The Brake Carriage, Somerset.
Unsuitable for children
Tucked away behind a hedgerow in the Mendip Hills, this little Brake Carriage is as compact and quirky as its owner, local girl Angela. Once a railway vehicle equipped with the hand brake that was applied by the guard, this petite caboose is now stationed in prime festival territory, on the fringe of the world-renowned Glastonbury Festival.
Despite its change of use, it seems this eccentric carriage is just as important a vessel as the day it was built, transcending itself from mechanically to spiritually significant. These retro wheels will transport you to hazy days of fun-filled festivals and music under the stars, outdoor meals and drinks with loved ones.
Angela has transformed this place into a cosy and colourful space in which to chill out after a day of exploring this mystical landscape, or from dancing the night away, dependent on what time of year you’re lucky enough to book The Brake Carriage. From bright and cheerful bedding to the shock of a hot shower, there’s plenty of character and charm packed into this pint-sized property, making it a perfect example of an unusual abode for your British staycation.
Interior & Facilities
The Brake Carriage is surprising in a number of ways, including the clever use of space – the carriage entranceway, which once would have been lined with benches, now houses a comfortable double bed. The brake room, once a flurry of mechanical activity, is now a comfortable and restful place, and Angela has managed to turn an industrial chamber into a soft, bright, comfortable seating area, with a wood-burning stove emanating warmth and a sepia glow throughout the carriage.
The far end of the carriage is now a shabby chic dining area with a table and chairs, making maximum use of this compact space.
Angela has even managed to fit a bathroom alongside the carriage, which is certainly an upgrade from its former state. A hot shower, washbasin and eco toilet can be found to the rear of the carriage, in a modern extension to this ageing abode.
Outside, you’ll find an outdoor kitchen area, complete with two-ring gas hob and outdoor seating area for al fresco meals in your own meadow, which you share with Angela’s two pet sheep.
Situation & Location
Outside of the festival season, it is difficult to imagine that these green and fertile fields which stretch quietly along the Somerset Levels become the biggest festival site in the world and that The Brake Carriage, in its private gated meadow, actually sits right beside the festival fields. No longer a moving structure, for 1 week in July, this becomes the funkiest carriage in the UK, with the bright lights and myriad of tunes floating in the air over Pilton Valley. This quirky structure fits right in with its environs during this time, and if you book now, you could also share in the eccentricity of one of the oldest festival goers in town.