks fab.....a real 'wish I was there moment'! :) x

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  31. It's absolutely beautiful, and what a lovely spot to stay in. Wonderful. Glad you had such a good time.

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  32. What a great place to stay. I remember many old railway carriages as homes near Dymchurch in Kent when my grandparents lived there many years ago. I don't expect they were as nice as this one! xx

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