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A wonderful railway carriage house on the beach with garden and sea views

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


Minimum Stay
2 - 7 nights

About the property

3 bedroom railway carriage house sleeps 6, near Selsey, West Sussex

Step back in time and enjoy nostalgia mixed with modern comforts in this unusual property, constructed over two 1926 railway carriages. The railway carriages in their original form run either side of the good-sized lounge/dining room. Situated on the beach at Selsey with fantastic sea views from the first floor lounge & balcony to as far as Brighton. Within easy walking distance of the local Bakers, Butchers and Gourmet Fish and Chips or fresh fish from the local fishermen just a two minute walk away.

All the bedrooms in our 3 bedroom home are contained within the railway carriages with original carriage doors. Lounge/Dining Room with stairs to first floor Lounge and Balcony overlooking the sea. Ground floor walk in power shower and separate bathroom.

Enclosed garden with rotary clothes line and private steps onto the beach.

Unlimited Broadband Internet Access.

You are welcome to bring your own linen (duvet covers/sheets/pillow cases/towels) or hire this locally. Linen should be booked at least 7 days prior to your stay. Details of a local company for linen hire will be provided on enquiry or placing a booking.

Fishing: East beach (at the top of the garden steps!) has some popular fishing spots. The experts sit for hours trying to catch the bass, the novices wait until the summer and until the fish are jumping (you will see them from the balcony) and catch some mackerel for the barbecue.

Diving: If you are interested in scuba diving, Selsey has an active aqua club who can give lots of friendly advice. Their website intro says:

The Selsey Bill branch is a relatively new branch of the BSAC, formed in 1997 by a group of very experienced divers from the local area. Our most experienced divers can date their diving history back to the early 1970’s; some still even have their twin hose regulators hidden away. As a result we have many years of experience of diving in the local area and further afield..

We play an active part in supporting the local community through various activities and have very good contacts with both the local fishermen and the Selsey lifeboat crew; several having trained as divers with our group.

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Member since: 2009
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Calendar last updated:
January 14, 2017


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(39 traveler reviews)

A wonderful railway carriage house on the beach with garden and sea views
average rating of 4.820513 based on 39 reviews
Bucks, England

Eccentric but delightful beachside cottage

  • 5 of 5

What a fantastic place!

I booked this for my wife and I for some time away by the sea without children nagging us - and it was a great choice. The place is roomy and warm with a great decking area and garden on the ground floor. The balcony area on the first floor is simply delighful - sitting with the lights off listening to the waves on the pebble beach in front of you, very relaxing. You are not overlooked by the house on the right hand side (and there isn't a house on the left). People walking along the coastal path do peer in jealously and you can't help feeling a bit smug.

All the facilities were in top-notch order, a great shower and a comfortable bed. The kitchen is perhaps a bit low for 2 people over 6 feet but we were eating out anyway. Loads of seating, and even wifi for a sneaky couple of Facebook updates!

The other bedrooms were also well furnished.

The owner was always fast at email responses and helpful.

...and did I say it was right on the beach... excellent!

  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2009
  • Stayed: Jun 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear BigR, thank you very much for your review. We are delighted that you had a good stay and thank you for taking the time to write a review. We hope very much that you will come back soon. Thank you again. Best wishes, Simon
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A Quirky Christmas

  • 5 of 5

Had a very enjoyable Christmas week with family. Particularly liked the quirkines of the cottage and our 3 year old grandson loved playing trains everyday! The weather was good too which meant we were able to have coffee on the balcony which was a bonus. The cottage couldn't be any closer to what felt like our own private beach.. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend it, very different but fun.

  • Submitted: Jan 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your review and we are so pleased you had a good Christmas. The trains are wonderful, quite magical to young children! We hope very much shall come back and stay with us again. Simon and Jocelyn
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Fabulous Weekend Away!!

  • 5 of 5

The Cormarant is a wonderful, fully equipped cottage right on the sea front, protected by the sea wall. The cottage is made up of of two converted rail carriages and lovingly restored and decorated with a comfortable interior and warm cosy beds. Having said that I was surprised at how warm and well insulated this place was...the hot water tank and boiler are well hidden away but keep the place piping hot with an abundance of hot running water.

The house was spotlessly clean and equpped with everything you could think of.

The views are fabulous and we were really lucky with the weather over our new year weekend break, made all the more enjoyable by sitting out on the balcony with a cup of hot chocolate to people watch and just listen to the sea.

There is a fantastic fish counter 100 ft from the house, selling fresh sea bass, which was delicious!!

We had a fantastic time and could not recommend the place more!

Many thanks to Simon and Joss for being so accomodating and helpful throughout our stay.

Sarah and Gerrard

  • Submitted: Jan 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so pleased you had a good stay at The Cormorant and we agree with you 100% about Julie's fish shop - wonderful bass, lobster and crab!! Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review. With best wishes, Simon and Jocelyn
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unique holiday getaway

  • 5 of 5

This is a gorgeous and unique beach side house. Comfortable and relaxing with a balcony that over looks the sea. If you are looking for a cosy and peaceful getaway and enjoy hearing the sea lapping and star gazing at night (we saw at least three shooting stars each evening) you will love this wonderfully designed and lovingly furnished house. Selsey has a small historic old town centre and is surrounded by lovely countryside. The house is also a short drive from Chichester and the South Downs. Very enjoyable place to stay.

