Colstro

By Colstro

First class lounge

For the last couple of days we have been staying in a beachside bungalow on the southern coast of Hayling Island. The bungalow is built around two wooden railway carriages, one dating from 1874 and the other, the first class carriage, dating from 1903.  When many similar carriages were withdrawn from service after the first world war, some were converted into beachside holiday homes.  This is probably the only remaining one on Hayling Island.  It has been superbly modernised and extended - with all mod cons - but still retains the character of the carriages.  This one has been converted into a comfortable lounge wtih sofas and a television, while the other (3rd class!) carriage has been converted into 3 bedrooms (two more bedrooms, plus a large seafront kitchen/living area have been added in modern extensions).

The weather over the last couple of days has been kind to us (not as hot and sunny as over the last few weeks, but still good). Today storm Freya has brought rain and very strong winds.  In the circumstances, we are not unhappy to be finishing our short break and returning home.

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