Our railway boxes

You can now stay at Pantry Fields. We have renovated our old living quarters, a railway wagon, into an extremely comfortable tiny house. We are lucky enough to live in the beautiful Clydach valley with Tycanol Woods, Carningli and the Preseli mountains, the Gwaun Valley, Newport and the sea all within easy reach.

 

Our boxes, we've always called them boxes, started life on the railways as Fyffes Banana wagons, transporting fruit around the country, they date from the 1950s. They arrived, with John Brown, at Pantry Fields in 1979.

John and Annie lived in them, they were well insulated and suited to compact living and we continued to use them well into the 1990s. By then they were showing extreme signs of wear and ended up as storage sheds before they leaked so much even that was impossible.

 

Renovation

After years of neglect we decided it was time to give these sturdy boxes a new life. We separated them and stripped them back to bare metal, grinding away years of rust and repainting them. 

Then began the rebuilding. New walls, new floors, new roofs, new windows, new insulation, new everything pretty much. All the work was carried out by Annie and me with the help of friends and family. It has been a labour of love.

 

Come and stay

We have now finished the box remodelling and turned them into something very special.

The bottom box, 'Bocs Isaf', is a self-contained tiny house with a kitchen, bathroom with underfloor heating, double bedroom and a cosy living space with a woodburner. Outside is a covered deck with seating, a firebowl with grill and an outside bath to relax in while gazing at our clear skies. It is situated in a beautiful secluded spot surrounded by mature trees, perfect for two people.

The  top box, 'Bocs Uchaf', is a double bedroom with a sofa and woodburner and covered outside deck, there are no cooking or bathroom facilities. This is a spare bedroom but could be used for extra guests if you book Bocs Isaf, 

We can guarantee a special stay with seasonal produce from the smallholding when available. We have plans for a pizza oven soon near my garden bar, Barningli; you may even be invited for a glass or two of homebrew.

Accommodation is £120/night for two people, minimum 3 night stay. We do not accept pets.

 

Please get in touch if you fancy an escape to the railway box. Alternatively we can offer woodland camping with a camp kitchen, shower and toilet and a great firepit.

Use our contact form or ring us on 01239 820535 for more details, we look forward to meeting you. Check available dates on the calendar.