  • Submitted: Dec 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your review. We are delighted that you had a relaxing stay. December can be a lovely time of year to visit The Cormorant - especially if you get some crisp sunny days. It must have been thrilling seeing the shooting stars over the sea - I just read yesterday that we are in the Geminid shooting stars they believe are associated with an asteroid, the 3200 Phaethon. It is wonderful at The Cormorant as the sea direction can be nearly 100% dark and great for meteor gazing. We hope very much that you will come and stay at The Cormorant again. Best wishes, Simon and Joss
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  • 5 of 5

2nd time back here and just as fantastic georgous,fun,relaxing and beautiful as the first.

This little get away for us was love at first sight, and it remains exactly that with a special place in our hearts, such friendly people about and stunning views, everything you could wish for.

We ordered a delicious chinese friday night really delicious really quick ad very friendly highly recommend.

for us this place is TOP MARKS ACROSS THE BOARD.

yes we will be booking again MOST DEFINATELY XXX

From Steph & Manda Fleet Portsmouth Uk

  • Submitted: Nov 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Steph and Manda, We are so pleased you had a good stay - and also that you returned after your last stay :-) We haven't tried the Chinese, but will give it a go next time we are down. With best wishes, Simon and Jocelyn
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Quaint, quirky and quintessentially British !

  • 5 of 5

Throughly enjoyed every minute of our stay! The Cormorant was everything we were expecting and much more! The weather was superb! We will definitely be coming back again soon ! Thank you Simon and Jocelyn for letting us share your delightful abode. Already recommended to everyone I know...reluctantly, as I wanted to keep this as my own guilty pleasure!

  • Submitted: Nov 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your review and for recommending us to your friends. October can be such amazing weather at The Cormorant! We are delighted that you had a great stay and hope very much you will stay with us again. Best wishes, Simon and Jocelyn
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Nearest Airport
57 Miles
Nearest Ferry
24 Miles
Nearest Train
8 Miles
Nearest Motorway
19 Miles
A3 (M) Junction 5
Nearest Beach
1 Metres
East Beach
Car: not necessary

The Cormorant's rear garden wall is the sea wall! You are right next to the sea with your own gate leading to the beach. The Lifeboat Pub is 5 minutes walk along the sea wall in one direction and the best fresh fish in town are found at Julie's Hut five minutes walk the other way. A 10 minute walk away are the best fish and chips for miles around. A 15 minute walk, or short drive is Selsey with lots of shops, pubs and restaurants.

Further afield is the sandy beache of East Witterings, the beautiful bay of Bosham Harbour, Chichester and all the delights of West Sussex.

Other Activities: skateboard ramp.

Golf: The nearest golf course is Chichester Golf Club. The website introduction says: Welcome to West Sussex's Chichester Golf Club for all you need to know about membership, pay and play and society golf on our two 18 hole golf courses, 9 hole short course, driving range and Golf Academy. We have a sister club, Hill Barn Golf Club, in Worthing, a beautiful 18 hole golf course on the South Downs in West Sussex. Ideally situated close to Sussex's beautiful coastline, both Chichester and Hill Barn Golf Clubs' delightful golf courses offer superb golfing facilities to members, visiting golfers, and golf societies alike.

Each of our golf courses offer excellent playing conditions year-round, and with 36 holes plus our 9 hole Par 3 golf course, you'll find the ideal golf course facility right here in West Sussex.


Rates & Availability

Selsey House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Jan 6 2017 - Feb 9 2017
2 night minimum stay
Spring 1/2 term
Feb 10 2017 - Feb 16 2017
7 night minimum stay
Feb 17 2017 - Mar 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
Easter holiday
Mar 31 2017 - Apr 13 2017
7 night minimum stay
Apr 14 2017 - May 25 2017
2 night minimum stay
Summer 1/2 term
May 26 2017 - Jun 1 2017
7 night minimum stay
Jun 2 2017 - Jul 20 2017
7 night minimum stay
Summer holiday
Jul 21 2017 - Aug 31 2017
7 night minimum stay
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 21 2017
7 night minimum stay
Sep 22 2017 - Oct 19 2017
2 night minimum stay
Autumn 1/2 term
Oct 20 2017 - Oct 26 2017
7 night minimum stay
Oct 27 2017 - Dec 21 2017
2 night minimum stay
Dec 22 2017 - Dec 28 2017
7 night minimum stay
New Year
Dec 29 2017 - Jan 4 2018
7 night minimum stay
Future October
Oct 19 2018 - Oct 26 2018
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $185
Pet Fee $31

** FOR WHOLE WEEKS WE ONLY ** (except where there it indicates a minimum stay of 2 nights)


The rates for the house are from £535 to £900 per week dependant on time of year.
Our minimum rental period is 1 week during high season and holidays (half terms etc.), however, we will rent for shorter breaks during

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Selsey House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Oceanfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub
    Bathroom 2 - shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Bedroom 2 - 3 child bed , 1 bunk-bed, 1 single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 twin/ single
  • The bedrooms sleep a maximum of 3 adults (1 adult double, 1 adult single, 3 children beds). The bedrooms are all in the railway carriages, with original windows and doors/door handles. A travel cot is available. Linen is not provided - please bring your own towels and sheets or you can hire these locally. Details of the local linen company will be provided on enquiry or booking.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Porch / Veranda
  • 3 garden chairs
  • 3 beach chairs
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Pets are considered, however, details of the type and number of pets has to be provided. The owners permission has to be requested and given to each party. There is a charge of £25 per week for each pet to cover additional cleaning costs. Failure to do this may result in a loss of security deposit. This is to try to ensure that the condition of the property remains at a high standard.

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