The Siphon, Saint Austell, United Kingdom
Located on an abandoned siding in the heart of the Cornish countryside in southern England, the Siphon was once a commercial carriage used to transport goods behind passenger trains. Now it functions as an off-the-grid escape. The original woodwork, railings, latches, and doors help it maintain much of its original grandeur even though it has been converted into a two-bedroom cottage. The large cargo doors of yesteryear open up to decks, allowing each room to be intimately connected to nature. Miles of trails offer access to the encompassing rural area and at night you can relax next to the fire pit just steps from the carriage. It does come equipped with a gas stove, icebox, outdoor shower and toilet, but the solar panels only provide enough power to keep the lighting on and to power your phone. It sleeps six.
Getting there: Fly into London and catch the train to St Austell from Paddington Station, it is a four hour ride; from there rent a car and head to the property.
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